Elsderly residents concerned about pushy salesmen can contact
police to check their credentials.
A salesman has been active in the Mosgiel area, prompting a
complaint to police from a concerned relative.
Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford, of Dunedin, confirmed police
were aware of reports of a door-to-door salesman who had
visited elderly people living in the Mosgiel area.
He stressed, while there might not be anything illegal about
the sales, anyone concerned could contact police, who would
check the credentials of the seller.
Residents were urged to always check the credentials of
salespeople, and Snr Sgt Crawford reminded people ''if they
aren't happy they don't have to buy''.
A relative of a person visited by a salesman told the Otago
Daily Times ''this company is doing the rounds in Dunedin
selling overpriced products to the old''.
He described it as ''door-to-door pressure selling''.
The man said the seller claimed he was a nurse and advised
his mother she had arthritis and needed to buy specialist
Yesterday, the ODT contacted Niagara Healthcare manager Steve
Oughton, who said the medical company did not go door to
''We do what we call phone surveys ... We ring up and ask if
they want a free therapy.''
Asked how the company contacted would-be buyers, he said ''it
is based on phone numbers''.
''It could have been supplied to us by a referral base, but
until I look at the person's name or area I couldn't comment.
''We are not a pushy sales outfit because if people don't
want the equipment, the equipment comes back to us. We don't
want that either. We want people happy and satisfied and [the
equipment] doing what it is supposed to do ... helping people
with their health problems.''
His company's products were aimed not just at the elderly, he
said, reiterating the company treated any complaint