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How do you deal with people that phone to sell you something etc?

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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
I keep getting loads of calls lately, mainly to sell me stuff and I've been trying out different ways of wasting their time/annoying them. I've done the usual pretend to be interested for ages and then just say no, I've argued back at them as to why they think it's their business whether I've got any loans I'd like at a lower rate. I'm looking for something new, my old boss suggested pretending that I'd died (not sure if he meant to tell them or pretend to actually die on the call!)

Any other ideas out there?
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
Not interested thank you and hang up:thumbsup:
#2
yep, wait until they ask "is that mr/mrs bloggs" say "no, hold on I'll get them for you"
place phone on table
go make a nice cup of tea

return some time later and find out if their still there.
If so say "sorry appears they've just popped out"

Sorted !
#3
Say im 15, normally works.
#4
I don't, hang up staight away.
#5
Register with the telephone preferance service.Since I did this, I have only had one call in the last three years.
#6
be firm, politely say, no thank you im not interested thank you, goodbye.
#7
Fake a case of tourettes?
#8
hottoshop
yep, wait until they ask "is that mr/mrs bloggs" say "no, hold on I'll get them for you"
place phone on table
go make a nice cup of tea

return some time later and find out if their still there.
If so say "sorry appears they've just popped out"

Sorted !



Lol I do the same, its surprising how long they will wait :lol:
#9
susanemily
Register with the telephone preferance service.Since I did this, I have only had one call in the last three years.


I did this, but have started getting loads of calls again, secretly I really enjoy winding them up!
banned#10
susanemily
Register with the telephone preferance service.Since I did this, I have only had one call in the last three years.

This is fine but as soon as you pop your number into a quote for insurance or something like that it all starts again
#11
hottoshop
yep, wait until they ask "is that mr/mrs bloggs" say "no, hold on I'll get them for you"
place phone on table
go make a nice cup of tea

return some time later and find out if their still there.
If so say "sorry appears they've just popped out"

Sorted !


Nice, I left a guy for about 10 minutes before when he just stopped talking to me and was talking to someone else at his end. My wife said before they're not allowed to hang up so they use this as a tactic to get you to hang up. When I went back he'd gone tho!
#12
Paul1234
Fake a case of tourettes?



Do you reckon they could hang up on you because you're swearing? I mean I know they can but isn't that discrimination against people with tourettes?

I wound someone up right and proper the other day and he said he was going to send someone round to do a quote at my door. Or at least I hope that's what they were going to do when they got round!!!
[admin]#13
I just hang up :)
#14
my mum was involved in an rta a few years ago.

no serious damage, 3 weeks later the other car clamied for whiplash for him and his 3 passangers (the crash was at .5 of a mile an hour, and there was only him in the car)

his solisitors kept on harrasing us. constantly phoning asking to speak to my mum when she was at work.

one day when they rang up, they wanted to give me a number, so i said i would go and get a pen. in the time it took me to get a pen, i had a bath, made lunch, finished off my cv and then went back to the phone, they were still on the other end. I said I couldn;t find a pen, and advised them to tell their client to grow up and get a job, lol.

My dad is in the process of getting the solisitors done for harrasment, and the upset caused to me and my sister
#15
i just keep getting those annoying beeps, done that thing on the internet to stop them but only works for a few weeks.

been waiting for one to phone and speak to me just so i can have a right go at them
#16
From seinfeld:

Telemarketer: Hi, i am wondering if you are interested in changing to company long distance service

Jerry: Sorry i was just going out, but if you give me your home number i can give you a call

Telemarketer: Sorry we are not allowed to do that

Jerry: So i guess you don't want people calling you at home

Telemarketer: No

Jerry: Good now you know how a i feel (hangs up)

:-D
#17
Kitten13
my mum was involved in an rta a few years ago.

no serious damage, 3 weeks later the other car clamied for whiplash for him and his 3 passangers (the crash was at .5 of a mile an hour, and there was only him in the car)

his solisitors kept on harrasing us. constantly phoning asking to speak to my mum when she was at work.

one day when they rang up, they wanted to give me a number, so i said i would go and get a pen. in the time it took me to get a pen, i had a bath, made lunch, finished off my cv and then went back to the phone, they were still on the other end. I said I couldn;t find a pen, and advised them to tell their client to grow up and get a job, lol.

