Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Sorry Sir, that is not what we are selling!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sorry Sir, that is not what we are selling!

Many years ago a simple phone call from a telemarketer led to me getting a badly needed job.

Nowadays, my interactions with Telemarketers usually consist of me realizing that it is a Telemarketer and explaining I don’t have time. Or if they refuse to listen simply hanging up.

But back in the days before I had children and thus more time on my hands I would occasionally actually listen to what they had to say to find out what they were selling.

On this particular occasion, I answered the phone and started to listen to the person describe how their company sold customized freezer packs to their clients.  While there was only the two of us and we actually were not living on much money at the time, the concept seemed interesting.


So I decided to have the sales person come and visit our house to explain the plan in more detail. As it turns out, the person on the phone had neglected to mention to us that there was a minimum purchase amount that unfortunately we were nowhere near being able to afford at the time. Perhaps they were simply looking to be able to say they had booked an appointment for that week. 

While we were talking with the salesperson, I mentioned this was not something we could afford at the time as I was currently actually looking for work. It just so happened that they were actually looking to hire more telemarketers and he asked if I had a resume available which I promptly gave him and he set up an interview for that week. I was actually somewhat dreading working a telemarketing job again, being handed a legal size sheet of paper with a script and a page from a phone book and told to start calling around trying to convince people to buy something.

The interview went amazingly well, and the best part that script I mentioned, well at this place it was an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper instead which was just a suggested template to follow with some key points that needed to be addressed in our calls. We were encouraged to develop and change it as we saw fit and were trained to understand the company’s vision, etc so that we had that memorized to simply speak to people in a more natural way.

Which I spent the next few months doing until I moved on to something else.  But there were times when a conversation with a with potential customers became a little too personal shall we say.

That day started out like any other shift crossing off phone numbers as I went. We had been having a bit of a tough time in this current community as many of the people living their either lived on a farm or ranch or were hunters etc. So trying to sell large packages of meat for their freezers to these folks was just not happening. It was becoming a bit mundane but not to worry as this one caller sure made the evening interesting.

I introduced myself and explained that I was calling from “Advantage Plus Food Services”….and that was as far as I got before this gentleman exclaimed, “Your calling from Advantage Plus Prostitutes” I tried to correct him and explain what we were selling but either he didn't hear me or chose not to listen as he repeated again “Your calling from Advantage Plus Prostitutes”. Not knowing if he was simply pulling the chain of the telemarketer or if he was drunk (we very often got asked to deliver liquor to people) I simply replied sorry sir that is not what we are selling and hung up.

So, at the very least that one call led to employment for a few months, they were a great company to deal with and discussing those interesting calls made for some good times during coffee breaks! Years later, it is still funny to look back on that experience.
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Do you have a funny story to tell about a telemarketing call?


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17 comments :

  1. LOL. Maybe he was hard of hearing or just trying to discourage the call. Either way, amusing. Glad a job
    worked out.

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  2. Oh my gosh, bless you for dealing with that! Hahaha!

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  3. I don't because I don't give them the time of day. I always hang up on them....

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  4. I usually cut them off right away :-( They also have a way of always calling during dinner time!

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  5. I had one that kept calling and asking for the man of the house. I was single at the time and tried to explain this but he insisted on speaking with the man of the house. So I said the dear hubby was at work to call back tomorrow. This went on for a few days and the last time he called he asked if my hubby was home yet and I tearfully replied no but if you see him tell him I miss him and hung up. The guy never called back!

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  6. I used to let them finish their pitch and then let them down, but not anymore. I cut them off right away so that nobody's time is wasted.

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  7. Hahaha, or maybe he's just woken up and and his mind was not functioning well.

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  8. Lol, I think it was his way of saying I am not interested. I am typing and I still can't stop laughing.

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  9. I just don't have the time to listen to their spiels and I'm the kind of consumer that if I want or need something I'll do the research myself versus allowing somebody I don't know to talk me into spending my money.

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  10. I play games with them as well. I will ask for their number so that I can call them back or I will say you take your money and buy it for me. I know they mean well but I just can't talk to them.

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  11. That guy's method of getting a telemarketer off the phone was certainly effective! At least you got a story out of it :)

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  12. Such a funny experience for sure. He must be drunk, lol. I usually deal it straight forward & cut such people right away rather than wasting my time & energy.

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  13. I don't answer any calls that I don't know, so the calls always go to voicemail.

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  14. That was so funny! I'm sure he got a kick out of it himself...

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  15. That's a funny story! Well, I don't answer calls when I'm not familiar with the number.

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  16. That certainly is a funny story to share. I really feel for those that have a telemarketing job – they have such a bad rep. It's like their handbook trains them to be mildly deceptive and robotically pushy. Also, in this day and age, how do you know when someone calling on the other end is genuine..and not a scam.

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  17. That is definitely a funny story! I have to say, I give you credit for becoming a telemarketer. I could never be one!

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