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Telemarketers *!^!#

Post by Cosima___J » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:48 pm

I hate telemarketers. You know it's them when the phone rings sometime around supper time. So today I registered at this website: https://www.donotcall.gov/

Has anybody ever registered at that site? If so, has it worked? I know there are some exceptions that they make ... political calls etc, but it should stop people trying to sell you something. Right?

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Post by piston » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:56 pm

My wife used some kind of service to block most of these calls which, along with "caller ID", has pretty much resolved that problem.

I do object to the title of the thread, though. The callers themselves are but employees who are trying to earn a living doing a most miserable job (because of all the abuse they get over the phone). The employers, and particularly their marketing "experts," are those who deserve a good spanking for relying on such an annoying and intrusive practice.
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Post by Cosima___J » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:07 pm

I meant the companies that use telemarketing to sell their products. Yes, I feel kinda sorry for the poor shmucks that actually make the calls.

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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:09 pm

I put my household on "do not call" a long time ago, but one of the exceptions is magazines to which one already subscribes. In the old days if you didn't renew after mail reminders, that was that. Now, some of them call you so you don't "forget."

BTW it's also possible to contact the Direct Marketing Association and put yourself on "Do not send." It doesn't stop all the junk mail, but it does cut it down. (No link because again, I did it a while ago.)

The political calls were a nuisance in the last congressional election. I understand the importance of getting out the vote in a tight race (the election came down to the absentee votes before the Republican conceded), but they don't bother with finding a means for checking when a household has already been canvassed; they end up harassing their own supporters. I expect more of the same this coming fall. It is evidently much worse in NYC where I know one person who sends all his land line calls to the voice mail because they are 80% political at election times.

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Post by jack stowaway » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:31 pm

We have a 'Do not call' register in Australia which I, and a few million other citizens, promptly added my name to when it was set up a few years back after repeated consumer complaints. Exceptions to the register are registered charities and political polling/government research calls.

It seemed to work quite well for the past two years; but lately I have been receiving the dreaded 'Indian love calls' (and not the Rose Marie type, either). As Cosima observes, they are partly recognisable by the fact they always occur around suppertime or on a Sunday evening.

I received the last call two days ago, asking me to enroll in a software course.

Because they are script-based, the calls can be infuriatingly impenetrable to objections. When the caller is asked, 'Is this a call to sell me something or to market a product?' they immediately offer reassurances that such is not the case ('research, only, sir' the last caller assured me) and then proceed to sell or market the product or service.

I got quite stern with the last caller and interupted his spiel to demand that the Centre remove my name and number from their call records and to never, ever contact me again. The guy hung up on me.

Then, five minutes later, he called back and started into the spiel again. I interupted to say, "Hey! It's me. You just called!" He hung up again, quick as you like.

If they call back again I am going to play along to see if I can elicit a phone number, name of company or address (all notoriously hard to achieve) and then make a formal complaint to the telecommunications authorities in Australia. I don't expect anything to happen, but I'll be curious to see if the authority has any teeth. (They promise large fines for infractions, but I'm unsure how that would be enforceable in India.)

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Post by Agnes Selby » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:51 pm

We too sre back on their list of calls. Seeing that registering for no calls
only worked for a little while, I answer the phone and tell them I'll
be back soon and leave the phone off the hook. By the time I remember
to put it back, they are gone.

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Post by Cosima___J » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:03 pm

One thing I'm very much hoping will be stopped is collection agencies who for the past 3 years since we moved into our new house and got a new phone number have been calling continuously for a certain "Tatiana Roland". No matter how many times I tell them there's no one at this phone number by that name, they just keep calling and calling.

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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:11 pm

Ugh! Cosima, I had a number that some dead-beat also must have had. The company was trying to get her to pay her student loans. I'd get 2-3 calls a day. Then nothing for a week or two then 2-3 in a day, etc. etc. I think they finally stopped after a year.
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Post by RebLem » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:10 am

I have one telephone line which I never answer. I make calls out on it sometimes, but never answer it. I give the number to anyone I suspect might want to use it or sell it to someone else to use it for telemarketing purposes. I give my cell phone number to people I really want to be able to reach me. To save a bit, the landline phone I don't answer has local service only for outgoing calls.
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Post by John F » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:12 am

Cosima___J wrote:I hate telemarketers. You know it's them when the phone rings sometime around supper time. So today I registered at this website: https://www.donotcall.gov/

Has anybody ever registered at that site? If so, has it worked? I know there are some exceptions that they make ... political calls etc, but it should stop people trying to sell you something. Right?
Yes, I have, and yes, it works. Mostly. A few renegade operations still ring me up for this or that, but they are easily ignored.

However, companies with which you have a "business relationship" (i.e. you've bought something from them, or maybe just phoned them), and all not-for-profits, get a free pass. So the phone still sometimes rings at 6:00.

With caller ID and a speakerphone that tells me aloud the caller's name after the second ring, I can screen those calls without leaving the table unless the caller is someone I want to speak to. If someone has blocked caller ID, too bad.
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