How do you manage yourself talking to a telemarketer?

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@hmike_d (1529)
Philippines
January 2, 2007 8:20pm CST
It has been quite a long time since telemarketing business emerged. In fact, in a short time, i tried to be a telemarketer. I experience lots of irate clients on the go. So, i realized how hard it is to be. But then, to be fair with this, let's get down to the client or the person being called at home/office. Some are annoyed and even "allergic" just when they hear offers of whatever kind from telemarketer. My friend also told me, he really hates telemarketer. For you guys, how do really manage yourself being phoned by telemarketer?
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@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
3 Jan 07
I think it should be illegal for people to sell their wares by using the phone service other people pay for their own use, I feel if you want to sell something get a shop front or these days a webpage to sell your wares...I know I don't pay my phone bills for people to use as a market place, my phone number is paid for for me and for telemarketers to use it is invading my space....
@shywolf (4519)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I usually just hang up on such calls. Not to be rude, but I might as well not waste their time since I know that I am not going to be buying what they are selling anyway. I really don't have the cash to spare. *laugh* Also, I find that more and more telemarketing calls in the past few years are automated, voice machines that play out their message to you. Not so many live people call our house trying to sell things anymore. And I can't say that I miss that. LOL. ^_^
@trinale (1479)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Haha! I do the same thing. Sometimes I wonder, for the ones reading from a script, how far do they get into before they realize I already hung up. It seems the lastest method is to have machine call and leave a message to call them back with a reference number. I've had one company calling me everyday now for about two months (including Sundays). Now that gets to be very, very annoying. Can you imagine the telemarketer receiving the callback from someone experiencing this technique!!??
@Janono630 (238)
• United States
3 Jan 07
i am signed up for that place that doesnt allow them to call you
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• United States
3 Jan 07
yes, that's the best way to keep them from calling you. you can sign up at the do not call website and telemarketers can't call you. David
• United States
4 Jan 07
I, also, am signed up with the do-not-call list so I don't get a lot of calls, but that doesn't stop the companies that have a relationship with you from calling. I'm usually not interested in their pitches, but I try really hard to be polite to them when I tell them I'm not interested. I usually say I'm really happy with the product, plan, etc. that I currently have from them and I thank them for calling. I know that they're just trying to do their job and it's certainly not one that I would like to do.
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I hand the phone to my 2 year old. lol. She will say Helloooooo, and then jabber about something or other. MOst of them will sit there and talk back to her too, I just laugh my a$$ off. I have no money to buy anything and I figure this is better than telling them no or telling them off, lol. Good Topic!
• United States
3 Jan 07
We used to do that when our kids were little. My son (who was about 3 at the time) told one telemarketer that he was a "poopyhead!" That time, I actually got the phone back and apologized. But we're on the do not call list AND I have Privacy Manager, so we don't get too many calls anymore. Suits me.
@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
good suggestion... nice having that in here.
• United States
3 Jan 07
heres my advice, probably like most others, DONT talk to the telemarketers. a big reason for why they created caller id on phones is so that you can recognize who is calling and answer it to those numbers that you recognize. my phone at home makes telemarketer numbers standout my saying unknown caller. i cant remember the last time i answered a telemarketer call seriously, like everytime i answer one i just do it to mess around with them:)
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@leedug (920)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Exactly! If you don't want the call, don't answer! There is no reason for people to be mean and rude. There is also something called the "Do Not Call" list. If a number is on there and people continue to get calls, then companies are gonna be in big trouble.
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@Inklings (1256)
• United States
3 Jan 07
We gave up our land-line phone since we both have celphones -- no more telemarketers! I always tried to politely deal with telemarketers before, but every now and then you find one who simply will not take no for an answer. Unfortunately, when that happens, sometimes you have no choice but to hang up the phone.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I usually just put my kids on the phone.. that scares them away lol.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I don't talk to them anymore!!! They used to call at the most inopportune time of day. Were either smarmy, pushy or downright rude. In short they got on my nerves. One day I came across a toll free telephone number which blocked your telephone from telemarketers. This was a couple of years ago but since them I have never had one call. I am not sure if it is still in operation but for anyone interested here is the number I used : 1-888-382-1222
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@The_Eagle_1 (1122)
• Australia
3 Jan 07
I must admit, I like my privacy at home and don't want to be disturbed! If I want something, I will make the enquiries about it. When they persistantly call back after being told NO THANKS!, GRRrrrrr..... I have said "just a moment please", put the phone down and then gone back 10 minutes later and hung it up! They didn't ring back again. OR If I've had the time go through the speel and when it comes to the credit card number and a few mispellings in the name, I say "look I'm sorry, I've changed my mind good-bye" and hung up. Obviously as you can catch the vibes I have had a few! I have used the I'll call you later at home one too...lol, that one works too!
