How to get salesmen get off your back?
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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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.
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.
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
• 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.
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.