Saturday, September 24, 2011
It's Cold Call Out
I have a nifty way of dealing with them. They usually ask for Mme [insert married name] because their list is so out of date that it harks back to the days when my ex-husband and I owned our house (or were buying it off the bank...) and were considered fair game for a new kitchen. The house was actually brand new with brand new kitchen, bathroom, tiles, bricks, mortar, electricity cables the lot, but the only cold calls we got then were about buying yet another brand new kitchen or bathroom. "I've got a new one" I'd say thinking that would put them off, "the house is only 2 months old!". It did, marginally, grudgingly. I could hardly use two...
Now when they ask for me by my married name I deny all knowledge of such a person. "No, no one by that name here," I say. If they are naive rookies, they fall for it, if they are more hard-bitten die-hards they just adjust their spiel to the new circumstances. In that case, declaring that I rent usually terminates the conversation nicely. They're not interested in non-house-owning obviously impoverished plebs like me. But it's still annoying getting these calls at all.
However, help is at hand. Craig McGinty at This French Life wrote about a new service that's starting in December. Pacitel is the answer to all those unsolicited calls from companies one gives not a toss about, where one is not a client and if they all spontaneously combusted tomorrow, one would not shed le moindre tear. You can register your numero fixe and mobile from companies where you are not already on their client list (if you are, I think you're stuffed as they'll never remove you. You'll just have to move, change your number and get a new identity). The member companies undertake to consult this Pacitel list and remove those numbers from their own list of names and numbers before embarking on a cold call campaign. The website says that members of the Pacitel Association represent 80% of cold call marketeers, so that should reduce the nuisance calls considerably. Signing up is also free which is fab news too! Peace at no cost. It doesn't get better than that!
The service starts on December 1, 2011 so hurry, hurry, sign up for peace!