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Old 26 January 2005, 06:16   #1
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Dealing with Telesales

A friend has come up with this tactic for cold callers.

Ring ring
"Hello"
"Can I speak to Mr/Mrs X, please"
"Who is calling"
"Steve Bargain from Draft and Leak Windows"
"Hang on, I go and get him/her."

Put the phone down and put the kettle on. When it has boiled pick up the phone and say "He/she is just coming" and put the phone down again. Make a cup of tea, drink it and then put the phone back on the hook.

It clogs up the phone for a while, but if we all do it, they won't be able to afford to make cold calls, the phone bill will be bigger than their profits.
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Old 26 January 2005, 06:21   #2
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I'll be doing that for sure
that'll learn them!
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Old 26 January 2005, 06:24   #3
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Don't need to. After getting plagued for a while with them I went online, registered with the TPS and they have stopped. Even if one calls a quick mention that I am registered would have them hanging up faster than I can mention it.
Cold calling is a plague and should be treated as such
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Old 26 January 2005, 06:57   #4
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With junk mail I use the pre-paid envelopes to send back the torn-up brochures etc.

The offending company doesn’t get charged for the prepaid envelope until you send it back and them they have to deal with the waste as well.
Makes me Laugh ever time

I wonder if they get an additional charge if the pre-paid is over weight In which case I could send the contents of dustbin as well


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Old 26 January 2005, 08:16   #5
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TPS definitely works. I haven't had any calls since registering with them.
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Old 26 January 2005, 08:54   #6
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This is what I say......

....when the phone goes around seven in the evening. "Hi, yep - Mr Spencer speaking, I can't talk now, but give me your home telephone number so I can call you back tonight just as you've arrived home from a hard day at work and are in the middle of your evening meal". This request is often followed by a deafening silence or a roar of laughter.
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Old 26 January 2005, 09:45   #7
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TPS definitely works. I haven't had any calls since registering with them.
Unless they originate from a call centre in Bombay. TPS has no control over them.
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Old 26 January 2005, 09:46   #8
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With regards the Pre paid envelopes. I swap the contents over and then send them back.

Just so as they know what a waste Junk Mail really is.....
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With regards the Pre paid envelopes. I swap the contents over and then send them back.

Just so as they know what a waste Junk Mail really is.....
I like your thinking

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Old 26 January 2005, 10:33   #10
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Just so as they know what a waste Junk Mail really is.....

Oi ! Some of us make a living from highly targetted direct marketing !
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