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Nov 6, 2008

Door to Door Sales People

"Entrance is Prohibited"

In Japan, Door to Door Sales are still common. The Door to Door Sales people are always so kind and patient. They are out there rain or shine, so I try to be kind. I usually just nod and answer with a polite refusal. If someone comes to my door selling newspaper subscriptions, it's easy to say "No". I am not a newspaper reader. Would I like to join their group? Another easy "No". Would I like to sign up for their service? Let me just say, "No".

When it comes to food sales reps though, I can't form that same one syllable word. Instead, my pupils dilate as I peruse their basket of goodies or the menu in hand. And without hesitation, I have committed to a weekly delivery of food. It wouldn't be so bad, except that, it means I have to be home at the decided time. Also, it puts a dent in my budget because I just end up over-spending. I wish I could say "No Thank You" as easily as I can write it. A couple of months ago, I ended the food delivery account with Yakult.

Today, as I was finishing up my recent Print listing for my Gallery Juana.etsy shop, the doorbell rang. Oh, I was excited because I thought it might be the mailman with my latest etsy purchase. My next thought was, egad, I look a mess! I opened the door to find the Yakult sales rep. She had a free drink for me and several fliers with up-coming sales. I was thinking I really don't have the money to do this. Oh, but these delicious drinks are on sale! So the delivery is set for next week and the following week. I am hopeless.

12 comments:

Piggy said...

Great article! I love Japan! :) We have door to door sales in Singapore too.. Although the numbers are getting much lesser now..

capitolagirl said...

That's neat. You so rarely see door to door sales in the US anymore!

fly tie said...

funny! :-)

i can recall door to door salespeople when i was growing up. they sold food, encyclopedias, gadgets. although my relatives found it annoying (well sometimes...like you they didn't pass up on the food!), i thought it was fascinating. don't see 'em as much anymore.

Lemon Shortbread said...

The yakult sales rep also came to my door (in Singapore), but I had to refuse because the vitagen sales rep got to me months earlier lol

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Oh dear,you are addicted.

Rosebud Collection said...

There is something so comforting about food..I have to admit, I would have been on their list too..
Missed you..

kim* said...

thats good there are some decent people still around there, where youd want to open the door because you are not scared they are ganna get cha

Gallery Juana said...

I didn't realise that Yakult had gone international until recently.

Food is definitely comforting.

thanks everyone for dropping by.

Lisa B. said...

OMG! I'm so glad we don't have that kind of service here...the food part...I would be broke and so overweight I wouldn't be able to leave my house! I would have a very hard time saying no to the delivered meals as well!!

Hey Harriet said...

Oh you are funny! I have a hard time saying no to door to door sales, so I just don't answer the door anymore :)

Paz said...

LOL! Sometimes, it IS hard to say, "NO!" ;-)

Paz

Andrea Kobayashi 小林アンドレア said...

The 'Yakult Lady' goes to my husband's work and he brings it home. I have sometimes wondered whether or not I should become a Yakult Lady myself, it might be nice part-time job. I don't mind the door-to-doorers, I always felt kind of sorry for the NHK guy, he always looked so hassled, and especially for the rookie insurance reps that get sent around in the height of summer.

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