People will try selling you anything, and they will do whatever it takes to get your money. From clothing to appliances to a new roof, salespeople are ruthless in their approaches. They always seem to catch you at the worst time of day, either before work, after work, or even while you are eating dinner. Of course, they use these times because you are home, but many people have zero interest in talking with strangers during their downtime. Obviously some people do, because a huge amount of companies continue to send canvassers out on the streets to peddle their products.
Salespeople are trained to sell, and they do it well. They are likely going to pressure you into purchasing something you don’t want, and likely don’t even need. They use fear and intimidation to make sales leads a reality, and you are the target: don’t become a salesperson’s victim. If you want to get rid of door-to-door salespeople in your life, then keep reading!
1. Don’t answer the door.
Not answering the door is a great way to keep all kinds of people away, not just salespeople! If you have some problematic family members, or perhaps a Jehovah’s Witness at your door that you don’t want to talk to, then don’t! What better way is available to you then ignoring unwanted houseguests entirely?
If you use this approach, find a way to secretly see who is calling at your door without them realizing they are being watched. The second they see you, if will be much more difficult to avoid them! Look through a window, or try using a monitoring camera on your front porch so you can always see who is outside. Cameras are useful for security as well, which is an added bonus.
Unfortunately for you, salespeople do not give up that easily. They usually have a list of houses on a street to go to, and chances are high they will come back at least once or twice more later that day, or even the following day, if you do not answer. Keep on reading if you want a more lasting fix!
2. Use a “No Trespassing” sign.
Using a No Trespassing sign on your property is a great way to keep unwelcome guests off of your porch and away from your life! Most salespeople respect these signs and will be on their way without bothering you at all.
No Trespassing signs are available at any hardware store, and you can also order them online if need be. If you are feeling creative, you can also easily make one of these at home and laminate it yourself so it stays protected.
You want to be sure that salespeople can easily see it so that they won’t make this excuse when they ring your doorbell or knock on your door. Don’t give them the chance to do so! Use a stake to post a sign on your lawn, or have this sign clearly visible on a fence or a front gate.
3. Get a dog.
Unfortunately, even No Soliciting signs are not a guarantee that someone will stay away from your house. A more effective tactic is to use your dog. You should not have your dog attack a salesperson, of course. That is a recipe for disaster.
A dog works well because of their bark. Salespeople are trying to strike up a conversation with you, and a barking dog is sure to mess with their best-laid plans. Some salespeople don’t even bother knocking on a door if they hear a dog’s bark, or they will leave quickly afterwards.
4. Tell them you are not interested.
So, you caved and answered the door after all. The world is not going to end: don’t fret! One of the worse ideas you can have is to listen to a door-to-door salesperson’s pitch. Most salespeople work on a commission basis, so they are likely making very little money if they aren’t making any sales. Any interest on your part will only increase their curiosity and make them try even harder to get you to sign up for a callback meeting that you likely are not even interested in.
Don’t hesitate to interrupt them before they have even started their sales pitch. If you are not interested, tell them so. There are several good ways that you can easily get them off your porch, but a surefire suggestion is to tell them you have no money to buy anything. They can’t argue with that!
If you are honest with them, there is a good chance they will respect your desires and leave you alone. After all, they are representing their company, and if they give you a hard time you could get them in trouble with their company. You could even write a negative review online about your experience, which any company desperately wants to avoid.
Don’t feel bad about disappointing them. Salespeople have to have a thick skin, because they are disappointed on a regular basis. If you tell them to move on, they will likely head on to your neighbour’s house and leave you in peace. It is best to not get angry with them or try arguing with them for any reason. This is a waste of your time and energy!
Being polite is always a good idea. This salesperson is still a person at the end of the day, and likely has a family and children. You can still be polite without letting them inside, however.
Some people think that letting salespeople inside is a necessary step to follow, just as they would with anyone knocking at their door. But this is a huge mistake, and you shouldn’t let salespeople in, even if you think it’s rude! Once they are inside, they have the advantage. You are much more likely to sign up for a callback meeting or hear their pitch once they are inside your home. Salespeople use these common social conventions to their advantage, and you will almost certainly regret it, or have a hard time getting them out of your house after this.
Salespeople can be a serious challenge in your day-to-day life. If you don’t have the time of day for them, then don’t give it to them! If this is how you feel, consider it this way: you should only buy something if you yourself set out to buy it in the first place. Don’t get talked into the next miracle floor cleaner or the world’s sharpest set of knives. Chances are you can get the same products for less elsewhere.
If you simply must talk to the salesperson after avoiding them to your best ability, be firm but polite. Remember that they are human, after all, even if they are not the humans you want in your life! If you stick to these strategies you will quickly get rid of door-to-door salespeople.