My dad is in the process of getting the solisitors done for harrasment, and the upset caused to me and my sister


In the case of RTAs and insurance companies the Solicitors know they have to go via the Insurance company, any correspondance made outside of the legal processes between the insurance companies is very questionable. Your insurance company will/should tell you to ignore any letters and to refuse to speak to the Solicitors directly.
#18
Ungreat
From seinfeld:

Telemarketer: Hi, i am wondering if you are interested in changing to company long distance service

Jerry: Sorry i was just going out, but if you give me your home number i can give you a call

Telemarketer: Sorry we are not allowed to do that

Jerry: So i guess you don't want people calling you at home

Telemarketer: No

Jerry: Good now you know how a i feel (hangs up)

:-D


That made me laugh.

I was going to try something similar when they next call. Was going to only answer the questions once they'd done the same (ie they ask for my date of birth etc then they have to give me theirs first.) I would think that they're not going to want to give out their name/address etc to some random bloke on the end of the phone. My reply, so why would you think that I'd want to do the same???
#19
I just say I am registered on TPS and would they kindly remove me from their database.

Go away straight away!:thumbsup:
#20
one time a salemens hung up on me when i said no sorry im not interested.
how rude!
#21
I have had some great conversations with these people if I have nothing better to do.

Last time they phoned me up so sir how are we today. Well I say, unfortunately I have just lost my job, my wife died in a freak fanta drinking accident, my mistress has just told me she is pregnant with my child when I am unable to have kids. I am contemplating faking my own death to stop worrying about my gambling debts. Him well sir looks like you may not be needing new windows. Me no thanks I am in a public phone box. Him okay well goodbye. Had me in tears.

Also great cheap fun when loadsa mates are round do the same thing on speaker phone except make your own story up line by line as you all go along.
#22
put them on hold and sing down the phone.
#23
If my OH answers and they ask to speak to me he always says "no, she has left me for another man! " and then starts sobbing down the phone, I tried it once but couldnt stop laughing :) so i just put the phone down without speaking!
#24
Register with TPS:

TPS Registration Link

If anyone phones after signing up say you are registered with TPS. They hang up pretty quick, beleive me.

If you still get calls after 28 days get as much detail about the company as you can from the call then raise a complaint on the TPS site!
#25
If you have nothing better to do then just test there patients, i find a foreign accent or even a stutter works wonders, or talk fast like an american.
#26
am ex-directory, so dont have these calls!
#27
#28
ChrisUK


Just listened to it, funniest thing I've heard in ages!!!
#29
Aks them hows calling and then say thank god thought it was the ballifs again, last time I said that the phone went dead very quick.
#30
My wife hung up on one and the cheeky sod rang back and abruptly asked 'why did we hang up on her'. Guess what happened next :)
banned#31
ChrisUK


I wish I had the ability to do something like that, I would start laughing after the first line:w00t:
banned#32
The register with the TPS is the best suggestion.

I used to work in Data Protection and after you have registered for 28 days you can say to anyone that calls that you are registered with the TPS and are concerned why they are calling you. If they can give you the full details of the company and the Data Protection Officer of the company, as you wish to register the company with the Data Commisioner.... Trust me they never ever call again
#33
Paul1234
Fake a case of tourettes?

If you or anyone in your family suffered from Having Gilles de la tourettes you would not have even contemplated faking this illness.
This world is made up of ignorant people like yourself which makes life so much more difficult for sufferers of this illness.

http://www.everyclick.com/uk/tourettesyndromeukassociation/myeveryclick/nomfriendsthank/
#34
i love getting them calls i used to hate it but i look forward to them now me and the Oh have great fun with them here is a smal list of the things we have done

sang stage songs or pop songs down the phone at them

burp fart then laugh histericatly down the phone

do dog noises down the phone

flush the toilet at them

in middle of talking to them pretend to have a blazeing row with the OH

its so much entertainment

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