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Here’s the best method for handling a telemarketer
wordpress.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 08/04/2012 1:49:34 PM PDT by grundle

Lots of YouTube videos claim to be the “best” way to handle a telemarketer – but this one really does deserve that label. This is, by far, the best one that I have ever seen:

Here’s the best method for handling a telemarketer

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1 posted on 08/04/2012 1:49:36 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
If it's a roofer....My hubby has been a roofer for 30 years.

If it's window sales....My hubby has been in windows for 30 years.

Etc, etc, etc..........

2 posted on 08/04/2012 1:52:46 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: grundle

I have always suspected that most telemarketers were people trying to make a living. I tend to avoid the phone if I don’t recognize the phone number.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 1:52:58 PM PDT by stevem
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To: stevem
I have always suspected that most telemarketers were people trying to make a living.

Wow, who knew? On second thought, that's what burglars do as well!

4 posted on 08/04/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: grundle

Hilarious.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 1:56:18 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: grundle

How is it that you claim to be the author of other folk’s videos?

Isn’t that something a stinking blogpimp would do?

Hell, even the links you so thoughtfully provided access the videos
through your blog, getting you a hit every time someone clicks it.

What exactly is your game, mister?


6 posted on 08/04/2012 1:57:37 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: stevem
"I have always suspected that most telemarketers were people trying to make a living."

And since they haven't been successful enough for us to want to call them they are calling us. How special! ;-)

7 posted on 08/04/2012 1:58:40 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many nasty jams.)
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To: grundle

Here’s another way.

From the movie, “Boiler Room”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cj7Q9c_YA


8 posted on 08/04/2012 2:00:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: grundle

I no longer have a problem with them since getting rid of my land line but a few years ago I did.
As soon as they called I’d tell them I wasn’t interested, if they persisted I’d keep them on the line as long as possible. For a telemarketer time is money.


9 posted on 08/04/2012 2:00:53 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: grundle

What? No Seinfeld?


10 posted on 08/04/2012 2:03:52 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: grundle

That’s even better than my sister-in-law’s approached. When they’d ask, “How are you today?” she’d tell them she had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. End of call.


11 posted on 08/04/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: grundle

Here is the best way:

You: “I’m sorry, my husband (wife) makes these decisions. Hang on and I’ll get him (her).

TM: Okay

You: [Screaming] OSCAR ! OSCAR ! TELEPHONE!

You: Set the recever on the table and walk away, go about your business.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: humblegunner; grundle
BUMP!


Imagine what the forum would look like if every FReeper that has a blog posted it here.

13 posted on 08/04/2012 2:11:02 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: humblegunner; grundle

Funny (not), this was posted in another thread yesterday (thread starter ‘fabian’) and here it is recycled! How about that!


14 posted on 08/04/2012 2:11:13 PM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: grundle

My way works better. I have Caller ID, and I don’t answer the phone unless it’s someone I want to speak to. I also block calls from nuisance callers.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 2:14:00 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Seinfeld... that was a great scene. But so was my answer to one of these guys who wanted to spend ten minutes of my time in the middle of dinner to take a “survey” about the products my family uses. “Oh I’m sorry. We don’t use any products”. Click.


16 posted on 08/04/2012 2:18:48 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: grundle

“Are you the man of the house”

“yes”

(hang up)


17 posted on 08/04/2012 2:23:13 PM PDT by RetSignman
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To: grundle

isn’t falsely representing yourself as a law enforcement officer a crime? (maybe felony?)


18 posted on 08/04/2012 2:29:57 PM PDT by class8601_nuke (don't just be critical, be prompt critical.)
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To: grundle

Laugh-out-loud funny!


19 posted on 08/04/2012 2:50:53 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: grundle

I always keep the salesdroid on the phone, asking questions and exploring options. . . and after 15-20 minutes of their time has been utterly wasted, I tell them that I just want to ask one more question to make sure their particular plastic fantastic meets all my needs.

Then I ask them. . .does it come with pickles ?? And they always come back with something along the line of “Sir, pickles have nothing to do with (insert product here). There are no pickles. . . “

To which I reply: “Well, if there are no pickles, I’m not interested. . . “. . . and hang up. . .


20 posted on 08/04/2012 3:01:26 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Revolting cat!

