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Old 08-24-2004, 03:09   #1 (permalink)
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I hate phone marketing and surveys

I can not stand phone surveys, phone charities and marketing.

It's 8pm and I just got a phone call. Some guy ringing for a survey. I said mate it's 8 in the evening I'm not interested.

Do these people seriously believe at this time in the evening I want (or anyone) wants to do a survey?

I drives me up the wall. I know the person calling is only doing their job and I try to remain calm but it's getting harder.

I live in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs so it's a fairly well off area (even if I'm not LOL) so I also get a lot of charities ringing me. Don't get me wrong, I often donate but I don't like being hounded for money.

I had one guy wanting a donation for a childrens cancer charity. When I refused he basically accused me of letting children die. That really annoyed the hell out of me.

Am I the only one?
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: I hate phone marketing and surveys

I don't like 'em either, but like you said - it's their job and they probably feel just as bad doing it as you do answering them.
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:15   #3 (permalink)
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I hate the damn things. I walked in the door the other night, fresh home from work and they ring. It was the last bloody thing I wanted.

"Sorry, I have to go to work, I'm late as it is"
"Can we call back?"
"Yeah, maybe on the weekend"

Little did they know I was at my gf's all weekend.

Haven't had a phone company call for ages, the response "sorry we don't have a phone" must of worked.
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I normally say "im sorry, im not interested" and if they keep going i hang up. And those people that hand flyers out in the city.. I DONT WANT YOU FRIGGIN PAPER!!! I WANT TREES!!! I politely refused and the guy i was in the city with had a go at me for not taking his paper thing and being a rude bastard.

Sure, ads on TV, i can live with that. People asking me for my postcode when i make a transaction at a store, thats cool.. people door knocking, or calling me or giving me crappy little bits of paper... ITS JUST ANNOYING!
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I get to answer the phone and door when these types of guys come around, you dont' need to be rude or anything just tell them that your not interested.
My funniest one to date is when a TXU guy came to the door advertising cheap electricity, i told him no thanks but we have electricity i kept a straight face as well, then he just said oh, who with? i told him then he said oh but we are cheaper, so i told him i wasn't intereted and closed the door.
Then i few minutes later i realised that i could've used the pun from the ad "TX who" who
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The most fun is to try and get them to hang up on you...

I like to throw lines like these at them.... "what are you doing after work", "you have a really sexy voice", "whats your bra size", "are you single" etc etc.

Seems to work most times. :) :)
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Its actually illegal to call people to do surveys or sell stuff after 8pm. I used to do sales and harass people at nite time with phone calls and doorknocks so i know how bad it is.

Believe it or not, i never had a person be rude to me.
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Its actually illegal to call people to do surveys or sell stuff after 8pm. I used to do sales and harass people at nite time with phone calls and doorknocks so i know how bad it is.

Believe it or not, i never had a person be rude to me.
thats cauz u drive a ford, we aren't ar**holes like some other car manufacturer drivers....
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Re: I hate phone marketing and surveys

Jerry Seinfeld, in one episode, picks up the phone, hears someone ask if he wants to do a survey, says yes, and hangs up.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:06   #10 (permalink)
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Be prepared to get another call mate, they usually come within a couple of week's or so, I get them all the time, right when I'm sitting down for tea or relaxing, it's really anoying, next time I'm going to do the Jerry Seinfeild trick, "can I have your number and call you back, oh you probably don't like being called at home now you know how I feel" and then hang up.lol.
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