Kirby Vacuum "salesmen" in the area.

Kirby Vacuum "salesmen" in the area.

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Since: Mar 08

Katy, TX

#1 Oct 23, 2008
Got a knock on the door early yesterday evening after returning from a round of Golf at the Battleground.( Spoke to Blake Barnes as he was there doing his rotary club thing and he is doing fine.) It was a spikey haired young fella and his protege. They said something to the effect of they were opening a new carpet cleaning business on Center Street and are offering to clean two areas for free in order to "get the word out." After just having spilled a partial cup of coffee as I answered the door I said okay. They were in fact selling Kirby Vacuums not a new carpet cleaning service. So I let them clean and sent them on their way. Anyone else seen this "crew" in a brown van in their area? last time I saw an operation like that was a group selling magazine subscriptions. Since I started out as a door to door fuller brush salesman when I was 14 I asked the kid what sort of commission he got on a sale and he said they didn't get paid money but would win an all expense paid trip to NEW ORLEANS! I gave him this bit of advice : Dump the Kirby gig and get a job that pays in dollar bills. Just a heads up.... don't let them in as they are harder to get out than coffee stains.
pop

Houston, TX

#2 Oct 23, 2008
Publius Publico wrote:
Got a knock on the door early yesterday evening after returning from a round of Golf at the Battleground.( Spoke to Blake Barnes as he was there doing his rotary club thing and he is doing fine.) It was a spikey haired young fella and his protege. They said something to the effect of they were opening a new carpet cleaning business on Center Street and are offering to clean two areas for free in order to "get the word out." After just having spilled a partial cup of coffee as I answered the door I said okay. They were in fact selling Kirby Vacuums not a new carpet cleaning service. So I let them clean and sent them on their way. Anyone else seen this "crew" in a brown van in their area? last time I saw an operation like that was a group selling magazine subscriptions. Since I started out as a door to door fuller brush salesman when I was 14 I asked the kid what sort of commission he got on a sale and he said they didn't get paid money but would win an all expense paid trip to NEW ORLEANS! I gave him this bit of advice : Dump the Kirby gig and get a job that pays in dollar bills. Just a heads up.... don't let them in as they are harder to get out than coffee stains.
LOL! Good story PP. I let a salesman in ONCE. They said if I would let them in I would get a free set of knives. They really shouldn't use the knife trick as that could be used against their persistant .... Never again.
Bob the plumber

Sublime, TX

#3 Oct 23, 2008
pop wrote:
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LOL! Good story PP. I let a salesman in ONCE. They said if I would let them in I would get a free set of knives. They really shouldn't use the knife trick as that could be used against their persistant .... Never again.
Carry your Smith and Wesson to the door and ask them to leave, they will do so without hesitation. Personally I like my pump shotgun, the sound of chambering a shell is more than enough for a stranger to get the message, I call it my Horn up message.

Since: Mar 08

Katy, TX

#4 Oct 23, 2008
Bob the plumber wrote:
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Carry your Smith and Wesson to the door and ask them to leave, they will do so without hesitation. Personally I like my pump shotgun, the sound of chambering a shell is more than enough for a stranger to get the message, I call it my Horn up message.
Free market values meet the castle law head on. Will that Kirby Vac's shampooer attachment clean up blood stains my brother, or should I break out the shop vac?

Since: Jul 08

Deer Park

#5 Oct 23, 2008
Publius Publico wrote:
Got a knock on the door early yesterday evening after returning from a round of Golf at the Battleground.( Spoke to Blake Barnes as he was there doing his rotary club thing and he is doing fine.) It was a spikey haired young fella and his protege. They said something to the effect of they were opening a new carpet cleaning business on Center Street and are offering to clean two areas for free in order to "get the word out." After just having spilled a partial cup of coffee as I answered the door I said okay. They were in fact selling Kirby Vacuums not a new carpet cleaning service. So I let them clean and sent them on their way. Anyone else seen this "crew" in a brown van in their area? last time I saw an operation like that was a group selling magazine subscriptions. Since I started out as a door to door fuller brush salesman when I was 14 I asked the kid what sort of commission he got on a sale and he said they didn't get paid money but would win an all expense paid trip to NEW ORLEANS! I gave him this bit of advice : Dump the Kirby gig and get a job that pays in dollar bills. Just a heads up.... don't let them in as they are harder to get out than coffee stains.
Hmm, did they get the stain out? Exactly how hard were they to get out the door? I have a baby and my living room carpet is pretty bad, it might be worth listening to a sales pitch.

