Dealing with telemarketers..
This stems from the gas prices thread and I feel it warrants it's own place on the site. How do you like to deal with telemarketers, do you listen to the sales pitch and then go to work on them? Do you hang up? Lots of times these calls come from 3rd world sweat shops so you have to feel for these people who have often been trained not to take no for an answer. Last week I had a guy trying to sell me oil contracts out of Europe, idiot. He was hell bent on selling me on what he could see in his crystal ball (yeah right), even after I told him my own family was in the oil business he wouldn't let up or listen.. (its not BTW)so I gave him a good dose of heavy metal hold music blasting out of my PC speakers (thanks youtube) after 4 of my favourite thrash metal songs I checked my phone and by magic he was gone... I've found this technique quite effective, I don't hang up I just find a good podcast or something on the net and place my phone in front of it and do checks at 5 minute intervals. Wasting their time seems to stop them calling back, I don't get so many cold calls these days..