|Received:||12/23/2004 3:54:05 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I find it ridiculous that these companies think we want to answer calls by a real person interupting my day, let alone hear these messages. I for one use the donotcall.gov service and caller ID to avoid getting junk calls. When I do answer the phone and it is a telemarketer, I hang up without thinking twice. When are these companies going to realize that we don't want to be bothered at home on the phone, especially with their junk. Even though I use caller ID, there are times when I am not near the phone doing work and the phone rings. I have to stop what I'm doing only to find out I'm not going to answer because it says "unknown caller". I figure if the "unknown caller" is someone I know, they will leave a message. Now if the telemarketers get there way, they will be able to leave a message also, and clutter up my answering machine which has limited capacity. If multiple telemarketers call in one day or if I'm gone for a few days, my answering machine will be full of junk and I will have missed legitamate calls/messages. There are less invasive ways to get the information from the telemarketers to the public. I would rather get junk mail (NOT EMAIL JUNK/SPAM) that didn't interupt me while I was busy that I could quickly throw away (although this is a waste of trees especially if you don't recycle). They can advertise in the back of magazines, newspapers, etc. Also in this day when identity theft is on the rise, how are we to know which call is from a legitamte company. Now if you are an informed consumer you would know not to do business with them and especially not to give out personal info. However, not all consumers are informed and they may get fooled.The fact is that the last company I will do business with would be a company that advertises via telemarketing. Just like I don't do business with companies that use pop-up ads or spam on the internet.