Y'know, when I did telemarketing *gasp*, and people did the Seinfeld trick, I'd give them my home number. If they really wanted to spend money on long distance to call me, I figured, go ahead! Nobody ever called. Guess I called their bluff.
Really guys, hang up on them. They want you to. The poor buggers in that sweatshop are scripted and listened to. They have to overcome your objections 3 times and ask you for the sale, either directly or assumptively. They have to. It's their job. If they don't, they'll get fired. And facing their loved ones with a pink slip is more humiliating than anything you can dish out. I personally tell these guys to get a new job, in a nice way. Y'know, something like, "I can tell you're a smart person. You can really do something which will pay you more." Blah, blah, blah. Look, if telemarketing didn't work, you wouldn't have all these people calling you. Unfortunately, it's the stiffs on the phone who take all the heat. If it really bothers you, call up the company they're representing and yell at them. Don't take it out on the the poor guys stuck on the phone at that moment who are making crap money and hoping you'll just hangup on them so they don't get yelled at.--