We were initially contacted by a marketer going door to door and arranged a meeting to get price estimates for new vinyl siding and seamless gutters. This person indicated that we might get better pricing if we agreed to some sort of endorsement or posting in front of the house. We have never contracted anyone to complete this type of work before so we were interested in an estimate even though our current siding is in good shape yet. Our gutters do need to be replaced, however. Another rep contacted us a few days before the meeting to make sure we still wanted to proceed. Two people arrived about 10 minutes earlier than planned, one a trainee. This actually worked out well since they used the time to measure the house, and it allowed me time to return home for the meeting. The representative was from the Omaha NE area versus Sioux Falls SD. The rep was very personable and knowledgeable although the sales pitch was a bit on the aggressive side. The siding quality appeared to be good, all work would be completed by company personnel, and the siding came with a transferable (one new owner), life-time guarantee. Ultimately, we didn't like the way the vinyl channels would stick out from the door and window frames and the pricing was much higher than expected. After thoroughly explaining the qualities of the siding, the rep started the discussion of pricing by providing us a "national average" for a similar sized house although the assumptions and basis for this average was never explained. Next, the rep provided a "fair market value" (FMV) of what the company would normally charge. We were then offered a discounted price that was only good the day of our meeting. This was over 19% less than the company's normal pricing, or FMV, and included siding, gutters and a work-around for door and window trims. Another caveat was this price could only be offered by this particular rep. The presentation was well scripted and reminded me somewhat of a time-share sales pitch. We never expected a decision would have to be made immediately and informed the rep that we needed additional time to research other products and contractors. Ultimately, the rep shot us the best "deal" which was 31.5% less than the company's FMV. Again, this was only good if we made an immediate decision. I felt the best deal was still about 25% higher then what we would pay a local contractor based on some recent siding work completed for a family member. When we asked about the discount for endorsing or marketing the work on our house, the rep indicated this is simply not done. Pictures of other siding projects completed by the company were provided. We asked if we could visit other houses in the area with the vinyl siding, but this is not permitted due to company policy and privacy issues. The rep indicated references could be set up, if needed. We also asked for an estimate for just the gutters but this was about 2-3 times what I expected to pay for a similar product. Before leaving, the rep informed us we would have another three days to make a decision as long as we contacted the rep before leaving the Sioux Falls area. On the positive side, my wife and I enjoyed the rep who turned out to be a veteran from the Vietnam war, and would actually enjoy spending personal time with the rep if the opportunity ever arose.