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I wondered, what is the oddest thing you have gotten a sales call for at supper time?

This question came up because about 15 minutes after I finished dinner, I got a call trying to sell me porno videos...I wish the Do_NOT_Call list ment something, but since it obviously does not,,,lets have at it!

Also, what is the meanest thing you did to a telemarketor?

I will start off with this one: a window salesmen called me and I told him I use macs so I dont need Windows, he said "not that kind of windows" I cut him off and said "well, does it run on linux?" He promptly hung up on me.
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I had a phone call from our local phone company where this girl was trying to sell me additional services. I told her up front I wasn't interested but she insisted so I let her talk. I started to act interested and asked every question I could think of. After 20 minutes I had her convinced that I was going to buy all she was selling. I finally broke down laughing and told her I wasn't interested.
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One of the major hurdles of grad school was the completion of my exit exams, which ran on two consecutive saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. At 1:15 on the second Saturday I started drinking.

At about 6 o'clock, I answered the phone, expecting it to be a friend. It was a telemarketer.

I let her give her pitch for a minute and finally broke in, slurring "Look, I'm sorry. You're real nice and all. But I've been drinking for five hours now."

She giggled, said she understood, and hung up on me.
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I let them know up front in a firm but polite way, not interested, thanks and have a good day...

I've done it. It's a TOUGH gig. My sympathies go out to them...

Some of them won't get a clue for various reasons, I will then try to sell THEM something silly...
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Depending on my mood, I either:

Ask them if they know what the 'Telephone Preference Service' is... if they say 'yes' I then ask 'why the fcuk' are you ringing me then!'.

If they ask for Mr XXXXXX (my partners surname) I say 'Just hang on a minute' and rest the phone on the table, make a brew and genreally leave them hanging on until they get bored.

I once got a call in my old apartment (converted warehouse) for PVC Double Glazing, I kept them chatting for ages, asking lots of questions about styles, finance etc. Then I asked if fitting PVC windows to the fifth floor apartment of a listed building would be a problem for them? Poor bloked sounded gutted as he saw his commission evaporate.
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Originally posted by hardhead
I let them know up front in a firm but polite way, not interested, thanks and have a good day...

I've done it. It's a TOUGH gig. My sympathies go out to them...

Some of them won't get a clue for various reasons, I will then try to sell THEM something silly...

Ive done it too, thus I know all the tricks to play on them...at least if they are selling cable/satalite tv hehe
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Originally posted by onyx-pb
Depending on my mood, I either:

Ask them if they know what the 'Telephone Preference Service' is... if they say 'yes' I then ask 'why the fcuk' are you ringing me then!'.

If they ask for Mr XXXXXX (my partners surname) I say 'Just hang on a minute' and rest the phone on the table, make a brew and genreally leave them hanging on until they get bored.


A lot of sales people that call us mispronounce our last name, I said to one "tell you what, if you can pronounce my name correctly, I will listen to your pitch, go on, give it a shot" after 5 minutes of failed attempts, she started crying, I asked why she was taking her work so personaly, she hung up on me...that one made me feel really bad...

(by the way, my last name is 5 letters, nothing tough...
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Lately I've been saying in a really quiet voice "I'm sorry, but he has just passed away." Works like a charm.

Sometimes if they ask for me, I'll say that "he" isn't available, and tell them they can talk to the lady of the house. They I put my 4 year old daughter on the phone. She loves it. She was on the phone for more than 5 minutes last time, asking the lady on the other end all kinds of questions. We sat there laughing our butts off the entire time... great free entertainment.

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That's very bad murbot...
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Lately I've been saying in a really quiet voice "I'm sorry, but he has just passed away." Works like a charm.

Be very carefull, I once had a guy say "hey larry, it is for you, i think they are selling something" his roommate said "tell the bastard I am dead" the guy uncovers the mouthpeice and says he is dead and I need to stop calling I proceeded to ask if he asked all the dead people that he knew if they were dead before passing on the good word...he them put hiis buddy (my target) on the phone and I made small talk for like 5 minutes and made a sale...the bosses came out of the "listening" room laughing their asses off and patting me on the back.
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