Junk Mail Formats of the New Millennium - I Long for the Good Old Days

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska
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Pet Peeves...industry turnoffs..What ruffles my feathers...

This blog actually started out simply as a response to a blog by another AR member. We were chatting about a contest:  http://activerain.com/blogsview/5040008/no-fooling-around-april-2017-let-s-get-real-contest 

In it I was agreeing and talking about the fake phone and email solicitations I get…and more recently…the texts. And yes...even the old fashioned door knocks!!

Heck, I get text...phone...email...junk calls…all the freaking time! But my mail box is empty.

Morning…noon…and nighty night, night!Ring ring goes the phone

They are the Junk Mail formats of the new millennium! Makes me long for the good old days when the ads were a true handful but they could all go in the trash at the same time.

The nice thing about Cell Phones is I can block the number and not receive another call or text…from that number.  The bad thing about the Cell Phone is that there are like a bazillion numbers and they can use any of them. So the phony, phone solicitors just fabricate another number in a few days.  I have well over 400 numbers blocked on my phone.

I have been contacted myself three times recently by people saying I was soliciting them…even when I wasn’t…my number came up on their caller ID.  None of our numbers are safe anymore.

On the flip side:

I have been pre-approved for a credit card about 1,357 times over the past couple of years.  I have been introduced to the latest and greatest of anything you can ever imagine…I have stopped what I was doing right in the middle of it and let me say sometimes you should just finish your duties and not stop and listen.

but wait there is more…for a limited time we can offer you an app so that we will quit calling you…for only……first we need your address, ID, and to confirm that who we called is who we called…so if you would be  kind enough to give us your accounts, ss#, and date of birth…we can be off to the races for you!! Yada Yada Yada!!

I actually have turned the calls into a game. Here are some of them.

Got the IBM one on our home number the other day…was at the kitchen sink…he said he needed to access my computer…I said I had an Apple.  He said no…you have IBM. I said…”Dude, this is a freaking Apple…I know it is an apple…in fact it is a Gala Apple! I have been eating them for years!”  And I took a bite of it into the phone and kept chewing…and chewing…Took a while but I got him calling me names and talking smack before he hung up on me.

Got another one on the home phone… I answered “Congratulations caller 5, you are on the air…do you agree it should be a felony to harass people via telephone?”   click… “hello…caller 5 are you still there?”

I almost one hundred percent of the time answer the phone, “Hi, this is Mike McCann”. So it really sets my jollys off when the phone clicks and they ask for…’Mike McCann’.  I typically do not show a lot of patience with those. My response may be: ”uhh…which Mike McCann were you looking for?” or “who wants to know”…or “I am his twin brother Michael…but you can call me Mick”. That usually throws them off a bit.

Now on to perhaps the scariest type of solicitors in my opinion.  Door Knockers selling something.

Like vacuums, security systems, magazines, raffles, lawn care, or whatever.  They can be in a tough pressured job that they can’t get out of…or they may actually be a slick willy who thinks they are a great door to door salesman.

Last fall, had a cocky guy selling security systems knocking on doors and telling us about all the burglaries on our street.  I knew he was full of it as we can track that online.

Our next door neighbor has a brother and son who are both city cops and she babysits their kids so the two cops are in the area all the time. I hollered over at one of them and asked how many burglaries in our neighborhood...the cop son said none reported since last year.

I looked at the solicitor and said “Dude…he’s a cop…maybe you should find another neighborhood or better yet a different city.” 

Still acting cocky and over-confident…or arrogant…(there is a slim line there)…He started walking into my garage and I said ... "It is in your best interest not to step over that line as you will be trespassing and I will file charges."

He said "what if I am the bad guy?"... to which I said I could get to my firearm faster than he could get to me...this time I told him to leave the neighborhood or I would call the police and file a harassment complaint. Our home is Protected by Glock and Remington

He actually left and went and got another solicitor and I saw them drive off with out of state plates and they have not been back. That was about 6 months ago. The weather is warming up and I have been working out on the punching bag just in case. 

I could go on for hours, but I know you are busy…so thanks for stopping by. And if I do not answer your call…leave a message. I know that is old fashioned but it still works!!

This is our home...a peaceful looking place where most are welcome. FYI: We are protected by Glock and Remington in case some one who is not welcome needs assistance leaving.

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Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker This has been Mike McCann...Nebraska Land Broker...Coming to you from the Farm Land of Nebraska and America!! Visit me at www.mikemccann.com to learn more about the agricultural and farm land for sale market. 

Many farms For Sale in Nebraska are not listed publicly...please call, text, or e-mail with your questions, wants, and needs!

Mike is your Ag, Farm, and Auction expert throughout Nebraska!

308-627-3700 and 800-241-3940 call or text me at these numbers

mike@mikemccann.com for easy e-mail access!!

