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HollyP
08-22-2008, 03:06 PM
I don't know who it was on here who said it but thank you! :hug: The line "I rent" works great! In the past 2 weeks I have had 4 different companies trying to sell me new windows, siding etc. 3 came to the door 1 called. In the past they seen sucker written all my face and wouldn't take no for answer. Now they say thanks for your time and leave! So whoever you are thank you,thank you, thank you!

Jan in CA
08-22-2008, 03:14 PM
That IS a good idea! :figureditout:

stitchwitch
08-22-2008, 03:40 PM
I once told a security system salesman who rang our bell that I was the cleaning lady. :roflhard:
For the most part I have a window I can look out of to see who it is. If I don't know you, you don't see me.

nephthys8
08-22-2008, 04:19 PM
Hahaha! :roflhard:

Even though I do actually rent my townhouse, that is a great idea! Now if only there were a similar excuse for telemarketers! (I don't get them at home because I only use my cell, but they are annoying at work.)

Puddinpop
08-22-2008, 04:42 PM
When they call at my home, I just tell them that I don't take these kind of calls. Hey, it's me paying the phone bill.
Please be careful about going to the door, if it is a stranger. I wouldn't answer the door at all. That's just me. What if they forced their way into your home?

ArtLady1981
08-22-2008, 05:45 PM
Scenario 1) IF you get caught on the tellie by answering...just say no, and quietly put the receiver down in the cradle...aka HANG UP nicely.
I have an answering system that gets all my calls, and telephone solicitors usually have auto-dialers that know when a machine has picked up...and the auto-dialer hangs up the call without leaving a message.

Scenario 2) If solicitors come to the door, don't open the door. Just say NO THANKS through the door and walk away. (see note below)

Scenario 3) If you get caught outside in the yard... say nothing, walk back into the house and close the door quietly and firmly. They don't know what you're thinking or doing...and so will have no 'come back'. Don't tip your hand by talking. They might think you're going inside to get water to toss on them, or to call the cops. Say nothing! (hard to do!) Just let them come to their own conclusions.

NOTE: in my city, it's best to let someone on the other side of the door know that someone is home. In my city, would-be burglars sometimes knock first, and upon getting no answer...finish what they came for: to break in and rob your house.

Also, in my city, it's best not to open the door to 'solicitors'. They might not be solicitors at all. They could be 'home invasion' criminals...and home invasion usually occurs because the householder opened the door first. Then they crash on through.

lactosefree
08-22-2008, 05:53 PM
Wow, it's been really interesting reading all the posts on this thread. I've never had someone come to my door to solicit anything, but if someone decides to do so I'll know what to do. :)

As for telemarketers have you all signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry? Since I've listed my number with the registry I never get marketing calls.

https://www.donotcall.gov/

auburnchick
08-22-2008, 06:50 PM
Oh, this is such a pet peeve to me!

If there's someone at the door, they usually take one look at two of my dogs...the ones that have the fiercest barks...and they start to back away. :teehee:

Phone solicitation drives me BATTY! I always ask to be taken off of the call list, since I'm supposed to be on the DO NOT CALL registry anyhow, and they are obligated by law to adhere to your request.

When I had caller ID, I just didn't answer the phone. Of course, I missed my mom's phone calls too since she used a calling card, but maybe that was for the best. :rofl:

saracidaltendencies
08-22-2008, 10:07 PM
I just put a sign up on my front door that reads, "NO Soliciting! I don't give a crap about what you're selling, advertising, or promoting! I do, however, want Girl Scout Cookies."

Works GREAT! :teehee:

feministmama
08-22-2008, 11:28 PM
I just put a sign up on my front door that reads, "NO Soliciting! I don't give a crap about what you're selling, advertising, or promoting! I do, however, want Girl Scout Cookies."

