Skip to comments.Dire economic effect of 'Do not call' lists exposed.
Posted on 11/07/2008 5:54:14 PM PST by indianbob
Business think tank, Direct Marketing Directions, has released their findings on the worldwide effect of Do not call lists throughout the English-speaking world based on six months worth of research and interviews.
(Excerpt) Read more at corporatesalessolutions.com ...
I have to say that my gut response is “screw them” - these are people who make their living harassing other people... I just don’t feel sorry for them
Yes, if only salesmen were allowed to phone us day and night, the economy would still be booming!
ROFL. Shakespeare said kill the lawyers...I say kill the telemarketers!
This sets off the BS detectors. I can’t imagine shutting down telemarketers hurting the economy in any big way. Who in the hell buys anything from a telemarketer?
I’d say about the same percentage that buys something from an email spammer.
%#&* them. I'll get rid of my damm phone first. Next it will be cell phones.
It’s just another way to get our money.
I’m having a real tough time worrying about the telemarketers.
We’re on the ‘do not call’ list and haven’t been harassed by them for several years. It’s been great. However, every charity in the world has our phone number, not to mention the campaign ‘bots that were constantly calling. Our phone died two weeks ago, and we decided to get ‘caller id’. Best thing we ever did!
I call BS with a capital B.
I hate getting recorded messages on my Cell (well, I hate it on my landline as well, but at least that doesn’t cost me any money).
I don’t know if I could vote to convict if I was on the jury of someone accused of kneecapping one of them.
I’ve stopped answering the phone because everyone wants something from me....even my kids!
I think they were talking about economic damage caused by telemarketers who lost their jobs.
Yeah, I know, cry me a river...
I was polled a dozen times in the last month. All legal, of course. Made me cranky.
I just don’t care if they lost the crappy job of bugging people. Too bad, it was a bad, made up job that should be gone.
I don’t want to be called by telemarketers. I’m not going to buy the junk. Now I don’t have to listen to the sales pitches.
The economy would be booming even more if these people could just break into my house while I was here and directly steal my money. So I guess that should be allowed too in the name of economic growth.
LOL! I hear you.
Telemarketing companies going out of business does not fit my definition of a “problem”.
If a business or industry cannot survive without intruding on people who have made it clear they want to be left alone, it has no business existing.
The same is true for businesses that claim they cannot survive without illegal alien labor.
HRC would call them “undercapitalized businesses”.
They are parasites. Our land line gets many of these calls per day, we have been on do not call list for 3 years.
There is a $10,000 fine if they violate the list. There is information on how to sue them and collect damages.
I am seriously looking attempting to do this
To the telemarketers: tough, ya need a tissue? I got one that I’m not using.
There is a better way!
SUBSIDY! BAILOUT! You know, maybe those 2 AM infomercials get have their own Congressional bailout program. Then you really can make millions by telling others how easy it is to flip houses.
Now THAT’S funny!
I have been on the do not call list for years and yet I still get sales calls. Most aggressive telemarketers just ignore the list. I even get them at 8 in the am. When I mention that even if I were not on the list, they are required to call after 9am Im told that they can call as early as 8:30. When I bring to their attention that it is only a little after 8 am they just get snippety and hang up (only to call again after 9am).
If I attempt to complain at the do not call site, I get the scripted message that it takes many complaints to get an investigation started.
I will admit that the number of telemarketing calls are not what the used to be they seem to be growing in number recently.
The article seems to present a fair and balanced view of the industry issues.
I never in my lifetime bought anything because someone called my home at suppertime. In fact there were probally things that I might have wanted to buy that I did not because that had pissed me off so much.
My Being on the no call list does not cost these people one cent as they never would have gotten one from me. It does allow them to call someone else that is not on the list that might buy something from them.
We got caller ID and an answering machine. Great combo.
Before that I would get calls:
T: Hello, may I speak to Mr. Right Wing Assault?
me: Uh, just a minute, I’ll get Right for you.
me: “Hey, Right! Phone call for you. No, I don’t know who it is, but it sounds pretty important.”
Then I would stall for a minute or so and make noises as if I were trying to get someone to come to the phone. “Hey, Right! Are you coming? This guy’s waiting.”
Then I would call one of my toddlers over and quietly tell him to talk to my friend on the phone.
We dumped our land line over three years ago and have NEVER regretted it. My parents dumped theirs last year, mostly because they were dreading election season.
An industry that shouldn't exist.
Just as I long thought, the real cause of the recession! Case in point: Layoffs at my company this week (seriously), which sells million dollar software packages. If you evil conservatives had taken those supper time calls, many working class people in my workplace would still have jobs.
Lets repeal the income tax and put all the IRS people out of work as well. Then they could compete with telemarketers for real jobs.
HaHaHa! That’s excellent! LOL!
“The think tank estimates that over 100,000 jobs have been lost as a result of these initiatives and upwards of (USD) $10 billion has been removed from the economy.”
“Removed from the economy.” Such total economic illiteracy. If people aren’t getting paid the $10 billion for tele-harassing, the money is getting spent on SOMETHING ELSE!
But again I was shot down, the govt must regulate ATM fees as well. So much for conservatism.
The sales drive the salaries and sales are not being made. Your economics is the "window stays broken" fallacy.
I can’t say i’ve ever bought anything because of advertising and never because of salesman!
If I need something, I research it then go and purchase it.
I think that much of our current economic crisis has been aggravated, if not caused, by the failure to burn down telemarketers’ houses. The lack of a steady stream of arson leads to job losses in local fire departments, which impacts their families most directly and then has a trickle-down effect to other members of the community.
Stopping property crimes is one of the few legitimate functions of government. It is perfectly appropriate for the state, at my request, to prevent strangers from trespassing on my phone.
Lame. A Tele-marketing “think tank”, talk about lipstick on a pig.
Oh they have ways around the DNC list.
If the sales are not being made, the money for them is being spent on something else, too. If the sales are not being made, it means people didn’t want whatever junk the tele-harassers were selling, anyway.
My real point is that talking about money being “removed” from the economy is basically meaningless, unless somebody burns a pile of money.
Telemarketers are free to call your cell phone if it’s not listed on the Do Not Call regitry. They know how to get the lists. I put all my cells on that registry, suggest you do the same.
So what happened, did consumers start spending their money with less annoying companies instead? Certainly no economist is going to claim they started saving too much of it. Seems to me those dreadful telemarketing jobs must have been replaced by marginally better jobs at those less annoying companies that got a greater share of the consumer’s wallet. I’d imagine only the least satisfying companies had to go out of business because they could no longer strong-arm the elder during dinner, so the overall allocation of economic resources has been improved.
The equivalent crime is someone on the street yelling at you in your yard. They have not gone on your property, but sent sound in your direction, or in the case of your phone, electrical current representing sound. If you can make a case that the person in the street is disturbing the peace and you should call the sheriff, then fine. But it's not trespass.