Posts Tagged ‘Sales’

When you see the following sign, what do you think…

sale-now-on

  • Bargains
  • One time offers
  • Must haves
  • More expense…

Are the sales always as good they are made out to be?

Do you always get the offer you thought you were getting?

Do you find the sales persuade you to buy things you don’t really need or even want?

Well here’s the thing, there is one thing that is always on sale and it’s free to all of us, and it’s guaranteed to last forever…God’s love!

So grab the latest deal, and take God into your home, and your life today.

…they’re great when they’re working but a pain in your bank account when they’re not!

My car is now eight and a half years old. I’ve had it from new, and have found it a very reliable car which I’ve had very few problem with…until now.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed one or two problems with it when I start it from cold, so given we’re getting into the cold of winter I thought I’d better put my car into the garage to get it checked out.

So the car was put into the garage on my way to work and by 3.30pm I’d still not heard anything from them – was this good or bad? Well it was bad, but little did I realise just how bad!

Yes there was various faults with my car, none of which had to be done today, however would need done at some point in the near future. The total cost of the repair work would be just over £1300!!!!

Wow! I was stunned, the cost of these repairs is incredible particularly when you consider how much I car is probably worth these days, despite it’s very low mileage.

So do we go ahead with the repairs? Well I told the garage not to proceed with any of the repairs just now, as none of them are causing the car to be unroadworthy. Hubby and I discussed the cost of the repairs and the age of my age and have decided now is maybe the time to start considering replacing my car, so we’ve now started looking round checking out what offers are currently available on cars, before we make a final decision on whether to repair my existing car to replace it!

Oh the joys of motoring!

I don’t know what it’s like for you guys who do not live in the UK, however for those of us living in the UK I’m sure you’ll all agree with me when I say, we can be bombarded with Cold Callers. i.e. Unwanted sales and marketing telephone calls.

A few years ago, because we were getting so many cold callers, we registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Once registered with this service, your phone number is no longer made available to organisations to phone you with sales or marketing information. It was amazing, within just a few weeks of registering with the TPS, the number of these unwanted phone calls was eliminated almost completely. Even now we still get some of these calls however nothing like the same number as we used to.

Although we still get approximately one unsolicited phone call per day, if they caller gives us the name of the company they are calling from we can make an official complaint about that company to either the TPS itself or to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). They will then take official steps with the company/organisation who called, as they have broken the law.

So having been off work for a while (and therefore been spending most of my time at home) I’ve been aware that during we are still getting quite a few cold callers phoning us at all hours of the day. We have Caller ID on our home number so we normally know when we are getting an unsolicited phone call as we recognised the home and work numbers of our friends and family when they phone. All the same, we normally still answer the phone when it goes as we realise otherwise whoever it is will call us back again at another time.

I realise many people are employed to make cold calls to homes, however that should not mean that they have the right to continue to phone/harass people who have registered with the TPS to be excluded from the list of available phone numbers for them to call. Personally when I get one of these calls, I usually ask first of all who they are and the company they are working for, then when they inform me (or sometimes ignore me and carry on with their sales spiel regardless) I simple say “I’m sorry, but I’m not interested” and then hang up. This usually does the trick and they don’t phone us back, but sometimes it doesn’t – If they phone us back we inform them we are reporting them to the TPS for making unsolicited phone calls, that always gets rid of them!

Last night we got a phone call from a cold caller, which I answered, and when they asked to speak to someone by the name of “Mrs Nelly” (whoever that is?!) I did my usual and asked who they were. The guy on the phone gave me his name and company (a Glasgow based company) which we have no dealing with, so I knew it was a cold caller. I responded with my usual “I’m sorry, but I’m not interested” and hung up. I expected that to be the end of it, however about 30 seconds later the phone went again, with the same caller id (same originating phone number)! It was the same guy again. I’m sure you can’t guess what he said to me can you? Well here’s what we said…”What do you think I was trying to sell?” – What a cheek! I had at no time indicated that I thought he was trying to sell me anything, I simply informed him I wasn’t interested in his phone call!

Needless to say we have now reported that guy, and his employers to TPS, so hopefully others will not be subjected to these phone calls which almost verged on harassment.

So in conclusion, cold callers or unsolicited callers beware, don’t phone people who have registered with TPS or you will be reported!

And home owners, get your home number registered with TPS as this will dramatically reduce the number of cold caller that you receive. You can register at the TPS website: http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/