Friday, January 23, 2009


Until Wednesday night, I thought that "NO SOLICITING" signs were rather unfriendly and rude. I always pictured the occupants of these "signed" homes as older, grumpy, reclusive people that couldn't possibly shell out 3 bucks for a box of Girl Scout cookies. That is until I had my 6th (that's a conservative estimate) vinyl window sales people, yes, there were two, knock on my front door as I was making dinner at about 6:30pm. I think that these people are required to take a diver's training course for how to maximize one breath of air because I couldn't get a word in edgewise for about two minutes.

I wasn't in the right state of mind on this particular night. In the past, I have graciously thanked them for their time and told them that I wasn't interested. But, I didn't have much fight in me, so I let them do their thing...promising me that a representative would be dropping of a $100 gas card the next night (a ploy to get me to let one of their salespeople into my home). No, this is absolutely not what made me receptive to their sales techniques...again, not in an assertive mood. This guy was basically convinced that he was doing me a favor. If you've had a window salesperson in your home, you know that this is not the case. They sit at your dining room table for, oh, say two hours and fill those two hours with the most asinine claims and demonstrations.

The icing on the cake was the fact that they asked to use MY cell phone to call the home that home office knew that they weren't just making these appointments up. How weird is that??? I was so taken aback that I just handed over the phone without much that point, I just wanted them off my porch!

So, needless to say, Home Depot is my first stop after work today and I'll be posting some "NO SOLICITING" signs at several places in and around the entrance to my home...and definitely a couple in my single-pane, aluminum clad, wildly inefficient windows!!!!!


Kiki said...

You poor thing!
I had a home security guy come by at 8:30 at night. Thank goodness my hubby was home! He wanted to stick a sign in the front yard, come in do a walk through set up an appt. for a sales man to come by. (Hello SCAM he comes in looks at where everything is and tells the friend ok it is at this house with the sign is)
He was very sketchy if ya know what I mean. The first thing I thought of was SCAM! I asked hubby to ask him for a business card, he didn't have one. Then I asked him for a flyer, he didn't have one. He asked again to come in. I said no and said out loud to SHUT THE DOOR!
We called the cops and they were very nice and went and looked for him. I didn't know that is is agaisnt the law in my town for door to door salesman.

Lana said...

Jilly this is so funny. I was just like you, I thought those signs were so ridiculous until I started getting bombarded! I will go with you to Home Depot to get a sign (or 3) I need one too! I once bought a $40 bottle of universal cleaner when Ryan was gone and someone came to the door--I have NO backbone.

Jess said...

So true!! I don't usually let them in, but the number of brochures left on my porch is ridiculous! I figure they're YOUR windows, they can be as inefficient as we want them to be!