I received a call from a Direct Buy telemarketer who told me I had been selected to to get into a contest in which I could win $50,000. It had to do with getting a key that would open a box or something at their showroom.
I thought about it for a minute, I had heard about the membership costs, and knew I wasn't going to sign up. But, I am doing some upgrades in my home over the next few months, and the guy on the phone was vague when I told him what I had heard about the membership fees. He gave me examples of people he knew who had bought a $700.00 couch for less than $400.00, and I should have stopped right there. I've seen $700.00 couches, and that was not what I was looking for.
I eventually said that he could send me info, and that I would like to participate in their contest, although at the time, I didn't exactly know what my obligation would be.
Ok, here's the clincher, after talking to me for almost 15 minutes, the guy asks me my income range, 20,000-40,000, 40,000-60,000, etc. When I told him my income was between 20-40, he said I didn't qualify for their contest and hung up. Just that fast.