The Court held that the Door-to-Door Salesmen Act is aimed at guaranteeing protection to the consumer who, without having been forewarned and without having taken any personal initiative, encounters a person at his doorstep who offered merchandise for sale. The primary aim of the law is to grant the possibility to the consumer to rethink any consequent purchase that he may have made.
This is the reason why a cooling off period is granted. During this period the contract of sale is suspended and may not be enforced by the vendor. However, once the term has lapsed and the consumer fails to make recourse to the cancellation option, the contract becomes definitive and complete for the purposes of the Civil Code.
In this case the court observed that the postage stamp on the cancellation letter indicated that the cancellation has been sent after the stipulated fifteen day period. For this reason, the Court held in favour of the plaintiff.