|Received:||11/28/2004 7:42:51 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I have a fundamental problem with anyone using my telephone to try to sell me anything. If I had any desire to buy their product, I would have already found it on the internet and bought it. This being the case, ANY unsolicited commercial call is a waste of my time and will merely serve to alienate a formerly potential customer. Any law that allows telemarketers to effectively carry out their intended business is not in my best interest. Given that I choose not to ever buy products and services once they've been telemarked to me, pro-telemarketing laws and rules are not in the best interest of commercial organizations, either. As it is, my land-line phone has an answering machine on it. It is used by me only in an emergency. The rest of the time, it answers telemarketers. Every few days, I delete all the messages. Due to the telemarketer problem, I would not consider using a land-line phone as my primary phone. On my cellphone, I answer only calls I recognize. If my cellphone ever becomes as compromised by unsolicited commercial messages as my home phone, I will either switch to whichever cell provider that promises a technical solution, or I will block the ringer for unrecognized calls. Telemarketers, by their very nature, are attempting to make a profit by spending MY time without my authorization, and without compensating me for it in any way. As such, I fail to see why they shouldn't be treated as any other thief; especially as my time is a limited, irreplaceable resource.