Beware of door marketers

Salespeople are preying on vulnerable seniors in Hope

For those who aren’t aware, there has been a bit of a marketing siege going on in Hope.

Personable, attractive young people are knocking on doors. (I have a “no solicitors” sign but it doesn’t help) asking if you can take an air quality questionnaire or words to that effect. Later you get a phone call asking if you would like a free gift no obligation.

If you decide to let someone come with this “three-day holiday package, free/gratis or pressure hose attachment,” you are in for a very compelling education about how air quality is our highest priority and may end up, like I did, signing up for a Filter Queen vacuum and also state of the art air conditioner.

If you complain later that the salesperson did not mention the almost 20 per cent interest on four years of payments plus over a thousand dollar “borrowing fee,” they might drop most of the borrowing fee and you “save” a thousand.

The vacuum company is based in Victoria. You have 10 days to cancel without giving a reason so if you have made this error in judgment, being mesmerized by top quality sales pitches and products, you may have time.

If this has not happened to you, be warned. Do not answer the door, is my advice, to anyone you don’t know. They are moving in from Victoria to prey on vulnerable seniors.

City hall should not allow this. I would like to see them stop this sort of door-to-door marketing.

Ruth Renwick

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