Since: Mar 08

Missouri City, TX

#6 Oct 23, 2008
Mostly Worthless wrote:
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Hmm, did they get the stain out? Exactly how hard were they to get out the door? I have a baby and my living room carpet is pretty bad, it might be worth listening to a sales pitch.
We have Sears carpet cleaning come out every so often to do their thing. Just the Kirby vac job did better than the Sears steam clean job. Surprise though the coffee stain was back today! The Kirby guys say they clean 2 areas but it's not like they move the furniture and get in there deep. My salesman knew fairly quick there was not a sale to be had here so he just did his thing. Basically at the end of the pitch they vacuum the room and do a sample area with the carpet cleaning device.( Did you know they are made of lexan and are practically indestructible?) May be best to borrow one from your neighbor or possibly rent one? I don't know if i'd let them in again I was reading on-line that some of them are really pushy and had to be physically tossed out. My salesman though was not a problem.
Bob the plumber

Sublime, TX

#7 Oct 23, 2008
Publius Publico wrote:
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We have Sears carpet cleaning come out every so often to do their thing. Just the Kirby vac job did better than the Sears steam clean job. Surprise though the coffee stain was back today! The Kirby guys say they clean 2 areas but it's not like they move the furniture and get in there deep. My salesman knew fairly quick there was not a sale to be had here so he just did his thing. Basically at the end of the pitch they vacuum the room and do a sample area with the carpet cleaning device.( Did you know they are made of lexan and are practically indestructible?) May be best to borrow one from your neighbor or possibly rent one? I don't know if i'd let them in again I was reading on-line that some of them are really pushy and had to be physically tossed out. My salesman though was not a problem.
That is why I answer my door with two friends, Smith & Wesson, I tell them to leave just one time, seems to work. The best is my Remington shot gun, chamber a round and you don't even have to say anything.

Since: Mar 08

Missouri City, TX

#8 Oct 23, 2008
Bob the plumber wrote:
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That is why I answer my door with two friends, Smith & Wesson, I tell them to leave just one time, seems to work. The best is my Remington shot gun, chamber a round and you don't even have to say anything.
Sure sounds effective. I used a variation ( an axe) of that on a couple of tree trimmers. One actually stuck his foot in my door. As they high tailed it outa there they could be heard yelling "We're legitimate businessmen!" I assumed from their physical appearance that they meant the METH business.

It was also sorta entertaining though to watch this kirby fella "call his manager" to see if he could get a better deal authorized. Guess what .... he did ! As long as I didn't reveal to my neighbors the special price I was being offered. We even got extra visits from the supervisor to personally authorize the extra low "Kirby's Cost" price. I forgot to warn about the persistent sales pitches... so if you can't say no about twenty five times or so. Don't do it.

Since: Sep 08

Houston, TX

#9 Oct 23, 2008
Please be careful, these days it is not safe! Been there done that with Kirby several years ago. Same MO with Supervisor also. Kirby has a good product but bad selling techniques these days. As you know it is illegal to sell door-to-door in DP!
CLOSE BY

Pasadena, TX

#10 Oct 23, 2008
Try this : Tell them you are a Jehovahs Witness and would like to talk to them while they are demonstrating their products ! That'll scare them off !
Big Ed

La Porte, TX

#11 Oct 23, 2008
I knew a lady long ago that had the Kirby man over several times until she bought one of the machines. At the end of his demonstrations she did have a very clean carpet and she was very satisfied.
CLOSE BY

Pasadena, TX

#12 Oct 23, 2008
Big Ed wrote:
I knew a lady long ago that had the Kirby man over several times until she bought one of the machines. At the end of his demonstrations she did have a very clean carpet and she was very satisfied.
Ha Ha !
Alex

Trollhättan, Sweden

#13 Nov 25, 2008
Hey guys, i worked as a Kirby salesman 2003-2004, for over 1 year. I have quite good insight in the company and the way its done and i can tell u this.

