How to get rid of telemarketers and sales calls: Diary of a sales agent

Malia Gillette
3 min readSep 29, 2017


Telemarketers and sales agents are just like you, trying to do a job. Just like your company has to promote itself, so do others. You may not use phone reps and may believe them to be annoying, but when you think about it, it’s a more personal way to connect then simply mathematically calculating someone’s algorithms and spitting out propaganda through Google. Plus in a digital world, it’s still a profession that employs people and helps them support their families. Many times they are simply matching people up with something that is useful to them. Other times there are “sneaky” sales tactics where fine print is not mentioned, however, it is always there and available to read if you ask. It is a sales agents job to make a product look desirable and feature the benefits. Just like McDonald’s isn’t going to end a commercial stating their limited liabilities or law suits a sales agent isn’t going to get into that either; looking into the product and it’s disclaimers is the job of the consumer as it stands. I always suggest to consumers to give 30 seconds to a phone call so you don’t get in the habit of dehumanizing people. If in that 30 seconds you don’t like the product than simply say thanks and hang up. Or if in that 30 seconds the person sounds like a robot hang up because they are dehumanizing you. If you simply don’t care about these jobs, people, employment and the economic food chain than here are some suggestions to getting rid of these calls altogether.

Avoid being listed by directories:

Many times when you pay to go into a directory other companies are paying to get your info. Any directory you might have online is one that telemarketers and sales agents WILL find.

Ask to be put on the DNC list:

Legally a company has to remove you from their list if they have one, unfortunately many people work off Yelp, reference USA and the like so it is not always possible.

Create an app:

I’ve had an app idea for awhile that I haven’t done jack shit about so here it is. When a telemarketer calls you the app pops up and gives you a number of crank responses. A lamb going “baa baa” or the SNL people saying “buh-bye” for instance.

Work by referral only:

This is a good way to keep your number isolated to those who need your services. Of course it’s not the most efficient way to promote yourself. This is what companies who telemarket understand about their own business!

Set up Google Voice or another call blocking app:

This way you can list numbers you would like blocked and sometimes be notified that it is a solicitor.

Sign up with a phone answering service:

Once upon a time I worked in sales for an answering service. Some of my clients simply signed on so they could weed out calls like mine and not for any other reason. I sold them through their sheer disgust from hearing from me in the first place.

Simply fucking with someone over the phone is not a good way to get rid of a marketer. They’ll just hang up and let the next guy call. It’s not like there is a list anywhere where someone records “Al at the tire shop is a real dick and will pretend to order a large shipment than never answer the phone again.” You are just being cruel by doing this and messing with someone’s livelihood. The only thing fucking with a sales agent will guarantee you is a sales position in the next life.



Malia Gillette

Drinking Johnny Bootlegger on a Champagne budget. Editor @ and