|Received:||12/9/2004 12:20:29 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I believe that the rule for telemarketing calls shoule remain as it is, or, even better, ban telemarketing calls. We get many of them, and answer the phone only to find no one there. If we get one that says, "Please hold for an important call," we hang up. If it was an important call, it would not be being handled by a computer. Allowing the telemarketers to have any more room for calling, and calling it a pre-existing relationship, is ridiculous. Most people don't want to have companies callling them, to begin with. And, "big" sales are not a reason to answer the phone. Fliers are sent in the mail, and there doesn't seem to be any way to avoid them. Now, there is no real way to avoid telemarketing calls. If they are allowed to call on the basis of "pre-existing relationship," there will be no end to the means they will use to establish the "pre-existence" of a relationship. If I buy a battery at Radio Shack, I don't want a call telling me that they have them on sale next week. If I buy dishes at Macy's, I don't want them pestering me with sales to buy more. I will buy what I want, when I want it--not because someone is harrassing me about buying more. Telemarketers are nothing more than a unnecessary evil, and should not be given free rein to impose themselves into people's lives more than they are already doing. There is so much privacy in the medical field that my husband & I cannot even get information about the health of each other, yet telemarketers can have all the information they want, so they can invade our lives. Insurance quotes can be gotten by calling up a company and asking them. Why do I need them calling me, and practically begging me to buy from them? If I wanted to check into their services, I could do it, on my own, without them calling me, and taking up my valuable time. No one should be allowed to invade the privacy of others, the way telemarketers are allowed to do. They are a pain in the neck of society, and should be lanced like a boil! There is no reason for telemarketers to be able to call and invade my privacy. I should have the option of not having them call me, and they should have the good sense to wait for people to call them, and ask about their services, rather than trying to force their services on others.