Telemarketers Can't Take The Hint

from the how-can-we-make-this-any-clearer dept

Do Not Call lists have been one of the more popular governmental regulations in some time. Pretty much across the board, people don't like being bothered by telemarketers, so their whining about have to deal with state as well as federal rules tend to fall on deaf ears. That hasn't stopped them, though, from continuing their efforts to get state do not call rules invalidated, arguing only the federal government has the authority to regulate them. But this really isn't about the power of state versus federal government. That's a smokescreen trying to cover up the real issue: that states have closed many of the loopholes in the federal rules that allow companies to contact people, including the nebulous "existing relationship" exception. This is a pointless battle by telemarketers -- regardless of what's legal or illegal, most people don't want to be called with sales pitches, and getting laws changed won't change peoples' attitudes. Instead of looking at DNC lists as something that's destroying their business, telemarketers should see them for what they are -- prescreening for people that aren't receptive to their messages.

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    Rikko, 6 Oct 2005 @ 11:54am

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    We just need to fight back. Hanging up, screening calls, avoiding them via DNC lists - it's not going to affect their business, really.

    I confess I still can't be bothered to answer most of the time I see "Blocked Call" on my call display, but when I don't have anything important to do, I answer... I say "hmmm".. I say "wow".. I say "really?".. I say "can you explain more about first?"..

    I waste as much of their time as humanly possible without giving them any information or agreeing to any sort of transaction.

    If we can string them on for ten minutes (ack!), then the effectiveness of a telemarketer is SIX people an hour. And if they're all just shitting him/her, that's a colossal waste for the TM company.

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