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TheSeventhHorcrux Thu 11-Apr-13 21:36:48

At 9'o'clock tonight we got a knock on the door from a man asking for the Avon catalogue that was posted through our door.
(Junk that gets posted through gets put straight on the kindling pile for our log burner)
He was very pleasant and I was polite and said that sorry I couldn't find it, I did look but presumed the OH had chucked it.

We frequently get people knocking on our door (at least once a week) at all hours asking for the damn Avon catalogue back - if its that precious, stop posting it through the door.
We have never bought anything from Avon, and never will, and I'm sick of having to essentially babysit a brochure for them.

I don't really mind junk mail, as such, as - like I say - it just provides us with stuff to burn but I really hate people coming to the door (except the postman - he sometimes brings nice things!) not least because it makes the dog go mental and really distrupts the evening.

TBH, I know I'm being unreasonable by disliking it so much (and trust me, I'd never actually say anything to them) but am interested to see if it bothers anyone else.

Note: I am thinking of investing a "No junk mail" sign, though I doubt this will stop them...

TheSeventhHorcrux Thu 11-Apr-13 22:06:46

MsVestibule - Good to know! Is it profitable? I looked at it once but seemed a lot of work for not a lot of return dealing with grumpy people like me for a start

50shadesofbrown Thu 11-Apr-13 22:08:07

We've had dozens of catalogues & literally hundred of charity bags over the past few years. I used to be really good & put them out on the correct day in a bag. NEVER did any of them get picked up, they just got all wet & manky on my doorstep. I keep them until the due date & if no-one comes, which they never have - straight in the bin. Sorry but if they are that expensive they should pick them up on the correct day, or not leave them in the first place.

ChippingInLovesSpring Thu 11-Apr-13 22:10:41

YANBU - you have told them you aren't interested, they shouldn't be bothering you, let alone at 9pm. I'd have told them in no uncertain terms not to put another catalogue through my door! Irony is, no one does it around here and I don't order enough to warrant the nearest rep dropping a catalogue off <clearly as she stopped when I didn't order much!>

ChippingInLovesSpring Thu 11-Apr-13 22:12:30

Maggie you have to get it back really or you'd go broke! It has to do about 3 'sets' of houses (or did a million years ago when I did it for a short while). I think the first time it's fair enough, but once you have said you aren't interested then it's bloody rude to keep putting it through the door.

HoneyDragon Thu 11-Apr-13 22:12:51

This is why I am a liked Avon lady. I deliver the book. It has all my details in. When I'm collecting and absolute final cut off ordering date.
I collect, I never knock or bother or ask for my books returned if they aren't out.

People who forget either pop it through my door or email me. smile

I'd be furious if someone knocked on my door at 9pm for a fecking catalogue angry

AtrociousYoni Thu 11-Apr-13 22:13:31

It seems like such an old fashioned business model. They are just making money off their sales people forcing them to buy catalogues that can be viewed for free online.

CheckpointCharlie Thu 11-Apr-13 22:13:43

I love Avon! I used to be a rep too when my first dd was a baby. I used to make about £50 a month which was a godsend at the time.

Can you phone the head office and be taken off a distribution list or something? She will have to pay for them so try to leave them out, but do have a word if its annoying you.

Or can you stick a sign on the door saying NO AVON!!!!

ChippingInLovesSpring Thu 11-Apr-13 22:15:41

Horcrux - a million years ago when we did it, we made a bit of money... but we were young & had the energy to be faffing with it for a bit of extra money - but it was hard work, tedious and not the best way of making extra money. I guess it would be different if you either had a lot of friends/family ordering stuff or lived somewhere that was the right demographic for it.

MsVestibule Thu 11-Apr-13 22:19:28

Is it profitable? Is it fuck! To begin with, it was the most soul destroying job I've ever done. While I was building up my 'business' I was earning less than £2 an hour, but now I have about 20 regulars, I make about £50 every 6 weeks - probably NMW. I know it's peanuts, but it pays for a caravan holiday once a year.

If I put more effort in, I could make a bit more, but not much. I keep up to 25% of the sale price, but when you consider I have to deliver a catalogue, collect it, check the form is filled in correctly, order it, sort it out when it's delivered, then deliver it back to the customer, the £2.50 you earn on a £10 order, less the cost of the books... well, I'm not planning on upgrading my holiday to Necker Island any time soon grin.

I do understand why people are pissed off, especially when the reps are unprofessional, but most of us are just trying to earn a pretty small amount of cash in a job that probably wouldn't be their first (or second, or third) choice.

SophiaTheFirst Thu 11-Apr-13 22:21:24

I don't mind Avon, they never seem to knock for their catalogue, but the local Kleeneze man is a real git.

Last time I actually remembered to leave it out for him to collect, hoping to avoid a door knock from him because he is so grumpy. It rained, he knocked on the door to ask why I'd left it out in the rain, it was in the little plastic bag FFS, it says on it 'please leave outside'.
You. Just. Can't. Win.