Works GREAT! :teehee:

Omigoddess I love this!!!!!:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

Jan in CA
08-22-2008, 11:35 PM
I just put a sign up on my front door that reads, "NO Soliciting! I don't give a crap about what you're selling, advertising, or promoting! I do, however, want Girl Scout Cookies."



:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

rachael72knitter
08-23-2008, 12:14 AM
Oh, this is such a pet peeve to me!

If there's someone at the door, they usually take one look at two of my dogs...the ones that have the fiercest barks...and they start to back away. :teehee:

Phone solicitation drives me BATTY! I always ask to be taken off of the call list, since I'm supposed to be on the DO NOT CALL registry anyhow, and they are obligated by law to adhere to your request.

When I had caller ID, I just didn't answer the phone. Of course, I missed my mom's phone calls too since she used a calling card, but maybe that was for the best. :rofl:

I was going to say. . .two big dogs that bark and greet people at the door with me, problem solved!

cristina61
08-23-2008, 01:29 AM
If solicitors come to the door, don't open the door. Just say NO THANKS through the door and walk away.

We've had a No Soliciting sign on our door for years, and we still get people knocking on our door! I hate opening the door to anyone I don't know (even though my neighborhood is pretty safe), so what I do now is peek out the window in our door and if I don't recognize the person I call out "NO, THANK YOU!" and then wait for them to leave. They can't see me through the curtain, and it works every time!

I have an answering system that gets all my calls, and telephone solicitors usually have auto-dialers that know when a machine has picked up...and the auto-dialer hangs up the call without leaving a message.


I actually didn't know this, so thanks!

I figured out awhile ago, however, that if you pick up the receiver and say hello and there's a 1- to 2-second pause before anyone speaks, chances are it's an auto dialer. I hang up immediately, before the telemarketer has a chance to start talking. We kept doing this and they couldn't get through to us; now we rarely get these types of calls (and we're NOT on the Do Not Call list because I'm too lazy to deal with it).

Lately we've been getting automated phone messages that tell us our vehicle warranty is about to expire and we need to call and take care of it. After a few of these I finally picked up the receiver and pressed "2" or whatever number they said would stop the calls. Didn't work -- now they're phoning to tell us that this is our second or third notice and the situation is urgent.

Guess what? All of our cars are 30-40 years old and haven't been under warranty in decades! :nails:

ArtLady1981
08-23-2008, 05:06 AM
Here's what I heard about the DO NOT CALL registry: if the solicitor is somehow affiliated with a vendor that you do business with, they have the right to contact you. They view you as an established customer. For example: if you have a CHASE bank card...someone who is selling credit card protection can call you about it.

HollyP
08-23-2008, 10:54 AM
Lately we've been getting automated phone messages that tell us our vehicle warranty is about to expire and we need to call and take care of it. After a few of these I finally picked up the receiver and pressed "2" or whatever number they said would stop the calls. Didn't work -- now they're phoning to tell us that this is our second or third notice and the situation is urgent.

Guess what? All of our cars are 30-40 years old and haven't been under warranty in decades! :nails:
Same here ! I kept getting them on my cell phone. I pressed every number option they offered. I told them this is a cell phone you are wasting my minutes. I tried blocking the calls but they kept coming from different numbers so that didn't work. After about 10 of these calls saying the same thing finally I spoke to someone who apparently understood and I stopped getting them. They always cracked me up since my car is 15 years old that warranty expired a long time ago.

lactosefree
08-23-2008, 11:37 AM
Here's what I heard about the DO NOT CALL registry: if the solicitor is somehow affiliated with a vendor that you do business with, they have the right to contact you. They view you as an established customer. For example: if you have a CHASE bank card...someone who is selling credit card protection can call you about it.


CA's privacy laws are fairly comprehensive, and requires most everyone to disclose privacy notices and give opt-out choices. This is probably why I never get telemarketing calls after I registered with the Do Not Call Registry.

