Andy Rooney's
Tips for Telemarketing Victims
Just thought we would share these ideas we received
in our E-mail "Feedback" Mail Bag



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Andy Ronney's
Tips for
Telemarketing Victims



(1) The three little words are: "Hold On, Please..."

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off
(instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each
telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room
sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's
"beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang
up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. These
three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one
on the other end?  This is a telemarketing technique where a
machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a
person answers the phone. This technique is used to
determine the best time of day for a "real" sales person to call
back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one
there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone,
6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine
that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system.
Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any
longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help: When you get "ads" enclosed with your
phone or utility bill, return these "ads" with your payment. Let the
sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those "pre-approved" letters in the mail for
everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type
junk, do not throw away the return envelope. Most of these come
with postage-paid return envelopes, right?  It costs them more
than the regular 37 cents postage "IF" and when they
receive them back. It costs them nothing if you throw them away!
The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it
is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some
of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid
return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas. Send an ad for your
local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon
to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just
send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't
on anything you send them. You can even send the envelope
back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs
them 37 cents. The banks and credit card companies are
currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks,
we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like
to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying
that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why
they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

If enough people follow these tips, it will work.  I have been doing
this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

VISIONS Newsletter - May-Jun, 2005 - Published Bi-Monthly