Ask the person who calls people--telephone surveys

And right here we have the underpinning of the whole thread.
Some people are ethical some are not. We can go over this all day long but it’s that simple.

FYI, legitimate online survey companies include:

Opinion outpost
Ithinkpanel
Valued opinions
Socratic forum
Zoom panel
Direct Analytics

They pay in cash, checks, amazon gift certificates and prizes. I typically get about seven of them a day and do two while watching television or during down time at work when I have nothing else to do.

I will do political phone surveys for free. Whenever I get any other kind of survey call the first question out of my mouth is always are you paying me. Since the answer is usually no I tell them then fuck off and hang up.

Hello, do you have a few minutes to answer a few questions about…click

I understand the need, and appreciate political polls. I might respond if I knew that’s what it was up front. But frankly, I don’t give a crap about the commercial stuff and certainly won’t bother to participate.

The last poll I had was regarding the service I had received from Cox communication. When I was asked to assign a number value, 1 to 10 to a specific question and I answered with a comment, the idiot on the other hand insisted I give him a number. It’s about then that I told him that I doubted the legitimacy of his parents marriage and hung up.

Are you a moderator?

Apparently Flyer doesn’t like people calling him, either, but in an odd sort of way:

I believe the OP can sum this thread up with a response to himself:

That’s a joke right?

That’s what *she *said!

By trying things out, doing more of the ones that work, and abandoning the ones that don’t. Duh.

I’d suggest a useful magic incantation for phone spammers, but Avada kedavra doesn’t work in the real world.

In other words, you want somebody who will break down crying the first time a customer gets really nasty.

I’ve seen that happen more than once in low-paying jobs. As evidenced by this thread, a lot of people can be really unpleasant to someone else, merely because of the type of job that person has. I can take it just fine, and I can respond in kind when I feel it’s appropriate, but a lot of people can’t.

Did you verify she was a she?

Sorry about the misunderstanding.

In a lot of cases, we’re not even told who sponsors the survey, to avoid any possibility of biasing the results. However, sometimes other polling firms contract out work to us, and those surveys state the name of the company in question.

Based on that, and other little indications that I’ve picked up over time, I’m fairly certain that we do little or no work for “commercial” companies.

Since you’re being paid the fabulous sum of nearly nine bucks an hour don’t you think the people you call/annoy/harrass should also be paid? Why do you think they should give you their time for free?

Did you crib that from the closing defense argument at one of the Nuremburg trials?

I have no idea what specifically shows on the caller ID. However, I’ve had a couple of people say something about the number on the caller ID being a Colorado number, so apparently it’s a real number. In addition, we sometimes have people call US, asking to be removed from our list.

The survey scripts differ somewhat, but we usually identify where we’re calling from (or on behalf of) somewhere in the first 3 or 4 sentences.

This thread made me cry and here’s why:

And for whatever it is worth to you…Best estimates say that telemarketing will be a dead issue in 10 years.

This was written in 2000.

It appears that Cervaise was right to call for a cite :frowning:

I do online surveys for related to my industry. I do one every other month on average. They take anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes, and pay anywhere from $40 to $75.

Wait so my choices are to work in telemarketing or cry when someone is nasty to me? Damn I think I’m doing life wrong.

Well, kinda. I mean, yeah, I get that Lynn *used *to be an admin. But it seems weird that someone who no longer has mod under their name still has mod powers.