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@kareng (31614)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I usually tell them nicely that I'm not interested. Some keep talking...yada, yada, yada. I tell them again sorry, I am not interested. Some say thank you for your time, others try to keep talking. At that point I just hang up. So much for trying to be nice and polite.
• India
3 Jan 07
here in india, telemarketing is at its infancy...even in the major cities, u hardly have people into this stuff. so its quite rare i get calls. but when i do, i listen to everything they say if i have time or just hang up if i m in a hurry or am in middle of some work, as simple as that!
@Danielu (599)
• Romania
3 Jan 07
I totally agree with u. last summer i`ve worked at Marriott Hotel from Bucharest as telemarketer.it is hard, especially if u don`t like it.i had to sell some cards with some benefits in that hotel and to convince some people to give me 300 euro. i ended giving up:(
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@classy56 (2882)
• United States
3 Jan 07
i just hang up the phone.they always call when im busy.an i dont like ppl trying to sell me something i dont want
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@alchemistrx (2554)
• Philippines
3 Jan 07
I just tell I don't want their offers this time and I thank them for calling.
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@letsdoit (38)
• Malaysia
4 Jan 07
This is hard... so hard! Last month, someone called me to sell a club membership. They had a great offer if I join them before new year. She explained to me everything and sounds good but the price is not cheap. So, I told her, its too expensive for me and I don't want it. But, she keep calling me and make me angry. Still, I didn't say anything bad to her or scold her because I know she is doing her job. And, I don't want anything like this again... don't call me if you want to sell anything!
@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
it's really unavoidable that we may hit our temper on its peak!.... but just the same thing.. they're on the marketing business...
@SK401001 (934)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I just tell them to put me on their do not call list and that solves it... their is no need getting upset with the person calling you, their just doing their job... but you always have some that can be rude to you first... had them all, no thank you
• China
4 Jan 07
hello
@prerana (11)
• India
3 Jan 07
Once u receive the call, u would come to know who's it & the purpose. Then very politely tell them that u r not interested for any deals with their organisation
@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
well, it's but a good attitude to be just polite. Anyway they're not gonna eat you.
@runsgame (2031)
• India
3 Jan 07
well , firstly i do not understand why u get irritated when u get a call from the telemarketer. Don't u think he is also just doing his duty for salary which he is earning from his company . Just assume wht will be position if u are the telemarketing rep and u are calling some body and got irritated word. Bhayya - my dear brother - if u are not interested just ignore him tell him politily that at this time u are not interested in this . if he still continues or pressure U then say the same with some strong words. He will turn out and will never see your side. Please change the attitude of irritating others . who ever it may be . they are doing their duties only . just be happy and cool and honesty. PS: i am not doing the telemarketing business , i am a government servant in INDIA.
• India
3 Jan 07
I agree with you on the point that he's doing his job, and i just would not want to exchange places with them. it's a tough job, but if you get 5 irrelevant calls a day especially if you're working on deadlines and don't even have the time to have lunch, it may get a bit irritating. And these guys are just too persistant and won't hang up unless you are really rude.
@amafrias (456)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I put the phone down, and by the time they finish their long speel of nonesense and they realize there is noone there, I can imagine they get a little irritated also. have been known to ask them to hols a minute and leave them there also. I really do dislike being called at my home by a salesperson. Especially when they are too lazy to ask for you and have a computer ask you to hold for an operator. WTF? You called me, you hold!
@leedug (920)
• United States
3 Jan 07
It's not the telemarketer that decides to have a computer generated calling system. It is the company. These people are just trying to make a living in sales. Why not just hang up when you hear the computer or just tell them flat out you are not interested?
• United States
3 Jan 07
Having telemarketed myself for many years, I try to treat them nicely. I understand they need that next sale, so I let them know right away it won't be me.
@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
better than say something not good to them. Anyway, they won't eat you... they're just offering....