Major o/t..."This will only take a few minutes..."

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 20:28
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Have you ever filled out one of those "consumer research things?" If you haven't, a word to the wise, don't.

He was a little old nerdy looking guy that turned up on my doorstep this afternoon."It won't take long," says he apologetically. Yeah right. 45 mts later he leaves a couple of thick questionnaire booklets behind mumbling about some "prizes" that can be won if you hand em in on time.

So here am I doing my bit for Australian capitalism. He gets paid, I get zilch.

Now the guy has already found out anything and everything about me and mine. From breakfast cereal (which types do you recognize...where have you seen them advertised...how much do you buy and where from etc... etc. etc.). How much money do I have? Where does it come from? What's the status of my relationship?

How about my health? (only 200 questions on that bit).

Now I'm no slouch at getting through these things, but it took me 45 minutes to do the first booklet at warp speed. Oh yes, privacy guaranteed (until hacked into I'll bet.)

The next time they ring or turn up here, I'm going to thump them with their own booklets!
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 20:32

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 20:32
In retrospect it was a stupid thing to do. My wife can't understand why I did it...and now neither do I. I usually say can't help you sorry....but everyone has their "off days" I guess.
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:07

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:07
Footy!!, Pack up the 4by and disappear for a while, In good sense i mean!!..lol



Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Member -Captain Chaos (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:47

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:47
My wife did one about 6 years ago and we are still getting junk mail from it.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 20:24

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 20:24
hahaha footy I was thinking the same thing. Listen to your wife
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Reply By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:04

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:04
Footy

One of my girls at work was contacted by a person doing a Doctorate at a major university down here. Reluctantly I agreed to help her.

Since then, this shirla has fair dinkum driven us mad. I'm now convinced that academics live in another Universe!

LOL

Regards

Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:52

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:52
I often fielded the same requests for them to come on site and fiddle around. Now I can see where they're coming from, but sometimes they need a good dose of reality.
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:13

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:13
I love the endless on line questionnaires you get when trawling through the Telstra / BigPond web site looking for information. When its being particularly impossible (ie usually) I have a great time giving it 0/10 for heaps of questions like "Did you find it easy to use?".

When they ask "How can we improve?" - I tell 'em what ever is getting up my nose at the time.

Bet they don't read, and maybe not even compile all that!

But I too learned the hard way to say"No" to people who knock on the door asking for anything - be it a "few minutes" or "who is your isp?" or "what phone plan are you on?" or "how would you like to save a billion dollars a month on your phone/electricity/gas bills?".

Repeated response of "Not your business" does not get rid of them, polite requests to go do not get rid of them, I find I have to get a little firm before they depart. Even that interview takes ten minutes.

Happy form filling Footy!

Max

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Follow Up By: oldpop - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:35

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:35
its simple apply rule # 303

regards Oldpop
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:57

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:57
Oldpop,
You must learn the metric system.

It is now rule # 7.62 subparagraph 5.56
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Reply By: F4Phantom - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:35

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:35
I did a questionaire about fast food and advert recognition, I think I am an outlier tho, because the only company I ever ate at or recognised was barnicle bill - anyone remember them, I will have the company researching how barnicle bill has gained such a loyal customer.

One company I called the ACCC over was a company that said they had a investment product with great returns for a small business like mine. So of course I wanted to know about it, turns out they substituted the word "Invest" with the word "gamble". It was horse betting. Finally I said "can I use your investment system without gambling on horses" and got a "no" so I explained the defenition of gambling and investing and told her to change her companies procedures otherwise I would call the ACCC. I ended up getting another cold call worded the same from this mob so I called the ACCC on them as promised. The ACCC said if they get enough compaints they may eventually do something. I hope no one has got ripped off.
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:55

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:55
Fast food ? That's only a very small sub section of this one. It encompasses everything you can think of...including cars.
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Reply By: donks1 - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:13

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:13
hi there

Just once,...... the follow up after the purchase of my commodore.

they normally send one every month for the first year, however i never heard from them again......
can't possibly imagine why ha ha ha ha


donks
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Reply By: harryopal - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:49

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:49
These days I do not fill these in or respond positively to telephone requests. Some years ago a well known comany in Melbourne were conducting surveys privacy guaranteed... until a takeover and the new owners saw the information as gold and sold it all to marketing companies.
So, by all means fill in the survey if you love junk mail.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:48

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:48
Sure, I have the time to fill out your forms. My charge out rate is $127.00 per hour plus gst. Now, what is your address and job number so I can send you the invoice ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:49

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:49
That's pretty much how I felt about it :))
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:53

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:53
you forgot that damn TV survey they leave you with
agree - NEVER AGAIN
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 18:53

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 18:53
Gday Footy,
Most people have trouble making it to my door because of the dogs and fence, but anyone who does and looks remotely like a Mormon or sales man talks to my Mrs.
If I see them comming I yell out to the Mrs. and tell her one of her mates are at the door and sneak out to the shed. She usually wanders out later and gives me a gob full!

LOL

Cheers
Hairy
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