If there are a few things that I can’t stand, it’s telemarketers and door to door sales people. I haven’t done both but I’ve done things that are similiar. I’ve worked at a third party collection and I’ve done telemarketing before. As for the door to door thing, I don’t think I could do stuff like that. With the telemarketing job, at least I didn’t have to see the people I was talking to face to face. It would make the job a lot harder if I saw the look on people’s faces.
If you’ve gone shopping at Futureshop, then you know that some of the stuff that the sales person is saying is bullshit. Some of them don’t really care about saving you money. What matters to them is that they are making a sale. If they sell you something like a warranty, they will get commission from it. That would mean more money in their pockets but less in yours. You have to be strong in order to tell them “No!”
After you tell them “no” the first time, it just falls upon a deaf ear and they pretend not to hear it. So they’ll pitch another idea to you in hopes of getting you hooked. No matter how much you don’t want to buy that warranty, they keep going at you with it. Unless you’re investing a lot in an item, a warranty isn’t really necessary. I should have bought a warranty on my $1000 camera but that would have meant another $300. The way they try and sell you that idea is by saying, “Since you’ve already spent $1000, why not throw in another $300 and if anything breaks down, you’re cover.” As if $1000 isn’t expensive enough, I don’t want to have to worry about an extra $300.
Plus anything under warranty usually breaks down as soon as the warranty expires anyway. So there’s really no point in buying it in the first place. My parents bought a big screen TV and it is now just sitting there in the living room. About a month before the warranty expired, the TV started acting up. So before the warranty ran out, we called and got them to send a technician over to fix it. He came and soldered some parts and we thought it was good as new. Once the warranty expired, so did the TV. Now we have to watch TV on a 15 inch display.
Companies that try and sell you things have a lot of tricks up their sleeves. They have ways of saying things so it sounds better than it is. I went computer shopping with some coworkers and helped them pick out a computer. I asked them the reason why they want to buy a computer and they briefly told me about the things that they want to use it for. When we were approached by one of the sale representative, he wanted to sell us a higher model with a whole bunch of features that will never be used. Once we told him that were on a budget, he took off. I guess he didn’t want to sell us something if it’s less than $1000. In the end, he came back and we worked on getting a deal now that wasn’t supposed to be on until next week. Knowing my coworkers, I advised them to get the warranty. All of that ended up costing just over $1000.
I don’t like talking to a sale representative because I know what I want to buy. I don’t need them to come up to me and start throwing buzz words around. Usually I tell them that I’m just browsing because that seems to work best. But there are te few that are persistent to a point. That is the reason why I would prefer to buy things online rather than at the store.
My friend just started a new job in door-to-door sales which he thinks is the best job in the world. He can’t seem to shut up about it. None of us wants to hear about it and yet he keeps going at it. I guess that makes him good for the job. He tells us about the job as if we’re going to apply for it. I’ve done my share of customer service related jobs and I don’t want to do any more. I don’t like to be bothered when it comes to certain things so I’m not going to do the same to others.
The company that my friend is working for is Ontario Energy Savings or something. It’s almost like another one of those Direct Energy companies where they get you to sign a five year contract in order to freeze your gas prices. I’ve already had a few of them come to my home and ask to see my gas bill. My dad didn’t want to sign up because of the way they do business. What was happening was that Direct Energy will sell gas to us but it goes thru Union Gas. So basically, they are selling the gas to Union Gas and Union Gas is providing us with the gas. Union Gas cannot charge us more than what Direct Energy is charging because that’s what the contract is for. So in a way, Direct Energy is screwing over Union Gas because they cannot raise the price of gas once demands go up. If Direct Energy is doing that to their customers, what’s to stop them from doing it to us? Plus, he didn’t want to get stuck on a five year contract.
No matter how many times we tell the sales people “no” they keep coming back. Even if we were already with Direct Energy, these people have no idea who has already signed up and who hasn’t. They just go door to door and ask. They tend to always show up at the worse time too. My friend is planning on working on Monday. In Canada, Monday is Thanksgiving. It’s a day where families get together for a feast. If some guy comes to my door and wants to me to sign up a contract, he better be careful because I’ll be cutting the turkey which means that I’ll be holding a knife.