A few weeks ago I answered an evening knock on the door. At this point I have come to expect it to be one of Jillys neighborhood friends, and was a little surprised to see it was a man with a clipboard.
He introduced himself by saying “I’m with blahblahblah alarms, and as we’re installing several alarm systems in your neighborhood we’re offering an amazing promotion – we’ll install a FREE alarm system in your house if you allow us to display our lawn sign on your property.”
This is the trunk slammers mantra, and as I was a bit under the weather I admit that I got irritated instead of winding the conversation out as far as I should have.
“No thanks, we already have an alarm system.” I instantly replied, moving quickly to stick to my resolution not to heap abuse on any more door-to-door salesmen.
“I’m sure our system is more up to date, and our monitoring costs are extremely competitive!” he shot back with skipping a beat.
“I doubt it, but if you can beat $10 a month fill yer boots” I grumbled.
He took the hint and left without further effort and it wasn’t until a few days later that I started feeling regret for not having him assess our current alarm system, tell us about how we can cancel our contract with his company at any time, and explain how a wireless system is far more reliable than the hardwired system we have now.
Of course I already know the pitch, and the kid is a salesman with no security clearance. I think I’ll pick up one of those mini spy-pens, as the only way I’d let one of these guys into the house is if I could record him and then address the misrepresentations one by one.
Maybe next time.
(And for the record, our system – which cost in the ballpark of $600 for hardware – includes 4 smoke detectors, 4 motion detectors, 2 glassbreak detectors, a dozen door/window contacts, freeze and flood protection and smartphone integration)