Telemarketers have jobs, they have families and they don't want to call you any more than you want to listen. My brother did telemarketing through college and he hated every second of it because of people that respond like that and people that were downright mean. Just FYI.
It pisses me off when I hear people boasting about 'playing' this sort of game or just generally being jerks.
I understand where you are coming from, pixie, truly I do...
What I get pissed about is when they call to tell you that you've won something when you know you've not entered any competition of sorts, then they try to push some product that you do not need- I call that deceitful tactics.
I've had calls from telemarketers who HAVE gone straight to the point of what they try to sell, if it does good for me to purchase it, I will, as I have done on several occasions.
Being a telemarketer is choice. You made your choice and you will deal with whatever comes along.
Believe me when I tell you that I don't enjoy doing these things, but sometimes theres a limit to things that you can tolerate. The funny thing is that even when you tell them you are not interested, in about 2 weeks later, the same guy will call you again!
Now, if that is not frustrating, I really do not know what is...