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ALL Junk Mail Senders and Phone Solicitors! Informative - Awesome Advice from Andy Rooney!

Review by Make a Difference on 2006-08-08
I was sent this information via email and use it daily!!! I now have tons of fun sending those stupid credit card offer solicitations right back to the companies! I hope find joy in doing the same…it’s taken the frustration of receiving junk mail! Happy reading!

Andy Rooney's Tips For Telemarketers and Junk Mail

Three Little Words That Work!!!
1. The three little words are: "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.
Since doing this, my phone calls have decreased dramatically.
3. Another Good Idea:
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 37cents 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!
Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their own junk back in the mail.
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 !
If enough people follow these tips, it will work---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-08-08
Posted by yoke on 2006-08-08:
I will be so glad when elections are over. It is so ironic that congress passed the bill so telemarketers can't call at dinner time or you can have it so they don't call at all, but now that it is election time it is ok for them to do it. For the past week we get a recorded call from Joe Lieberman's campain. Each night at 6:00 the phone rings and you get a recorded message from either him or Bill Clinton. We answer and hang up as soon as the message starts, otherwise you get the 30 second message on your answering machine. during the day we get about 4 or 5 other calls from the other campain committees. We know we have only begun in CT since we have some big elections in November. What they should do is on the voter registration cards there should be a spot that you can check off if you do not want the calls. If you are already registered you should be able to go to your registrars office and fill out a form to request no calls. It's bad enough that you have to watch the smear commercials, now we get to listen to them on our phones.
Posted by DORCAS on 2006-08-08:
Thanks so much. Those are some good ones to add to what I already do. When I get those annoying phone calls,even tho I'm not listed and signed up for the do not call, I have taken the phone into the bathroom and continued flushing the toilet saying excues me. If Im busy doing the dishes and I get one of those persons that won't take a breath I just set the phone up on the sink and keep clanging away doing my dishes. They eventually hang up. I like the idea of hitting the # button that will help. I do send back those prepaid envelopes with junk that they send me except without my personal info on it. I've also sent out the religious tracks along with them. They want to send me their info, then I'll send them mine and let it be on their dime. You added an excellent post. Thank you.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-08-08:
I always send back the junk mail in their own postage paid envelopes...I sent over 80 mailings back to CitiCard (CitiBank)...I left my name on the mailings (the inside) with each and every on I wrote "1st request to be removed from your junk mail list"...2nd request ... 63rd request etc...finally I tracked down the CEO's home address and started sending them there, because I would get about 3-4 a week...I noted on it "let me know how you like recieving all this junk mail"...I got no response, but I also got no more of their junk mail.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-08-08:
If these tips work, great, but you might want to check out this link...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/telemarket.asp
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-08-08:
I read the Andy Rooney column a while back and still find it amusing. When I signed up on the National Do Not Call list, I found it most interesting than in addition to companies you had done business with in the past and charities, those running for political office were also exempt from the list. Nothing like voting a bill in and exempting yourself.
Posted by yoke on 2006-08-08:
Today I received 8 phone calls from Joe Lieberman's campaign. Something needs to be done about the politicians abusing their own bill. They pass a bill, but make sure there is a loophole to benefit them.

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