CHICAGO, IL – August 8, 2013 – The world has become more digital and consumers are buying and selling more frequently online. However, that does not mean that door-to-door selling is going away.
“Concerns about door-to-door sales abound. From product quality to product delivery there are many issues. History has taught us that door-to-door sales can be questionable because you interact with the salesperson once and never see them again,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
“The door-to-door sales tactics are meant to be quick and trigger immediate decisions from customers,” he said. “There are honest and fair door-to-door salespeople but some of the tactics used should cause consumers to be extra wary of any promises and commitments.”
Bernas continued to speak about how research and reading the fine print can benefit consumers when it comes to purchasing products, especially from someone who shows up at your door.
“Checking out a business before making a purchase protects consumers and is exactly what the BBB has been advocating for years,” Bernas said. “Consumers can do this by going to bbbit.org”
Two of the most common door-to-door sales are magazine subscriptions and contractors:
A door-to-door scam is likely to include some of these signs:
Here are some tips when dealing with door-to-door sales:
For more information on scams, please visit www.bbbit.org/
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.