What is the ‘Carpet Shopper’?
The carpet salesman has a reputation for being a little more than a carpet salesman, but he is often the source of one of the most contentious debates in the country.
For some, the carpet salesman is just a guy who wants to make money.
Others see him as a man who has taken a great risk and is willing to take his own life.
And some believe he’s a fraud.
For more than 30 years, carpet brokers have been in the spotlight for misleading consumers and selling expensive items they did not have to pay for.
The debate has raged for years, and there are now multiple legal and regulatory cases underway against carpet retailers, some of which have been ruled to be fraudulent.
Many of the carpet brokers who have gone to court have been found guilty, but others have not.
And the debate has continued even after the Federal Trade Commission last year issued guidelines that effectively eliminated the need for brokers to go to court to prove that they were actually selling the products they were touting.
“It’s like a fire hose being cut out of the air, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that it’s going to happen,” said Paul Condon, a former attorney for the FTC who is now with the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
“There is no law against carpet salesmen, and we’ve already seen it happen.”
The carpet industry is already on edge, with the recent closure of several large carpet-manufacturing facilities, including the one in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, which closed in March.
A new wave of lawsuits is also brewing.
In June, the FTC filed a suit against a New Jersey carpet-maker after it allegedly misled consumers and misled the courts by selling its carpet at inflated prices.
Condon said the lawsuit is being watched closely.
“You don’t want to be associated with a carpet dealer that goes on the offensive, that goes after the carpet buyers,” he said.
“But you also don’t have to worry about it.
There’s a lot of good people out there that do what they do.”
Carpets sellers have long been known for their high prices, and they’ve also had a reputation in the industry for being dishonest.
But the issue of fraudulent carpet sales has gained traction because of the growing number of lawsuits.
And, while there have been lawsuits filed against carpet-receiving businesses over the years, this time, the companies involved in the suits have been caught in the crossfire, Condon said.
“It certainly puts the carpet industry in a difficult position,” he added.
Some carpet retailers have also been sued by the FTC over misleading claims made about their products.
One of the biggest lawsuits has been filed against the American carpet company, ConEd, which is owned by the company that runs the carpet factory in Oak Brook.
ConEd and other carpet retailers were sued by a company called The Laid Back Group, which says that it is a legitimate carpet retailer, but that it sells products with counterfeit labels, including carpet and carpet accessories.
The company is asking a federal judge in Connecticut to rule on the lawsuit.