Whenever I sign up for an account with a bank or credit card one of the first things i get is a form that says if I don't want my information to be shared with it's affiliates, fill it out and send it in. Every time I get one, I send it in. I'm all about taking a few minutes to stop unwanted telephone solicitations, junk mail and reducing waste.

If you live in CA and want to know the general privacy laws, the website for the California Office of Information Security & Privacy Protection (http://www.oispp.ca.gov/consumer_privacy/laws/) is very helpful.

Puddinpop
08-23-2008, 09:55 PM
Thanks, Artlady. Good point about letting someone know that you are at home. Hubby says to get the sawed off pump shotgun and work the action. He said if someone hears a woman working the action, they will run. I did run and get it one night and then realized it was my next door neighbor. I had to hide it behind my back, but I think he did see it.:roflhard:

MAmaDawn
08-24-2008, 09:54 PM
With Telemarketers, i give the phone to one of my kids... ha ha ha :roflhard: it's their on their dime. I have heard them saying give the phone to your mommy and they say, "but I want to talk to you" and what's even funnier is when I give it to Jeremiah... he's 1, so he makes noises at them and pushes buttons... most stop calling after just a few times at most. And we recently got on a really bad one's list that they we calling like 5 times a day! :noway: And I read about people that were getting these calls for MONTHS! It makes me laugh just thinking about them on the other side... :rofl:

Duessa
08-24-2008, 10:09 PM
We seem to have good luck getting rid of telemarketers. My bf handles the calls. He is very nice, listens to their spiel, tells them he knows that they are just doing their job but he isn't interested and won't be so nice if anyone ever calls back again. They thank him, tell him that his honestly was appreciated, and hang up. no calls ever again. its beautiful! On time we did have a door to door magazine seller that threatened to send all of his buddy sellers to our house until we bought something. My bf pulled out his katana that hung just inside the door and asked him just how many friends he had and if he thought the police could get here "in time" ROFLMAO it was great! This guys face turned white, he apologized, and backed down the steps! we never saw him again!

miccisue
08-24-2008, 10:52 PM
Hahaha! :roflhard:

Even though I do actually rent my townhouse, that is a great idea! Now if only there were a similar excuse for telemarketers! (I don't get them at home because I only use my cell, but they are annoying at work.)
Yeah, WTH is with that? We're on the "Do Not Call" thing at home, but now where I work is getting inundated with calls like that!!!!!!!!!!! Really annoying, especially considering we rely on customers being able to get through on phone lines. And, 9 times out of 10, you pick up the phone, say "Hello" TWICE, and still no one comes on the line!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boo, hiss to those computer calls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moxiemade
08-24-2008, 11:29 PM
Lately we've been getting automated phone messages that tell us our vehicle warranty is about to expire and we need to call and take care of it. After a few of these I finally picked up the receiver and pressed "2" or whatever number they said would stop the calls. Didn't work -- now they're phoning to tell us that this is our second or third notice and the situation is urgent.

Guess what? All of our cars are 30-40 years old and haven't been under warranty in decades! :nails:


I just about fell out of my chair! I've been getting this for months now! Same automated voice telling me my vehicle warranty is about to expire (I dont have a vehicle warranty). That's so weird!

Edited:

Wow. I just googled it. Apparantly it's a huge nationwide scam.

"Auto warranty firm launch sleezy scam" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23147777/)

Another interesting article (http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/biz-consumer/250013)

Dangles
08-25-2008, 01:23 AM
how about, "can i get your home number and call you back the same time?"

KnitClickChick
08-25-2008, 02:20 AM
Wow, I didn't know they still came around to your door...

cristina61
08-25-2008, 03:03 AM
I just about fell out of my chair! I've been getting this for months now! Same automated voice telling me my vehicle warranty is about to expire (I dont have a vehicle warranty). That's so weird!

Edited:

Wow. I just googled it. Apparantly it's a huge nationwide scam.

