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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 star t 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 "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 39 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.

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


sorry the page went crazy, ...

sorry the page went crazy, I resized it in Word but I guess it wasn't enough, when I went smaller it was too small to read!

thanks for fixin it guys!!!

thanks for fixin it guys!!!

i heard that before so now ...

i heard that before so now i always remove my name and address then mail their junk back to them.

I like my air horn. They ...

I like my air horn. They don't call back to complain after I BLAST them. Deaf people don't tend to use two way voice communication devices. LOL! Once though, a woman telemarketer did e-mail me back with some rather nasty and unprofessional things to say. It was good to have because I previously had no way to reach her OR her boss(es) since the phone numbers that show up on caller ID are always one-way, you can't call them back. NOW, however, I had her business's e-mail and was able to write back. I was later informed that she was fired. Of course I never admitted to using the air horn, didn't even have to. She never actually mentioned it in her e-mail tirade. She just said that it was rude of me to do what I did. I wasn't rude. I first politely asked if she was selling anything when she introduced herself to "offer me an opportunity". She denied selling. I said "Go ahead then, but don't be lying to me...". She went on trying to sell me something and then denied it again when I said "You ARE trying to sell me something". She insisted she was only "offering me an opportunity". That is when I told her "I believe turnabout is fair play. I am now going to offer you an opportunity to hear what I think about you're lying to me" and the airhorn told her very plainly. It was so nice to hear that she was fired. Of course the company surely just hired someone else in her place to do the very same to others but they never called me back. LOL!