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Time to Fight Back!

Ever since the day I first got Caller ID, I play my own little game with telemarketers and bill collectors. I look down as the phone rings. “Caller Unknown”? Well! If I don’t know you, then you don’t know me… so I’m not answering. (I was wise enough to answer my unknown calls this week. I guess caller ID doesn’t work everywhere.)

Next time that happens I think I will answer though. Thanks to Robyn and Hoopty, I can now use the Anti-telemarketing EGBG Counterscript! The power is in our hands, people! Fight back – question for question! If we unite together, we can take over the world!

Although, on a really feisty day I might just try the Davezilla version of getting rid of telemarketers. And if they are willing to take me up on the $3.95 a minute charge, I’ve got a business account that I can use to charge them! I wonder if that violates my merchant account agreements. Hmm…

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

11 replies on “Time to Fight Back!”

That’s hilarious! Unfortunately, I probably wouldn’t ba able to do it. I usually can’t even bear to hang up on the person…I usually just lie…”no, s/he’s not here”, “you have the wrong number,” etc… In all honesty, I do feel a little bad for the people who have to make the calls – they probably get yelled at or hung up on a bunch of times every day. They’re people too, you know! But then again, if they can’t handle it, they should quit.

I’ve actually heard that if you say, “Oh, ok, can you hang on a sec?” and then just put the phone down and walk away until they hang up is a good way to discourage them. If you hang up quickly, they can make another call quickly. In that sense, they might like being hung up on, because high call volume is good. But if you put them on hold, you’re wasting their time and they can’t make as many calls. I’ve never actually had the chance to do that yet, but I’ll probably do that next time someone calls me.

I LOVE it!!! I’ve got to remember to use it. I have done the put the phone down… one time I did that, but didn’t tell her… and I just went on about my busines. I was just curious how long it would take her to realize that I wasn’t paying attention. hehehe

My husband likes to play with them, when we make the mistake of answering one of those unknowns. A favorite around here is, “Sure! I’d be happy to talk to you. Can I ask a question first? …” Switch to deep, sexy voice, “What are you wearing? I’m not wearing anything.”

I understand Telemarketers are annoying. But don’t confuse them with those who work in Market research which is legit. There is nothing wrong with opinion polls and collecting specific research. Most of the time, you don’t even qualify for these surveys. But I know if you hang up on me, you’ll get called back because it’s considered a “soft refusal”. Politely either do the survey which doesn’t involve sales or giving out private or just ask to be placed on the do not call list. Remember it is only for that study though. Give market researchers a break, cause if that was me, I’d get you back in a heart beat for being rude. Saquense a la chingada gueyes! Telemarkters no, market research – Yes!

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