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GottaCruz

Great Ways 2 Get Rid of Phone Solicitors

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--------------------Ways to Get Rid of Telephone Solicitors ---------------------------

Bizarre things to say and do to a telephone solicitor to get them to hang up and leave you alone:

1) Talk very quietly and then without warning, scream as loud as you can into the phone.

2) "You'll have to excuse me now, my armpit is on fire."

3) "I'm sorry, but this phone is for personal calls only. The boss won't let us use it for business."

4) Respond to their questions with fax/modem noises.

5) "Have you heard about that study showing that it can cause impotence to sit all day with a telephone receiver next to your head?"

6) When they ask to speak with you, say "Just a moment," and give the phone to your six-year old child to carry on the conversation.

7) Pretend to be very interested in their product and then quite calmly and earnestly inquire, "Yes, but can it make a six minute casserole?"

8) "I am truly sorry but the moon is in the seventh house of Pluto and my astrologer would just die if he knew I was talking to a salesman during this solar phase."

9) "This isn't a recording. This isn't a recording. This isn't a recording. This isn't a recording."

:grin: :grin: :grin:

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GottaCruz,

I love number 3.

Sometimes when some salespeople call I pretend I'm an answering machine. I'll say "hello" and after I find out it's a salesperson I'll say: "is not available now. Please leave your name and number at the tone and I'll be glad to return your call. Ping!"

As I wait silently I'll hear them say "Hello, hello," Then they'll leave a message.

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If I'm not busy, I let them give their shpiel, and act very interested. When they get to the part about where they ask for a credit card, I tell them, "Gee, it's only been four years since the bankruptsy, so I don't have one. I'll be eligible in three more years..."

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I think we've used a few of those. Will have to try number 2. Any more we just lay the phone down and hang it up when we hear it beeping.

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I think I'll try some of those. I'm always in the market for new answers for telemarketers :grin:

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My husband once told one that we weren't interested in changing our long-distance service as we didn't have a phone. He then waited for the pause that followed.

If I can't get one off the phone with a simple "not interested," I tell him/her that I need to get back to my business of selling life insurance. They usually hang up pretty quickly after that.

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I always listen to them, and then if I say no and they won't give up, I just say, "have a nice day" while I'm hanging up the phone and they're still talking. I did telemarketing once, years ago, in California. You're trained to have a comeback for all NO answers, so sometimes you just have to hang up. Politely...of course. :grin:

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