Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06.08.2007, 19:28
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albisrieden
Posts: 4,839
Groaned at 107 Times in 75 Posts
Thanked 7,173 Times in 2,654 Posts
nickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond repute
Telesales People

I seem to recall a recent thread about annoying telesales folk ringing up when you're just sitting down for your evening meal. Unfortunately the wonderful search engine on these fora drew a blank.

My experience this evening was;

...ring ring....
Me (in English): Hello
Caller (in German): Hello I'm from <insert company name> can I speak to the head of house hold
Me (in English): Do what?
Caller (in English): Oh, you only speak English
Me (in English): You're trying to sell something?
Caller (in English): Yep, but I can only do it in German
Me (in English): Oh dear, I'm afraid I can't help. Have a nice evening and good luck with the selling..
...click...

Cheers,
Nick
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06.08.2007, 19:39
xynth's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 823
Groaned at 35 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 1,956 Times in 565 Posts
xynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

There was this obnoxious guy from spain who would always try to talk me into giving all my money to him so he can do "magic" on the stock market and make me a millionaire. I told him that I'm not interested, but he still called me every second week...

He even went as far as telling me that normally they don't hunt clients and that clients go to them, but there was a special opening or what.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06.08.2007, 20:10
argus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Germany; was in Zug
Posts: 3,385
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 2,564 Times in 1,242 Posts
argus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

Xynth, you mean you let the conversation get that far?!
Whatever happened to "Thanks, but no thanks, good-bye!"?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06.08.2007, 20:20
BoyD's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 317
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 22 Times in 18 Posts
BoyD has made some interesting contributions
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
Xynth, you mean you let the conversation get that far?!
Whatever happened to "Thanks, but no thanks, good-bye!"?
Oh come now, surely the reason these people exist is so that we can waste their time, always hinting that a sale might be forthcoming....



Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09.08.2007, 22:42
Jamesk's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: London
Posts: 156
Groaned at 6 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Jamesk is considered knowledgeableJamesk is considered knowledgeableJamesk is considered knowledgeable
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
Caller (in English): Oh, you only speak English
Me (in English): You're trying to sell something?
Caller (in English): Yep, but I can only do it in German
Me (in English): Oh dear, I'm afraid I can't help. Have a nice evening and good luck with the selling..
I'll try that the next time I get a call from India - 'parlev vous francais?'

In terms of telesales activity, the UK (english) I suspect is much more then german or french - seems that most of the call centers are off-shore and they can't seem to find french/german, etc speakers out there.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10.08.2007, 08:50
larrylizzard's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 583
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 191 Times in 119 Posts
larrylizzard has earned some respectlarrylizzard has earned some respect
Re: Telesales People

Classic!

Colin, thats an amazing movie, one of my favourites.

I worked here in Zurich a couple of years ago for an investment company which was basically based on that film!

My favourite line was "lift up your skirt, grab your balls and lets make some ****ing money!"
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10.08.2007, 16:11
terryhall's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Die Südkürve
Posts: 1,794
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 1,030 Times in 552 Posts
terryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

Boiler Room is amazing. I used to work in door-to-door sales, it was even worse than that. Crazy.

The funniest thing I ever heard to deal with telesales guys, is to say

person "Now's not that convenient for me - can I take your personal number and I'll call you at home later?"

salesman "I'd rather not be called at home"

person "Me either" *click*
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10.08.2007, 16:19
larrylizzard's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 583
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 191 Times in 119 Posts
larrylizzard has earned some respectlarrylizzard has earned some respect
Re: Telesales People

A classic at my other job was:-

This was when they guy said he couldnt afford to invest:-

Sales:- how old are you?
guy:- im 36
Sales:- and your working in IT right?
guy:- yes
Sales:- and your single?
Guy:- Yes
Sales:- so what the **ck have you dont wrong in your life that you cant afford 3500Euro's!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10.08.2007, 16:35
terryhall's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Die Südkürve
Posts: 1,794
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 1,030 Times in 552 Posts
terryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond reputeterryhall has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

I really hated all the shitty sarcastic things you had to say to turn objections...for example...

"Hi, othing serious my name's Terry from nPower"
"I'm not interested."
"Yeah, I know it's not interesting, but I take it you have got gas and electricity, yes?"
"Yes"
"And it makes sense to pay less for exactly the same stuff"

Argh, it's annoying me even typing it

Plus I had to do it for 3 days in Dusseldorf, so while my conversational German is crap, if anyone want's me to specifically teach them a door to door sales pitch in German, then ask away...
__________________
Zürich Inneoin GAA Club
www.snopes.com - an essential resource for the everday gullible internet reader.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10.08.2007, 16:40
BoyD's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 317
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 22 Times in 18 Posts
BoyD has made some interesting contributions
Re: Telesales People

Well I worked in a big rec firm in London (who shall remain nameless to spare their blushes) and let's just say that Boiler Room was tame in comparison!

