October 31, 2007


Telemarketers

This week's Motherlode struck a huge chord...I've been inundated with letters, most of them sharing stories of the agonies of intrusion by these lame-arse companies that keep pestering. Early in the morning. Late at night. During meal times. You name it.

People have had a myriad of helpful suggestions, sometimes laced with colourful language, and run the gamit of what to say to them to how to avoid them.

Lisa let me know of something she's had some success with. Contact the Canadian Marketing Association. They have a link (right hand side button) to get your name taken off of lists. She said it's worked for her. I'll give it a shot. Though I have to admit, I was nervous putting my phone number on their form...

I'll get back to you on this in the 6 weeks they say it takes to start working.

Actually, I'm kind of wondering how Jeff and Arlene handle them...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff said...

If I'm busy, and I can see it's a telemarketer thanks to call display, then I just pick up the receiver and hang up again. If I actually say hello and no one immediately replies then I hang up because I know it's a machine. Sometimes I call their bluff when they tell me I won a free trip to Collingwood, that catches them off guard and they have no choice but to end the call.

October 31, 2007 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've told the window people I live in a tent, the rug cleaners I have hardwood floors, the duct cleaners that I heat by coal.
The best was when I told the long distance people I didn't have a phone, and she said , "Oh, sorry." and hung up.

DJW

October 31, 2007 2:31 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I'm getting some good (legal) ideas from readers. I'll post them under a new heading later this week.

November 01, 2007 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

What I want to know is this. I frequently get calls (just got one now) with the call display reading 'Ontario' and at other times reading 'California', but as soon as answer whoever or whatever hangs up.

Does this happen to anyone else? Does anyone know who or what this is or accomplishes?

November 01, 2007 7:59 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

'California' means it originates in California. I found this out through the area code. I've been told 'Ontario' might possibly be through (gasp) the Star or the Spec. I've asked my editor, though she said they quit using call lists years ago. A reader begged to differ. And much as I like to hear a man beg, I kinda trust my editor on this one. She's a straight shooter.

Apparently automated call lists are illegal in Canada (check the front of your Bell phone book), and you can report the number to the CRTC. If you can actually do a reverse check on it - most of them are blocked. But I've just found out about another number checker - 800notes.com. Haven't tried it yet.

I think we should all just put a 2-year-old on the phone. There is nothing worse than talking to a 2-year-old on the phone.

November 01, 2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

That's all fine and dandy...but why do they just hang up? If you're going to phone harass me at least make an effort!

November 02, 2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

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November 02, 2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Lorraine said...
Apparently she said all smartypants-like, that gap means the caller is still on another line. The automated thing jumps ahead dialing trying to get someone.

I have become a fricking expert this week, let me tell you.

Arlene hasn't weighed in yet. I think she just starts telling them about watch fobs...

November 02, 2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Arlene said...

Now that's just plain mean. How to take advantage of a sweet, matronly lady when she is too busy to get to her computer. Shame on you!

November 02, 2007 4:03 PM  

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