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  • Thursday, February 02, 2006

    How To Get Rid Of Telemarketers & Unwanted Junk Mail...

    Thank you, Andy Rooney, for the following tips:

    (1) Say these three little words: "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 !

    I wish I'd thought of these ideas myself! Drats!


    • At 4:03 PM, February 02, 2006, Blogger MonikazMommy said…

      These are the best ideas ever! I am so going to have fun...woo hoo!
      I hope all is well!
      How is/was the key lime pie your husband so graciously brought home for you...haha!

    • At 8:41 PM, February 02, 2006, Blogger mamalife said…

      Oh, what great ideas... I love Andy Rooney and I love you for sharing them!

    • At 10:01 PM, February 02, 2006, Blogger Melissa said…

      I can't believe #2! I never knew that, and I just happened to get one of those calls this afternoon.

      Thanks for the tips!

    • At 7:54 AM, February 03, 2006, Blogger sue said…

      Cool! More fun things to do when I'm bored...

    • At 3:31 PM, February 03, 2006, Blogger Amanda said…

      what awesome ideas! can't wait to try them.

    • At 12:01 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger boneman said…

      These are so cool. I kind of do worse things, though...When I get continued mailsales crap from the same companies, I pull out all the insides, compress it into a size that will fit in their return envelope, and then look around for something heavy to write on,...and I know this is going to sound a little strange that I have stuff like this just laying about, but, like square pieces of steel and iron things I pick up fro, around railroad tracks, and I write on them, "please don't write back" with a piece of chalk or whatever.
      I like to think the every once and a while, when one of those "packages" arrives at the destination that someone actually reads it all and recognizes that I don't want to be on that mailing list, thankyou, but the thing is, I'm almost sure that they don't care cause I get the same crap again the next month....

      How is it that I'm writing here? Who the heck am I, anyway? Tell ya what. I'm way easier than the morons that send and call (like those ideas, too. It'll save me from having to use my very loud whistle on as many of them as I have done....) salemen type folks,.....if'n ya don't want me to be writing to yer blog, tell me, I'll go quietly.
      I got here from Rachel's blog, and actually, when I leave here, I need to tell her the same thing, (not how to get rid of salescalls,...) cause I'm just an old dinosaur lumbering about in blogland places enjoying the conversations and learning new things everywhere I go.

      But, I be friendly. Just a painter.
      'Course, this is a "past" entry, and maybe ya won't even notice I been here at all. And, in that case, I'll just quietly slip out the door so I don't wake yer little baby. Or Jack, either.


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