Just got off the phone with a lady who sound like one of those Time Share thingy.
She started off saying that they are from an ad company and are sending out samples at my postal code of a TV ad which is not aired on TV yet and I got selected to recive it.
Lady: In order to recive the sample, we need to check if you fit the profile of our client
Lady: Are you and your wife Singaporean?
Lady: Are you and your wife over 35?
Lady: Do you and your wife use a major Credit Card when overseas?
Lady: Do you and your wife earn more than $5K/mth
Lady: Do you have a digital camera?
Lady: Oh! actually if you said you don't have one,we'll give you one for free, you just have to pay for the postage.
Lady: OK you fit our profile. What you'll recive is a 14 day stay in Sha........and Hil.... chain of hotel which you and your wife can use anywhere in the world and you'll have a 10 days holiday in ............ where you'll take photos of your holiday and when you get selected you win .............
She go on about getting prize for my photos, holidays overseas, hotel stay, etc......
At this point I stop her and ask her:
Me: What do I have to do?
Lady: Oh all you have to do is, if you're able to come down on the 30th so that the traval agency people can show you how to use their website and......
At this point I got fed up and told her:
Me: Look here, I think you better do some homework before you start something like this.
The reason I have a digital cam and know how to use it is because I'm a photographer in the advertising industry. No advertising company or their client will spend thousands of dollars to produce a TV ad, which is not air yet, and just pick people off the street and sent them a sample of the ad for them to see to test the market. You can be sued off your pants by the client. Usually Advertising agencies will have a pool of people called their test audience. These people are specially selected by the agency and clients and the test showing will be done in a closed room by the agency. Are you sure you're from an ad agency and not some time share company?
Lady: No, we're not a time share company.
Me: which agency did you said you're calling from?
Lady: I'm calling from J and ......
Me: And the client is?
Lady: Oren...... Tra......
Me: Look, you already said I fit your profile. How do you know that I'm not working for your client's competitor? I can see the ad, tell my client about it and you get sued by your client.
Lady: But we're not a time share company. We're working for Oren..... Tra......
Me: OK, OK, anyway, I'm working in this industry and I know that this is not the way test market is done for a TV ad. You don't mind being sued but I don't want to be part of it. You guys better do your homework before coming up with something like this.
Lady: Oh, OK.
Me: Have a nice day.
Does this sound like a time share thingy to you? I know it sure is not a test market for a TV ad that's not aired yet.