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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:11 am    Post subject: Things that put you off businesses Reply with quote

Oh ho. How long will this list get? Twisted Evil

I'll start it off.

- Businesses that don't have a proper business email address.

You know, Acme Products @ hotmail.com. Bleargh. Run way!

- Hype.

Look, pal, I don't believe I'm going to get rich tomorrow by buying your product. If you're rich, and I doubt you are, you're probably only rich from telling people how they can get rich too.

- Secret squirrels

The type of site where you have to join up before you can even find out the most basic info about them.

- Link builders

Businesses who hire people in developing or low income countries to spam forums and blogs to get their marketing message across.

Now it's your turn.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why... spammers, of course!

Also, bullsh#tters who can't speak in plain English.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People who cold call.

People who cold call but don't get the message when I tell them I'm not interested.

People who cold call and then have the nerve to hang up before me. Razz

People who send junk mail.

People who continue to send junk mail even if you ask to be removed or return the post and say you're not interested.

People who boast about how great their business is.

People who bemoan the state of their business when they don't put the hours in.

People who are stupid.

People who are rude.

People who don't concede when they make a mistake.

People who promise they'll 'phone you back but don't.

People who promise the cheque is in the post when it isn't.

People who give backword.

There. That feels a lot better but I'm starting to feel like Victor Meldrew...
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL! Maybe we should have an agony column.

Cold calling? Hmm - I'll start a new thread.

More annoyances:

- People who think I'm stupid.

I've been a forum admin for more than a decade. I've seen every trick in the book. Don't think you can fool me with the old Q&A trick.

- Merchants you are aff'd with who then go on to spam the customers you sent them.

That reminds me, I have to go back into battle... what a pain.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Affiliate merchants who suspend their affiliate schemes even when you generate over 100,000 worth of business a month for them. Brick Wall

Affiliate merchants who pay per sale and not by %.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

businesses who rename themselves something stupid - usually with a profusion of vowels
Aon or Aviva or Eon or sone crap like that costing millions

wouldn't it be nice to have the money they've just frittered away on corporatese rubbish
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thats a good start to the list Smile

Spammers

Businesses (salesmen) who don't take NO for an answer

Junk mail

Rudeness

People who promise projects/work just to get free advice or help

Fake (not their domain) business email addresses

Off shore companies who never give up pushing their *super cheap* service even if its the same business each time using a different name

Business that ask for a quote and have the cureousy to at least contact you and say "no your quote did not win" even if they go elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People calling me 'mate' when they don't know me from Adam...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno if "mate" is so bad. But anyone starting off with "hello friends" has my hackles rising.

I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND!

Hey, that felt good. I might do it again next time someone introduces themselves with that. Twisted Evil Urgghh. So creepy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Mate" is one thing if you're in a bar or wherever but, when you're actually doing business with someone - unless you know each other - then I personally don't think it's appropriate.

"Hello Friends" just implies to me that you're one of many people being contacted... ergo, you're being spammed.

There's a phrase that you see in the tourism world (in various guises) time and time again, most often used by B&B owners, that goes something like "Our guests are just friends we have not met yet" or "Come as a stranger, leave as a friend".

Please... someone fetch me a bucket!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scottish equivalent of "mate" is "pal". It can mean entirely different things according to the context.

"Look, pal, don't mess me about or I'll kill you."

OR

"Hey, pal, thanks for the heads up on that."

The nuances can only be understood by a Scot and it's therefore inadvisable for other nationalities to use this word when addressing a Scot.

I'm ambivalent about the word "mate", it's just like any other familiar term. Yep, mostly inappropriate for business.

But I do not like to be addressed as "friend". It's always from some twit who wants something. I've no problems with the word itself, and I might well say "My friend who runs xyz website says..." because it's easier than saying "my online colleague" or something. But it just kinda narks me when strangers assume friendship by addressing me as their "friend".
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Companies that do really irritating TV commercials that get stuck in your head all day and night! Everybody says that they have achieved there objective because the ad is stuck in your head, well I won't freaking use you because the annoying song in your ad makes me even more annoyed when it is stuck in my head! AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH indeed. You just reminded me of that awful crazy frog thing.

Oh no. Please don't do this.

More annoyances:

People who get in touch to tell us about something new and fantastic that will be of huge interest to our website users.

Translation: I have started a new website and I'm trying to scrounge a free advert on yours. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a cold call from a lady offering something similar to that this morning, I see cold calling is also on the list! How to really annoy somebody! LOL
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DylanBaxendale wrote:
AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH


Calm down, dear... it's just a commercial. Wink
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