WorraLiberty Thu 11-Apr-13 22:25:13

Thanks MrsV, good point about the address.

fairylightsinthespring Thu 11-Apr-13 22:26:28

I really don't get why companies like this keep going the way they do though - with t'internet which really IS pretty all-pervasive, it just makes no sense. In decades past, with no internet and lots more people home during the day, door-to-door was a sensible way to reach everyone who might not go to a store. Now though, with so many homes empty 8-6, really what is the point? I put the catalogues back out the minute I find them on the mat and then throw them away when they are still there two weeks later.

DeskPlanner Thu 11-Apr-13 22:30:09

I do get the point, that people are paying for these catalogs.But I hate having things left on my doorstep for days till there collected and I don't want to spoil the lovely look of my front door with a note asking for them not to be delivered.--vain front door--

Sneezingwakestheyoni Thu 11-Apr-13 22:35:30

YANBU. I used to get them through and twice I told the woman that I didn't want them anymore and would she mind not leaving them as I don't buy from Avon. She still kept leaving them so I binned them and stopped answering the door to her. I felt bad that she was wasting her money on the booklets but that became her choice after I told her twice.

As an aside, does anyone really buy from Avon anymore unless its someone they know like at work or family? It seems so outdated.

TheSeventhHorcrux Thu 11-Apr-13 23:04:40

I don't like buying at the door, whether it's through catalogues or otherwise. It wouldn't actually ever occur to me to buy anything. Ill get it at boots or online!

BenjaminButton172 Thu 11-Apr-13 23:10:53

My Avon lady is lovely. She posts the book & then i email her my order and the book gets binned.

She doesnt give a book to anyone who doesnt want one.

Thats the best way to do it. Why waste time and money giving a book to people who dont want one.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Apr-13 02:34:27

I have a No Junk Mail sticker on my door.

I still get tons of junk mail <<sigh>>

MidniteScribbler Fri 12-Apr-13 05:13:00

I'll ask politely once for them not to leave the books, but if they persist it goes in the bin. I'm not cluttering up my doorstep with junk. I have an "No Junk Mail" sticker on my mailbox, but they seem to think that because they leave it on the doorstep it is ok. One actually argued with me "Oh, this isn't junk mail! It's a catalog." confused

whiteflame Fri 12-Apr-13 06:13:22

I come from a country with mailboxes at the end of drives, and so this type of "wanting a catalouge back" stuff hasn't really taken off there. Thank goodness.

I have some sympathy with the reps having to pay for the catalouges. But this sympathy is what the company is banking on to make people give the catalouges back. It's a bit like tipping in places that pay below the minimum wage - why should you pick up the slack for the company because you feel bad? Not totally sure what my point is, other than these company models annoy me a lot.

Put a note on the door saying "no catalouges - they will NOT BE RETURNED". Then, the first one you get from each company, put it outside with a note on, saying "no more catalouges, next one goes in the bin <address>". If they keep coming then bin them. If reps are going to behave like arses (and obviously most of them don't) then they can't expect cooperation.

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 12-Apr-13 06:40:41

I used to get all 3 catalogues; Betterware, Kleeneez and Avon. Plus around 3 charity sacks a week.
I use the post-it note and tell them that next time the catalogue will be in my recycling bin, which is next to the front door. It's a mixed plastics/paper wheeliebin, I've never seen anyone attempt to retrieve a catalogue.
The irritating thing is the repetition needed due to the fast changeover of reps, ours are polite and non-confrontational.
I have a small sign saying No Junk Mail, makes little difference.
I use the charity sacks for binliners, I take things to the shops instead.

LittleAbruzzenBear Fri 12-Apr-13 07:18:48

The Avon catalogue gets on my tats too quite frankly. Last time I put it back out on my doorstep with a note saying please stop posting them through my doir, not interested, thank you. Haven't had one for 6 months. She will probably try again soon.

The Betaware guy, I ran down the drive and gave him back the catalogue saying no thanks and he got really arsey.

Theicingontop Fri 12-Apr-13 07:45:37

As soon as I get these bloody things, kleeneeze, avon, betterware - They go straight on the doorstep. In fact, once a lady posted one through and I opened the door whilst she was walking away and gave it back to her.

Must have about three representatives for each brochure along my road.

Had one lady complain to me that her brochure was wet hmm

Jestrin Fri 12-Apr-13 07:48:00

YABU. Put the catalogue on the doorstep in a clear sandwich bag with a note that says 'no thank you' . He can just pick it up and go on his way without disturbing you.

LittleAbruzzenBear Fri 12-Apr-13 07:54:26

*door, not doir!

Sokmonsta Fri 12-Apr-13 07:58:21

What I don't get is why they only come out in the summer months round here. I get that most of them probably don't like doing the rounds in the cold/wet. But still, hardly profitable.

We've had people come from quite a way to leave us various catalogues - completely different area code on phone number and I did wonder if they were trying to poach someone else's round as in one week two different people delivered the same catalogue.

I've also given catalogues back as soon as they arrive if I can. One man got really funny about it, insisting I keep it until collection day. He didn't collect it, it went in the bin and when he did turn up, and get quite confrontational, I told him politely where to go and if he continued I'd report him to the company for intimidation and harassment. Needless to say I haven't seen him or his catalogues since.

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