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Old 02-08-2008, 08:36 PM   #21
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How do you get on the DNC list in Ontario Canada? It sure would be nice not to have telemarketers calling anymore.
Canada has been very slow to implement DNC due to special interests. Been at least 2 years in the making. Current status is for Bell to operate it (heaven help us) and get it up and running by Sept 30, 2008.

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Added: I don't seen anything in the materials that would stop telemarketing calls coming in from USA. I already get telemarketing calls originating mostly out of Michigan (the unemployed gotta do something). I suspect it might be (is) the same in reverse, i.e. Canadian call centers harassing Americans.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #22
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A very funny bit from the "Bob and Tom" radio show, dealing with telemarketers:

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Old 02-09-2008, 11:36 AM   #23
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Along this line of thinking, DW and I have begun to receive CC offers in the mail (mostly AE as I recall) after years of finally receiving no CC offers. What I have begun to do is something that I did years ago. I write on the application that is enclosed : "NO Thanks. Take me off your list and send me no more s**t like this in the future" and mail it back to them (along with any items enclosed in the initial mailing including their envelope) in the business reply envelope that they have conveniently enclosed for my use.

I do not know if this causes them any inconvenience or not, but it sure makes me happy to increase their cost of retrieving the mail and having some minion open and sort it out.
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Along this line of thinking, DW and I have begun to receive CC offers in the mail (mostly AE as I recall) after years of finally receiving no CC offers. What I have begun to do is something that I did years ago. I write on the application that is enclosed : "NO Thanks. Take me off your list and send me no more s**t like this in the future" and mail it back to them (along with any items enclosed in the initial mailing including their envelope) in the business reply envelope that they have conveniently enclosed for my use.

I do not know if this causes them any inconvenience or not, but it sure makes me happy to increase their cost of retrieving the mail and having some minion open and sort it out.
I signed up for the junk mail opt-out at OptOutPrescreen about 1 or 2 years ago, and I don't receive hardly any junk mail anymore! The only CC stuff I get is from the CC's that I already have....NO new CC offers!

I used to mail them back their applications, with "NO THANK YOU" scrawled side to side and top to bottom.....in wide-tip black El Marko! After a while of doing that, I started filling their prepaid envelops with subscription cards that fall out of magazines. Once in while I'd switch the El Marko scrawled apps, and send Amex apps to MC, VISA apps to Amex, etc. And just for fun, one time I filled their prepaid envelops with confetti......that had to have made a mess somewhere!

Now if I get anything, I just mail them back their prepaid envelop....empty. I figure it generates a little extra revenue for the USPS.
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Wow, I'll bet the mail opening machines loved that one...
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Wow, I'll bet the mail opening machines loved that one...
I sure was hoping so!
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A very funny bit from the "Bob and Tom" radio show, dealing with telemarketers:

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I've heard many ways to annoy telemarketers, but that is by far the funniest. Thanks for sharing
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We handle the unwanted calls by using our phone's built in ringer option. We have cordless phones where you can store the phone numbers of the people you frequently call in the phones phone book. You can store an unlimited amount of phone numbers this way. We assigned a ring tone ( Beethoven's Fifth) to the phone numbers of friends and family and will pick up only when we hear that tone. Everyone else talks to the voice mail.
Anyone we have official business with will leave a message on voice mail. Telemarketers and political type calls get ignored and do not bother to leave messages. This also works to screen out calls from people you know but really cannot be bothered talking to...say those folks who want you to volunteer for stuff or the j*b ( if you still have one).
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