Beware of summertime door-to-door sales

TAMPA - Lex Clay was busy studying for a college class when two strangers knocked on her door.  On the other side she found two high school-age girls selling high-priced magazines.

Clay bought a subscription out of sympathy, then did her research.

She found a F rating with the Better Business Bureau and 128 complaints.

Six weeks later, the consumer has yet to get her first magazine.

She's not alone.

In just one year, the BBB received over 1000 consumer complaints across the nation involving dozens of companies that sell magazines door to door.

Kevin Jackson with Hillsborough County Consumer Protection advises consumers to avoid saying yes until they've had a chance to research the company.

By law, door to door sales must come with a three-day cooling-off period.  Many consumers have reported these companies don't honor that cancellation rule.

If this happened to you, you can file a complaint with the BBB at bbb.org or the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments