Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 02 December 2007, 16:02   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 21
how to deal with telemarketers

__________________

__________________
visualpecepts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 December 2007, 22:11   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Make: BLANK
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
I have had fun and games with them myself in the past - especially the Indian ones. My best was when I said that my home had been demolished by a runaway lorry and I was living in a tent - they believed it!!!

Another time I told them I would LOVE a mobile phone but I didn't have a bank account or use money - that we lived by barter and swopped sheep for what we needed. I then asked him how many sheep a month the phone would cost me. The bloke was well up for it but his boss refused - I suppose barter is still quite common in parts of India.........
__________________

__________________
codprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 December 2007, 03:18   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,841
Not for me, more for the traditionalist. Very elegant though. Not a lot of good off piste.
__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 December 2007, 04:07   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,298
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
Not for me, more for the traditionalist. Very elegant though. Not a lot of good off piste.
Errr - have you been on the shant Mollers?
__________________
Downhilldai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 December 2007, 04:52   #5
RIBnet admin team
 
Nos4r2's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
Make: Ballistic 7.8/SR5.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: Opti 225/Yam 85
MMSI: 235090687/235055163
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 12,645
RIBase
I've told them I've got 'Voluntary Tourettes' before...
__________________
Need spares,consoles,consumables,hire,training or even a new boat?

Please click HERE and HERE and support our Trade Members.

Join up as a Trade member or Supporter HERE
Nos4r2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 December 2007, 05:04   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Over here
Boat name: S.S. Nobstick
Make: Three Wise Monkeys
Length: 3m +
Engine: 44lbs of thrust....
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,115
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
Not for me, more for the traditionalist. Very elegant though. Not a lot of good off piste.

I heard ya gotta be a real hero to use 'em....
__________________
Jono is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 December 2007, 05:27   #7
Member
 
Nasher's Avatar
 
Country: Other
Town: Principalite d'Chaos
Boat name: The Nashers Revenge!
Make: Ocean & Bombard
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzi DT200EFI, DT9.9
MMSI: "Mmmmm SI" she said!
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 4,147
I use three options for my own enjoyment.

1) I ask very loudly if they want to speak to the warden, and tell them what a nice man he is etc. One or two have actually agreed to this.

2) I ask them if they like going to the zoo, then start talking about penguins.
Its amazing how quickly they put the phone down.

3) I put on my best home counties accent, ask an imaginary secretary to start a trace on the call, then ask them where they got the number from, as they are in very serious trouble. Again the phone goes down very quickly.

Its sad I enjoy doing this so much, and a complete waste of time, but surprisingly satisfying.


Nasher.
__________________
RIBBED For extra pleasure.
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club.
Member of the Bombard 380 Aerotec club
Nasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30 December 2007, 13:38   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Weymouth
Length: no boat
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 245
tell them that I will call my mum then leave the phone off the hook. One stayed on the line for over 15 minutes. I guess all the time they are waiting they are not calling somebody else.

Have tried to sell them double glazing
__________________
hobbit555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30 December 2007, 18:44   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: cornwall
Boat name: nothing
Make: rib eye 430
Length: 4m +
Engine: tatsu 50
MMSI: 666
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,916
They really drive me mad , I must get at least 3 a week , by the time I have turned off my saw or spindle and the extractor iam not impressed by a time wasting call .

If iam feeling polite I start telling them about my kitchens and joinery and offer to send them some info etc .

If they are really waffling I ask them to hold while I just go into the workshop.I then put the phone down on the machine and start it up and carry on working .

I have been known to tell them to get an effing yellow pages ad like I have done, and stop wasting my time .
__________________
ian parkes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30 December 2007, 20:35   #10
Member
 
Country: Other
Town: San Carlos, Mexico
Boat name: INDE
Make: LOMAC 730
Length: 7m +
Engine: 200 Merc.
MMSI: Please press 1
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,688
Send a message via Skype™ to Limey Linda
Over here, due to the large Spanish only speaking population, every time you call a business you get a message starting Please press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. So my answer on sales calls is always "Please press 1 for English" then I say nothing. They always hang up. BTW in the US we have a system run by the government that allows you to call or Email your tel number in and it goes on a central list. If a telemarketer calls you and you get the company name or number then you report him and he gets fined $5,000 per occurance. It actually works very well.
__________________

__________________
Running around like a head with it's chicken cut off.
Limey Linda is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:16.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.