On September 26, 2012, BBB of the Mid-South issued a consumer alert about Opportunity Sales,Inc. a door to door magazine sales company located in Memphis TN. The BBB has received complaints from 14 states- most complaints have been closed as unanswered.
Consumers allege that Opportunity Sales used high-pressure and misleading door-to-door sales tactics to sell magazine subscriptions and books which were never delivered. In at least one instance, the company representative sold cleaning product to the elderly homeowner. Complaints also allege that the company does not return phone calls or that the phone and fax numbers provided on the receipt do not belong to Opportunity Sales.
BBB offers the following advice to avoid getting scammed by a door-to-door magazine sales rep:
*Be wary of high pressure sales pitches that use emotion to sell their products.
*Practice your refusal script prior to opening your door to a salesperson. Saying, "I never make those decisions without consulting my husband/son/sister" may be enough to send the salesperson on to the next house.
*Always research the company with your Better Business Bureau at bbb.org - or m.bbb.org on your smart phone - before writing a check for a magazine subscription. It's quick and easy and it's free.
*The Federal Trade Commission's Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller's permanent place of business.
* Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file complaints with: o Their Better Business Bureau at bbb.org o Local law enforcement o Their state's Attorney General's office
Read the press release in its entirety on our website at memphis.bbb.org