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On door-to-door sales of $25 or more, a Federal Trade Commission rule gives consumers the right to cancel a transaction up until midnight of the third business day after the date of the sale. The rule applies to any sales agreements made away from the seller's normal place of business, such as sales "parties" given in private homes or sales made out of rented hotel or motel rooms or restaurants.
The rule does not apply to sales made totally by telephone or by mail, or to real estate, insurance, or securities sales, or to emergency home repairs.
The rule states that the seller must tell you of your right to cancel, give you a contract or receipt, and give you two copies of your notice of cancellation. The contract should be dated, and it should clearly show the name and address of the seller. If you cancel, the seller must refund your money within ten days and return to you any documents you have signed.
(Some states or local jurisdictions have additional laws applicable to door-to-door sellers, such as registration requirements.)
FTC: Door-to-Door Sales