Are wandering salesmen legal?

UPDATED: Sep 10, 2011

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Are wandering salesmen legal?

I have a small retail business and and am looking into expanding it into a sales business. I would have salesmen travel around and sell my products, small products of course, but I am still wondering if this was legal.

Asked on September 10, 2011 under Business Law, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I believe you mean door to door salespeople or home transaction sales.  They are not illegal per se but it depends on the laws in your state. I would contact the state Attorney General's Office regarding the legalities.  Generally speaking, though, the laws do not apply to certain equipment or services (such as farm equipment in Texas).  There are also certain requirements like that the sales person must advise orally and in writing that the contract may be cancelled with in 3 business days, where to send the cancellation notice, give the address of the merchant's offices, etc.  And there are laws that will apply to a time frame for refunding the money should the consumer cancel.  Good luck to you.

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