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The Five Most Annoying Things You Can Say to a Telemarketer


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Say the word “Telemarketer" to most people and you'll likely see a lot of eye rolling, frustrated expressions, and hear many angry telemarketing stories. Most people are in agreement that there isn't anything more annoying than sitting down to eat dinner, or relaxing for the evening, only to be interrupted by a telemarketing call.

Wouldn't it be fun if you could have the upper hand for once and instead of being subjected to a sales pitch or immediately hanging up on the caller, you could have a little fun by turning the tables and annoying the telemarketer?

If you'd like to give this a try, here are five annoying things you can say to a telemarketer:

1. Make your own sales pitch - As soon as the telemarketer begins his/her sales pitch, interrupt them and counter their sales offer with one of your own. Ask them if they would like to buy something from you (you could sell anything, simply start selling the first item in the room your eyes find).

2. Make up your own language - As soon as you know a telemarketer is on the other line, answer all of their questions in gibberish.

3. Ask the telemarketer for their home phone number - Interrupt the telemarketer and tell them you'd love to hear more about what they're selling you, but you're in the middle of dinner. Ask them for their home phone number so you can call them and annoy them with a sale in the middle of their meal.

4. Pretend to be voicemail - Answer the phone with “Hello" and wait for the telemarketer to start talking and then interrupt them and say in your most automated voice “We are unavailable to take your call. Please leave a message. Thank you for calling. Beeeeep. "

5. Keep talking to waste a telemarketer's time - Instead of hanging up on the telemarketer keep talking to them for as long as possible. Sound really interested in whatever they are selling and continue asking them questions about what they are selling such as:

  • Why they are selling it?

  • Why they recommend it?

  • If they have one of what they are selling?

  • If they do, are they satisfied with it? If no, why don't they have one?

  • How many of these products have they sold?

  • What did other customers think of the product?

  • Etc.

    The goal is to keep them on the phone as long as possible to prevent them from not only making a sale, but also to stop them from bothering other people with their sales pitch. If the telemarketer hasn't yet hung up on you and you run out of questions, thank them for their time and tell them you'll think about it and get back to them. Hang up the phone.

    There's nothing wrong with annoying telemarketers, but the object is to obtain the upper hand in the conversation and irritate them so that they won't ever want to call you back, the goal is not to be rude or mean. Thus, make sure you do your best to remain as polite and good humored as possible. After all, the sales representative on the other end of the phone is a person to, and they are only doing their job. . . regardless of how annoying their job may be.

    Nevertheless, should your annoying message not get through, and you continue to receive calls from the same telemarketers, you can complain about your experience and attempt to stop telemarketers from calling you. After all, though you may feel victorious when annoying telemarketers every now and again, the real victory is getting them to stop calling.

    Dwayne is an old consumer advocate who has way to much time on his hands (the wife says) so rants to his audience on EzineArticles

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