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Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:27 PM

Talk about a time warp - a door to door Kirby Vacuum salesman just knocked at my door

When I didn't get to the door fast enough he put a note through the handle that said I had pre-paid merchandise waiting for them to deliver. All I had to do was call. No clue as to what this pre paid package was, or who sent it other than 'our Company'.

Unfortunately for this guy, I came to the door before he got back to his vehicle, so he headed into a sales pitch that I IMMEDIATELY stopped. He persisted so I gave him my patented look that says 'One more word - say just ONE MORE WORD and I'll shoot lasers out of my eyeballs that will leave you in a charred heap of flesh that I will shovel to the curb for trash collection day.'

To my defense, I had just finished a whole lot of really hard and messy yard work and all I wanted to do was take a cool, soapy shower. And I hate door to door sales.

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Reply Talk about a time warp - a door to door Kirby Vacuum salesman just knocked at my door (Original post)
Siwsan Tuesday OP
msongs Tuesday #1
Siwsan Tuesday #4
Floyd R. Turbo Tuesday #2
Siwsan Tuesday #5
True Dough Tuesday #3
Siwsan Tuesday #6
Freddie Tuesday #7
Siwsan Tuesday #11
Hassin Bin Sober Tuesday #12
RKP5637 Tuesday #8
Siwsan Tuesday #9
RKP5637 Tuesday #14
CottonBear Wednesday #21
JustABozoOnThisBus Tuesday #10
Behind the Aegis Tuesday #13
Siwsan Wednesday #17
Wounded Bear Thursday #29
Siwsan Thursday #30
malthaussen Wednesday #15
Siwsan Wednesday #16
Aristus Wednesday #18
Siwsan Wednesday #19
Aristus Wednesday #20
marlakay Wednesday #24
Aristus Thursday #25
marlakay Thursday #28
DFW Wednesday #22
crazycatlady Wednesday #23
sprinkleeninow Thursday #26
dem4decades Thursday #27

Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:29 PM

1. what happened to the "prepaid merchandise"? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:34 PM

4. I'll never know - I just 'googled' the phone number

Some nasty complaints about this particular Kirby distributor.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:29 PM

2. That sucks! 😏

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:36 PM

5. HAHAHAHA!!

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:30 PM

3. Messy yard work?

NOTHING cleans up messy yard work like a Kirby vacuum cleaner!!!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:37 PM

6. See- he missed that sales pitch!!

In retrospect, I probably looked a fright when I came to the door.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 03:52 PM

7. The only door-to-door salespeople we get

Are trying to talk us into an alternate electricity supplier. Always nice young people that I say No to and shut the door before they can start the spiel.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:22 PM

11. I've had people who I strongly suspect are 'Travelers' stop and knock

They say they are working on a house, right up the street and can give me a good price on new siding, or a new roof, ya da ya da ya da.

I can't get rid of them fast enough.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:44 PM

12. We get those all the time.

My neighbors all flip out.

I try to be polite to people selling door to door. The electricity people here are usually young African American women. It’s a shitty job but at least they are trying.

Now bible thumpers. That’s another story...

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:04 PM

8. We get churchy people trying to drum up business. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:05 PM

9. I always tell church people, who come to my door, that I'm a Orthodox Druid

They rarely return.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 05:03 PM

14. Excellent!!! n/t

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:53 PM

21. I like that answer! I'll be using Orthodox Druid in the future.

A rather plump and short friend of mine used to answer the door dressed only in a bath towel. Then she’d engage the religious individual in a theocratic debate. The visitors usually never returned.
LOL! 😁

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:16 PM

10. I'd like to have a Kerby distributor come to my door right now ...

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:52 PM

13. My kind-hearted husband let one in a couple of years ago...

...now we own a Kirby! However, it is an EXCELLENT machine. So, it was a good purchase, expensive and the sales person was relentless. Now, we have Ring! so we can see who is at the door...sometimes, when it works correctly. Being in Oklahoma, we get people wanting us to chip in to build their church...FUCK THAT NOISE. Build your own goddamned church. I ain't paying for it! Maybe I should start soliciting churches for them to contribute to a fund to build me a new house!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:04 PM

17. I have a brand new sign on my door

Basically telling religious and sales people to go away, but I'm always open to speaking with Democratic candidates.

I've had some 'Travelers' come to the door, trying to convince me I need a new roof, siding, driveway - you name it. I get aggressive with them, before they can get aggressive with me.

I might look into getting Ring. My problem is I'm out in the yards and gardens most days, from early Spring to late Autumn, so they catch me outside.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #17)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:20 AM

29. Try this one, should be really effective in red country...



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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #29)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:41 AM

30. I looked out to see a sales person skulking off of my property, yesterday afternoon

So I guess my sign works!





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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 12:34 PM

15. My father sold Kirbys...

... fifty years ago. He was a stereotypical travelling salesman, too -- he was always selling something other than the product.

However, our Kirby lasted 20-odd years, so...

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 12:59 PM

16. I'm getting ready to 'de-carpet' this whole house

There are beautiful hard wood floors beneath this carpeting. I'd rather 'Swifter' away the dust and use my 10 year old Bissell on the area rugs. I can't even begin to fathom spending over $1,000 for a vacuum cleaner, although I know plenty of people do.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:21 PM

18. We had a couple of Mormon kids come to our door the other day.

Mrs. Aristus, who has a degree in ministry, sent them off pretty quickly. But I was struck again by how polite and friendly they always are. One of them, after basically being bidden goodbye by Mrs. Aristus, asked if there was anything they could do for us. She said 'no', and that was that.

It's such a con, roping people in with their friendliness and well-mannered deportment.

It's a poor disguise for the visceral hatred they have for everyone who isn't white and Mormon.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:41 PM

19. I give door to door people a single 'I'm not interested'. If they keep pushing.....

they risk me releasing my inner Dragon. I have little to no patience for people who will not take "NO" for an answer.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:47 PM

20. In the world of sales, not taking 'no' for an answer is called 'overcoming objections'.

The self-help book industry is saturated with volumes touting the importance of "getting to 'yes' ".

Back when I was working retail, I sat through any number of mandatory sales seminars in which smug, self-important sales trainers insisted that if one could 'overcome customer objections', one could 'get to yes', and be fabulously successful in sales.

They never quite seemed to understand that there was all the difference in the world between "I'm not sure this product meets my needs" (an objection that could possibly be overcome) and "I'm not interested in buying" which is a rejection, not an objection.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:36 PM

24. Our Mormon neighbors have invited us

Out to trivia night at local restaurant. They know we are new in area must think desperate for friends.

But its hard not to like them, they seem truly interested in what you say and beyond friendly. Its scary in a pleasantville sort of way!

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Response to marlakay (Reply #24)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:31 AM

25. I have to wonder how good Mormons would be at trivia.

If it's not in the Book of Nephi, they've probably never heard of it...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:29 AM

28. He said is is good except for music

I wonder if they are not allowed certain kinds or dancing?

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:14 PM

22. Was he driving an Edsel? n/t

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:41 PM

23. As someone who's run paid canvassing programs before

I know I've hired a few former Kirby vacuum salespeople (as well as Cutco knives) and they tend to be the best canvassers.

All of you on this forum should be nice to Democratic candidates and canvassers.

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:42 AM

26. Cutco Knives! I still use mine from the very early 1970's. 😃

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:42 AM

27. it's not a job of like that's for sure.

As a nation are we making Kirbys great again?

How about Fuller Brush, can we make then great again.

And TV repairman that come to the house with a case full of tubes?

Can Trump make tube Tv's great again?

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