Didn't stay long.....wonder why?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10.08.2007, 16:58
larrylizzard's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 583
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 191 Times in 119 Posts
larrylizzard has earned some respectlarrylizzard has earned some respect
Re: Telesales People

Well product wise, i think mine wins with no comparison.

I was selling 20 year investment in Teak trees based in Panama!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank larrylizzard for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 10.08.2007, 18:56
Worrelpa's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Nyon
Posts: 339
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 98 Times in 77 Posts
Worrelpa is considered knowledgeableWorrelpa is considered knowledgeableWorrelpa is considered knowledgeable
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
Boiler Room is amazing. I used to work in door-to-door sales, it was even worse than that. Crazy.

The funniest thing I ever heard to deal with telesales guys, is to say

person "Now's not that convenient for me - can I take your personal number and I'll call you at home later?"

salesman "I'd rather not be called at home"

person "Me either" *click*

That was in Seinfeld There is clip of it out on Youtube somewhere. It's the best answer though.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10.08.2007, 19:11
UKPenguin's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Central Switzerland
Posts: 64
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 55 Times in 28 Posts
UKPenguin has earned the respect of manyUKPenguin has earned the respect of manyUKPenguin has earned the respect of many
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
Well product wise, i think mine wins with no comparison.

I was selling 20 year investment in Teak trees based in Panama!
Commiserations are in order, then?
Regular readers of the Noriegaville News saw the writing on that particular wall a long time ago ...
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12.08.2007, 05:59
JHG JHG is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Halifax, Canada
Posts: 41
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
JHG has no particular reputation at present
Re: Telesales People

You would think that in a country in which you pay for incoming calls (unless that has changed), that there would be tighter restrictions on outbound telemarketers. In Canada it's only a waste of one's time, whereas in CH it's time and money.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12.08.2007, 07:33
Lob's Avatar
Lob Lob is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: -
Posts: 7,814
Groaned at 45 Times in 40 Posts
Thanked 1,973 Times in 1,060 Posts
Lob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
You would think that in a country in which you pay for incoming calls (unless that has changed), that there would be tighter restrictions on outbound telemarketers. In Canada it's only a waste of one's time, whereas in CH it's time and money.
pay for incoming calls? I don't know when it might've been like that but it hasn't been that way for many many years
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12.08.2007, 07:44
JHG JHG is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Halifax, Canada
Posts: 41
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
JHG has no particular reputation at present
Re: Telesales People

My bad, it's only outgoing calls.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 15.08.2007, 17:21
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Portugal
Posts: 210
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 31 Times in 18 Posts
Sorensen has earned some respectSorensen has earned some respect
Re: Telesales People

My sister, then about 12, to the salesperson from the local newspaper:
"Sorry, we are all analfabets."

/Martin
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 29.08.2011, 11:49
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Geneva
Posts: 544
Groaned at 62 Times in 38 Posts
Thanked 1,118 Times in 640 Posts
Reb77Br has a reputation beyond reputeReb77Br has a reputation beyond reputeReb77Br has a reputation beyond reputeReb77Br has a reputation beyond reputeReb77Br has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Telesales People

Quote:
View Post
I worked here in Zurich a couple of years ago for an investment company which was basically based on that film!

My favourite line was "lift up your skirt, grab your balls and lets make some ****ing money!"
Wonder which cold-calling company that was.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 29.08.2011, 12:10
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Telesales People

I just love (hate) this 'Head of household' thing. I remember being stopped in the street in the UK and asked to do a survey. I was in a good mood and had time on my hands, so I agreed. First question 'who is the Head of household' my reply 'both of us'. 'No, no she said, you must name one- it can be you if you earn more money than him'. Me 'I earn nothing, I am a student'. She 'OK then that is easy, HE is the Head of household'. Me 'hmm no, we both are- good bye'
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello People :) raysan Introductions 3 30.05.2007 13:38
hey people... Bettina Introductions 5 19.05.2007 20:51
Who are these people in the photo? Bambi General off-topic 22 18.09.2006 19:46
Hi people :) goserunner Introductions 3 12.08.2006 09:20
Hi People tgod2709 Introductions 0 27.06.2006 01:02


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:19.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0