Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1232 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.
Dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1056 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1202 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.
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Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4329 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1181 times:
Why would people donate their money to the police while we have to pay for tickets....that's why people dont. 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.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5565 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1136 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"
Ybacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1133 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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Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1123 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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J_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1118 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..
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6197 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1112 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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