Canvassers are tough. Since March 1, 2023, telephone calls have been fewer, since this type of canvassing is now subject to a certain number of binding rules.

Commercial canvassing by telephone is now prohibited on weekends and public holidays and must be carried out during specific time slots during the week. From Monday to Friday, sellers can only call between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

These measures were long awaited by consumer associations, even if they were waiting for a firmer decision. They demanded a ban on cold calling, unless the consumer gave his explicit consent.

For many French people, this novelty is good news since unwanted calls on weekends were a daily burden. “I was called by an ’01’ for a commercial canvassing. It’s really very disturbing. People who want to sell you windows, every day… I don’t answer, but sometimes I get angry on the phone. So it’s good news that it’s banned on weekends”, testified Guy Roland to our colleagues from franceinfo.

Now, if cold calling is less common, it is door-to-door that has taken the lead. Vendors roam the streets to find new customers and sign as many contracts as possible.

But with this method of sale, some canvassers sometimes use abusive practices aimed at pushing their interlocutors to buy. Discover in our slideshow five dishonest sales techniques used by door-to-door salesmen and which you should be wary of.