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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 228 -- "Do Not Call" Telemarketing Registry.

Stifling Telemarketers-

I get loads of telemarketing calls (at least 2 or 3 per day, sometimes more), and many of them are recorded calls, so I am unable to tell them to stop calling.

Apparently, the Do Not Call list is working:

A survey of U.S. adults found 92 percent of those who signed up for the Do Not Call registry had received fewer telemarketing calls since signing up.

Twenty-five percent said they had received no calls since signing up for the registry, the survey by Harris Interactive said.

I guess I should have signed up for the Do Not Call registry long ago.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Wasting Food.

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 November 2005 04:15 PM


The recordings are really super dooper annoying!... I hate it when they goof up my answering machine!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at November 27, 2005 07:34 PM

I have found it an amazingly successful piece of legislation. However, for those who didn't sign up or are waiting the 90 days for the latest list to take effect, it can be frustrating.

Think how there are so many fewer people to receive calls and that you are now making up for all of my lost ones.

You will like it on the other side.

Kind regards,

Bill Rice

Posted by: Bill Rice at November 28, 2005 10:21 AM

I have found it to be quite nice. You still can get certain kinds of calls and businesses consider the little "Contact Me" button at the bottom of surveys or when you sign up for membership at Amazon or some crap to be a "solicitation" of a call.

So, you just have to be aware of that stuff. I was averaging two or three telemarketing calls a day and now average one or two a week.

Posted by: Cullen at November 28, 2005 10:25 AM

I know that the brokerage that my company partners with has a machine that limits the cold call numbers from the DNC list and that it's updated regularly. So I can't speak for everyone, but as for SEC and NASD related companies, it's not a option, it's the law.

Posted by: Rob B. at November 28, 2005 11:48 AM