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BEWARE of Universal Energy

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These people really piss me off. The come as close as they can to impersonating the government or the real energy company and use bullying tactics. It's easy to be a smug a**hole and say 'buyer beware,' but not everyone is consumer savvy and people should not be preyed upon. I feel really bad for the elderly people that probably get bullied into giving these people their money.
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RedFlagRobot wrote: These people really piss me off. The come as close as they can to impersonating the government or the real energy company and use bullying tactics. It's easy to be a smug a**hole and say 'buyer beware,' but not everyone is consumer savvy and people should not be preyed upon. I feel really bad for the elderly people that probably get bullied into giving these people their money.
lol...I had someone come to my door last night, funny enough. He asked to see my bill, and I told him the entire building had utilities included in rent. He said: "But I saw a meter room down the hall.". I asked how many apartments had signed up, since he said he started at the top. He said none.

2 secs later saw him drive away from my balcony. :p
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Cheap Cat wrote: To the OP and anyone else who feels compelled to buy/sign things at the door. Repeat after me:

"I am not interested". Then slam the door in their face.

Works everytime.
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Absolutely! Never talk to anyone selling something door to door. Don't even let them tell you what they're selling. I have a "No Soliciting" sign up and I ruthlessly enforce it (except for the kids selling chocolate bars !). And yes, people selling religion who can't seem to read also get the door slammed in their faces.
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arvins wrote: An entire verbatim repost of original post deleted.
And the reason for completely repeating your original post was...?
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In addition to the "No Solicitors" sign on the outside of the door, it seems like some people need a sign on the inside that says "Salesman Alert: Open Door At Your Own Risk".

The aggressive nature of the various energy plan marketers is proof enough that they are not making the rounds through your neighbourhood to save you money! No one will ever convince me that the addition of a middle man will reduce my costs.

My current gas cost is about 24.5 cents/cubic-meter. A recent offering from Universal energy was 39 cents/cubic-meter. That is a 59% premium. Assuming that I currently use $100 of gas per month, a fixed rate plan would bump that to $160!

To hedge any increase in natural gas, I could take that $60 premium and buy a gas ETF like HNU. At the end of 5 years, I would have invested $3600 and it would likely be worth significantly more. If natural gas costs fall, then my monthly bills have decreased and my hedge would be worth less than $3600, but the money is still mine!

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