Door-to-Door Alert: Interstate Subscription Services
We were visited at our home yesterday evening by a door-to-door magazine salesman, working for Interstate Subscription Services. The young man was nice as can be, and he explained that we could purchase a magazine subscription for ourselves or have it sent to a soldier overseas, and in return, he would be rewarded points towards winning a trip to Italy.
I looked over the magazines and asked about the prices on some of them. The lowest prices were all $40 or more, for multi-year subscriptions, which was a significant savings…IF you ever get your magazines. Several reports online about this and other door-to-door magazine companies suggest that you may never see an actual issue of what you’ve ordered, and it isn’t explained very clearly that you only have 3 days to call in and cancel if you change your mind.
Add to that the fact that they expect you to hand them a check or your credit card number right there on the spot (or cash), and it just seems like it would be best if you don’t even open the door when they show up. Like I said, this kid was perfectly nice, even funny. He explained how they travel across the country doing this, getting their meals and rooms paid for. He claimed to have been in 40 states so far. In the end, I told him I just couldn’t help him out by subscribing to anything right now. He said he could also get points for a donation, which I thought sounded fishy, but I gave him $5 anyway…and after reading some of the reports on how these kids can be treated while they are on the road, I’m glad i did. Some of these companies only give the kids $15 for the day to live on, and if they run out, they are just out.
I just wanted to let you know they’ve been in the area, so you can be ready if they knock on your door. It sounded like they’d probably be moving on to another area pretty quickly, so you may not see them at all. I just thought you needed to be aware that they may be knocking at YOUR door next.