What do you do with solicitors?

  • metta

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    Feb 03, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    They are always so aggressive and I have trouble saying no to them. I never know if they are doing what they say are doing. They always say that they live in the neighborhood but I really have trouble believing that. Money going for some kind of school thing....buying magazines for the troops. Today the guy was asking for between $79-120 to buy magazines for veteran hospitals. It makes it hard to say no but I really don't like people coming to my door to sell things. I'm thinking about getting a no solicitor sign but I'm wondering if that would look mean.

    Do you buy things from solicitors?
    Do you ever have trouble telling them no?
    I remember last year this one guy came to the door and he would not take no. I had my friend come to the door to help me and the guy just would not take no.
  • Delivis

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    Feb 03, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Get a sign, its not mean, at all.

    Or have some fun with it, answer the door naked or something. I'll answer the door with a large pet snake around my shoulders, that usually gets them off their script.

    Or, to be fair, ask them for their address so you can come by later and sell them something.
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    Feb 03, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Nope.. either I dont answer the door or when I do I just simply tell em.. No Solicitors.. read the sign posted. Then point and close the door.

    If its religious folks, I open the door and tell em they got three seconds to get off my property.
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    Feb 03, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Put a sign up. This is not mean. Just lets them know that you are not interested before they knock on your door. As for me, I usually will not answer the door if I do not know who is on the other side. I just pretend I am not at home. Occasionally I might be right by the door and answer it any way. When that happens, I just tell them no and send them on their way.
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    Feb 03, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Signs don't work. Just don't answer the door. 99% of those kids selling candy for youth camp is a scam.
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  • B71115

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    Feb 03, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    I keep mine in a junk drawer in the kitchen so I can find them when I need them.

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    Feb 03, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    I used to say I'd consider their offer if they sang a Britany Spears song, then I would politely decline. Let me tell you, there are some diamonds in the rough out there soliciting.
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    Just ignore them and walk away, they go the next nearest person. It's not that hard to be a bitch sometimes....
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:36 AM GMT
    On the phone: the name of whatever town I'm in, followed by "Mortuary", "Psych Ward", or "Correctional Facility"

    In person, I flirt with the cute ones, act like a psycho with the old ones, and fake take what they hand out and say to the ones a bit older and looney and rip it up and close the door slowly amid sentence.
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    I simply don't answer the door if I'm not expecting someone. If I take a peek out the window and peephole and don't recognize them, then I ignore them. Easy enough.
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:47 AM GMT
    Answer the door in a jock strap
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    Feb 03, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
    Yes, just put up a sign. It won't stop anyone. Now when they come to your door, just say, "read the sign" and you close the door. End of discussion.
    You already let the solicitor know he wasn't welcome before taking up your time.
    Some solicitors may want to argue with you, but if they're defensive and argumentative, there's no way they're making that sale.

    I have two dogs. Both very friendly, just very excited when someone rings the bell. The dogs start barking, and the solicitor starts off apologizing to me. "Sorry to take your time." "It's ok to say 'no.'"
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    Feb 03, 2012 8:13 AM GMT
    Yeah people approach you about every 3 minutes here, so eventually you learn how to perfect the *hand goes up and implies sftfu*

    I have nothing against these people, but If I wanted to buy something I wouldn't need someone to "sell" me on it
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    Feb 03, 2012 8:14 AM GMT
    Tell them you're broke and try to sell them things.
  • Suetonius

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    Feb 03, 2012 8:20 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidNope.. either I dont answer the door or when I do I just simply tell em.. No Solicitors.. read the sign posted. Then point and close the door.

    If its religious folks, I open the door and tell em they got three seconds to get off my property.

    Even those cute Mormans? The Mormans always send out these really cute, really young guys. Think about inviting them in to talk about Mormanism, and slowly start taking your clothes off ("Y'all don't mind if I get a bit more comfortable?") and start complimenting them on their good looks, and how all the Morman boys you knew have been so good looking. Maybe this ends up in a trinity? Or at least some more worldly wise morman youth.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 03, 2012 8:26 AM GMT
    Same thing we do with tropical mark- make fun of him, then dismiss him.icon_lol.gif
  • metta

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    Feb 03, 2012 8:54 AM GMT

    ^
    I enjoy Tropical Mark's posts. icon_smile.gif




    Thank you everyone! I'm going to get a sign and see if that helps:



    https://www.google.com/search?ix=hea&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=door+bell+no+solicitor+sign#q=door+bell+no+solicitor+sign&hl=en&tbm=shop&prmd=imvnsfd&ei=lWMrT43JIYKniQKHt_y2Cg&start=0&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=a13b0389ecff6ce9&ix=hea&biw=1420&bih=1008


    I just ordered this one but with a copper/patina finish and it will say No Solicitors:

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    We have bears in my neighborhood so it will fit in. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:30 AM GMT
    I've always taken the position that they are the ones who are rude enough to bother me at home, so i don't owe them any respect in return. Slam the door in their face and get on with your life. That's what I do.
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:34 AM GMT
    Whatever they're selling, I tell them that I already bought it.

    Whatever they're asking for, I already gave it away.

    Whatever religion they're pushing, I just got back from my church.



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    Feb 03, 2012 9:37 AM GMT
    Why do you people bother to answer the door for people you don't know or expect? icon_rolleyes.gif 9.5 times out of 10, no one comes to your door worth your time or interest.
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:41 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidWhy do you people bother to answer the door for people you don't know or expect? icon_rolleyes.gif 9.5 times out of 10, no one comes to your door worth your time or interest.


    Any opportunity to show off my cute jock straps?
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:42 AM GMT
    7Famark said
    pocketnico saidWhy do you people bother to answer the door for people you don't know or expect? icon_rolleyes.gif 9.5 times out of 10, no one comes to your door worth your time or interest.


    Any opportunity to show off my cute jock straps?


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    Feb 03, 2012 9:55 AM GMT
    I just kindly tell them I am not interested and let them go about their business. They might hagle me a little but I understand... I used to work retail so I get it but once I make my point clear that I understand their role but I'm not interested... they usually leave me alone.
  • werdnandrew

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    Feb 03, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    Ignore them completely, let them knock all they want if they think your not home they will go away and most likely not even come back to your house ever again.
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    Feb 03, 2012 10:31 AM GMT

    On phone: I go silent, they stop talking because they think I've hung up and don't want to waste their time. So I get to start talking and say "please put me on your Do Not Call list". They might offer to take you off their calling list, but there is a difference in that they can always put you back on.

    Letters: I write, "Return to sender, please stop sending mail, will never buy"

    Kids outside grocery stores asking "Would you like t--": "NOOOOOPE!!"

    Cashiers: "No thanks!"

    People using sad things to ask for money: "I make my donations independently and as a rule don't give when asked." (which is true) I give to my causes yearly and that uses up my charity budget.