Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Credit Card Callers

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Why can’t those credit card people leave me alone? I get calls from them almost every day, saying the same spiel, asking the same questions, delivering the same come-on lines, offering the same products and services. And every time they call, I also give them the same response: I am not interested. Why can’t they stop bugging me?

They start with the usual questions: Do you have an existing credit card? Do you already have an account with so and so bank? What is your full name? What is your mother’s maiden name? What is your complete address? Where would you want the card to be delivered? Blah blah blah. They ask all those questions without asking me if I need a credit card or if I’m interested in having one. Why do they assume that everyone they call is interested?

Sometimes, before they can say anything, I already tell them that I am not interested in any of their products. When more persistent ones ask why, I respond, I don’t have to explain anything to you, do I? Sometimes I let them blabber on and on about their product before telling them of my lack of interest. This annoys them (I can tell from their voice). You should have told me from the start, someone even said. I responded, well, you never asked. When they start asking me about maiden names and such, I tell them to just look it up because they obviously have information about me in their database.

I know, I know. What a bitchy thing to do, huh? They're just trying to do their jobs like everybody else. But when you get a call like that everyday while in the middle of work, what else can you do?

I just want to be left alone.

11 comments:

witsandnuts said...

Haha, I can relate. When I was still there, they would call during busy hours to do cross-selling and even if I politely (and impolitely sometimes) tell them that I'm not interested they'd still try to pursue again and again. Until they get tired.

You know what? Some of the telemarketers actually are introduced to this training to be very insistent. I respect their job and obligations, but they should also be sensitive enough to know that a potential client will never ever say yes. And yes, respect for time, too.

Angeli said...

so you don't have such callers there? buti pa kayo.. :)

jacqueline said...

lol
same here... :) sometimes, i cut them short saying i'm not interested. sometimes, i let them do their speech and afterwards tell them i'm not interested....

these agencies share databases, 'no?

Angeli said...

i think they have a master database that they can access among themselves. my question is, can't somebody note down in their database that Miss Picazo is NOT INTERESTED? that way, they'd save time and effort for everybody involved.

Kayni said...

what i do, is if the number doesn't look familiar, i send it straight to voicemail or hit reject.

unstranger said...

This kind of harassment was made illegal here in Ireland a few years ago. It's something you could start a campaign for. It was done here and these calls are no longer part of Irish lives.
Check your constitution and do a little local research.

Amelia said...

it's as if matataranta ka sa tawag nila...kakainis yan diba...

but they are just doing there job.

one thing you can do is to say..."not interested" and then put the phone away from your ear then say "I can't hear you...will put down the phone, thanks for calling" then hang-up the phone...at least you say it in a nice way and that you're not rude...hahahaha!!! LOL...honestly, I have done that several times

Artemis said...

nasty salespeople! :-) just like my bro, pestering me in recruiting me in some networking in which i have zero interest.

Angeli said...

[Kayni] that's easy if they do it through my mobile but they call me through our office numbers.

[Unstranger] that is one good advice. i will start researching now.

[Amelia] I did that already. But they still keep on calling me. (sigh)

[Artemis] they really are nasty. but i can be nastier. hahahah

Anonymous said...

once in a while i try to keep them on the phone as long as i can. most of the time i ask them to call me later because i am expecting a call from my parole officer. :)

ekstranghero said...

I remember a former colleague of mine putting his phone in speaker mode while talking to them. And then after a while, he asks them to repeat the same spiel or something. He does the request to repeat what they have just said as many as he can until the caller hangs up...

 
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