I just got off the office phone at work after speaking to one of those companies selling inkjet cartridges.
Any business owner or receptionist will know how annoying these calls are. At Sarhn McArthur Photography we get around 3 of these calls a week (not to mention the equally annoying telecommunication company calls, which we receive around 5 a week).
Usually it is hard to understand their prepared script with their very heavy Indian accent. I always try to be patient and polite (while trying to get off the phone as quickly as possible) as I know they have a job to do and it is a way of supporting their family.
This man was telling me he could sell me inkjet cartridges brand new and cheaper than I could get anywhere else. To which I shared “we are an environmentally concerned company and get our cartridges refilled as it uses less resources and energy”.
He asked me what it costs to have my cartridges refilled then excitedly shared that he could get me brand new ones at $10 less.
“You are missing the point” I responded “we are an environmentally concerned company and hence are happy to pay more for services / products that are the best option available for the environment”.
“You are a very weird and strange person” was his response as he hung up the phone.
Is my reasoning that unusual? I understand that my thinking is shared by only a minority of the world’s population but I did feel the percentage was increasing.
I am not upset about being called ‘a very weird and strange person’ by a supplier but just sad that people don’t get it. I understand that not everyone lives a comfortable life in Australia as I do and hence environmental issues will not always be a priority. I had hoped however, that at least the environment may be on their radar.
Just thought I would share today’s tale with you my faithful readers. If nothing else this post may help you to achieve politely ending annoying telemarketing phone calls i.e. talk about environmental issues. J