[LINK] Phone firms told to stop being pests

Yun Huang Yong gumby_lists at mooh.org
Fri Jan 16 14:35:00 AEDT 2009

At 02:18 PM 16/01/2009, grant at apc.org.au wrote:

>On Fri, January 16, 2009 11:04 am, matthew at sorbs.net wrote:
> > Every call (until I started putting them "on hold") I asked them never
> > to call again and that I wasn't interested.  They often called back 2
> > nights later with the same deal, always as I'm in the middle of
> > preparing dinner.
> >
> > Swearing at them and hanging up also doesn't seem to have an effect at
> > stopping them.
> >
> > I'd be happy to hear of any sure fire plan to get rid of them for good.
>You already have it - put them on hold. Works a charm.
>If you're at home, put the phone down and walk away. They soon learn that
>you'll waste their time, blow their stats and get them in trouble.

Reverse DDoS*. :)

If everyone* who receives these calls, after unsuccessfully asking to 
be "unsubscribed", ties these folks up for an extra minute or two, it 
will push up the costs of marketing this way.  My suggestion is to 
find a way to tie up these callers for as long as possible with 
minimal effort from yourself.  For example: "I'm cooking right now 
but this sounds really interesting.  How about I put you on speaker?"

*- if we all chip in we'd individually only have to contribute a 
minute or two of our own time, vs hours of wasted time on the marketer's end.


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