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Selling beds door to door?

Door to door sales are not uncommon here in England, but tend to apply to certain categories. We have people offering Avon cosmetics or brushes and cleaning materials by a couple of companies. There is also a prolific door to door presence for people promoting domestic power companies or gardening services etcetera.

Today I encountered one that I have never even heard of before. When I answered the door there was a man who had a van parked outside and was selling beds and mattresses. This is undoubtedly the strangest thing I have ever come across.

A bed is not exactly the type of product that people buy often, or buy simply on a whim. The only potential customers would be those who actually require a new bed, which will not apply to most people more than once every 10 years at least.

I do applaud anyone who is prepared to take the initiative to go out and create an income, but this seems so futile and unlikely to prove rewarding.

Image Credit » Image created by myself (Barry Chadwick)

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Soonerdad3 wrote on March 17, 2015, 12:18 PM

I know exactly what you mean, mattress sales door-to-door is not your normal thing to see.

nbaquero wrote on March 17, 2015, 12:37 PM

Not the most efficient way of selling this kind of products, did you ask him if he had tried hospital or hotels?

Koalemos wrote on March 17, 2015, 1:21 PM

Nobody is going to buy a mattress until they require one.

Koalemos wrote on March 17, 2015, 1:22 PM

I should imagine that those places would have contracts for supplies of such items.

maxeen wrote on March 17, 2015, 2:17 PM

How places differ! I live in a student area where the turnover of flat dwellings is pretty high,I have to disagree as I think it is an excellent idea----saves much expence to the poor off students for delivery fees for one thing...

Koalemos wrote on March 17, 2015, 2:33 PM

This may be practical around student lodgings, but I live in a house on an estate that is only 15 years old.

maxeen wrote on March 17, 2015, 2:37 PM

You had better give him a nudge that he is on the wrong pro.....Actually when in a small village in France ,in summer ,there is a very tiny community, and an equally tiny market where they have beds for sale. I always thought that was strange..

Ellis wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:18 PM

Looks like someone is missing a lorry full of beds...better watch this weeks

nbaquero wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:23 PM

Koalemos I was kiddind, imagine this guy parking his car in front of the Emergency Room to offer beds... emoticon :winking:

bestwriter wrote on March 18, 2015, 12:18 AM

It depends how successful or otherwise this approach has been.

Koalemos wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:17 AM

There are beds for sale on my local market as well, but at least they are more likely to come across customers than by door to door.

Koalemos wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:20 AM

That could very well be an accurate statement.

Koalemos wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:21 AM

To be realistic he would need to knock on the right doors, which in this case would be few and far between.

bestwriter wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:38 AM

I think even if he sells just one he would have made his day. Let's wish him good luck (lol)

LadyDuck wrote on March 18, 2015, 12:39 PM

I agree Barry, this seems futile. I have never seen people selling mattress door to door. Most of the time I see people selling beauty and cleaning products.

Koalemos wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:57 PM

I have sold both vacuum cleaners and encyclopaedias door to door many decades ago, but would never have wasted my time with beds.

trufflehunter wrote on March 20, 2015, 11:56 AM

I think many would not even take a free bed. It takes up a lot of space.

Koalemos wrote on March 20, 2015, 12:41 PM

Most people around here would use beds, but only buy one on rare occasions.

cheri wrote on July 24, 2015, 7:02 AM

We do all have that here in the Philippines. Its a normal scenario seeing salesmen all around the towns

HappyLady wrote on August 27, 2015, 7:08 AM

It makes me wonder if the beds were stolen. Ironically, because I have no car and need a bed, it would be quite convenient for me if someone wanted to sell me a legitimate bed from a van with a guarantee. Somehow it just all seems too unlikely. My experience of Kleenezee is never, ever become an agent for them. I am never doing that door to door thing again. Body Shop is fun though and you do a party for friends. I might do that one again.

Koalemos wrote on August 28, 2015, 8:10 AM

You are probably not the only person that would find the availability of door to door bed sales convenient, although the scarcity of potential customers does make the practice seem bizarre.
The last bed that I bought was a couple of years ago, which I simply arranged to be delivered.