Liza Bagley

When an unknown number rings on my cellphone, I instantly shudder as it is almost always direct marketing from a cellphone or insurance company trying to sell me something I do not need.

While I appreciate that the telemarketer is just doing a job, I do find it particularly difficult remain polite once I have said “no thank you” at least three times during the conversation.

Unfortunately many people have, in the past, been swept up with a once-in-a-life-time offer which they live to regret the moment they put the phone down.

As a consumer you are now entitled to request that a company does not approach you again. If they do, you can then report them to the Consumer Commission.

Consumers are also entitled to register a pre-emptive block; that is you can have yourself placed on a list with the Consumer Commission so that you do not receive any direct marketing. You will not be charged any fee for this listing and any company that contacts you can be reported to the Consumer Commission.


Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

– Stephen Leacock