10. The girl who knocked on the door totally lied to me. This would not be quick and free. Read on.
9. When I asked what to do with the dirty filter papers, the demo guy said “You can throw them away,” completely ignoring my silent, passive-aggressive request for HIM to throw them away.
8. I prefer to remain ignorant about how much dirt and sand lurks under the pile of my carpet.
7. They don’t realize that I’m kind of a big deal on Twitter.
6. They’re not on Twitter.
5. The salesman who did the demo is only 19 and lives with his parents. Part of his pitch was that I would help him win a trip to Disney World if I bought the product. As if my goal in life was to help him win a trip to Disney World.
4. The “quick, obligation-free” no-cost carpet cleaning turned into a three-hour product demonstration with a hard sell attached that cost me time, which is as precious as money.
3. The salesmen disregarded my concern that I couldn’t make the purchase decision without consulting my husband. Even after I told them that my marriage is worth the extra money it would cost to let this one-time offer pass me by.
2. It costs the same as a great IRA contribution, a beat up used car, preschool tuition for 6 months, or two new Mac laptops.
And the number 1 reason I decided not to buy a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner:
1. My husband told me not to.
Updated: We have had so many bad experiences with door-to-door salespeople since this happened that I wrote this post: 6 Awesome “No Soliciting” Signs For Your Front Door.