Do you suffer from unwanted marketing calls?

Discussion in 'Thread Games & Totally Random...' started by Laserbeam bass, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    From Saturday to Yesterday at 1910, I had received a total of 20 calls from different companies all trying to sell me a mobile handset on behalf of 3G. Whilst it is obvioulsy a necessity for these people to try and earn a living by selling things you don't want, I felt that the number was becoming intrusive. Having used tact and diplomacy in an attempt to speak to a higher authority at the company involved, I finally decided to contact the company they were selling on behalf of. Unbelievably the young lady on the sub-contintent gave me a website to use to enter details to have your telephone number put on a list to ensure no further calls are received by cold callers. I was sceptical to say the least, and when the URL didn't work, I thought it was a wind up. I then tried via google and used the cached version of the web page. This time I found it and checked the URL. It wasn't on HTTPS: but once I went in to register it was.

    Too cut a long story short, Telephone Preference Service is the site that you can register on. It takes 28 days to complete the registration. I assume this is because of the number of different companies involved, but can't wait for 1st November to see if this actually works or not :tup
  2. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Well, touch wood, it does work. We've been cold call free for about 4 months now. There's also a mailing list one for unwanted post.
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I've become conditioned to cold-selling now but I feel sorry for those who give financial details to incoming callers, without knowing the hassle they are creating for themselves when direct debits are set up or payments made if card details are thoughtlessly handed over. After all, how can the callers verify themselves using a phone-call?

    post-edit:- have now registered my landline tel. no. (thanks for the link)
  4. yorkie19

    yorkie19 Active Member

    Both Telephone Preference Services and Mail Preference Services are very good schemes. I can't say they are fool-proof as they rely on companies buying up-to-date tranches of data (and some don't) but I've found it to be 99.9% proof. If we all registered, then we could put the cold callers out of business. I have no sympathy for them!
  5. davidsait

    davidsait Member

    TPS is good, but it can't stop calls that are made from overseas, as a certain amount of cold calling now is (deliberately to circumvent this).
  6. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    i used to do telesales for a window company over the summer last year, and it's not just random phone numbers. If you buy something from B&Q or Currys and enter your details in, ensure you tick the box that involves thrid parties as this is where the company i was working for got all of their numbers from.

    The TPS doesnt necessarily work as people i was calling claimed they put their number on a few months back and we were told that our system was updated to accomodate the TPS. Oops. Someone was lying....
  7. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

  8. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    It does seem to work. We registered with TPS about 8 months ago and calls have decreased significantly. Still get the occasional one but if you just say you're on TPS and why the hell are they ringing you they usually back off. One guy just put the phone straight down...

    Of course if they don't back off you are obliged to blow a whistle down the phone at them and abuse them horribly. Which is all good self-righteous fun.
  9. skimbleshanks

    skimbleshanks Member

    I've had quite a few cold calls over here in France. However I have a slight advantage over the caller 'cos I always answer the phone with "Hello", which throws them off balance, instead of myself being on the wrong foot. A usual cold call goes something like:

    [me] : Hello?
    [caller] : (silence)
    [me] : Hello?
    [caller] : (silence)
    [me] : Bonjour?
    [caller] : Oui bonjour monsieur, je vous appele de la part de ............. (+ sales pitch)
    [me] : (in English or purposefully bad French) Sorry I don't speak French.
    end of call.

    So while you're waiting for the 1st of November, why not have a bit of fun. Try putting on a dodgy foreign accent and saying that you don't speak English with some nice grammatical mistakes: "me no speeeek Eeeengleeesh"
  10. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

  11. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    Hehe thats a good idea!

    My dad got one recently that really p***ed him off...

    [caller] Good afternoon sir, I believe you were looking to purchase a new fitted kitchen...
    [dad] .... ummm no? I have one...
    [caller] oh it says here on the survey you filled in that you would like a new kitchen, how old is your existing kitchen, must be about ten years old by now.
    [dad] umm, no - it was installed 9 months ago thank you very much, and that survey, what date is on it?
    [caller] Its March 2004...
    [dad]Funny that...since I don't do surveys...
    [caller] (silence).... phone goes down...

    That shows that many of them will try anything - why bother? If you want a kitchen or double glazing, you are unlikely to buy it from a dude on the phone from a company you have never heard of...:-?
  12. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    You can usually tell as soon as you pick the phone up whether it is a salesperson on the other end. As soon as they start their speech, I interrupt and say 'not interested' and put the phone down. This does not however, stop the phone from ringing in the first place! I did not know about this site so I will be looking at it a.s.a.p. Thanks.
  13. tinytimp

    tinytimp Member

    My uncle came up with a classic...

    Caller: I'm calling from XYZ kitchens to discuss our services regarding fitting a new kitchen for you

    Uncle Wayne: No thank you, I don't believe in kitchens
  14. Bariman

    Bariman Member

    We've registered for both telephone and mail. You don't always notice the decline in calls / mail at first but you will after a while.

    A friend got called once about conservatories and agreed to everything including booking an appointment for someone to come and measure up. Just before she put the phone down she said " Oh, by the way, I'm in a first floor flat - does that make any difference?" :)
  15. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    They say that the best way to deal with canvassing politicians who you don't support is NOT to slam the door in their face, but to invite them in for a cup of tea - wasting 30 minutes when they could be annoying your neighbours.

    Whilst at University a friend once accidentally opened the doors to some Jehovas Witnesses who invited themselves in so he let them sit down in the living room, went allegedly to make some tea .......... then left through the back door for the day.
  16. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    Not a call, but odd none the less...

    I used to stay in a 3rd floor flat in Edinburgh, and was somewhat surprised to find that a brochure for conservatories had been posted to us... and where exactly were we going to put that :?: :roll:

    In hindsight, perhaps we should have got a home visit for a quote... :biggrin:
  17. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I am on tps, but I also have an answering machine that can answer in any of four different languages. You can almost hear the gasps of shock when they think they have rung Italy, France or Germany. It is amazingly effective - even keeping meithering family members at bay :p
  18. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    Being a busy person I forgot about this thread. Now having seen it again I have registered straight away. One can only hope..........
  19. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I'm not sure if anyone is aware of this, but if you run a website/register a domain name, your details - name, full address & postcode and telephone number are all held on a publicly accessible database called the whois database.

    I don't mind anyone having my name, but I was completely unaware that my full address details were so widely available. If you want to see what is available for public view, just type your domain name into

    In these days of identity theft, this is a little scary.
  20. Rach_Horn

    Rach_Horn Member

    We used to get atleast ten of these types of sales calls a week so registered with this tps thing. We still get the occasional one but its definetly reduced the number so well worth doing.

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