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Book salesmen raising ire of unhappy customers

Date Posted: 2005-03-04

Unscrupulous school text book salesmen have triggered an extended round of complaints to the Okinawa Prefecture Government.

Sales people pitching supplementary textbooks for use in private tutoring are not being honest, according to the 120 complaints filed with the government. Irritated parents say the sales people say “This book is included with a private in-home teacher. We’ll send you a good teacher.”

What happens next, the complaints note, is that the sales people show up in late evening, after 8:00pm, trying to pitch the book sales. Often, the complainants say, the sales people lie by saying “You don’t have to pay for the book, but only for the teacher.” In actuality, the teachers then say they won’t teach until the family buys the textbook in question. Payments are by card, and run as much as ¥700,000~3,000,000. There’s supposed to be an eight-day cooling off period on the purchases, but the complaints say that’s not honored.

With elementary school children entering new classrooms next month, the pressure is being applied to parents is intensifying. The salesmen are strong arming families to buy their books, many of which are English language texts. A Prefecture official encourages people thinking about making purchase to take full advantage of the cooling off period to examine the books closely and to decide if they’re worth the cost in educating their children.

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