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Old 12-10-2010, 04:15 AM   #31
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Since I recently moved here and have a new cell phone, I can see the phone number of my caller, and have the option of ignoring and deleting the call without answering.

All the telemarketing calls so far have different area codes than mine, and all the ones with my area code have been wrong numbers. So far.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:46 AM   #32
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i don't get rude, but since i didn't ask them to call and they somehow got around the do not call list, when a telemarketer calls - no matter who it is, i ask them politely to hold on. then i put the phone down.

a few minutes later it does that fast beeping , "off the hook" thing, so i hang up.

they rarely call back.

being paranoid, i wouldn't doubt that there's a "don't call - waste of time" list that telemarketers keep, or maybe a sucker list. people who talk with anyone.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:25 AM   #33
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If you are on the do not call list and they keep calling then you have a better option than resorting to being rude. Keep a list, as some of you already do and file a complaint. It is VERY easy to do and it is the mature thing to do. There are monetary penalties for companies that break the rules. Money is what it is all about. Being rude or playing games with the person on the other end of the phone is going to get you nowhere. As a matter of fact it will end up playing against you. When you tell a telemarketer to F off do you think he smiles and says oh what a nice person. I will just go and remove them from the list. In some cases you will have gotten someone who you upset so much that not only do they not remove you from the list, but the put you back in for a return call sooner rather than later. You catch more flies with honey.

It is not the person on the other end of the phone who you should be mad at. Are you mad at the guy pumping your gas for the BP oil spill? Are you upset with the person at McDonalds who takes your order for the poor quality of the food? Are you upset with Customer Service Rep at the electric company because your power went out during the Super Bowl?

Next time you are dealing with a telemarketer and you are going to tell them to F off or any number of other things I have heard here I highly suggest you ask yourself how you would feel if someone treated your daughter or grandmother the way you are about to treat that person. I would also suggest that you ask yourself if you would do the same thing if this person was standing face to face with you instead of being over the phone. If the answer to either of these questions is no then perhaps you may want to reconsider how you are about to treat another fellow human being.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:01 PM   #34
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Being rude or playing games with the person on the other end of the phone is going to get you nowhere. As a matter of fact it will end up playing against you. When you tell a telemarketer to F off do you think he smiles and says oh what a nice person. I will just go and remove them from the list. In some cases you will have gotten someone who you upset so much that not only do they not remove you from the list, but the put you back in for a return call sooner rather than later. You catch more flies with honey.
I absolutely agree with this. One example where this has happened to me on several occasions is they will put you on auto dial with no message on the other end.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:10 PM   #35
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That is actually not what has happened. The telemarketer has no way of doing that. They sit at a computer as hit a key depending o. What happened on the call. They hit one key for answering machine, another for sale, another for not interested, another for call back, etc. What you have experienced is the predictive dialer which is probably the most evil invention regarding telemarketing. A computer dials 4 lines per rep assuming that 3 will be answering machines or no answers. If more than one line answers then you get dead air. Again, this is not the fault of the person making the call. It is the fault of the company they work for.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:23 PM   #36
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the ones that i really hate. upon answering the phone, one is asked to please hold. how nuts is that. why would they think that putting one on hold for a telemarketing message would induce anyone to buy?
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