Sunday, March 13, 2011

Know Your Rights with Door-to-Door Salespeople.

The Norcross Police Department is, "warning residents about door-to-door salesmen selling alarm systems who reportedly are misrepresenting endorsements for their products." Fox 5 3/12/11.

Did you know there is a Federal law that governs sales that take place in your home? Federal law 16 C.F.R. 429 lists your rights regarding most door-to-door sales, including specific contract requirements for sales at your home. GA Consumer Rights. It is important to be aware of your rights!

What to do when a salesperson knocks on your door:
  • Remember that you do not need to answer the door. It is your home and you can simply not answer the door.
  • If you do answer the door, be safe. Do not immediately allow a stranger to enter your home.
  • Try to talk to the salesperson on your porch or front step instead of allowing them into your home.
  • If you do allow the person into your home, first be sure to ask for and check their credentials, including: name tag, uniform, business card, and vehicle.
  • If you are not interested in what they are selling or promoting, simply tell them no.
  • Ask yourself if you need time to think it over. Some door-to-door salespeople will be happy to leave their information for you to contact them at a later date.
  • Posting a no solicitation sign may help, but it is just a warning, and will not stop someone from going door-to-door in your neighborhood.
If you suspect a problem with a door-to-door salesperson, contact your local police immediately.

If you have entered into a contract with a door-to-door salesperson and are having concerncs, contact our office to discuss your legal rights.

1 comment:

  1. I've found that a "shhh baby sleeping" sign works effectively. Even though my 'baby' is 5 years old!


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