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Old 11-12-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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Twice in the past week I have had young ladies coming to my door selling magazines. Well they say that they are earning points towards job training or college. Both ladies had different stories. Anyway was wondering if anyone else has encountered these people and if this business is legitimate. The one last night asked me if I had any food for her. I told her dinner wasn't ready yet and gave her a banana to go away.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Twice in the past week I have had young ladies coming to my door selling magazines. Well they say that they are earning points towards job training or college. Both ladies had different stories. Anyway was wondering if anyone else has encountered these people and if this business is legitimate. The one last night asked me if I had any food for her. I told her dinner wasn't ready yet and gave her a banana to go away.
What area are you in? I wouldn't think a legitimate person would ask for food. Maybe call someone and report it. I had a friend get caught up in this back in the 70's. It was not good.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Does your community require registration to go door to door? If so, ask the person to provide proof. Otherwise, tell them to go away.
We used to get these kids sometimes, too, but not for the past 15 years or so. They are hired by magazine companies, or other sales companies, and bused all over the place to canvas neighborhoods. I would be very wary of their stories. If you were the parent of a college kid, would you allow them to be bussed all over the country to go to stranger's doors? Don't think so. They are probably more likely to be gypsies.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: 78108
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Someone came to my in-laws' door Saturday night selling magazines, claiming it helped them with college somehow. This was in Helotes.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: North Central SA
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One kid came to my door a few years ago, and gave me a speel about his mom/aunt/grandma being "Denise" up the street, did I know her? No, oh well she said she knew you... He definitely wasn't dressed that great and he was highly offended when I didn't order, he muttered something as he walked away and I watched him walk away to make sure he didn't key my car or something. I know of situations where that has happened, or they do other rude things to your house. Usually you never find out the name of the company or the name they give is false, so they know they won't get caught - unless I guess you caught them and called the cops right away.

Not to cause alarm, not all are that way. But I'd never buy from them. I question whether you'd ever get your magazines.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Are these kids or adults?
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Canyon Lake & northern VA
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We get them on a regular basis in northern Virginia and just tell them, "No thanks." There aren't any ordinances against this type of sales there. I can't imagine they could be successful enough to benefit a company hauling them around, but they certainly do so they must get enough takers to make it worthwhile.
Lori
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:45 PM
 
Location: North Central SA
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Are these kids or adults?
The ones I've seen are about 18
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I would advise against buying anything from these door to door magazine salespeople.

It may not be a scam, in that you may actually get your magazines someday, but it is not a good idea to support the companies.

In addition, a lot of these salespeople do victimize their "customers" and the kids themselves are victims of the companies they work for. Of course not ALL may be like that, but there is enough evidence to support that it's probably not a good idea to buy from them.

I've ready many news reports about them - here are a few links, and just google "door to door magazine sales" for many more articles.


What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales - News - Houston Presspage 1 - Houston Press

Door-to-Door Magazine Selling Kids: Protecting Yourself While Helping Them - Associated Content

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/21/us/21magcrew.html

I say buy from your local schools (they always have fundraisers) or the Girl Scouts sell magazines, usually in January.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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It's a total scam. Both to the people who buy overpriced subscriptions, and to the people going from door to door.
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