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Annoying cold calling and how to deal with it..

Recieved this from an old friend in OZ today adn thought I'd pass it on..How to deal with those nuisance telesales calls...

(1) The three little words: '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 doubel glazing sales would grind to a halt



Then when you eventually hear the 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.


(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 dialled 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: 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-prepaid return envelopes, right?
It costs them more than the regular 50 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive them back.

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage- prepaid return envelopes.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to the Halifax Bank. 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 $1.00

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 the Post Office 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!

Tut tut terribly naughty really of course! ( snigger!)

Posted at 13th Nov 2008 - 11:59AM   Posted by Unpeuloufoque   Annoying cold calling and how to deal with it.. Comments: 10

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Milla's Avatar I always bundle upthe credit card offers, and the envelope it came in and anything else I can jam in and send back in the free envelope. Good trick about the # one, though. Will I remember it with rubbish memory??
(remember what? ho)

Posted by: Milla on 13th Nov 2008 at 12:13PM

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Mootia's Avatar Will put into practice immediately - 5 pieces of mail this morning, but not sure any of them contained an envelope. Will check more carefully at lunchtime.

Posted by: Mootia on 13th Nov 2008 at 12:31PM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar I always send unsolicited catalogues etc straight back to the company. Also do the cold call 'hold on a minute' trick.
Does the # one work on UK phones as well as US?

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 13th Nov 2008 at 12:51PM

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Salle de Bain's Avatar I 'return to sender' where possible too.

Great tip about the ###### will definitely do that now...thanks.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 13th Nov 2008 at 01:02PM

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Faith's Avatar Gosh I don't do any of these things - although hub3 does do the 'hold on a minute' trick.

We get people ringing about switching to their company for gas and sometimes I let them rabbit on before telling them that there is no gas supplied to these cottages.

Posted by: Faith on 13th Nov 2008 at 01:38PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Trouble is they then say they do electricity too Rolling Eyes
Really must apply myself to returning all junk mail, either by return to sender (have done that before and got bored) or in a pre-paid envelope. Like that one alot. Had not heard about #######, but will try it next time.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Nov 2008 at 05:56PM

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My mother, who died 11 years ago, got me on to returning junk to sender. Works a treat. I get hardly any now, although have suddenly started getting overseas ones, which are infuriating, but I'm returning them in the same way.
Must try the #####trick, but find we get very few cold telesales since we registered with the TPS. Again, only get overseas ones and I usually let them listen to the radio while I go off and do something else. Unless they catch me on a bad day, in which case I am not averse to telling them to Eff off Embarassed

Posted by: @themill on 13th Nov 2008 at 06:27PM

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Cait's Avatar I hadn't heard of 1 and 2, great ideas!

Posted by: Cait on 13th Nov 2008 at 08:21PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I swap over all my junk mail and send it to my other senders. Also return to sender alot of other stuff . . .my junk mail has reduce a lot.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 13th Nov 2008 at 10:44PM

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KittyB's Avatar Brilliant - love it - so cantankerous. Will put all tips into practice (-ise?) forthwith.

Posted by: KittyB on 14th Nov 2008 at 05:43PM

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