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Old 4 Mar 2006, 05:23 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Andy Rooney's Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Andy Rooney's 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 37 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 37 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.
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I've been trying #1 out quite often the last few years. As soon as we bought a house, it seems we became prime targets for ANY sales pitch. And having the wife working out of the house, she answers the phone not knowing who it was and getting us branded as an available market.

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good stuff. something the same needs to be done for spammers...
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Do not thank me. A co-worker emailed this to me. I have tried #2 because we were getting empty phone calls at home. I was complaining at work and he sent this on to me. So far it has worked
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There is a do not call list that you can put your home phone and even cell phone number on.

www.donotcall.gov
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Only works in the USA not in Canada. We are not that lucky yet!
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canada will eventually have it the same.
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Key word is eventually. It's like we are a third world country waiting for someone to give us some corn.
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yes but don't forget, canada is 1/10th the size of the u.s
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Does Polly want a cracker? Good tips, I assure you they will be put to good use. Edit does Polly want 1/10 of a cracker?
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Both our lines, public and unlisted/private, as well as mine and both my parent's cell phones are on that Do Not Call list. It has worked so far.

What I like is, this one lady called and was trying to convince my mom that she wasn't telemarketing, even though she was. My mom just yelled at her "We are on the do not call list, and if you call again, we can take legal action" and hung up. How's that for resistance?
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Power to the people, right on.
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I Throw Every Cuss Word In The Book At Em--try It
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Well, I am not that type of person... I just hang up. But we only got one call after adding the numbers to the Do Not Call list.

My cell phone is another story... I got 2 hilarious calls... one from a drunken man at 4AM calling someone... poor fellow

And the other from an 80 year old lady saying something like "Elaine can you pick me up", and repeated it a couple of times. Another poor soul... of course I didn't return either of those calls
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