Ever so often (a bit more often than I’d like), I have someone call me up, trying to sell me something. Why is it that they a) never actually listen to you and b) will never take no for an answer?
Some of them have become easy to say no to now, though. “Sorry, I’m moving abroad this summer.”
It doesn’t help when they’re not listening though.
Telemarketer: Hi! As a valued customer to … Book Club, we’d like to offer you a choice from five books for free!
Me: Oh… Well, do I have to buy any more books after that?
Telemarketer: Yes, but… <insert random segments about why it’s so great>.
Me: Okay, well sorry then. I’m moving abroad this summer and I’m trying to have as little as possible with me. I just got rid of a whole bunch of books.
Telemarketer: But our service is great <insert random segments about why it’s so great>.
Me: Yeah, but I’m still moving this summer and I don’t want more books to take along.
Telemarketer: (finally seems to understand what I’m saying) Oh, okay. Bye!
(It should be noted, that this “valued customer” hasn’t actually been one since I moved to The Netherlands, which was in May 2000.)
I love books, and it’s difficult for me to not buy any. At least there’s Kindle. So I can buy books without it adding to the pile of stuff I’m bringing with me to England. Finding the Kindle app for my iPad was the best thing for me!