How do you handle door-to-door solicitation at your home?
I will be pleasant to them. I will step out on my porch and maybe converse a bit. But never, never let them into my home. When I was a teenager, my family received a sales caller at our door. We let him in. My father and mother were both there and quickly told him, "not interested". He left, but we watched what vehicle he got into and recorded the license plate. He had scars on his face and he was quickly taking inventory of our home as he stood in our living room. We reported it to the police and found out later he was part of a circle of theives who rob homes worthy of their time! We were lucky!
Usually I don't answer the door. The dogs alert us when someone comes. On the off chance that we are already outside, I am polite and turn down service- or blame the fact that I will need to talk to my husband and get back to them.
I'm always polite to start with. You can always go from polite to rude but it's very difficult to go from rude to polite. If that doesn't work, I report them to whoever is above them. (This works with Jehovah Witnesses, too. JW's aren't supposed to be pushy, and if you've asked them to leave you alone and they won't, call their Kingdom Hall and talk to their pastor. After that they'll leave you alone.)
I just tell whoever it is that I am not interested plain and simple.
My parents used to glance through the blinds and hide in the bedrooms. They pretended not to be home. Personally, I'll open the door depending on who's there. With the economy in it's current state, and constant stories of home invasion robberies, it's not worth taking the chance. If it's a little boy or girl scout, then that's a different story. Besides, the girl scout might be selling girl scout cookies!!!
I will generally be polite and chat for a few minutes before telling him or her that I won't be making any decisions today, but if they give me some information to take away, I may be back in contact. If they start to use hard selling techniques, I tend to end the conversation quickly.
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