Summer sales scam alert
Is it my imagination, or are there more proactive public-service-type news stories appearing advising people to “Beware of door-to-door alarm salespeople”?
While I saw complaints almost daily last summer about specific summer sales companies, it seems that this summer I’m seeing fewer complaints and more warnings. This one’s from Washington state and gives consumers guidelines for dealing with peddlers of alarm systems.
Do you think it means there are fewer rogue summer sales people out there? That they’re being better controlled? Maybe consumers are getting smarter? Or maybe the ESA door-knocking code of ethics is having some effect?
Today’s warning is fairly straightforward and if it helps make consumers more careful in their purchasing, it’s helpful. It’s definitely not the best example of news writing I’ve ever seen, however. First, there are plenty of legitimate companies that sell stuff door-to-door.
And then there’s the sentence about how senior citizens can be easily confused. I have trouble with these kinds of blanket statements. They’re not helpful. I know more than a few 20-year-olds who are “easily confused,” and yet, I’d dare any door-to-door salesperson to try and confuse my mother. Give it a whirl, see what happens to you.
She’s in her 70s, probably doesn’t like the title “senior citizen” (I’m not asking, YOU ask) and if you’re a salesperson who’d like to try to bamboozle her, send me an email, my brothers and sisters and I will want to come watch.