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When Was The Last Time u bought from a telemarketer?  
User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6674 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
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You bought something from a telemarketer?

The claim that they will loose billions (or millions) a year if the Do Not Call list thing works, but all the people i have asked not a single person has bought stuff of them. I certanly havent.

So lets have a quick poll.


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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Never bought anything from them. I hang up on them. They are trained to ask you if you will buy, participate, 3 times, then after that they are supposed to say goodbye. I hate those people. It's an invasion of privacy.

UAL747


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Never. I hang up as soon as I realize I'm getting a sales pitch.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

I've never bought from a telemarketer either.


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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

I used to work for a company here in town. I was calling on behalf of the New York State Troopers to peoples homes to see if they would like to donate money for some banquet that they were having.

One of my most memorable calls went something like this:

"Hello my name is Mark, I'm calli... We were wondering if you would like to donate $20 to help the cause."

"Son, I get $100 from welfare a month, do you really think I have money to spare?"

"I guess not, thank you."

Hahahaha

Out of the hundreds of houses that I called, not a single person donated money.

EmiratesA345 Smile



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User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

Never. A good way to get them to stop calling is to wait until they ask for Mr. So and So. Then pause for a moment and say in a sad tone that unfortunatly they passed away last week. The telemarketer will go silent. My neighbor once tried this and told me. Said it worked like a charm.

Dinker



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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Never............they are a royal pain!

Phyllis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4363 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Why would people donate their money to the police while we have to pay for tickets....that's why people dont.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I never give out my money to some stranger who calls me and invades my privacy. No thanks..I just don't trust these people.

Kevin



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8366 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

I love toying with their minds. Once I said "Hang on just a minute" and proceed to go eat my dinner. I came back 15 minutes later and they were gone.

Never ever ever bought anything though...  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Believe it or not... I did once.

I was looking to get a second credit card with a low balance transfer rate and I got a call from Discover for 0% for 1 year and I signed up.


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Yep. That's about representative of the industry's call conversion rate.


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

A good way to get them to stop calling is to wait until they ask for Mr. So and So. Then pause for a moment and say in a sad tone that unfortunatly they passed away last week. The telemarketer will go silent.

A variant of this can be used if a telemarketer is trying to sell you life insurance. You say that you're very much interesting in buying a policy, but you're unable to talk for long because you have an appointment at the AIDS clinic.



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

I've never bought anything, and surprisingly haven't even received many calls lately. When I do, though, I try to string them along as long as I can by telling them that I'm on the other line. About every 30 - 45 seconds I'll 'flip over' to them to make sure they are still there and politely ask them to hold on for just another moment. Usually, if I keep it up, I can keep them on for 5 minutes.



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

my younger brother worked in an office this summer. he said that one day he agreed to buy 100 paper clips from some guy to get him to shut up. i guess it workd because for the rest of the summer i never heard any more about this guy.

i prefer to just hang up the phone.



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User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1284 times:

Never bought anything...but my response that usually works is "I don't use any products or services that are solicited by phone so put me on your DO NOT CALL list"...they generally hang up then...

Otherwise, I play with them...tell the painters that the last time I had house painted was 1776 or so...make em think I'm crazy..change my answer each time they ask same question...tell the window installers that I have no windows...etc..



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

Obviously telemarketing works; otherwise companies wouldn't use it. If one fish out of 100 bites, then you still make a profit, right?

Actually, one time a couple of years ago, I didn't really buy from a telemarketer, but I "agreed to a free trial period" in a vacation club. Hey, I was still in bed when they called and I was tired as hell, so I wasn't really thinking. They said if I accepted their "no obligation trial offer" I would recieve all this free gasoline. I never recieved any free trial package, and one month later a $69 charge appeared on my credit card. I immediately called them to tell them that they never sent me a free trial, so I want my money refunded. They tried to wiesel their way out of it, but eventually they told me they'd refund my money and it would appear as a credit on my card "within 2 billing cycles". Realizing that this was exactly the amount of time I had to dispute the charges with the credit card company, I notified the credit card company. The charge was taken off almost immediately. To this date, I have never recieved my free gas.



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

...from a what Big grin ?
Will



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User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

You know, Will, those 'people' whose job is to be on the phone all day long  Big thumbs up

707


User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6674 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1246 times:
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how abou this?

"The home telephone numbers of 11 top executives of the Direct Marketing Association are on the federal do-not-call registry, which would make them off-limits to annoying sales calls."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0310010330oct01,1,6081889.story?coll=chi-business-hed



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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

I love saying, "just one moment".. then put the phone on hold... when the red light goes off 4 minutes later theyre gone, and theyve wasted time.


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User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

you mean some people actually answer those calls that say "Caller ID blocked"?????

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1223 times:

NEVER, I have never even once bought anything from them, and now that i have caller ID i never even answer the phone anymore.

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