mt99
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When Was The Last Time u bought from a telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 5:38 am

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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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 5:47 am

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.

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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 5:49 am

Never. I hang up as soon as I realize I'm getting a sales pitch.
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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 5:50 am

I've never bought from a telemarketer either.
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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 6:11 am

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.

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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 6:54 am

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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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:01 am

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

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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:04 am

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.

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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:12 am

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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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:14 am

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.
 
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RE: When Was The Last Time?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:37 am

Yep. That's about representative of the industry's call conversion rate.
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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:03 pm

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.
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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:10 pm

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:03 pm

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 3:11 pm

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 3:55 pm

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 4:06 pm

...from a what Big grin ?
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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 4:42 pm

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

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mt99
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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:15 am

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:25 am

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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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:06 pm

you mean some people actually answer those calls that say "Caller ID blocked"?????
 
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RE: When Was The Last Time U Bought From A Telemarketer?

Sun Oct 05, 2003 2:23 pm

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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