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Door-to-door purchase? Choice is yours

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016
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With the festive season approaching, it's okay to say no to people wanting to sell you something, a government agency says.

Consumer Protection has urged people to be aware of their rights when it comes to door-to-door and telemarketing sales.

Manager Mark Hollingsworth says the lead-up to Christmas may mean more sellers knocking on the door and offering goods or services.

He says that, while many door-to-door salespersons are legitimate, the Christmas period can result in an increase in uninvited direct salespeople preying on vulnerable people,.

"Our advice to consumers who are facing uninvited direct sales is to remember you have the right to say no," he said.

"If you feel pressured, don't agree to anything, and don't give the salesperson your name or other personal details."

Mr Hollingsworth said door-to-door traders had to leave when told to. A trader who refused to go would be trespassing, and his advice would be to call the police.

He said many people were also not aware that, under the law, there was a five-day cooling-off period for a door-to-door sale and the seller must provide a copy of the contract.

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