I doubt you would have the integrity to say the same thing face-to-face to a neighbor of mine. She is single (her husband died of cancer), and raising two grade school-age children. She checks eight hours at a grocery story, then goes home to her children. Fixes them dinner, then takes them to her mother’s so she can go spend another four hours evenings working a telemarketing shift. One her days off from the grocery store, she works eight-to-ten hours in the telemarketing room, depending on how much baby-sitting she can arrange with her family. Holier-than-thou folks sort of me me sick


21 posted on 08/04/2012 3:14:59 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Lorianne

I let them talk to my 5 yr old grandson. ;)


22 posted on 08/04/2012 3:16:41 PM PDT by sheana
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To: grundle

Mine is the best: “You can talk to the owner after we get that $50. You can do a credit card or paypal. Which will it be? Or just simply: Please give me your credit card number.


23 posted on 08/04/2012 3:28:43 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: grundle

Years ago, where I worked, most calls were automatically routed to me.

One day I got a call wanting to sell me siding. I explained this was a company and we didn’t need siding. Then she tried to sell me siding for my own house. I already had siding and and didn’t need any.

A few seconds later another call for the same.
Then another, then another, then another. Then the Supervisor’s phone began ringing for the same reason. then another , and another, and another. Even unlisted numbers were coming in. It was 30 minutes of uninterrupted calls coming in. I was bout ready to curse out the next caller but I didn’t. It was the plant manger and he was bombarded with calls on his private company phone.

Meanwhile I’m still getting calls for the same.

Finally they ceased. We figured out that there was a “boiler room” somewhere full of people and they were calling all numbers in the telephone book and numbers inbetween ours and others.

Finally they passed us and went on to torment others.


24 posted on 08/04/2012 3:38:40 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: grundle

I ask them for their name and and credit card info. When they ask why I tell them my time is valuable and I have to have something to charge it to. That usually ends the call.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 3:40:06 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: humblegunner

I claim authorship of my own comments, not of the video.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 4:07:58 PM PDT by grundle
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To: stevem

Anyone who calls you and tells you that you won a free satellite dish is not trying to earn an honest living - they are a con artist.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 4:09:35 PM PDT by grundle
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I know the Seinfeld one.


28 posted on 08/04/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT by grundle
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To: class8601_nuke

Maybe it is a crime - but so is calling someone who’s on the do-not call list.


29 posted on 08/04/2012 4:15:59 PM PDT by grundle
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To: R. Scott

My friend holds the record for tying up telemarketers. No this wasn’t some honest next door neighbor, this was someone who was trying to bilk older people for vitamins.

He got all the info they had and would start to give them a credit card number.... then, halfway through, he would remember another question. Sometimes it would require a supervisor to answer, sometimes he would change the order amount. He kept them going for 3 hours while he watched a football game. They finally hung up on him.


30 posted on 08/04/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: righttackle44

“I doubt you would have the integrity to say the same thing face-to-face to a neighbor of mine.”

I hang up on telemarketers. I also have NO sympathy for anyone who enters my home without an invitation, which is what telemarketers do. I’m on the do not call list (https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx), so they are entering my home in violation of a public notice not to do so.


31 posted on 08/04/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: Salgak
Salgak said: “Well, if there are no pickles, I’m not interested. . . “. . . and hang up. . ."

I got a call one time informing me that I had won a boat. I immediately responded, "Oh, what color is it?" The caller was overwhelmed by my interest in my new boat.

32 posted on 08/04/2012 4:40:14 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: grundle
I claim authorship of my own comments, not of the video.

Oh, so you're not "Dan from Squirrel Hill"?

Because if you cast your eye up at the header of the thread,
you list good ol' Dan as the author of the content. How about that?

And if you claim you aren't good ol' Dan, I reckon he owes you
big time for pimping his blog crap here pretty much exclusively.

Got thoughts on that, bud?

33 posted on 08/04/2012 4:45:03 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: grundle

I’ve heard it before but it’s still funny even after the 4th time.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 4:49:45 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: righttackle44

I doubt that your saintly suffering widowed neighbour (sob! sob!) would have the nerve to attempt to sell me face-to-face the useless garbage she sells over the phone.


