How do you handle telemarketers?

telemarketer - telemarketers are just trying to make a living
Philippines
October 2, 2007 4:50am CST
You're very busy. You're under a lot of stress. It's one of those bad days. Then the phone rings. You answer it. It's a telemarketer, offering you to book a vacation, or apply for a new credit card, buy this, buy that. What do you do? Do you yell at him/her? Do you slam the phone? I try to be nice to telemarketers, because I do understand that they're just trying to make a living, just like the rest of us. I appreciate those who end the conversation once I say no. What I hate are those that are very persistent and won't let you off the hook until you part with your money. I think those are the ones who deserve to be hung up on.
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5 responses
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
29 Nov 07
Hi, Telemarketers is one easy method to know the market products and those unknown facts and our doubts can be more flexible to get answers and it may be become as answer and questions of certain questions on products and services. Still if during busy hours if they call in my case I may just request to call during my free time but I would not definitely ignore them if it is not beyond my tolerance. Still telemarketers are more helpful as considered to me.
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
I guess on a case-to-case basis telemarketers can also provide useful information.
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
29 Nov 07
Hi, I too agree that also I hope more of unpredicted calls make one unprepared to ask questions. In that case I had opted to request to call me by a given time.
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@steney (1418)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
I always try to get straight to the point that I'm not interested in their offer. I've had it with credit card collecting agency agents who harass my officemates in a desperate attempt to make them pay their credit card bills. I don't want to put myself through that stressful situation so I still choose to pay in cash or debit card. That's only one, but for the other telemarketers who try to convince me into buying something, I try to listen to the offer and politely refuse if I'm not interested. Just like you, I understand that they're trying to make a living.
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• Philippines
30 Nov 07
Yes, I've heard those credit collectors can be very rude.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I already read some good stories about people how they handle telemarketers and was laughing so hard. I didn't really come with any trick, but will have to do sometihng next time. Last time this woman call and she knew my fiancee name, somehow. so I handed the phone to him, i though it was something important(he was sleeping and I wake him up) and it was of course this telemarketers. But hubby says that he is tired if she cannot call other time, but she would talk and talk...so he just hang out on her.They can be sometimes really rude.
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• Philippines
15 Nov 07
Well I'm glad you enjoyed the discussion, and I hope you got some useful tips too!
@andyliuzn (991)
• China
6 Oct 07
Well, If I don't have time, I would just tell him/her that I am busy and ask him/her to call later. If he/she does call later, I would spare some time for him/her, yep, I respect their time & effort as well since they are making a living by it. Andy
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• Philippines
6 Oct 07
Very nice andy!
• Philippines
5 Oct 07
one thing I will absolutely tell them that Im just a boy in this house and my boss is not around... try to call some other time... hihihi.... then the next time ...WRONG NUMBER.... actually there are lots of ways to let them stop but the most effective way is to say that you are not interested because the fact that you say that word it means that its the end of the story if they still insist on talking it means that they are under the caution layer to accept that they one their talking with might hung up or yell at them after that word
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• Philippines
6 Oct 07
Haha those are great ways to get rid of them! Very wise.