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to think this is extreme in cost ?

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mrsfuzzy Fri 07-Oct-16 14:02:09

dm is housebound and wanted to buy a recliner chair, saw advertised in magazine, phoned up, appointment made, salesman visited yesterday. [i wasn't there, as prior apt else where]. she ordered one and fast forward to today.
she phones me all excited about this chair being delivered on tuesday, i'm happy for her until i heard the price [deep breath] £2000. i'm not impressed as she can't really afford it, and i've since found similar on line for around £600. she has phoned to cancel the order and is waiting for refund. she has just called again [quite happy] to say that she has had call from salesman saying he'll reduce the price for her - cheeky fucker !
just venting about it, how these people prey on vulnerable, sadly she was happy to buy it until i pointed out alternatives and that is the worrying thing.

e1y1 Fri 07-Oct-16 14:21:05

Yes - they're fuckers.

I know they have a job to do, and a living to earn, but they really do prey on older people - seen it all too many times (think there are threads on here too) where people have spent hundreds-thousands on shit.

user1469456533 Fri 07-Oct-16 15:58:13

My grandma who has been diagnosed with dementia bought a chair for £4000! Same situation as your mum from a salesman over the phone. Only problem was that she was still adamant she wanted it even thought we pointed out how over priced it was. Fast forward 3 months and its only just been delivered. She loves it and says its very comfortable - as it should be for the price! Luckily we now have a power of attorney in place with my dad and aunts so they can see whats going on with her finances. Its very easy for people like this to prey on the vulnerable

Hissy Fri 07-Oct-16 16:20:27

Phone the sales man yourself from your mother's house, and remind him of cooling off period and demand a refund immediately or you'll call trading standards.

beelover Fri 07-Oct-16 16:29:58

When my Mum was still living in her own home but housebound due to physical disabilities and illness she was loaned one of these chairs by the NHS. They delivered, installed and yearly checked it all free, nothing to do with personal finances either. It was arranged by the Community Matron, similar to district nurse, who said Mum needed it on health grounds. She had it for over two years and it could have been indefinitely if she hadn't sadly been unable to continue living at home any longer. Might be worth checking out if your Mum would qualify for this service too.

TheFreaksShallInheritTheEarth Fri 07-Oct-16 16:37:58

My MIL took out an equity release mortgage a few years ago. She used to be very canny with money, savings, investments etc. but I think by this time the early stages of dementia had set in. When DH asked her why she hadn't mentioned it at the time (they discussed all financial things together) she said the guy had told her not to discuss it with family, and had persuaded her to sign that day.
When her house was sold recently , she'd lost out on about £250k.
This wasn't a dodgy little firm, this was Barclay's. Cunts.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 07-Oct-16 16:45:51


DH was shocked by how much his parents had paid for a new door. They simply didn't realise that no-one buys double glazing type products at full price... well, except older people.

Of course the salesman could 'reduce the price' - I bet it's still way above a reasonable RRP

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