[LINK] Fwd: (-: send mail back
Thu, 26 Sep 2002 07:33:43 +1000
Don't know who originated this, but the ideas are great!
>I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone
>solicitors weren't able to call people at home during dinner hour. But that
>doesn't make it any more pleasant.
>Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed
>"Three Little Words" based on his brief experience in a telemarketing
>operation that would stop the nuisance for all time. 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 time-consuming that
>boiler rooms would grind to a halt. 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. This might be one of
>those articles you'll want to e-mail to your friends. Three little words
>that eliminate telephone soliciting.
>When you get ads in your phone or utility bill, include them with the
>payment - let the companies throw them away.****
[that is if you still pay bills through the mail. The next ones are better:
>When you get those pre-approved letters in the mail for everything from
>credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with
>postage paid return envelopes, right? Well, why not get rid of some of your
>other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes!
>Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send the
>pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day then
>just send them their application back! If you want to remain anonymous,
>just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them. You can send it
>back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! Eventually, the banks
>and credit card companies will begin getting their junk back in the mail.
>Let's let them know what it's like to get junk mail, and the best of it is
>that they're paying for it! Twice!
>Let's help keep our postal service busy since they say e-mail is cutting
>into their business, and that's why they need to increase postage again!
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