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  1. #1
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    Funny Video of an A/C company cold calling my home to sell me a maintenance!

    I posted this on the GENERAL FORUM but thought it could go here too

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    So. For $39.95 this Tempe based Air Conditioning co. will come all the way out to my home near Surprise, AZ (1 hour away) and do a 20pt check. It INCLUDES one Lb of R-22 and a washable filter.


    Where I work we do our P.M.'s for an average price near our area for a fair check up and we are not pressured to sell sell sell! That barely covers a call for a company to do an HONEST service.
    This other company who called our home is one of those who come out CHEAP to get therir foot in the door and then need to sell crap not needed. I think they are 100% commision techs so it's up to the techs to make the money when they do the service!


    Anyway. what happened is the wife answered the home phone. I quickly thought of how I always wanted to record this crap, so i told her to give them my cell# and told them to "call her husband" and I grabbed the video recorder for when my phone rang.
    This video is of the phone call on my cell with the speaker phone turned on.

    Being that I wasn't totally prepared for it, I didn't ask any really good questions, but did get a recording of what they were trying to sell... LOL!


    It's on YouTube---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnDeYdbrmSI

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    What the hell.Let them in.Just hide you van and act like Harry T.Homeowner.
    What's the worst that could happen?The RCB shows up and tells says you need zerol
    ice or trys to sell you a membership to their exclusive club?If you act now he will even
    perform a safety inspection on your furnace at no extra charge.
    Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.

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    anyone offering a service that cheap is hiding something, there probably a bunch of un liscensed jack legs to begin with. Heck I live on the poor side of MD and the cheapest youll find an ac srvc is $75 most run about 100 bucks. ITs funny what people try to pull and the fact that they have the balls to solicit calls is even more amazing. I agree you should hide your van and pay the fee just to get a good laugh and record it for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by channelislands View Post
    anyone offering a service that cheap is hiding something, there probably a bunch of un liscensed jack legs to begin with. Heck I live on the poor side of MD and the cheapest youll find an ac srvc is $75 most run about 100 bucks. ITs funny what people try to pull and the fact that they have the balls to solicit calls is even more amazing. I agree you should hide your van and pay the fee just to get a good laugh and record it for us.
    The techs are pro pay techs.They get their foot in
    the door and try to sell you things you may need or even
    things you don't need.Spiffs,spiffs,spiffs$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    Been there done that.
    Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.

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    lol...nice work payson....thats some funny stuff...ive tried doing that before but i couldnt help but to start laughing during the phone call

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    You would have enjoyed my wife the other day.We got one of those calls & she talked to them for a long time about energy efficiency,filters,etc.I think she asked them more questions than I would have!haha.after about 20 mins she said oh no thank you my husband works for schaus roofing & mechanical.They hung up on her it was classic!
    Take your time & do it right!

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    THAT WAS GREEEEEEEEEAT! Our service is a little less than $100 and that dose not include any R-22.

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    At least you could fix what they break when they are there!

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    Payson, you really need to call them back and have them come out.....make sure you have a hidden camera for sure.


    This is the kind of voyeurism we love..

  10. #10
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    Good work Payson!!!

    Now all You need to do is wire the subject area of your house with video and audio and have them come out. Just for grins

    Ask the guy lots of questions and have him explain why you need this or that etc........Then send it to Dateline or one of those programs...

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    Call them back. When the guy gets there, have your guages on the A/C with all your tools and meters out. When the guy comes in say "hey buddy, I took care of it already...thought I would save you some time." Hand him the $39.95 and offer him a beer. Please record his response.

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    Confused

    They wouldve had me sold with the "custom Cut" filter....

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    A lot of these clowns advertise including 1 lb. of freon and lead people into thinking they need to add freon every year to keep the system tuned up.
    Avatar is a tribute to my Great Grandfather, Andrew Stewart. This pin was one of his advertisements for his heating and plumbing business. I never knew him but must of inherited his love of things mechanical since I am the only blue collar worker in the family

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