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Ontario banning door-to-door sales of some goods as of March 1

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Ontario banning door-to-door sales of some goods as of March 1

Say goodbye to the salesperson knocking on your door to ask when you last cleaned your ducts.

A ban on unsolicited, door-to-door sales of select household appliances — such as furnaces or water heaters — will take effect March 1 in Ontario.

If you enter a contract in a door-to-door sale after that date, the agreement will be legally void and you'll be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations, the province said in a news release.
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"One of my constituents said to me, 'We really need to do something to make sure people feel comfortable opening up their doors; that they feel secure in their own homes," he said at Queen's Park Friday.

The ban covers the sale of:

furnaces
air conditioners
air cleaners
air purifiers
water heaters
water treatment devices
water purifiers
water filters
water softeners
duct cleaning services
any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/o ... -1.4549181

Good on Ontario for taking on these scammers. Savvy RFDers can sign-up to get free junk. Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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Fantastic news, thanks for sharing OP!
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So expect to see a lot of them come around over the next week to try to secure a sale before the new law kicks in... and a huge ramp-up in robocalls from India....
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Good stuff but how about banning all door-to-door sellers who don't have an appointment? Stay away unless you're invited!
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I have window covering sales people knock on my door once a week.

I once opened the door and said no one is home and slammed the door on the guy’s face.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Too bad I don't see energy contracts in there. Would love to get free gas and electricity :-)
Would that not be "any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions"
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: So expect to see a lot of them come around over the next week to try to secure a sale before the new law kicks in... and a huge ramp-up in robocalls from India....

Agree. Its about time these guys were stopped. Ive had them come and they act like your provider actually sent them, been fooled couple times by them. I don't think they'll just stop, makes sense for them to just call.
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Gee wrote: I have window covering sales people knock on my door once a week.

I once opened the door and said no one is home and slammed the door on the guy’s face.
They can still see you because the windows aren't covered. They will be back.
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Low hanging fruit. Needed to be done but of course we do nothing to the telecom and cable companies that constantly annoy me at my door hiding the true price of their "deals" till after the first 6 months. Same with gas company. Too bad we don't also ban those same companies from calling my phone and annoying me.
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noway wrote: Good stuff but how about banning all door-to-door sellers who don't have an appointment? Stay away unless you're invited!
Cause I want my girl guide cookies.
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renoldman wrote: They can still see you because the windows aren't covered. They will be back.
I have 55 windows in my house. At $60 - $100 per window, I can’t afford any window coverings.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Too bad I don't see energy contracts in there. Would love to get free gas and electricity :-)
That was covered in different legislation in 2015: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/10e08#BK11

Door-to-door sales
9.1 (1) No supplier shall,
(a) sell or offer to sell electricity or gas to a consumer in person at the consumer’s home; or
(b) cause a salesperson to sell or offer to sell electricity or gas to a consumer in person at the consumer’s home. 2015, c. 29, s. 2.
Contract void
(2) A contract that is entered into as the result of a contravention of subsection (1) is deemed to be void in accordance with section 16. 2015, c. 29, s. 2.
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It's a great step in the right direction.

I'm amazed though that we need legislation to address a problem that is easily solved by consumers themselves. When someone knocks on your door - just don't open the door. It is very easy to ignore someone knocking on your door as it is to ignore a telephone ringing. We never respond to unexpected door knocks just as we never answer unknown telephone numbers.
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Dark Phoenix wrote: Cause I want my girl guide cookies.
Maybe you can contact your local girl guide group and tell them you would like to place an order and pre-pay so they can be delivered upon receipt.
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I haven't seen Girl Guide cookies being sold door-to-door in years around here. They just set up shop at the local Loblaws and hit all the shoppers coming and going.
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mrweather wrote: I haven't seen Girl Guide cookies being sold door-to-door in years around here. They just set up shop at the local Loblaws and hit all the shoppers coming and going.
I have co-workers bringing cases into the office and selling them.

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