Apparently, telemarketers think I have nothing better to do than listen to them yabber. I just hang up. How do you deal with them?

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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I keep one of these in the kitchen and give them a blast, right over the phone.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
What I'm suggesting is that they are not hearing it at all due to frequency or sound limitations.

I don't keep up with telephone technology.

If I had an air horn, I would make the call myself to check out current results.
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
It works on both cell phones and land line phones. I've tried it with a couple of friends and relatives. Holding it close will not work. I blew out my old iPhone 4 by holding it close.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Thanks.

Learned something new.
Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

I'm always polite, they are just trying to earn a living - But I am firm that the conversation is going no further.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

I'm on the Do Not Call list and rarely get a genuine telemarketer. Scammers are something else again and deserve no respect.

Curiously, I've had few of those since I changed my telco last November. I don't know if the TPG have a filter (like their Internet filter) that blocks them, but I'm grateful.

But I would never do what Tom Mabe did:

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otis campbell answered

I bought one of those for my mother she had fun air horn

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

I screen my calls and let the answering machine get any number I do not recognize. My message on my machine tells them if they are selling something to hang up because I don't want or need whatever they are selling. It goes on to to tell everyone else I will call them back as soon as I find my phone. 

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Tom Jackson answered

Well, in general I try not to be rude, but I also don't allow people to push me past where I am willing to go.

I had an amusing call yesterday.  My wife picked up the phone and the caller ask for me.

I said, "Hello." He said, "Is this T L Jackson?"  I replied, "Well, you've got my name wrong---are you sure you want to talk to me?"

He simply proceeded with his spiel and after about 10 seconds said, "Here's what I'm going to do for you." I said, "no, you're not."

He actually said "thank you" and hung up

 

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