"Auto warranty firm launch sleezy scam" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23147777/)

Another interesting article (http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/biz-consumer/250013)


That makes me so mad, I'd like to get those people on the phone and give them what for! And I'm NOT a confrontational person!

susi
08-25-2008, 04:50 AM
oh we get scrap metal guys here tat are actually scary looking. i take mums dog out with me (shoing the few scares i have where HE'S bitten me so they see he would bite without being asked haha. we have 2 large dogs that would attack to kill if we were thretened, my collie would give it ago but isnt big enough to be a thret.

if they call i just say non and hang up fast.

in the uk if i get stopped in the street i have a little more time for them as i used to do the jo and its horrible to do. the rteason they get some pushy ios because even if they make a sale its not guarenteed the company will give them the money from it (and it anint a lot of money either).

i did telesales also, but i wouldnt ever do it to homes, it aws to companies and if tey said no they were dropped of the call ist for 5 years.

i get really lad at the auto calls that they will call you back. i just say in a cut glass english accent that the french are idiots and shouldnt waste us brits time by calling (i dont mean it obviuosly) but it gets them off the phone hehe.
it isnt thankfully as dangerous here, not sure i could stand to live in a place anymore that is like that (i lived about 40 mins from central london so it was dangerous there). so the oposite here.
i ususally use skype you dont get people calling you on there, so land line is off. also use my cell that next to no one has the number for. v deliberatly so

Sunshine's Mom
08-25-2008, 10:37 AM
I put my phone, our cell phones, my sister's home phone and my parents and in-laws' phones on the Do Not Call Registry. It works for us. In NY it usually takes about a month for the calls to stop, but if you do get an unwanted call you just tell them that you are on the DNC list and ask that they not call again. After you are on the list if you get 3 calls after having told the company that you are on the list you can sue the company for harassment, or at least get the state after them to stop.

We haven't had telemarker calls (other than for companies we already do business with) in years.

Get on the list, when a company calls tell them you're on the list and ask them to remove your name and number from theirs. Add - "that's one. I keep a list by the phone." They'll stop. They have no choice. In fact, it would probably work even if you aren't on the list, just tell them you are.

saracidaltendencies
08-25-2008, 10:44 AM
I haven't received any calls about the "extended warranty" but I've received plenty of mailings! I think I'm going to start writing "RETURN TO SENDER" on all of it and make them pay postage twice :teehee:

dmknits
08-25-2008, 04:29 PM
Chances are the home improvement people coming to your door are not licensed contractors. There are rings of phony contractors that travel around looking for people to scam. They collect the money and then do substandard work or don't do the work at all. If you can get any information about them, report them to your state's contractor license board.

Transient Operators on the Prowl (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/Newsletters/ContractorNewsletter2008Summer.pdf)

Cynamar
08-25-2008, 04:41 PM
I use "I rent" but it doesn't work if it's a political or church group. Those are aggravating because they are always so early! The home repair ones are later in the day. I have thought about putting a note on the door that proclaims that I will not be changing my religion or political views and to please not knock. I like yours, Demonica! Girl Scouts PLEASE do stop!

kellyh57
08-26-2008, 10:04 AM
I haven't received any calls about the "extended warranty" but I've received plenty of mailings! I think I'm going to start writing "RETURN TO SENDER" on all of it and make them pay postage twice :teehee:

Actually, it'll probably get trashed that way. Just take the papers they send you and tear them up and send it back in the postage paid envelope :) I heard that one a long time ago. I love it! Or send them some other company's junk mail as long as it doesn't have your name on it. (For instance, we get a ton of satellite TV offers. I'll take DirecTV's solicitation, tear my name off, and send it back to Dish in their envelope!)

