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Thread: Tips on handling telemarkets and junk mail

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Talking Tips on handling telemarkets and junk mail

    (1) Tips for Handling Telemarketers
    Three Little Words That Work !!

    (1)The three little words are: '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 boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

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

    These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

    (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 dialed 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) Junk Mail Help:
    When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

    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-paid return envelopes, right ? It costs them more than the regular 41 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive them back..

    It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

    One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.
    Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. 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 41 cents.

    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 our postal service 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 !

    If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Westphalia, Michigan
    Don, I like the post. I have thought about trying to get MORE junk mail. I use it to start fires in my outdoor wood boiler. Just doing my part to warm up the world. I think it was 38 degrees over night. I had to fire the stove again. (I'm not a global warming, CO 2 phobic. But I might just hug the occasional tree but that's mostly to admire it's girth before cutting it down)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    RE: #2
    Those are called 'robo' calls.
    I don't believe your idea will work.
    I'll check with someone involved with using them currently.

    BTW, #1 works great with debt collectors also.
    I used to do debt collecting and, believe me, time is money. Hanging on waiting costs money. Worst, the collector cannot use 'convincing' words on the debtor. It is very effective. But, note, the collection agency will simply use different means and/or may just advance to the courts without giving you the opportunity to settle.
    Last edited by Frank Fusco; 05-08-2010 at 04:24 PM.
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