Since my original, little piece on donotcall.gov, quite a few people have written about opting out. You may send $20 and the form below to:
Opt Out List
4358 243rd Ave SE, Suite 500
Issaquah, WA 98029
(1) We are open-minded.
(2) Whether or not you actually attend
(3) Not the amount you actually report to the IRS
(4) If income wasn’t a factor. Be creative.
(5) Type? Breed? Age?
(6) Please be very specific.
(7) Innie or outie
(This is obviously intended as a work of fiction.)
Looks like the “Do Not Call” list is on hold for now… the Direct Marketing Association and several telemarketing concerns (U.S. Security, Chartered Benefit Services Inc., Global Contact Services Inc and InfoCision Management Corp.) successfully challenged the FTC’s enforcement.
Ironically, it’s not a huge loss, because the system was pretty rife with loopholes:
Telephone surveys — a loophole the size of (ahem) a cruise ship with vinyl siding.
“Pre-existing business relationships” — A train full of credit card offers. (NB: I noticed I was receiving an awful lot of calls from Charles Schwab in the last three weeks.)
I hope that the 50 million people who signed up for the list will generate some backlash.
The DMA’s CEO and president interviewed on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/25/cnna.wientzen/index.html
And congressional response (so far):
Yesterday, Judge West ruled against the DNC list on the grounds that the FTC needed a legislative mandate. Then the House and Senate gave the FTC that mandate today, only to have Judge Nottingham issue an opinion that the donotcall program discriminates against certain types of speech.
And so it goes…
Why don’t YOU send ME $20 to fill out the form?
>Why don’t YOU send ME $20 to fill out the form?
We have highly-trained, invasive marketing professionals attend to this information, and are unable to outsource at this time.
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