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I received this in an e-mail from a friend today. I personally thought the whole thing was quite interesting and worth thinking about.
Anyone with any thoughts on this here!

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 end?

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.


-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 1926 days ago

Or just put yourself on the do not call list

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 1926 days ago

Just tape those postage paid return envelopes to a packaged brick or some other heavy object. They will have to pay the postage.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 1926 days ago

I just tell them I’m not interested, but I know someone who is.

Then I give them Allison’s phone number.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1926 days ago

I have a friend who likes to keep the credit card telemarketers on the phone as long as possible before giving them a lame excuse to turn them down.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 1926 days ago

We do caller ID. If we do not know the number, or if it does not come through, we DO NOT ANSWER. If it is someone that really needs to get in touch, they will leave a message. If they don’t leave a message, then it must not have been that important. They quit calling after a couple of weeks of no answer. Same thing happens with the cell phones.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#6 posted 1926 days ago

In Australia you can register on a government site to prohibit caller marketing. We have been on it for a couple of years, works well. Charities & companies you have previously done business with are allowed to call.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 1926 days ago

I like those. I really wish I could do #3, I’d really love to do that but all my bills are automatically paid via EFT.

Maybe I could scan them in and email them back. Hmmm…..

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 1926 days ago

or you can playback a SIT tone before answering the call – it’ll disconnect any telemarketing call automatically (mostly) – a good technique is to put that in the beginning of your answering machine as well, you’ll eliminate all messages from telemarketers that way.

a SIT tone is basically a sequence of 3 tones that sound like DTMFs (digit touch tones).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 1926 days ago

When getting soliciting calls I just speak in another language( one i make up as I go. )The other thing I’ve done is no matter what they say I say is that you aunt Martha( it doesnt matter if its a guy or gal ) Then I go on and say did you find my puppy (and go on and on until they give up) do you like cookies I like cookies.
It’s kinda fun the only thing is its hard not to crack up.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 1926 days ago

This guy does a GREAT job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 1926 days ago

Here’s a good one for them.

Just realized Gary posted the same thing

-- Rick

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#12 posted 1926 days ago

ROTFLMAO Gary that is great.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 1926 days ago


This one is good.

If I get the paperwork out to you this afternoon can you hold off until tomorrow…

He’s got a number of them out there.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 1926 days ago

Oh Gary That was tooooo funny

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#15 posted 1926 days ago

I just hang up immediately. I Don’t want to waste my time with these people

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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