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Monday, 28 July 2008

We must get a least a half dozen solicitors leaving their scraps of paper, cards, notepads, etc on our door step EACH DAY. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t imagine using that as a reliable method of selecting a tree trimmer, house cleaner, painter, roofer, etc. Not to mention the fact that it seems like a waste of paper and I am REALLY trying to cut down on paper waste.

For a short while, we had a hang tag on the front door that read “No Solicitors” and it effectively restrained the solicitors from leaving all their chazzerai on our porch. And then one day…it was gone. And all those papers started to reappear. First just a dribble. Word must have gotten out because then the deluge started again.

Truth be told, I wasn’t so thrilled with the doortag. It reminded me of the doortag you leave on the handle to let the housekeeper know that you are otherwise occupied in Room 521 (or wherever). Déclassé.

What about this??
(Go ahead…click on it.)

Classy. Subtle. Yet direct. And it’s not permenant (PC is ALWAYS concerned about that!) because it’s a vinyl decal. And they can even make one in your favourite colour 🙂

Think it’ll work???

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 28 July 2008 6:47 pm

    I don’t know about you, but I just can’t imagine using that as a reliable method of selecting a tree trimmer, house cleaner, painter, roofer, etc.

    Marketing is a pain. There are only so many ways for people in those professions to get the word out.

  2. Monday, 28 July 2008 11:21 pm

    One thing’s for sure: in Israel it would never work! Soliciting is a way of life here, sometimes more widely accepted than any other form of marketing (i.e.: “I know someone who can fix your faucet / repair that tile / paint your house / get you a car / etc. He’s my cousin’s wife’s brother’s best friend, a real expert…”).


  3. Tuesday, 29 July 2008 4:47 pm

    I like the look of the decal. I’m surprised that a sign worked.

    Here in Boston, we get tons of these, mostly menus for restaurants. Our house is three storeys tall, in a neighborhood of three family houses. So we get three copies of every pamphlet.

    Since we keep kosher, we’re never going to be a customer of any of these places, it’s a total waste of money to give us these shiny photos of pepperoni pizza.

    Most of the people distributing these menus don’t speak English, so I’m skeptical of the efficacy of a written sigh. A couple of times, when I’ve been at the door and refused them in person, the person insisted that I take them.

  4. Wednesday, 30 July 2008 10:49 am

    People are sooo oblivious to the world around them, I think it will help but not work 100%. People don’t look when they are DRIVING to read signs….it’s a nice idea though

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