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http://donotcall.gov

Apparently they're peaking at like 100 requests/sec. Yowza.

I already registered with the California list, which is supposed to forward to the national list, but just to be safe I tried getting mine on the list via the website. It timed out after 500 seconds, oops! I'll keep trying. :)



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#2 Posted on
I haven't gotten through either, but I'll still try. How much of an impact do you think this will have on the telemarketing business...I mean how many people actually order stuff off of these things? Then again, who actually orders from infomercials, and those are still around...
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Since: 21.1.02
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What if out of, say, 10,000 people, 8,000 get on this list. Does that mean that telemarketers will now call the left over 2,000 people 4x as many times a day to make up for lost call volume from the 8,000 they can't call now?

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Since: 26.3.03
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#4 Posted on
OK, I'm registered and just waiting for the confirmation e-mail. I registered our two cell phones, too, even though we hardly ever get telemarketing calls on them.

I also registered with the Cali list when you posted it last time, CRZ. I like the feeling of being doubly protected (...though most likely I'm not.).



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Since: 25.2.02

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#5 Posted on
The pipeline seems to have cleared. I couldn't get through to it earlier, but got instant response time just now.



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Since: 27.8.02
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#6 Posted on

    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    OK, I'm registered and just waiting for the confirmation e-mail.


This part got me worried when I registered. The site said that a confirmation e-mail would be sent out within minutes. However, it wasn't until the middle of the next day when I received the confirmation.

Advice - be patient with receiving the e-mail. I registered so many times (because I thought the website was timing-out) that I received around 10 confirmation e-mails. The list sees that as 10 different numbers you are trying to register, and will deny you after so many requests.



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Since: 4.1.02
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#7 Posted on
In regards to the confirmation email... the Washington Post article that I was reading (which I can't find at the moment) stated that they decided to hold off on the mass confirmation emails as to not overload their system. They figured they would at least let people sign up and then get the email out later.

They also had some problems where spam filters at certain places (yahoo? earthlink?) where coding the confirmation email as spam so they weren't going through.

Dammit - let me find the article... hold on.

Here we go Click Here (washingtonpost.com)

Some pull quotes
"The Web site assures consumers that they will receive an e-mail within three minutes of registering, but the FTC chose to delay sending out the confirmations yesterday so that more people could log on to the registration system"

"The e-mail filters at online giant Yahoo Inc., for instance, incorrectly identified the FTC's confirmation e-mail as bulk marketing and blocked its delivery. Yahoo tweaked its filters late yesterday to let the government's message through."

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I know people who worked telemarketing in highschool, hardly anyone lasted more then a week or two LoL



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Since: 11.12.01
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I made 10 bucks an hour as a telemarketer selling call waiting to New York City-ites.

It was just too creepy. Though, if someone was especially rude, I saved their phone number and prank called them from my overnight job.





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Since: 11.9.02
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For all the talk from the industry about the loss of income from the list, I honestly don't know anyone whose ever bought siding, windows, vacations, etc. from a telemarketer.
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#11 Posted on
Depends; I worked telemarketing subscription renewals for various magazines, and people bought.





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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
    Depends; I worked telemarketing subscription renewals for various magazines, and people bought.


I did the same thing with memberships to a non-profit. The diffeence between what you and I did, and the other telemarketers that Bishoplaud was talking about was that we called people who previously used the service, and probably wanted it use it again (I had a 87% renewal rate with the people I called).

I used to get calls from people who wanted to manage my stocks, and refinance my house.

I don't own stocks and I rent a house.



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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by rikidozan

      Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
      Depends; I worked telemarketing subscription renewals for various magazines, and people bought.


    I did the same thing with memberships to a non-profit. The diffeence between what you and I did, and the other telemarketers that Bishoplaud was talking about was that we called people who previously used the service, and probably wanted it use it again (I had a 87% renewal rate with the people I called).

    I used to get calls from people who wanted to manage my stocks, and refinance my house.

    I don't own stocks and I rent a house.



Gah... if only they had something like this for email. I get at least thirty or forty spam emails a day on my current address... Christian debt management, Jewish singles, refinancing, stock news, thousands of ones for the Iraqi leader decks (and their followers, including the Deck of Hillary... look, I'm probably the most liberal registered Republican you'll find, and I STILL DON'T GIVE A SHIT about her)... If I'm lucky, I'll get one porn spam. Yay for Outlook's AutoPreview.

But the best thing about this address? It dies in November. I'll change it here when I get a good one.



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Since: 25.2.02

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#14 Posted on
A local newscast this morning had a brief on a couple of area firms who announced their response to the "do not call" list would be to send people door-to-door.

Not that I ever answer the door anyway, but NICE.



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Since: 1.3.02
From: Silicon Valley, California

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#15 Posted on
do membership renewals and school donations count as
telemarketing? it looks like you can still get lots
of phone offers from the services you already use.

as for ordering from infomercials, there's always the
mall stores with those items.

what would be nice is an internet 1-800 number
lookup service so you know if the people who
call you really represent their organization.

EDIT: I looked at the FAQ's and found that non-profits
don't count as telemarketing unless you request to each specific organization to remove from that list. Also if you have an "existing business relationship" with a company, they keep your number on file for 18 months. So watch out for Psychic Friends and all if you actually bought something.

(edited by zoggy1 on 3.7.03 1708)


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Since: 3.1.02
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#16 Posted on
got my confirmation email just now within seconds of registering - I doubt it will do much good though

and door to door ? I live in the sticks - no one is going to come knock on my door



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