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(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.

(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 immmediately 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. Since doing this, my phone calls have decreased dramatically.

(3) Another Good Idea: 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 37cents 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! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their own junk back in the mail.

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!






Enjoy and have fun!



Jeff - :evilgrin:
 
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spindlecone

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Wrap a brick in brown paper, clear tape the return postage paid envelope to the brick, drop it off at the post office, they will ship it for about 10 bux charged to the sender:)
 
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SVO said:
(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.

Some companies can't hang up until you do. So if you place the phone down and they can't hang up on you, you are only keeping my phone quiet also. Thank you. What my brother loves to do is tell the salesman he's on another call and place them on hold for a moment but be sure to keep comming back to them and acting interested in whatever they are selling to see how long he can string them along. Now for the best part, instead of using the hold button he uses the mute button so he can hear what they are saying about him. Another solution is www.donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222 and put your number on the do not call list.


SVO said:
(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 immmediately 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. Since doing this, my phone calls have decreased dramatically.

Good one, didn't thik of that. Another way is to shut off the answering machine and turn on the fax for a while. If you have caller ID you will still know who tried to call you.


SVO said:
(3) Another Good Idea: 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 37cents 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! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their own junk back in the mail.
Pre-approved BS. 1-888-5-optout or 1-888-567-8688. This will end all those pre-approved mailings from credit card companies by locking down your credit report from soft inquiries.

SVO said:
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!
SVO said:
Enjoy and have fun!

Jeff - :evilgrin:
 
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spindlecone said:
Wrap a brick in brown paper, clear tape the return postage paid envelope to the brick, drop it off at the post office, they will ship it for about 10 bux charged to the sender:)

Can you really do this? :thumbsup:
 
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F14CRAZY said:
Can you really do this? :thumbsup:
a package is a package,Gauranteed postage paid return shipping is what it is.
Yes it works.
 
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cool....gonna do that
 
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spindlecone said:
a package is a package,Gauranteed postage paid return shipping is what it is.
Yes it works.

AHHHHHHH that is so freaking SWEET, I can't wait till I get more credit card offers in the mail WOOHOO :D
 
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im definately gonna try that too.

usually when telemarketers call i ask them for their number and tell them ill call them back. usually they wont give it to me. so i say "you can call me but you dont want me calling you?" that usually leaves em speechless.
 
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Another way to get rid of this vermin is to show great interest in their "product" and then say you want it and ask if you can pay with Food Stamps' they never call again.
 
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