In an attempt to cut down on sales calls, I have done a couple of things.
The first is to have us listed in the phone book under the name of our cat. (Actually, it's the cat we had when we got that number, but which has since died. Anyway...) Yes, we really are listed under the cat's name. That way, I can tell people how to look us up, but if we get a call saying, "May I speak to Mr. or Mrs. Fluffy?" I know it is a sales call and tell them they have the wrong number and hang up.
The other is that I have put us on the "Do Not Call" registry. It hasn't helped much.
We still get the computer generated "we want to sell you insurance/lower your interest rate/get you to come to our store" calls. We still get the calls from charities where less than half the money goes to the charity, most of it goes to the people raising the money for the charity.
I will admit we haven't gotten the ones about selling us siding (cladding in some parts of the world) for the house in a while. Maybe they got the message that a brick home doesn't need it.
Still, we get too many calls we don't want, and my kids have a tendency to grab the phone first and look at the caller ID later.
One solution, besides just hanging up, is to say, "Wow, this sounds great! Let me go get my spouse on the extension to you can talk to both of us!" Then set the phone down and leave it off the hook for half an hour.
I have not been brave enough to try it yet, but I am close.
Any other suggestions for what to do when "Do Not Call" does not work?
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