How to get salesmen get off your back?

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@vhpsandi (360)
Mumbai, India
March 31, 2016 1:36am CST
I always wondered what to say to salesmen who kept calling to sell products, which I would not use even once in a lifetime. I tried and tried but always failed. One day I was at a funeral and got a call, I told him" this is not a good time , I am a t a funeral" the guy apologized and immediately cut the line. I did not have to convince him not to convince me . SO I used that line from then. But something inside me made me feel terrible. So then I thought and came up with a better line which was equally false.I now tell them " The owner died yesterday, please remove him off your calling list" , this one works like a charm too and the number of recurring calls have reduced. Wicked right?
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@funkeyguhl (1691)
• Philippines
31 Mar 16
That is wicked (both reasons, in my opinion)but I also understand your dilemma about getting these salesman off your ear. I am not sure if this is part of a phone etiquette but maybe not, I answer the call and then if I know I am being sold of something. I cut them off and tell them I am not interested. If the caller still insists, I cut or end the call. I think that is me saving his saliva from talking and knowing he won't be able to convince me and me from all the waiting for him to finish when I have better things to do.
@Ruby3881 (2090)
• Canada
31 Mar 16
My husband tends to be very patient and listen to the pitch, before saying no. I figure I am wasting the caller's time, as much as he is mine. So I calmly decline right at the outset and I hang up the phone.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 16
@Ruby3881 wow really? I do that before especially if I am intrigued with what I am being offered. I do hope that they are told no on the first instance, they will respect it. Should they now have like a seminar in being sensitive? I mean not everyone is in a good mood to take their calls right? I remember a sales agent asking me if it was a good time to talk and I think he just ask it out of courtesy but was not really listening when I said no because he continued with his spiel. I hung up.
@Ruby3881 (2090)
• Canada
1 Apr 16
@funkeyguhl Most will simply give their spiel, and couldn't care less if they discover they have called at 7 am or midnight (this has happened to us!) I've also had those Windows scam calls at 2 or 3 am. I tend not to be overly polite with any unsolicited call. My husband? Well, he's a really nice guy
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@scheng1 (24957)
• Singapore
1 Apr 16
Another way is saying that you are jobless now, and cannot afford to buy anything. Once they hear that you have no money for them, they will cut it off.
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@vhpsandi (360)
• Mumbai, India
1 Apr 16
awesome!
@cherriefic (3963)
• Baguio, Philippines
2 Apr 16
That's funny. We all have to take matters differently sometimes.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
31 Mar 16
No that is not wicked as they should not be calling in the first place as you didn't ask then to call you. Since I discontinued the hardline phone I don't receive any more calls like that.
@vhpsandi (360)
• Mumbai, India
31 Mar 16
but isn't it sad that you had to take such a drastic step because of such troublesome calls.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
31 Mar 16
@vhpsandi I had been thinking why pay for a landline when I have a cell phone so no it wasn't a sad thing.
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@fishtiger58 (29386)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Apr 16
I once told the salemen that he had to hang on someone was at the door. I set the phone down and went and watched a movie. Of course once I went back to the phone he was gone. But I love you idea way more, going to have to try that one lol.
• United States
2 Apr 16
I have a rule of thumb, I don't go anywhere there are push sales people. Nor do I answer the phone from numbers. With my hearing disability my phone changes voice mail to text. Most sales people won't leave a message anyway.
@Ruby3881 (2090)
• Canada
31 Mar 16
We generally don't answer calls received from blocked numbers, unknown callers, or numbers we don't recognize. If we do get caught by a telemarketer, I just hang up. Most of the calls are autodialled, so if there's no response (or a recorded message) when I answer, I just turn the phone off.