|Received:||12/14/2004 12:41:25 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 a horrible idea. I do not want machines calling me, and I should not have to have my answering machine filled up with these calls. DO NOT CALL means exactly that. My telephone is for my personal use for friends and business, NOT marketers, NOT politicians, NOT charities, and NOT anyone else just trying to get money out of me. In addition, I NEVER respond to these requests, so finding another way to call me just wastes your money and my time. I signed up for the do not call registry as soon as it became available. I meant it!! I think a business should only be able to call me to return a particular call I made to them or if they have a question about a recent (as in trying to fill it TODAY!) order. To say 18 months later that it's ok to call is wrong. And if you do that, make sure it is a PERSON, never a machine. And don't keep calling back. When I'm busy, I don't answer the phone. If one of my kids can't get through, or can't leave a message, because of machine-made messages, you will have a very angry consumer who will go out of her way to boycott ALL of the products your company makes in ALL it's various divisions! As a savvy consumer with plenty of disposable income to spend on fun things, you do not want to lose that possible sale. Calling me guarantees I will not buy from you! Government is supposed to protect the citizens, not the businesses. Allowing businesses to constantly bother me is just government-sponsored harrassment. If their machines can call me, they can pay my phone bills too!! How dare you allow machines to fill up my answering machine or use up my cell phone minutes or block access to my telephone line. These items belong to me, the citizen, NOT some company. I have enough spam on my computer. And I never respond to it. Never. Not even once. I should not have to deal with spam on my telephones too. Smart marketers would realize that do not call lists contain a lot of people who will not respond to their offers, who are not interested in any of it. Respecting the wishes of these people would free up their machines to call people who might actually be interested. I don't care how unique your product is. If you call me about it, I don't want it. You should not be able to call me without explicit permission (opt in). Do not call means DO NOT CALL. I expect the FTC to protect my right to remain undisturbed in my own home. Please give the consumers the "safe harbour" and honor the intent of the do not call registry. FTC, make these companies LEAVE ME ALONE!!