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Mills Branch - Door To Door Book Seller? Exchange Student?

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Keystone 2
june 1
Julmummy 2
Lilteapot 1
Fallon 1
planemom 1
AuthorMan 1
gumbeauxgirl 1
NewMommy 1
realtor mom 1
Fin and Feather 2
Squareduck 4
irishmom 1
tamsy 1
NOLA 2
KWnewbie 2
*OH SNAP* 1
Dr Aborto 1
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Squareduck --- 9 years ago -

A lovely young women knocked on our door. She said that she was a foregin exchange student living with a family in Kingwood. And in order to get credit for her classes she is selling books.
She also let us look thru her folder. In the folder there were handwritten cards that other people in Mills Branch have filled out about these books.
The books appear to be good quality educational books. Is this a standard practice for exchange students? Or was this some sort of scam?
The young women was nice and very polite. Not pushy. I actually felt sorry for her to be outside in the heat. But the idea of handing cash, check or credit card # to someone whom I do not know did not sit well with me.
Has this young women come to your door? 

Lilteapot --- 9 years ago -

She was at my house a couple of days ago.
She seemed very nice, but I was not interested, and told her there was a no solicitation sign as you come into Mills Branch. 

Squareduck --- 9 years ago -

She was at my house a couple of days ago.
She seemed very nice, but I was not interested, and told her there was a no solicitation sign as you come into Mills Branch.


I was concerned by the handwritten cards from people who either listened to the presentation or bought the books. They listed their names and the ages and names of their kiddos. This alarmed me. Seemed like way to much information to give out to a stranger.

She stated that half the money had to be given up front and the books would be delivered at the end of summer.

Ummm why would I hand over cash, credit card or check to the tune of $120 to $300 to someone and not get the product on the spot.

I dunno...maybe I'm paranoid! :( 

Keystone --- 9 years ago -

Was it Southwesetern publishing? Sounds like it. Not a scam--just expensive books. You CAN pay for it in full and receive it today, or pay half now and get it at the end of the summer. We purchased them last year. They are nice books, but too expensive, and my kids weren't all that into them. 

Squareduck --- 9 years ago -

Was it Southwesetern publishing?
On the binder I did not see the words Southwestern Publishing.
But on the clip that held her badge said Southwestern at Home.

You CAN pay for it in full and receive it today, or pay half now and get it at the end of the summer.

She said they won't be delivered to till the end of summer. In the whole presentation this was repeated several times. And the money had to be paid half up front. Then the rest at delivery.

They are nice books, but too expensive, and my kids weren't all that into them.

They looked nice. But yes to expensive. 

june --- 9 years ago -

I have no way of knowing this for sure, but my daughter has hosted two exchange students and neither was ever required to sell anything in order to get credit for their classes. 

KWnewbie --- 9 years ago -

Same girl was in Woodstream today, DH was cutting the grass and she approach him. He too felt sorry for her and told her i would be home on Sat! As soon as he told me this i knew it was a scam but no cant tell a grown man nothing. Who in the heck rides or walks in this heat trying to sell door to door. Non only but someone running a scam.

Not sure why im so upset, 1 - its the stupidity of of DH or 2 - He told this chick to return when im home. Which now she knows my schedule bc im sure this fool mention to her not knowing what he was doing. And to think he tells me all i am is book smart. Yeppers buddy books smarts helps me step back and see the entire picture (sorry yawl had to vent)

Now back to my paper on Godot :) 

Fin and Feather --- 9 years ago -

It’s the same scam they run every year and you know why.. it still works 

NewMommy --- 9 years ago -

There was a girl in Kings River today and yesterday w/ the same speech.... 

Keystone --- 9 years ago -

As soon as he told me this i knew it was a scam

It’s the same scam they run every year and you know why.. it still works

I don't know why you all are saying it's a scam. They are just selling books, you order them, and they deliver them. If you don't want them, just say no. We happened to buy them last year, they are nice books, but expensive.

You can look up the seller's info on the website and it will verify that they are a seller for Southwestern. 