1. YES, very often the sales tactics are very rude, wrong and un proffesional. The way to sell this product goes back a long time, and the sell tactics is old, too old. I used a very humble sale tactics and it actually worked even though i did never believe that i could sell this thing. But i knewed other salesmen that was very aggressive in their sale tactics.

2. BUT about the machine, Kirby vacuum cleaner. It is actually a really good machine with great durability. Take good care of it, and it will last minimum 10 years. Ive myself seen Kirbys thats been in service for over 30 years (search youtube for examples). My Kirby is 8 years old and its running fine still. Especially on carpets the Kirby is unbeatable.

So yes the companys salestactics actually deserves shit, but the machine does not.
MTH PITTSBURGH

Oxford, PA

#14 Dec 28, 2008
Kirby vacuums are the best. I owned one when i was 19, and I will own one when I am 99. Nothing cleans like a kirby!! Nothing!!!
Bad 2 the bone

Houston, TX

#15 Dec 28, 2008
MTH PITTSBURGH wrote:
Kirby vacuums are the best. I owned one when i was 19, and I will own one when I am 99. Nothing cleans like a kirby!! Nothing!!!
Stay in NJ and play with your Kirby
me in aus

Coolum Beach, Australia

#16 Jan 18, 2009
i have sold kirby's. perhaps those of you whom feel it necassary to abuse some one should put the shoe on the other foot. fact is every one has to work to live! its hard yakka(work)being abused and having to take the abuse. my opinion... each to there own. you want it, get it, you dont want it then dont. just like clothes or religion cars. i like chrysler's, dodges and the hemi motor. but you may like ford, chev(holden) or european cars. so just because i dont like them i wont say dont buy them. we all make our own choices not some one elses. 70% of the time its the sales person they dont like. and some people get upset as the price is so high. you want quality? you gotta pay for it. just like any thing else. sure i can get a neon cheap... but that just isnt qaulity or performance. or i can pay an arm and a leg for a new r/t dodge challenger that will go like a pit bull after the mail man and wont retire after its 5th birthday.
martinfanclub2ya hoocom

Casselberry, FL

#17 Jan 19, 2009
i am 19 and i sold kirbys for about 4 month..then one mourning i felt like killin myself that shit sucks and i will never do it again
Lp Dad

Sugar Land, TX

#18 Jan 20, 2009
I live in the Lomax area, had the Kirby salesman at the door last week. I understand he is just trying to his job but, when I answered the door I had my dinner plate in my hand and this did not bother the young salesman. He lied to me about cleaning all of the floors in the house across the street from mine as they have no carpet- the whole house has wood and tile floors. He says he sold them a Kirby he did not. I tried to be nice to him but his persistance with cleaning our area rug drove me to the point of no return. I even have a no soliciting sign at my front door, he kept on and on until I had to curse- not at him but then tells me I am rude. At that point I set my dinner down and walked out the door and asked him to leave my property. He did, next time this happens I will complain to the Kirby office- not that they will care. If someone says no once, I leave it alone. I was raised to know "no means no".
DJJ

Houston, TX

#19 Jan 20, 2009
My ex-wife never met a salesman she didn't love !
jo mama

Hamburg, PA

#20 Aug 19, 2009
I sell kirby vacuums, and the product is great, yes, we can be a little persistnat but people actually love our vacuums after being purchased, and yes, we drop the price, and guess what it lowers our commision, we do that to make the sale, we are no better and no worse than or local car dealer or the annoying kid at blockbuster trying to get you to buy the rewards package for a one time fee of $10, i know because i've worked at blockbuster. its a job, and sometimes people need to be in a depressing job because they're in a rut. Im a student and the cash helps, and as long as i make a few sales, im golden, so give us a break, once you see the difference you'll understand what makes us go door to door, god damn people, i dont talk shit about the nasty people who flip burgers, and how fucking annoying it is when i hear "like fries with that?" if i wanted fries id say fries! but honestly people buy a vacuum, or im gunna come to your house and waste ur precious time and when i leave after taking a few grand outta ur pocket, maybe, just maybe, you wont find the piss stain in your corner, but i doubt it.:P

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