No Call List

Thursday, September 25, 2003 11:41 AM
Don't lock this just yet... ;)

As you all may know, the House passed a bill to give the FTC the power to run the do not call list.

The article is here:

A choice quote: "'This legislation got to the House floor faster than a consumer can hang up on a telemarketer at dinnertime,'said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass."

Good old Markey isn't all bad. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2003 11:50 AM
Yes, he is.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:16 PM
Let your voice be heard...

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:18 PM
I wonder if the 8 that voted against this list were once telemarketers themselves. This is good news. I am registered on the list.

Great quote from Eddie.

Go figure, morons from Ohio vote against it: Ron Paul, R-Texas; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Kendrick Meek, D-Fla.; Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Ted Strickland, D-Ohio; Lee Terry, R-Neb.; Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Chris Cannon, R-Utah.

Good thing I didn't vote for Ryan or Strickland.
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*** This post was edited by CedarPoint_Mark 9/25/2003 4:20:28 PM ***

Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:33 PM
Florida is home to one of the largest telemarketing companies in the country. It doesn't surprise me that Meek voted "No". There is the thinking that a lot of minimum skill employees will be let go when these companies downsize.

But, I will be glad to be left alone.

Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:48 PM
I, myself, work for a marketing research company. We do not, and will not, ask for money. All we do is research for national companies, from consumer product companies, to pharmaceutical companies. No, I do not make the telephone calls, I program the surveys for either the phone center or for online market research.

Many people think that because they submitted their phone number, that they will now not receive calls. I wanted my fellow enthusiasts to know what type of companies is exempt from this bill:

And yes, my phone number is submitted as I hate the calls when people ask for my credit card number before I was even asked if I wanted that particular product.

Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:57 PM
As of this mornig, the courts have this on hold. Telemarketers are claiming that congress's act did not give the FTC specific authority to block telemarketers, and that the FTC cannot block telemarketers as unfair or deceptive practices. Personally, I can think of few things more unfair than invading my privacy several time during the course of one meal to try to sell me a bunch of junk.
Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:01 PM
Two words: Caller ID.

My wife and I haven't answered a telemarketing call since we got it.

A day is a drop of water in the ocean of eternity. A week is seven drops.

Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:02 PM
yea but now we are talking about congress overturning the courts decision to put the do not call list on hold
Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:34 PM
Den, it isn't that easy and you know it. ;) My wife's parents live in Japan, and their number comes up as unavailable much like telemarketers.... What's a bro to do? Answer?

Do Not Call List. They need to make it happen.
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:50 PM
I think there is no need for a do not call list. If you simply tell the Telemarketer that you do not want to be called every again. They will not call you. It has worked for me.


Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:11 PM
Just get a cel phone. No telemarketers at all.
Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:26 PM
While its true we can just tell telemarketers to put me on their do not call list which I have done. But, the National Do Not Call List will stop alot of unwanted calls. You tell all the telemarketers to stop calling you at once with this list. Then you do not have to keep saying do not calll me over and over again with each different call you get. Besides I bet alot of people do not know that you can tell a telemarketer to not call you ever again. It makes it easier on everyone.
*** This post was edited by Cs6153 9/25/2003 6:36:14 PM ***
Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:45 PM
I live here in Oklahoma City with the honorable judge. There must be something behind this move that has sometihng to do with, and I know I'm not using the correct term here, but I'd say something along the lines of graft. In the area code here of 405, telemarketing calls are an epidemic like no other. Every time someone visits they find it wierd how many there are. I've lived many places and it's never been like this. And it's not just my house, but everyone I know. We had one telemarketer call 4 times in the same day. I don't know about you but I think that should be illegal. That's more like harassment to me.

Jayson - who gets many telemarketing calls

Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:54 PM
Am I the only one here that actually looks forward to telemarketers calling? I consider them witnesses of my incredible wit. ;)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:58 PM
CoasterDudeOH makes a valid point. I too work in market research, managing data collection projects, and I can tell you that this will not stop charities, newspapers, and researchers.

My company maintains our own extensive do not call list (close to 1million numbers) and we respect requests not to be contacted. We make over 150 million calls a year, and telemarketers make our job more difficult as people think, understandably so, that we are selling something. We, and many others, are not. Remember when you get a phone call from someone asking you about what you think, don't hang up, voice your opinion. The answers you provide may just save your favorite TV show, guide product improvements, or alter a politcian's viewpoint.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 4:44 PM
Caller ID is the answer. We don't answer telemarketers either, except when I feel like messing with them.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:14 PM
I especially like Jerry's response in one Seinfeld espisode. *Telemarketer talks* "I'm sorry, I'm kind of busy, if you give me you number I'll call you back when I'm not free." *Telemarketer talks* "Oh you don't to be bothered at home? Now you know how I feel!" *Hangs up phone*

Gotta love Seinfeld. :)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:56 PM
Like Rob said, though, CallerID isn't the complete answer. There are times you DO want to answer "Unknown" or "Private" calls.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:03 PM
Or you do like myself. I still utilize an answering machine on my phone. I screen all my calls. Telemarketers usually won't leave a message.

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