Julmummy --- 9 years ago -

Was her name Grette? 

Fin and Feather --- 9 years ago -

Hit the search button on top, quite a few have been taken from folks doing this, but then again maybe we are all wrong. Who knows just let us know how it works out. 

gumbeauxgirl --- 9 years ago -

I don't know why you all are saying it's a scam. They are just selling books, you order them, and they deliver them. If you don't want them, just say no. We happened to buy them last year, they are nice books, but expensive.

We ordered some a few years ago too. Definitely not a scam. 

irishmom --- 9 years ago -

she came back to my house three different times! 

Fallon --- 9 years ago -

Once again, do not open your front door or any other door to your house to let a stranger inside. It is crazy to do in this day and age.

Most of these are scams. Every year, every summer, we go thru this.

These kids are usually dropped off from white vans, and they are made to sell these things.

Several times in Atasc. these groups have been known to look at what you have and try to find out if you are home during the day. They are casing you and your homes.

Don't open your door, and you don't have to worry about it.

You can call the local number and have the constable come out. They usually make these people move on because, they 9 times out of 10 they are running a scam. 

NOLA --- 9 years ago -

Yes, Greta from Is-tON-ia. She hit my house in Woodstream today too. I kindly declined and pointed to the no solicitation sign (except for scouts) on my door. 

*OH SNAP* --- 9 years ago -

Estonia. It's in Eastern Europe. DH's ex lives there. 

NOLA --- 9 years ago -

that is how she said it... :) 

realtor mom --- 9 years ago -

She was at my home, very nice but I had to decline. I was actually upstairs cleaning out all the books and "stuff" in the kids rooms when she asked if I wanted to buy books! Bad timing! HA! Very hot day for door to door. 

cgb77 --- 9 years ago -

Be careful who you let in your house. A few years ago when I was living on the otherside of town this group had a scam that ran similar to this one. They claimed to be students from another state and where trying to get points or money to take a trip to Europe. Long and the short of it, they cased your house while you stood there talking to them at the door and if you agreed to buy what they where selling they always wanted to go inside to fill out the forms. That's when they really did some work because they had you fill out the fom while they eyeball all the stuff you have in your house. Well it turns out 2 houses got broken into that summer and the owners happened to be "customers" of the book salesman. Coincidence, maybe. Not saying this lady is a scammer but people have turned her business into a scam before. 

Julmummy --- 9 years ago -

I had a kid come to my door selling something trying to earn his way to COLLEGE. I pointed to the "NO SOLICITORS" sign and asked if he could read it. He couldn't! So much for college, poor kid! 

Squareduck --- 9 years ago -

Yes her name was Grette.

I usually NEVER open my door. But I was expecting company. And I had gotten the text they were around the corner. Stupid me opened the door assuming it was my company.
I will go back to my original motto. Call me when you are in my driveway. Then I will open my door.

When she was at my door she showed me a map. And stated that she was only selling to Mills Branch Village. HAHA! She sure does get around. Crazy its too hot out to be walking door to door. 

planemom --- 9 years ago -

When I was in college a friend of mine was talked into selling books door to door over the summer. She quit after the first week. She had a permit but went down the wrong street. One of the people called the cops on her and she was arrested for solicitation. Her old job at Piggly Wiggly didn't sound so bad after that experience.

This is one of those jobs where the legitimate companies are given a bad name because of the number of scammers. 

AuthorMan --- 9 years ago -

Door To Door Book Seller?

If y'all see an old man going door to door hawking fiction and a dog book, please have pity on him and buy all he has. LOL 

KWnewbie --- 9 years ago -

See i knew i wasn't the only one peeped her scam. If i wanna buy books ill purchase online or at a bookstore. There is no longer any need to go door to door. 

Dr Aborto --- 9 years ago -

We bought books from someone like that a year or so ago. The books were for kids and teaches about color, numbers and letters. I think we bought like $80 worth of books. They were great quality and we still go through them with my son. 

tamsy --- 9 years ago -

This is why I have a dog. 

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