Stick to this plan and keep door pests away
Put a stop to those annoying salespeople knocking on your front door with a free sticker.
Consumer NZ is running a campaign against door-to-door sales after regular complaints against their tactics, particularly from seniors and the vulnerable.
‘‘We’ve dealt with cases involving elderly people sold $3000 vacuum cleaners that clean no better than vacuums you can buy for $100,’’ chief executive Sue Chetwin says.
‘‘We’ve also dealt with complaints from consumers pressured to buy grossly overpriced beds and other household goods they couldn’t afford and had to go into debt to pur- chase,’’ Chetwin says.
The organisation is distributing ‘‘do not knock’’ stickers with its magazine but they are also available free from Citizens Advice Bureaus.
Chetwin says everybody has an implied licence to enter your property and knock on your door.
But a sticker can revoke this so if a seller ignores it then they are likely to be trespassing.
Consumer also want changes to the Fair Trading Act to make it an offence for sellers to ignore a ‘‘do not knock’’ sign.
In Australia door-to-door sellers can be fined for doing so.
Not wanted: Sue Chetwin is encouraging people to use stickers to deter door-to-door salespeople.