Sunday 22 April 2018

Don't be pressured into doorstep deals

Annie in Sligo has been in touch following a visit to her home from a man selling solar panels after she agreed to a home call at the company's stand in a local store.

After two hours, the salesman was still bombarding Annie with technical information. He then gave an initial quote, but added three discounts totalling almost €3,500 off the initial €13,500 quote.

When Annie said she'd have to think about it and talk to her husband, he told her that these discounts were only available if she signed there and then and if she didn't agree "he'd have to offer it to the next house".

Remember: Don't sign up to anything there and then; you need time to digest the information, talk it over with someone and see if you can get better value elsewhere.

High-pressure sales are actually illegal under the Consumer Protection Act, so remember that no one should intimidate you into a sale.

Remember, it's your doorstep, your home and your time.

Irish Independent

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