Telemarketers

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How I try to be tolerent of such people but when you say you don't have time, or you're not interested, they still persist.

They really get me irate, yes it's a thankless job but not taking no for an answer really winds me up, especially as its a work number they call on, preventing me from doing MY job. All they're doing is wasting my time and theirs.

How do people deal with them? I'm going to start getting the company name they're calling on behalf of, and then reporting them to TPS seeing as we're registered with them.
 
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I keep getting calls from Computeach (aka advertising computer courses to 'tards on Channel 5) asking me if

a) I have any jobs going

b) I need a hand with recruitment :eek:

So unprofessional and uninspiring in confidence.
 
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I have to laugh at how they talk to you with a (very fake) happy voice and keep on trying to persuade you to buy something or do whatever even after you say you are not interested.

Then when you tell them for the 5th time they switch off the fake voice and sound really annoyed, give it one word "bye" and then hang up.

Ok I know it must get annoying for them if they cant get any sales and someone is on their back or whatever, but what do they expect??...really??
 
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I like to just stay silent, see how long they hang about for.

Or I might do some heavy breathing if I feel up to it.
 
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I'm naming and shaming Natwest here. I keep getting plagued by them offering me loans and credit cards. I cannot go into my local branch without trying to get bullied into an "appointment" to see a financial advisor. At the moment I'm seriously considering going to an internet only bank.
 
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If anyone phones up about mobile phones / land lines contracts, deals etc I just say I've renewed and they quickly move onto someone else :)
 
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Duke said:
If anyone phones up about mobile phones / land lines contracts, deals etc I just say I've renewed and they quickly move onto someone else :)

Doesn't stop your current provider harrasing you with upgrade offers to your current plan.
 
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regulus said:
Doesn't stop your current provider harrasing you with upgrade offers to your current plan.
True. I had someone who called up "on behalf of Orange". I asked them if they WERE Orange, to which she said no. She then got very snotty as she lost control of the sale, and she hung up :)
 
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I had bother with my bank trying to get me to upgrade my account, they were very persistent and never hung up on you. I went to my bank and requested that it gets stopped, and it has done so far. THey used to call like very 10 days, the second last time i actually said too the woman 'im getting fed up of this, much more and im changing banks' and she was quite apologetic about it, tehn i got another i went to my local bank and saked if it could be stopped as its winding me up summit wicked. THey were ringing at like 9am, and on my day off i want a lie in, not a phone call.

If its not the bank, i immediately hang up on them.
 
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I sit at home all day with nothing to do so I relish the call of a telemarketer. Its fun to string them out as long as possible. I hda some woman on the phone for about 25 minutes, got as far as giving her my credit card number and started off..."it's zero zero zero...zero...zero zero zero". She hung up on me :D
 
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Anyone know where that flow chart is for dealing with marketing calls? I used to have it but its lost in some folder somewhere in my computer..I've used that a couple of times - quite funny lol
 
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qwerty said:
I sit at home all day with nothing to do so I relish the call of a telemarketer. Its fun to string them out as long as possible. I hda some woman on the phone for about 25 minutes, got as far as giving her my credit card number and started off..."it's zero zero zero...zero...zero zero zero". She hung up on me :D

That is the correct response to a telemarketer. If you hang up on one, or tell them you're not interested, they are just going to ring someone else, who might be fooled by their script.

But if you string them out for as long as possible, and they don't get a sale, then you have tied them up for that amount of time. If enough people did it, then the telemarketers would hardly get any sales at all, and so companies would stop paying for it.

Or sign up for the TPS.
 
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