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Cold-callers...


ARGH!!!

The wife came and told me that there was somebody at the door wanting to talk to me about our Gas and Electricity supplier and boy was i up for it. The conversation went thus;

" Good afternoon sir, i've come to tell that you could save money on your energy costs by switching."
" We don't do beggin mate sorry. "
" I'm not begging sir. "
It's begging.
" Look! yes we could probably save a few quid but i really can't be bothered with all that. "
" Oh we'd take care of everything for you. "
Yes i'm sure you would.
" I'm happy with how things are and i'm all for not fixing isn't broken. Okay? "
" Okay sir, thank you for your time. "

I walked away and he left closing the side-gate behind him.

Now,
I feel angry with myself, as guilty as hell and i resent that. To say that i'm seething doesn't come close. Damn those hawkers.

I wish i'd thought to ask who he was representing. I keep resolving to compile a black-list of cold-callers. I do, however, have the name of a double-glazing company whose products i wouldn't accept as a gift because their pestering.

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He was supposed to identify himself and present a badge with his company on it.

If they did not follow procedure, they deserved the door slammed in their face.

Word of advice: do look into an energy supply company that offers a lower rate; the electric rates normally see a spike around June.

Look at your electric GENERATION CHARGE for reference.

Might can save upwards of 50 bucks a month if you pick the right company. It's kind of fun to shop around because there's hundreds of companies with different rates and promotions.

Just don't pick one with a cancellation fee unless the rate is locked in for at least a year and is very low. Cancellation fees can actually protect you from predators who try to sign you up without permission.

Also, it's not begging. D2D marketing is an aggressive sales tactic designed to take advantage of stupid people and improve customer relations with new, satisfied customers.

I've saved people thousands of dollars in 3 years and made a fuckton of money in the process.
 
I had one of the local church groups come round the other day. They asked if I believe if it was possible to rise from the dead. To which I replied, "Yes I do. I'm currently writing a novel about the zombie apocalypse." They stood there for a minute blinking at me then turned and walked away.
 
There is another side to this, but many don't see it unless circumstances force them into it. Twenty five years ago, cold calling got my small business (window cleaning) started - which I'm still working at. Had I not done it, I would have been a burden on the taxpayer for at least six months. Instead, was only a burden for about six weeks.

As for gas and electric, the cold callers sometimes use unethical tactics, but it can still be a good idea to switch if you go the right way about it.
I rarely stay with a company much more than a year. I switch using a website. Even if I can't get a lower price, I still switch because the site pays out £30 a few weeks later. As a low user, that's three weeks free gas and electric - all for a few minutes filling in a web form (and saying no thanks when the previous supplier phones to persuade you to stay).
 
RhythmOvPain;bt6831 said:
D2D marketing is an aggressive sales tactic designed to take advantage of stupid people

That's my take on it.

But it is a shed load of hassle here in England.

Yes, he had a badge and his trustee tablet.

Over here we read lot of bad stuff regarding the Energy suppliers.

I'm okay where i am thank you.
 
Phil,
some people seem to make a career out of switching. Energy,telephone, water, everything and if you're so inclined, well that's great.

It's not for me.

Also,
we're not talking about small start-up business here.
 
Can't do it with water supply and sewage.
No problem. It's not for everyone. Just thought you might want to know.
 
dither;bt6834 said:
That's my take on it.

But it is a shed load of hassle here in England.

Yes, he had a badge and his trustee tablet.

Over here we read lot of bad stuff regarding the Energy suppliers.

I'm okay where i am thank you.

... and improve customer relations with new, satisfied customers.
 
Well,
maybe things are different where you are.
Over here we're just a necessary evil we don't have Customer-Service.

Switching isn't so straight forward here either.

This has been building up for some time. Had considered having a sign put up out front. I think i shall just politely ask them to leave in future.

No offence intended RhythmOvPain, i should have known better but this has totally trashed my day.
 

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