35 posted on 08/04/2012 5:31:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Grammy

I myself have sometimes given out the first 12 digits of a non-existent credit card. I always say the numbers v-e-r-y- s-l-o-w-l-y. When they ask for the last 4 digits, I say, “Yes, that’s it.” Then when they repeat their statement there are still 4 more digits, I start all over from the beginning, with the same fake 12 digits - never getting to the end of the total 16 digit sequence - which was fake all along anyway.


36 posted on 08/04/2012 5:36:05 PM PDT by grundle
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To: humblegunner
I am him. The comments are mine - not the video.

Please find an activity that brings you joy instead of frustration.

37 posted on 08/04/2012 5:37:20 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

I hang up the phone!


38 posted on 08/04/2012 5:41:11 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Mr Rogers; righttackle44
I also have NO sympathy for anyone who enters my home without an invitation, which is what telemarketers do.
No matter how nice or hard-working the woman in your story is, righttackle44, that's NOT why people have telephones, so they can be interrupted in the middle of their evening with a one-on-one sales pitch.

The "nice" woman could justify selling crack, too, I suppose, but fair is fair and telemarketing calls are just plain unfair.

To me, the real villains in this story are those unseen people who actually respond to one of these calls and buy something. They keep the whole enterprise going with their thoughtless stupidity.

As for my own personal story about about one of these calls, the other night I got a call that started out saying, "I want to tell you right off, this is NOT a sales call."

"Thank you for sharing that," I said. And hung up.

39 posted on 08/04/2012 5:45:39 PM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: grundle; humblegunner

humblegunner is right.

This is blog pimping, even though I happened to enjoy this one.

Doesn’t change the fact, humblegunner is right.


40 posted on 08/04/2012 5:49:33 PM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: R. Scott
I just ask them to wait a minute, then I put the phone down and start banging pots and pans around if I am in the kitchen. If I am in my bedroom I talk to my dogs. If I am in my studio I turn up Rush, or Hannity or Michael Berry. I never go back to the phone and they get tired of waiting and hang up. Sometimes they get furious and call me right back and hang up on me. Makes me laugh. I have put both my numbers on do-not-call list repeatedly so I think they should know that.
41 posted on 08/04/2012 6:05:06 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: grundle
My method wastes (for me) the least amount of time.

"Oh listen... Can you hold on just a sec? I'll be right back." Then put the phone down and hang it up later.

42 posted on 08/04/2012 6:08:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: grundle

I had one years ago who wanted to “axe” me. I axed to speak to her supervisor and threatened to call the authorities.


43 posted on 08/04/2012 6:11:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: grundle

Phone: "Hi. Would you be interested in switching over to TMI Long Distance service?"
Seinfeld: "Oh, gee, I can't talk right now. Why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you later."
Phone: "Uh, sorry, we're not allowed to do that."
Seinfeld: "Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you at home."
Phone: "No."
Seinfeld: "Well, now you know how I feel."

44 posted on 08/04/2012 6:19:15 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: Sacajaweau
You don't owe them an explanation.
The best way is just hang up.
45 posted on 08/04/2012 6:33:03 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Lorianne

Set the recever on the table and walk away, go about your business.
***That is a very poor idea. They can prove they were on the phone with you for a long time. They charge you for some service, give you the runaround, etc.


46 posted on 08/04/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: grundle

One thing I do is preach the gospel of Christ to them. They invariably ask, “what does this have to do with AluminumSiding/Insurance/AirFilters/whatever”? I say, “Well, obviously, that’s important to you. But probably not important to me. Your eternal soul is important to you, me, and God, so it’s more important than ___fillintheblank___. “ It often works, and my time is not wasted.

For those telemarketers who claim to be christian already, I offer to pray with them right there that God will give them a better job than telemarketing. They appreciate it.


47 posted on 08/04/2012 8:31:57 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Kevmo
For those telemarketers who claim to be christian already, I offer to pray with them right there that God will give them a better job than telemarketing. They appreciate it.

I hope it works for them too.

48 posted on 08/04/2012 10:19:58 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
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49 posted on 08/04/2012 11:17:00 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Nothing so vexes me as a Democrat above ground. Enforce the Bill of Rights.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Wow, who knew? On second thought, that's what burglars do as well!

A burglar can take advantage of you without your permission. I'd love to meet the telemarketer that talented.

50 posted on 08/05/2012 3:29:50 PM PDT by stevem
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