Where have encyclopedia salespeople gone?

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Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Encyclopedia Britannica.
Go away, I’m… washing my hair.

In days gone by, men and women would walk neighbourhoods selling Encyclopedia Britannica door-to-door. Presumably, homeowners who didn’t know any better would buy them.

In today’s digital age and in particular with Wikipedia’s unending march toward being everything to all men, and Britannica being available online, there must be a lot of redundant people around who bought into the shattered Britannica Dream.

So where did they go? To what profession do you naturally migrate when all you can put on the CV/Resumé is “former encyclopedia salesman”? Jehova’s Witness? Lawyer? Magician? Web designer? Vacuum cleaner salesman?

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