Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Door-to-Door Salesmen

Remember the Fuller Brush Man, the Avon Lady and Jewel-T? All of these folks earned their living going door-to-door selling their products.

Did you know that door-to-door salesmen still exist?

I was recently surprised to have a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesman come to my door. He wanted to clean my stairway or one full room for free. I had visions of the sitcoms where the guy throws some horrible staining product on the floor and proceeds to unsuccessfully attempt to clean it up, leaving the owner with a large horrible spot. I politely turned him away.

Then, this week another Kirby salesman showed up. This time, I told him someone had just been through the neighborhood pushing their products. I have to give him credit though, assuming the first guy had cleaned a room for me, he asked if I had a second room he could clean for free!!! I, again, turned him away although I did compliment him on the quick thinking for his sales pitch.

Later that same day, there was yet another knock at the door! No, it wasn't another Kirby guy. This one was a guy who wanted me to buy "fresh" meats from the back of his truck! He had a fairly small pick-up truck with a large cooler in the back. I told him I wasn't interested but he was very persistent. He wanted to know why I wouldn't even consider trying to save money in this day and age. I emphatically told him I don't buy my meat off the back of a truck from a total stranger. He went away muttering how did I think the grocery stores got their meat.

I guess in this day and age, with the economy in the state it is in, we must give these guys credit for getting out there and trying to make a living. I try to be polite to them for they are making an effort. When they get rude, I end the conversation and close the door.

Let's give credit to all those folks who are out there trying to earn an honest living. It's not easy out there today!


TheClayMuse said...

Wow.. door to door sales guys eh? haven't seen one of those in years! And I don't blame you for turning away the guy in his pickup.. seriously.. I wouldn't trust anyone who came up to my door offering to sell me "fresh meat".. unless it was my neighbors father who is a butcher and hunts deer.... Him I'd trust.. not some total stranger!

The Retired One said...

The meat salesman would have seriously creeped me out.

I am sorry, but I don't think door-to-door sales should be allowed anymore.

Too many rapists, thieves,etc.
I don't even want to open my door to one when my husband is home!!

The Retired One said...

I forgot on my other comment about the meat salesman....
Have you seen Sweeney Todd?????