|Received:||11/27/2004 6:24:51 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This is an absolutely terrible idea. I summarily dismiss recorded calls on whomever's behalf they are. I don't give to any charities on phone calls -- if I want to give or want to buy, I will find you, read your sales ads in the paper, sign up for your sales e-mail, or read about your sales in my snail mail at my leisure, thank you! If it is a company with whom I have an existing business relationship calling me with a recording, I can guarantee you that I will terminate the business relationship after the first marketing recorded phone call I receive from them. If I wanted to hop up to answer recorded calls I wouldn't be on the do not call list in the first place. If they call me to market to me with a recorded call and I will no longer be a customer. Period! At least with a live person I can give them one warning before I cease being a customer. As to call abandonment, nothing I love more than running to the phone just after the second ring to find the call has been abandoned. The DMA is daffy if they think this will work. We are not humans with lives that don't need this intrusive interruption to the marketer -- we are just dupes to be duped. I will not buy anything from anyone via telemarketing. This has been my rule for over 20 years and with all the scammers out there I'm in no danger of buying anything from anyone via telemarketing anytime soon. DMA, please stick to snail mail, opt-in e-mail and opt-in telemarketing. Leave the rest of us alone!