A handy way to improve your day

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(1) The three little words: ‘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 UPVC Window sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear BT’s ‘beep-beep-beep’ tone, you know it’s

time to go back and hang up your handset …. you have efficiently

completed your task.

These three little words could help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other


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 then used to determine the best time of day for a

‘real’ salesperson 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 dialled the

call and it kicks your number out of their system.

( 3) : 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-prepaid return

envelopes, it costs them more than the regular postage ‘IF’ and when they


returned. It costs them nothing if you throw them away! In that

case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in

these cool little, postage-prepaid return envelopes.

Send an advert for your local chimney sweeper to American Express … they

might need one!

Send a pizza coupon to HSBC … in case their canteen packs up. You get

the idea.

If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them back their

blank application form … after all, it is their form!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on

anything you return.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep

them guessing! It still costs them, and it is their envelope after all ….

you are just returning it!!!!

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their

own junk back in the post, but folks ….. we need to OVERWHELM them, in

order to stop them.

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 Royal Mail busy. Since the Royal Mail are saying that

e-mail is cutting into their business profits, let’s help them so they

will not need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

If enough people follow these tips, it will work —- maybe you’ll get

very little junk mail anymore.


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