Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Checkout - A Consumer Report By Caroline Mayer

The Checkout - A Consumer Report By Caroline Mayer: "Still Pestered by Telemarketing Calls?

Has your phone been pretty silent lately? Or is it still ringing regularly with unsolicited calls from telemarketers--even though you've posted your phone number on the national do-not-call list?

I don't know about you, but we still get a fair number of calls from telemarketers even though our phone number is on the anti-telemarketing registry--at least one a day, sometimes more. True, that's far fewer than before, but many still seem to be getting through. Of course, most of those calls are from politicians and nonprofit groups, both exempt from the do-not-call rules. We also get several calls a week from marketing/survey firms. I highly doubt that many companies are actually doing surveys! But usually I'm dashing off somewhere and decline to take the survey. So I never have really found out how many of these calls are just a ploy to sell goods and services."

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