Kelly

Abbily
08-27-2008, 02:42 PM
We don't get too many door-to-door sales other than the neighborhood kids and their fundraisers. What we do get is the religious/political ones. I like to save whatever handouts I get and then give a different kind to the person who comes to my door. "Oh, you want to tell me about your religion? Well, let me tell you about mine!"

kristaj
08-31-2008, 12:22 PM
We don't get too many door-to-door sales other than the neighborhood kids and their fundraisers. What we do get is the religious/political ones. I like to save whatever handouts I get and then give a different kind to the person who comes to my door. "Oh, you want to tell me about your religion? Well, let me tell you about mine!"

When my father-in-law was alive he used to do this with religious groups. He would invite them in, listen to their spill, then hand them Luther's Small Cathechism and discuss it in length. The word spread and people stopped coming.

Duessa
09-05-2008, 01:00 AM
Ugh! We have magazine sales people at our door now! They aren't even ALLOWED on the premesis but I don't know what number to call to have them escourted off. lol

Anyway, my Bf opened the door to one today who immediately said "don't shoot!" and my bf said "that's a valid concern" The guy looked at him funny, wished him a good day, and left. ROFLMAO

Crycket
09-05-2008, 03:39 AM
My Dad has a very good take on it all...and it is "If you want to tell me something, mail it to me, and if I want YOUR service, I will come to you!" You just can't trust anyone who is calling up and asking for all your info!

Any charities that call..."I already have a charity".
We have some no solicting sign out...but that would require ppl to A) care and B) read. If there is one thing I have learned in life...ppl do not read signs....they do however understand big dogs!

Knit4Fun
09-05-2008, 07:31 AM
In the past (when I was less likely to stand up and ask for what I wanted), I used to tell door to door salesman that I had a relative who owned a company that performed whatever services these people did at no charge - that gets them to leave you alone fast. In my case, though, it was dishonest and I don't like doing that.

Now, I typically let them introduce themselves and gently break in (assuming I'm not interested) and tell them 'Look, I've got to be honest here. I'm not going to buy anything from you. There isn't anything you can say that will change my mind, so it's probably best that you move on.' Of course, I am respectful because it takes guts to do that for a living and they deserve the same respect I do, but I am firm. Only once did I have someone try to continue and I just repeated 'I'm sorry, but I'm not buying anything today' and they got it the second time.

Knitting_Guy
09-05-2008, 07:35 AM
Hey! I'm glad you stopped by! I just got into this new line of products called Herbalife! Let me tell you all about it.

That usually does it.

knitasha
09-05-2008, 10:48 AM
My least favorite are the creeps who call and tell you they're collecting for the Police Department's program to fund kids' sports.
The police, of course, are not permitted to do any sort of solicitation and (at least in theory) can be fired for accepting as little as a cup of coffee without paying for it.

I just ask the guy for his precinct and badge number. Fastest hang-up you've ever heard.

saracidaltendencies
09-05-2008, 03:18 PM
There was a time when a couple solicitors had completely ignored my sign (referred to sign earlier in the thread) and rang my doorbell. I wasn't expecting anyone so I was annoyed already. Plus, I had just gotten out of the shower and had only a robe on. So, I go to the door, partly open it (I have one of those chain locks, a medium sized dog, and an English Mastiff...lol), stick my head out and look at them and ask, "are you guys illiterate?" One of them replies with a no, to which I replied, "well then." and shut the door. :teehee: I KNOW they saw and read that sign, I have it at EYE level, and, in the time it took for me to get from the back of the house to the front, there was plenty of time for them to read that sign! I get REALLY annoyed when people ignore my sign...lol

linknit41
09-12-2008, 07:09 PM
just a hint, Christine--lots of these 'warranty'things are scams! linknit41

cristina61
09-13-2008, 01:36 AM
just a hint, Christine--lots of these 'warranty'things are scams! linknit41

Not sure if this was to me, but . . . yep, I know they're a scam, thanks to Carmen's earlier post (on page 3).

And anyway, I don't buy ANYTHING solicited over the phone or at my door. I learned that lesson a long time ago and will never, ever forget it.