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    1. #1

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      Tips for Handling Telemarketers

      Sent through from the mother-in-law.

      Tips for Handling Telemarketers

      Three Little Words That Work !!

      (1)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 much more
      time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

      Then 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.

      These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

      (2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other

      This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and
      records the time of day when a person answers the phone.

      This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real'
      sales person to call back and get someone at home.

      What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there,
      is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7
      times, as quickly as possible This confuses the machine that dialed the
      call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame
      not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

      (3) Junk Mail Help:
      When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return
      these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their
      own junk mail away.

      When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything
      from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw
      away the return envelope.

      Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs
      them more than the regular 41 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive
      them back.

      It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50
      cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In
      that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it
      in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

      One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.
      Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a
      pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day,
      then just send them their blank application back!
      If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on
      anything you send them.

      You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep
      them guessing! It still costs them 41 cents.

      The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of
      their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them.
      Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best
      of all they're paying for it...Twice!

      Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that
      e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need
      to increase postage costs again You get the idea !

      If enough people follow these tips, it will work, I have been doing
      this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore

    2. #2
      I used to do the return the junk mail in the pre paid envelopes in the UK. I used to rip off my name and address first.
      As for the annoying calls , Imight start putting them on "hold", usually I just say "not today thankyou" as politly as possible.

    3. #3

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      I have caller number display and dont bother picking up the phone, if its a number from interstate I dont know, or just let it ring to answer phone then listen to who ever is calling, if its not a real call they don't bother leaving a message.
      Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
      Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.

    4. #4

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      Quote Originally Posted by sarahsmartiepants View Post
      As for the annoying calls , Imight start putting them on "hold", usually I just say "not today thankyou" as politly as possible.
      You polite???? I must know the imposter then!!!!
      Cornelia (41), Andy (42!!), Ally (16) & Wee Andi (12) x

    5. #5
      Quote Originally Posted by cormcvcr View Post
      You polite???? I must know the imposter then!!!!
      NO i will have you know I have a very polite voice I use to tele sales people...but sometimes I cant understand them so I tell them that too!

    6. #6
      Definitely going to pinch all of these tips!! I'm sick of telesales people, especially the ones you can't understand.

      I keep getting phonecalls on a private number to my cellphone from this American bloke telling me I've won $500 in the US National Lottery (excuse me, I never even signed up to any US Lottery? And the guy knew my name first time - my full name)...

      He calls every Thursday or every other Thursday at least around the middle of the afternoon, he's gonna get a right slating next time 'cos I'm sick of him!!

      As for the other stuff, well... definitely going to be returning some junk mail - and blocking out telesales people.

      Another thing... those telesales people you can't understand, the ones in India (particularly the ones from AOL) get on my nerves. One time we got a call from one offering us an upgrade to our Broadband package. However, we were considering changing to Virgin Media and when we told the guy he said "ohh this is very good news sir!"

      Errr, go figure?


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