Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
Our state has had their own "no call" list for about a year now. It works fairly well, although I wish that they would force political campaigns to be covered on that list. During the last couple of local elections, my voicemail had about 5 or 6 messages a day with recordings imploring me to vote for so and so because he is for the schools or vote against so and so because he supports abortion. It makes me wonder - are voters that easily swayed that they will choose a candidate based on a recorded telephone message?
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 18 Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 998 times:
I do have to admit having some fun with them. We always used to get calls trying to sell us a timeshare in Branson, MO. I go by my middle name, but I list my phone under my first name...that way it was an immediate warning to me that anybody calling and asking for the name in the directory was a marketer. The guy asks me how I am, and I began speaking in a slow drawl that I was fine, ever since the bankruptcy. The guy says that's good, and I go on by saying that you really know who your true friends are when you got nothing in the world...them's the ones that sticks with you. He goes on and began his spiel about the free trip to Branson. I told him that it sounded great, but that I'd have to check with my parole officer, since I couldn't leave Kansas City without telling him. I went on to say that burglary wasn't THAT bad of a crime, hell, I didn't HURT anyone... The guy hung up.
MSY-MSP From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 973 times:
You bet. I am on the MN one, and will be on the Fed's one too.
Now for dealing with them when they call. Just ask them to hold for one minute, while you do what ever. Now I just leave the phone on the table, come back in 10-15 minutes, and if they are still there, I will talk with them. Only once has the guy stayed on for that long. And he just wanted to see if I would come back.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16111 posts, RR: 57 Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 957 times:
I hate the hustling types... I just hang up ! :P
That's the worst thing you can do. Then they go right on to the next person.
A way to stop telemarketing in its tracks (in addition to the opt-out list) is to waste their time: pretend to be interested in their product & then change your mind. If their call volume drops considerably, their costs will rise & telemarketing will cease.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.