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No accept is due: bad telemarketing - ethics


Just a few notes ago I was debating what to write about this week -- amazing interesting, perhaps, or maybe it was about time to give some acclaim to snails, I thought. Then, by some arbitrary stroke of luck, fate or writer's lightning (a term I bent just now), I established a phone call from a accept card company. . .

"We are all ready to accomplished your application," the woman told me. "We just need to ask you a duo more questions. "

In guess this makes a lot of sense. I mean, hey -- when a big name applies for a belief card, it's only commonsense that questions would follow. It's like that snail I was going to compliment earlier, while I must give belief when -- and only when -- accept is due. But this guess must not apply to me, as I have not practical for a acknowledgment card in the past duo of years, not even to get a free mug or basketball with my desired baseball team stamped on it. . .

"I didn't apply for a belief card," I told the woman.

And this was true, of course, since who I am to lie to a character on the other end of the phone not including being a politician?

"Well, you were suggested to us," she told me.

Now, this is a nice gesture as well. I am by and large grateful when ancestors advise me for something, even when I am suggested to give up my place in line, or to give up my seat on the bus. But in this case I considered necessary more information?

"Who suggested me?" I asked.

It was a cast doubt on so concisely worded that it could only construct an perfect and brief answer. . .

"Ummm," she said. "Well, we belief you would be a good fit. "

I can be au fait with being a good fit for a college, a job or even a sweatshirt. But what faithfully does it mean to be a good fit for a acclaim card? The fact that I have the appeal to buy equipment and often must act upon those requests in order to live? I bring up this whole catastrophe in the discourse not only out of lack of other subjects to address, sans the snails, but more so as I think acclaim card companies need to learn from the phone call I just discussed, in the subsequent three ways:

1. Never tell a big shot he or she is a good fit except the anyone tries on the belief card beforehand, at which point the card is maybe so stretched out that it no longer works. But then again, neither does this whole telemarketing plan regardless.

2. If you tell a anyone he or she was optional by someone, make up a name of a anyone who served as the recommendation-giver. In times of creative lapses, use the name "Jason A. Creditcard. " This may seem incredibly fake, but the level of fakeness will never be surpassed by the false level of authenticity complex in this phone call.

3. Instead than illuminating a being that he or she has useful for a card but deceptively didn't accomplish it, use a snappy line such as "We're frustrating to give you credit, dude!" This takes away from the professionalism of the phone call, but on the flip side, all and sundry likes to be called "dude. " And some of us even like credit.

Following these tips will doubtless annihilate the end of marketing ploys, but then again, I guess that could be the point. . .

But I digress.

Greg Gagliardi is a educator and writer. His stream-of-consciousness weekly humor column, "Progressive Revelations," has been ongoing since 1998. (http://www. ProgressiveRevelations. com)

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