I recently spent some time at home during the daytime to work on a manuscript, and was being repeatedly interrupted by telemarketers who were trying to send me credit cards, opportunities for prizes, etc., etc. The rate was about 4-6 per day, noth including those that always appeared at dinner-time. So I decided to invest a little time and effort to see what I could do about it.
I produced quickly a form on which I could save some information about each call, which would also serve as a record that I had informed each caller that I wanted to be put on their "don't call" list. As I got each call I picked up the pad of forms, interrupted the caller and said that before I could talk to them I needed some information for my files. This included:
I got some interesting responses:
It only took about a week (the first week in June 1997), and since then I have not had a phone call of this type (it is now the end of July). Although the calls generally seemed to be different, I get the impression that there were only a few Telemarketing companies involved and thus very quickly I was off several lists.
Try it, it is worth the effort!
Last updated 97/07/31
© J.A.N. Lee, 1997.