BBB offers tips for purchasing from door-to-door sales representatives
If you live in a home, chances are you have talked to a door-to-door sales representative eager to sell you cleaning supplies, cosmetics or magazine subscriptions. In some cases, these sales representatives will use high-pressure or deceptive sales tactics to get potential customers to buy their products. This summer, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas advises you to be on guard the next time a sales representative knocks on your door.
According to the Texas Attorney General, under Texas law, a door-to-door seller must advise you verbally and in writing that you have a right to cancel the sale within three days. The sales representative must also give you a contract or receipt stating the date of the sale, the name and address of the merchant and a statement of your right to cancel the contract, which includes the address where you send your cancellation notice.
Unfortunately, scammers have also been known to pose as door-to-door sales representatives. These scammers are after your personal and financial information, or they may be casing your home for a potential burglary. Summer is an active time for this type of activity because many residents are home during the day to answer the door.
If a sales representative comes to your door, your BBB advises the following: