Stick to this plan and keep door pests away

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: ROSS GI­B­LIN

Not wanted: Sue Chetwin is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to use stick­ers to de­ter door-to-door sales­peo­ple.

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