Door to Door Sales People

Over the past few months of me being here, we’ve had quite a few door-to-door sales people come by. I don’t like really like it, sometimes they come at the most inopportune times. Whenever I open the door though, they always react the same way. They always react shocked then ask if my parents are home… Now, obviously my parents would be home, but their home is in the Philippines, half way across the world. Of course, they don’t know that, to them I’m just a “kid” who they can’t sell stuff to, so they ask me “Are your parents home?” to which I always say “No.” because me and my Grandma don’t really want to bother with them. They keep coming back though, which I hate… I wish they’d just get the message and leave us alone, lol.

It does feel weird though, I’m 20 years old, almost 21, yet people here still see me as a kid. I’m really not sure why, but at least there are some perks, like not having to deal with door-to-door sales people. In the Philippines, there really isn’t much door-to-door sales people, but there are plenty of people looking for hand outs. Almost every house in the Philippines in a good neighborhood has a gate. The gate our house has wasn’t a solid sheet of metal, it was see through, for some reason. This made our house a prime target for people trying to ask for money or food or whatever. Sometimes the people asking are really sketchy so we don’t feel comfortable dealing with them, so we would just say that our parents weren’t home, which is usually a sure way to make them leave.

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The other door-to-door people I’ve seen in the Philippines are religious groups. They would sometimes come with pamphlets and try to get you to go to their church or whatever. I know that in movies, TV shows and other media, Jehovah’s Witnesses are portrayed as going door to door and try to get you to convert to their religion. I’ve never seen them, so I don’t know if it’s a common practice, used to be a common practice or just isn’t common in our area. I would think it’s a common practice if major media uses it as a trope, but then again, sometimes those are blown way out of proportion, so I’m not really sure.

Door to Door Sales

Overall, I don’t like door-to-door salespeople, I’m not interested in anything they sell and apparently, to them I look to young to sell to anyway, lol. It is kinda weird that they think I’m very young though. I guess it’s just because they would want to speak with the owner of the house, which I obviously wouldn’t look like. I should probably be thankful that they look for my parents every time, because it gives me and easy way out of having to deal with them, just a simple “Nope.” and they’re gone. That basically ends my “almost rant” on door-to-door salespeople πŸ™‚

AJ Martin

Aaron Martin, also called "AJ," is the son of Bob & Feyma Martin. Aaron is a graduate at Ateneo de Davao University High School in Davao City, Philippines. Aaron was born in the USA, but has lived in the Philippines since age 3.

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David Haldane
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You ARE still a kid…

AJ Martin
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AJ Martin

Haha I guess I am πŸ™‚

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

AJ;
If growing up was my goal I never would have stayed in the Navy and then go back to sea as a merchant seaman. I like being a Toy’s-“R”-US Kid!

Peter Bell
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My first wife, in UK, was only just 5ft tall. Even at age 30+, she had a door-door salesman ask her whether her ‘mummy or daddy’ was home.

Ruby has had conversations with door-door vendors (fruit, vegetables or fish) here who ask whether her ’employer’ wishes to buy.

AJ Martin
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Haha, that might be it, my cousin who is a few years younger than me is already taller than me… I’m always used to being on the taller side because most Filipinos are short, but here I guess I am on the shorter side.

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The Jehovahs show up more in certain areas than others. As you get closer to Utah, you’ll encounter the Mormon door-to-door types; you can usually recognize them by their white shirts and super-thin ties. We have an enclosed front porch, and, I think the weirdest one I encountered started with the sound of someone scratching lightly on the screen. Thinking it was the annoying neighborhood stray cat, I opened the door yelling because the cat didn’t like me and usually ran away when he heard my voice. To my surprise, however, there was what seemed like a homeless guy wearing… Read more »

AJ Martin
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AJ Martin

Huh, that’s pretty weird, lol. I’ve never heard of a homeless guy being hired to be a process server.

Tahimik
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Tahimik

Be honest and say No thanks I’m not interested in buying anything. Period. End of story. No maybes. Just be polite.

Paul Thompson
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AJ; The door to door in the Philippines will misrepresent themselves as government employees. β€œHello sir!” β€œI’m with the Dinalupihan water district and I am here to test your water.” Oh really like the city would do door to door testing instead of at the source. They hand me a cup, a used cup by the way, not a hermetically sealed cup. I went in the house and took a sample from the delivered mineral water so they can test that. The Voodoo chemistry starts by mixing a secret solution into the water sample and the shaking begins, soon the… Read more »

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AJ, be happy they consider you worthless and below their sight. Soon enough you will regret losing your privileged juvenile status, enjoy it while it lasts. Too soon you will be wishing the days it was so easy to fend them off. Side-note, the Jehovah Witness’s haven;t yet descended upon you yet? – they won’t care your age if they sense they might pervert your religious beliefs.

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