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How to get rid of telemarketers

post #1 of 14
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I received the following and am sure going to try a few of them. Some really good ideas and, if your life is boring, it will spice it up somewhat!!!
10 Ways To Annoy Telemarketers

10. When they ask "How are you today?" Really tell them! Example: "I'm so glad you asked because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died..."

9. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary. If they ask why, tell them your attorney said to make sure you got all that information for the lawsuit.

8. Again, if they give their name, cry out in surprise, "Judy! Is that you? Oh my Gosh! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of pause as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.

7. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends Plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends, would you be my friend?"

6. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.

5. Tell the telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if they could bring you a case of beer and some chips.

4. After the telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you could not possibly just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.

3. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask them if they will give you their HOME phone number so you can call them back.
When the telemarketer explains that they cannot give out their HOME number, you say "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The telemarketer will agree and you say, "Now you know how I feel!" Say good-bye - and hang up.

2. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a joke. "Come on Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's your mom?"
And first and foremost:
1. Tell them to talk VERY, VERY SLOWLY, because you want to write EVERY WORD down so you can remember what they said.

This might not be a bad idea either.
I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone solicitors weren't able to call people at home during the dinner hour.
But that doesn't make it any more pleasant.
Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed "Three Little Words" based on his brief experience in a
telemarketing operation-that would stop the nuisance for all time.
The three little words are "Hold on, please."
Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately -would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt. When you eventually hear the phone company's beep-beep-beep tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.
post #2 of 14
I love these! Reminds me of one of my favorite Seinfeld moments, where Jerry asks a telemarketer if he can have his home phone number so he can return the call later, as he is currently busy. Next, you hear him say, "Oh, you don't want to be called at home? Now you know how I feel!" Needless to say, the studio audience erupts in cheers.
post #3 of 14
I also just love the ideas you have. I get so many telemarketers calling be it drives me nuts. Now I will drive them nuts!
post #4 of 14
We got a call last night that I took. It was some lady calling for the Arkansas University of Law. She wanted to talk to the alumnae Mike Miller. Mike went to Weber College for Electronics way back when. The lady asked for him, I asked who she was and she told me and why she was calling. I started laughing and asked her how his grades were? Was he popular in school, what was his favorite coursework? By the time I was finished we both were laughing and she finally caught on that this was the wrong Mike Miller she was trying to get ahold of. Broke up a stressful day and was a much- needed laugh!
post #5 of 14
We got a great new law passed last year. It is a state-wide no call list that all telemarketers nation wide have to abide by. All we have to do is call a toll-free number or go to the website to put our phone numbers on it. It is free since the telemarketers have to pay for the list...hahahahaha! If they call once you are on the list, they will get fines from the state and may have to pay restitution to the people they illegally called. HAHAHAHA!

Of course, there are exceptions. Politicians, companies you have done business with in the past 6 months, and charities can still call.

Someone in Congress proposed a nation-wide no call list with the same setup. Of course, the telemarketing companies had a hissy fit!! I hope they can get it passed...it's only the companies that irritate and annoy us that don't want that type of law.

What I want to know is Who actually buys the cr...er..stuff they sell? If no one would fall for the telemarketers, most of which is a scam of one form or another, they wouldn't be able to keep paying people to call/
post #6 of 14
I have decided that an answering machine is the answer to telemarketers. Granted, my phone still rings a lot, but I don't have to waste my time talking to them. My family and friend know to start yelling "Christy, are you home? Pick it up!" when they call.
post #7 of 14
Have any of you bought this device that you put on your phone and if a telemarketer calls, this device will take your phone out of the computer so they won't call you anymore? I think you get it a RadioShak or Kmart or something. Do they work?
post #8 of 14
Those were great :laughing:

Ya know,I hate those calls as much as the next person, but since I've had friends who took telemarketer jobs to make ends meet I have too much compassion for those poor people to be rude to them They're just trying to make a living like the rest of us so I think they deserve nothing less than a polite 'No Thanks'. The flaw lies in the companies who use the calls as their marketing strategy, not the employees that actually make the calls.

Sorry, don't know where that came from
post #9 of 14
Actually, Melissa, you are so very right. They are just trying to do their jobs, and most are pretty understanding when you say no thanks. There are some, though...Especially the ones who call offices. Don't they realize that part of my job is to stop them from getting through to the bosses? They can be downright rude to me and very pushy. Then they wonder why they didn't make the sale....

Alicia - one of our TV guys does a "Fame or Shame" on all that stuff that claims to be wonderful on TV spots. He did one for the Tele-zapper, which I think is what you are talking about. When a computer generated call comes in, it shoots back a signal that tells the computer that it is a disconnected number. Bingo, you are taken off their computer without ever having to deal with a person. It actually got a "Fame". He thought it worked pretty well.
post #10 of 14
I agree with you, Mel. I try to be polite and imform them that I am not interested. It gets to me when they won't take "no" for an answer.
post #11 of 14
I have to do some cold calling in my job. It's a merciless task. I don't know anyone who likes it.

But I've also been on the receiving end of these calls both at home and at work.

In the UK we have the Telephone Preference Service which enables us to register home telephone numbers and 'suppress' them from when the numbers are included on a list. I'd be very surprised if most of the states in the US don't operate something similar.

The difference might be that here it is run by the Data Protection Register who are happy to publicise their service. It could be that you've all got this, but whoever is running it (or being forced to run it) isn't talking about it too much.

Anyway - my thoughts are that these guys are just trying to do a job. I try and listen to what they have to say, and then explain why the service/product is no use to me. Only if they then become insistent, that I get stroppy with them.

If I have time later, I'll post about my visit last night to the cat charity presentation.

Got to go and call some prospects now . . .
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
I agree with you Melissa. However, they seem to be getting alot more agressive lately. I had with one woman call, I said no thanks you, she kept pushing and I said soryy I don't do business over the phone. She got really snotty and said "well I feel sorry for you then" and got very nasty about me not doing business over the phone. I had to hang up on her.
post #13 of 14
LOL! Those were great! I get so annoyed with telemarketers. My mom payed a joke on one of them once. She told them that she was really poor and that she had 7 kids and was on public aid and that she couldn't afford anything. (which was totally a lie) She also told the guy that she was divorced and for him to give her his home # so they could get together sometime. It was too funny! :LOL: He actually believed her! Then she started asking him all these questions and finally he hung up on here b/c she was getting to weird.

I hope the govt. comes out with that national list to prevent telemarketers from calling your house. I will definitely sign up!
post #14 of 14
Those are great Ady!!!!!!

Awhile back I was so fed up with these people calling that I started telling them I could not make any decisions without asking my hubby first, because I was very afraid of him, and didn't want to do anything to make him mad at me!!!!! :LOL:
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