 Mike McCann  Nebraska Farm Broker and Land Auctioneer

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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This stuff is like an electronic fly in the room i.e. not welcomed in any way

Apr 12, 2017 08:30 AM #50
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I really enjoy reading your posts! You're a hoot! Thank you for sharing!

Apr 12, 2017 08:43 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Adam Feinberg Those guys are scum of the earth. My wife works for the Gas company...and everyone of those out here is a scam.  Chase them out of the neighborhood...and away from the older people trying to save a few dollars.  Go to the utility and see if they have a budget program to go on. I hate those guys and forgot about them until you mentioned it.  Anyway...Thanks for stopping By!

Apr 12, 2017 04:21 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Chris Lima Thank you for stopping by.  Feel free to use any and all.  Only one guy invented the wheel...(or gal).  One of the ones I use I picked up out of the funny pages!!

Apr 12, 2017 04:23 PM #53
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Lyn Sims  Thank you for stopping by.  I see you are from the Chicago suburbs. I will share with you my last trip to Chicago some day.  It was a long time ago...and involved a Cessna airplane...the former Megs Airbase...Holiday Inn...The First Fall Festival on the Naval Pier...one robbery...with 2 detectives...one hit and run...with two cops...a missed turn off the Loop... 1 very welcomed traffic stop with 1  very confused cop...and then a police escort.  And, of course, then there was the thunder storm at 4500 feet altitude on the way home....But I will save that for another day. 

Apr 12, 2017 04:29 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Richie Alan Naggar Yes...and it is buzzing around my phone and ear constantly.  Thank yo for stopping by!!

Apr 12, 2017 04:31 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Debra Leisek Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comments.  In another world I would have been a comedian...I have a few people who think I am a clown and a few others that think I am a big joke...(but I make more money than they do)!! 

Apr 12, 2017 04:33 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Lyn Sims   Yes I knew they disabled the runways.  

Apr 12, 2017 05:12 PM #57
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

So annoying those texts!  I got one today from another company trying to recruit me. Can't get away from them

Apr 12, 2017 07:00 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR   I never thought of that. I have gotten three free lunches over the past few years by one Broker who wants me to come and atart a farm division for him.  except I would not be the Broker and would have to share my commission...which doe not make any sense to me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 12, 2017 08:54 PM #59
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Hi Mike... those constant spam calls and now spam texts are driving me potty. I must block half a dozen each day and they still spring up with new numbers each and every day.

Apr 17, 2017 07:53 AM #60
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Nina Hollander   We get them 7 days a week although I think most took yesterday off.  Thank you for helping me get to the 500,000k mark and for stopping by!!

Apr 17, 2017 07:59 AM #61
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Funny stories, Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker and I can just picture you getting a "hoot" out of every one of those phone calls....

Apr 17, 2017 09:50 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Barbara Todaro   I mean...you have to have fun right? Otherwise they will drive you nuts!!  Thanks for checking out this blog!!

Apr 17, 2017 08:31 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Okay ...wait a minute...I missed a word from Nina Hollander ... she used the word "potty" in a comment. I am not sure I have seen the word "potty" used in a sentence without a child reference. That is a new one for me to add to my arsenal!!

Apr 17, 2017 08:33 PM #64
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker ~ "driving one potty" is a Britishism I learned when I lived in London.

Apr 18, 2017 04:09 AM #65
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

And by the way, congratulations on crossing the half million point mark! A great accomplishment... and now on to the next half million to become a millionaire!

Apr 18, 2017 04:10 AM #66
Rainmaker
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Nina Hollander   I like it...and will add it to my repertoire.  And Thanks for the 500,000 points shout out!!   

Apr 18, 2017 10:26 AM #67
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Well, at least you have fun with them!  I just stopped answering my phone when it was certain area codes, because I know exactly who it is.  But, what's also not good is when that door to door guy has something you may actually want.  Had a pest guy come by about 4-6 weeks ago.  I actually talked to him for about an hour, but in the end told him my husband was the one who made decisions about these things.  The discussion was on voles, gophers and other such pests that make holes and mess up our garden, fruit trees and pasture grass.  I even gave him permission to check in with me in a week or two when they were out doing a job near my house later on in the month.  Never heard from him again.   So, my husband had to become a trapper himself...note: if you don't think this photo is appropriate and you want me to delete it I will, just let me know.  I figured you are a farm guy and you've been around this in your listing and sales, so you would appreciate needing to be rid land of pests :-) Kasey

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May 02, 2017 01:03 PM #68
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Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Kasey & John Boles   Thank you for stopping by.  Yes...we think we have had a critter similar to that who has taken up residence under my sod.  I may to become a trapper as well!! Glad you caught him (or her)!!

May 03, 2017 09:24 PM #69
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