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Sunday, September 14, 2003:  
Marketing, Human Factors:
Ask not what telemarketers can do to you

Leading the charge for the telemarketing industry is the American Teleservices Association (suggested motto: Some Day, We Will Get a Dictionary and Look Up 'Services'). This group argues that, if its members are prohibited from calling people who do not want to be called, then two million telemarketers will lose their jobs. Of course, you could use pretty much the same reasoning to argue that laws against mugging cause unemployment among muggers. But that would be unfair. Muggers rarely intrude into your home.
Barry included the toll-free number of the ATA in his column, which resulted in a flood of calls to them: Dave Barry turns table on telemarketers.

Telemarketers want to be able to call people who don't want their calls because many of these people can be persuaded to listen and purchase. They're fighting for the right to take advantage of others and annoy anyone.

For information on protecting yourself from telemarketers, see JunkBusters.

    -  Ron  8:06 PM

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