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Telemarketers

Postby heavymetal » Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:58 pm

I just got interrupted by a Telemarketer. I don't usually get them.

What was unusual about this one?

They were taking a survey on physical activity.

I don't do any, except cycle :D

They were a bit shocked when I gave them the total ride time. :D
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:11 pm

What were they selling ?

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Postby heavymetal » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:12 pm

mikesbytes wrote:What were they selling ?


I don't know, I hang up before they get that far. :D

It definitely wasn't bicycles.


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Postby Bnej » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:13 pm

I'm guessing home exercise equipment.
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:57 pm

My guess was a gym membership

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Postby europa » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:09 pm

Maybe it was a poll on insanity :roll:

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Postby heavymetal » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:29 pm

europa wrote:Maybe it was a poll on insanity


I don't think so because I interoggated them about where they got my number from. They claim it was from a computer. I said "Typical Windows" why is it always giving out my phone number?

I'm going to have to take legal action if it's always doing that. :D
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Postby tuco » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:24 am

Telemarketers, luxury :!:

I get the door to door salesmen in the store. I've got to the point of being down right rude to them.

One wouldn't take no for an answer and one of my casuals was in the store and asked him to leave, twice. I almost thought a fight was going to break out. My casual would have won, he represented Queensland at karate.

Had a one guy with two trainee girls. He sent the girls in. No luck.
He came back in with the girls to 'show them how it's done'. No luck, I was ruder to him. I knocked him down a peg to two in front of his 'girl friends'. He stormed out of the store swearing and slamming the door behind him.

I cut another notch in the counter.
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Postby heavymetal » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:49 am

tuco wrote:I get the door to door salesmen in the store.


I get them knocking on my door. I have a big sign out on the front verandah stating "No" door to door salesman and a million other things except deliveries.

The ones that are stupid enough to knock, run once the 90 kg rottweiler attempts to rip the front door off of it's hinges when I open the door :D



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Postby beauyboy » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:55 am

I had one ring me up one day at home, asking for my house mate of the time, well once i said he was not home, he asked who he was speaching to I said "Donald ________"
He went "well Donald we have this"
I cut him off saying "first up my name is not Donald it is Mr _______" I think I then hung up after him continuing for another line or two. I may have been born in 1985 but manners are, first name are for friends, not for potential clients.
Grrrrrrrrrr manners are just curtiousy

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Postby LuckyPierre » Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:07 am

beauyboy wrote: Grrrrrrrrrr manners are just curtiousy


'Courtesy', Mr _______ , 'courtesy'. :wink:

If 'manners maketh the man', what does good spelling make?
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Postby Mulger bill » Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:14 am

beauyboy wrote:Grrrrrrrrrr manners are just curtiousy


Too true Donald, (if I may be so bold) :wink:

If you give them a serve, do you get the formulaic, whiny response used by all people who want to interfere in or lives in some way?

I'm only doing my job...


Dunno 'bout all of you here, but everytime I hear it, the personal "Good Karma" score drops ito the negative, just by my thoughts :evil:

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Postby gururug » Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:54 am

I used to get agro with these guys now I just try to;

-sell them stuff and see how they feel
-ask them for thier home phone number so I can ring them later
-talk slow rubbish untill they get tired and end the call.


if they get really bad Telsra can run a "trace" on your line where after each call you dial a special number compination and they log / review who is calling and send "warning" letters to the companies asking them to stop (only if they are Australian companies that is). They have no power over international Telemarketers.


The best cure for these guys is prevention. DONT GIVE YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER TO MARKETING COMPANIES. (they will still get it off online yellow/white pages).


If you they get really bad (two to three calls a day) you will have to change your home number. Telsra will do this for free.
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Postby europa » Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:36 pm

Gawd you lot are hard to get on with. I politely ask them to wait while I go get a pen. Funny, the rude buggers are never then when I get back half an hour later :roll:

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Postby pospete » Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:14 pm

I like Telemarketers, it's allways a good idea to chat them up, male or female. after awkward silences they usually hang up, never to call again. Same as religeous types, the last lot of jehovahs that called I gave them a little gay rainbow sticker, and they have never called again. I am probably in their book of the Dammed! 8)
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Postby matagi » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:29 pm

My approach is a little more basic - I have caller id, and don't answer any calls that don't have a phone number displayed. Anyone who really wants to reach me leaves a message. Funnily enough, the telemarketers don't bother. :D
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Postby Halfanewb » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:30 pm

Ever fill in your name and address on a coupon or voucher for a special deal?

You are providing personal information that in a lot of cases will be sold on to telemarketers and the like. These databases then get sold onto various companies around the country who are interested in potential clients who have already been "flagged" as a person more likely to take advantage of a special/deal/offer.
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Postby LuckyPierre » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:06 pm

pospete wrote: ... it's always (spelling corrected) a good idea to chat them up ...

I upset one of my friends by 'chatting up' the girl on the end of the Domino's phone last week - in response to "Sorry for keeping you waiting, my name's Lucy, how can I help you?" I said "Oooh, Lucy, that's a nice name. Are you young and pretty?" By which time my mate was ready to disown me! He was even more surprised when Lucy's response was: "Hi! Can I come over to your place after work ...."
Then she had to ruin it by saying "Will Merry be there, because there's some homework that we need to finish". Yeah, she's my daughter's best friend - but it got my mate going!
ps. I surprised the guy behind me at the newsagent at lunchtime today too, when I said to the girl behind the counter: "My place or your place tonight?" She is my son's girlfriend! :wink:
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Postby mikesbytes » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:31 pm

Imanewbie wrote:Ever fill in your name and address on a coupon or voucher for a special deal?

You are providing personal information that in a lot of cases will be sold on to telemarketers and the like. These databases then get sold onto various companies around the country who are interested in potential clients who have already been "flagged" as a person more likely to take advantage of a special/deal/offer.


Thats why you should immeaditely hang up without saying anything. How long you are on the phone is an indication of your potential to provide them a sale.

Mabyee they want to sell you something useless like this baby;

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Postby heavymetal » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:42 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Mabyee they want to sell you something useless like this baby


I wonder if that's heavier than a loaded touring bike :D



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Postby TriggerFish » Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:11 am

The do no call register is meant to be up by May this year. It will hopefully save me a lot of hangups, so to speak :)
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Postby Bnej » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:35 am

mikesbytes wrote:Mabyee they want to sell you something useless like this baby;

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You got a story to go with that?
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:59 am

Bnej wrote:
mikesbytes wrote:Mabyee they want to sell you something useless like this baby;

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You got a story to go with that?


Not yet, but apparently someone on the motorbike forum knows something. I got the picture out of a motorbike magazine in the late 80's and kept it until I had a scanner.

See the road sign. What country do you recon has a street with that sort of name?
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Postby gururug » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:28 pm

Have to be German or eastern european
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