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to think that if someone puts an unsolicited catalogue through my door

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Sassybeast Thu 08-Oct-09 12:47:20

that they don't really have the right to then bang on my door and give me an earful because the catalogue got slightly damp as there was a shower of rain after I left it back outside at the designated time ?

I can understand her being a bit annoyed but if it's such a big deal, shouldn't she have left it with a plastic cover? Getting kids, dogs, husbands and myself out the door in the morning is hectic enough so admittedly I did just chuck it on the doorstep with out checking the weather forecast.

I suppose she wouldn't have been as irate if I'd ordered some useless household item which I will put in a cupbaord and never use.

So - was she right to bang on my door and tell me off ? blush

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 08-Oct-09 12:51:40

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Prinpo Thu 08-Oct-09 12:52:17

Flippin' cheek, I say. We have someone who leaves a similar catalogue but they're always left in plastic wrapping and don't even make it into the house - I just leave them on the doorstep until they come and collect. Assume your most haughty expression and tell her to bog off.

greensnail Thu 08-Oct-09 12:54:44

YANBU, she should provide plastic covers if she wants them to stay dry. You're not under any obligation to return it at all - she's put it through your door, you can do what you want with it.

diddl Thu 08-Oct-09 12:56:15

She was totally wrong!

Am I right in thinking that only Royal Mail & such have a right to put things through your letterbox?

For example if Readers Digest send somethig that you haven´t ordered, I think you can make them collect.

As you say, it should be in a plastic bag.
I´m sure many people don´t even look at these things.

Put a note on your door saying unsolicited brochures will be binned.

I can see both points having been an Avon lady in the past, the brochures have to be bought and paid for but also as an annoyed customer who hasn't had them picked up for days/weeks on end and they are mush by the time they finally do.

SquirrelTrap Thu 08-Oct-09 12:57:26

I put mine in the bin - if you are talking Kleneze /Avon or whatever.

Say what they like.

My answer will always be `what. ever' in perfect Catherine Tate.

YANBU - she has no right and tell her to piss off.

PheasantPlucker Thu 08-Oct-09 12:59:38

I have had this too! I got really annoyed. She has been unreasonable. Not you!

TheCrackFox Thu 08-Oct-09 13:04:22

I never remember to out them out on the correct day. They invariably end up in the bin.

knpeppa Thu 08-Oct-09 13:52:03

Is it the Betterware catalogue? I get those quite a lot. They don't collect them on the right day and they always end up in the bin! I have asked them not to send any more but I still keep getting them. I think you are within your rights to bin it because as others have said, it's unsolicited mail.

browntrout Thu 08-Oct-09 14:01:30

how funny - I nearly posted this myself this week. I never remember to put these out for collection and never place an order. When they come calling for it back I can never ever find it (have usually thrown it in recycling)and I get all flustered and they stand there looking annoyed. It does really irritate me. Have a rule that I will not buy or sign up to anything on my doorstep.

chattermouse Thu 08-Oct-09 14:16:05

Christ, i would have told her to get fucked. She is taking the piss big time.

TabithaTwitchet Thu 08-Oct-09 14:17:31

This sort of happened to me too, I just put the catalogue straight into the recycling, then had series of narky notes posted in our absence through the door demanding the thing back.

We were finally in when they called round for it, and DH told them that if you go around posting your property through other people's letterboxes you have no right to ask for it back.

We have obviously now been blacklisted as have not received a catalogue from them since grin

bamboobutton Thu 08-Oct-09 14:22:03

i had this from betterware.

any crap like that that comes in the letter box goes straight in the recycling, the mardy cow had a right strop when she came back to collect it a few weeks later.

whoisasking Thu 08-Oct-09 14:26:10

I think it must be a pre-requisite to be a right bitch to work for Betterware et al.

One woman stood on the doorstep HUFFING at me as I scurried around looking for the stupid bloody thing. In the end I just said "Sorry, can't find it" and she started a monologue about "I have to pay for those...blah blah blah"

I said "If something was valuable to me, I wouldn't go posting it through strangers' doors" and shut the door.

not had one since. <ponders. I really fancy a rotating tie rack actually.

BiteOfFun Thu 08-Oct-09 14:27:59

I bin em too, and have narry a care about it. I didn't realize they paid for them, but if this is the case they should target their marketing a bit more rather than just shoving them through random letterboxes.

FABIsInTraining Thu 08-Oct-09 14:29:10

No, she shouldn't have told you off.

When we get them they go straight back outside and stay there until they are collected.

Kelix Thu 08-Oct-09 14:47:39

Cheeky cow! I do Avon and would never even think about having a go at someone on thier doorstep! Im happy to get the books back in any condition and if someone cant find it straight away I always say dont worry about it. People have better things to do than look after the books that I paid for and posted through thier letterbox!

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 08-Oct-09 15:00:11

DP said I was mean minded when I told the local Betterware woman I threw her catalogues straight in the bin. He said 'she has to pay for those, you are being spiteful, would it harm you to keep them and give them back'.

I didn't feel too guilty (am clearly in excellent company here!). The Betterware woman was really huffy.

If I wanted to buy overpriced stainless steel cleaner I would go to Waitrose.

pigletmania Thu 08-Oct-09 15:06:15

It was unsolicted mail that you did not asky for the cheek of the woman i would have given her an earful myself.

cory Thu 08-Oct-09 18:49:32

I never understood this. Why is it my responsibility to put an unsolicited catalogue out for the Avon lady on the right day? I never asked for that job. If she couldn't afford to pay for it, why put it through my door- I haven't undertaken to look after it for her, have I?

Hassled Thu 08-Oct-09 18:53:55

I've had the same stroppy attitude from Betterware people - makes you wonder what the company is making them pay for each catalogue.

Betterware are on to a winner really - make the poor mug representative pay £££ for a shite catalogue selling shite products, and when the rep fails to actually sell anything, Betterware are still in profit from the catalogues alone.

SolidGhoulBrass Thu 08-Oct-09 19:34:07

Oh FFS, while a sensible rep (like me for instance) never rings the doorbell to demand the book back, just writes it off and leaves that house off the round next time, there's no need for people to be quite so pissy about catalogue sellers. Some people like the stuff and buy it, and for those of us who have dependents and low incomes or various erratic commitments, a door-to-door round is useful extra income.

lucky1979 Thu 08-Oct-09 19:35:19

I had that, can't remember if it was Betterware but had a note through the door reminding me to put it outside, then a series of about 5 increasingly irate and bitchy letters asking me to put the catalogue outside as the had to pay for them and it wasn't fair.

Very silly business model for the sellers, probably works out quite well for the parent company.

AuntieMaggie Thu 08-Oct-09 19:38:51

I too am doing Avon and wouldn't get stroppy with you! How cheeky!

What about those that may have forgotten to put it outside but want to order SGB?? (am new to this!)

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