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    Default How do you get rid of cold callers on the phone?

    Had to share this with you. Last night the telephone rang around 630pm. I never answer the phone (coz Im a miserable sod!) but Drew said, answer, its probably my mum.
    I did so to hear a smarmy voice saying "can I speak to the gentleman of the household?!
    In my poshest voice (allotmentlady can confirm I have a posh voice on the phone!) I said "Im so sorry, hes lancing the cats boils!" and cut the chap off before he had chance to say what he was selling!
    Drew was in tears sat at his pc, coz he was laughing that much!
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    Lol nice one. I like to listen to what they have to say and ask questions and sound really interested and when they cut to the chase I say "Thanks for calling but I'm not interested". Then they keep on so I listen and then tell them the same thing, total waste of time. Also trying to get them off script is fun and just have a conversation about random stuff is fun too.
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    Love it Must remember that one and try it out myself.

    Had to read it twice though cuz at first I thought you said "balls"
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    We don't plug our landline in these days as dh used to get too many cold callers during the day. I must say we don't miss it, we both have mobile contracts with all the free calls and texts we need. If it wasn't for the broadband connection that comes with it we'd have it cut off all together. ANYWAY.. back to the question - when we were plugged in, and we'd get a sales person I'd just let them start talking then quietly place the receiver on the table or arm of chair and continue watching tv, or filling the dishwasher... I'd go back a minute later and they'd be gone. No stress, no telling them politely (or otherwise) that you're not interested - they just go away all by themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaureenHall View Post
    Love it Must remember that one and try it out myself.

    Had to read it twice though cuz at first I thought you said "balls"
    I'll remember that! Its better than boils!
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    One trick often recommended is to start asking embarrassing, personal questions, like "how old are you?", "What colour car do you drive?" and anything else you can think of (you can get a LOT more personal than that if you like). If they object you say something like "but you ask me equally personal questions, and it was YOU who wanted the conversation".
    Or you could simply do the 'heavy breathing' routine, or try to 'chat up' the caller. If they get really upset they may hand you over to a supervisor, to whom you can point out that you didn't ask for the call, so you feel entitled to continue it in whatever way you like!
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    I usually put the phone (cordless) down next to the radio speaker If they can inflict their dire lift music on me, then I can inflict mine on them! Although, since we changed our number and went ex-directory we hardly get any calls at all.

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    the most annoying ones are people asking for you via a crappy voicemail, then leaving you on hold for half an hour while a real person their end come to the phone lol .... i just leave the phone on the arm of the chair too or unplug the phone.

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