Tristar Vacuum — Door to door sales scam
We received a postcard in the mail saying if we set up a time for a demonstration for a home cleaning system we would receive one of three free gifts. 1: cutlery set 2: a two day vacation 3: money, so I set up a time with a guy for the demonstration. Dave Morgan showed up at our house at 6pm and didn't leave until 8:30pm. We listened to his discription of the vacuum (home cleaning system) and the demonstration of how much dirt it could suck out of our carpet and in the middle of his speech he said that we would receive 2yrs of carpet cleaning for free, plus 12 extra vacuum bags for free with the purchase. And he would take our dependable Hoover off our hands for a $800 discount on this new vacuum!! Well, I will tell you that if he took off $800, that was one expensive vacuum!! We signed the contract for 2698.00+tax of 190.21 =2881.21. Then you have to tack on the finace charge of 1031.83 to that total making it 3920.04!! Also the loan had a 21% interest rate for 36 months with payments of 108.89, after 8 months of paying on this vacuum we have only paid 423 towards principle and 413 towards interest!!! Do the math and you will see how much we are going to be spending on this darn thing! On top of the fact that we didn't get our free vacation because Dave never signed the voucher for the trip so it isn't valid, when I called the company and talked to the main guy he promised to mail us two signed vouchers, the vacuum bags we were supposed to get from Dave and didn't. I mentioned the carpet cleaning that was promised us and he said that Dave would never have promised that to someone in the Kansas area because they don't have any aggreement with a cleaning agency here. I asked if he was calling me a liar and he said that Dave would have never promised the carpet cleaning!!! Also Dave had told us that a store front would be up in Salina soon so that we could get the vacuum fixed if it broke down! That's not happening either!!He said Salina is too small build a storefront there so why would Dave say it was happening? So, yea I guess I just make stuff up like free carpet cleanings and store fronts to make the manager of the company feel sorry for me so that they would take this vacuum off my hands!!! Which by the way I still have the darn thing. Not enjoying it because I get mad everytime i think about how I fell for that stupid scam pitch that Dave threw at me and my husband!Oh yea, he also mentioned that my son would be crawling soon and how could I let him crawl on a carpet that I know is so full of dirt?! I wouldn't have felt like it was a half way decent deal if he hadn't thrown those extras in his sales pitch!!! Morale of the story, don't set up an appointment with this company, always look companies up on the better business bureau before aggreeing to sign anything, and read every contract like its that last thing your eyes are ever going to see!!! In my search to retaliate I also found out that if a door to door salesman doesn't have a badge to sell and hasn't made an appointment to enter your house, they can be arrested!!! So, take this new found info and do with it as you please, I learned a lesson the hard way, I hope I have saved someone from the heartache that I have felt over the whole ordeal.