In an effort to lower costs, most large companies now use automated answering machines to handle the bulk of their calls. It may be annoying for the customer to “press 3 for purchase inquiry”, but the fact is most calls can be handled this way, and so it is a great way for companies to save money. But what do you do when you absolutely must talk to a human being?
For that, use 1800Shortcuts. 1800Shortcuts is a list of hundreds of popular companies, their phone numbers, and the magic technique for each that will get you talking to a human representative. No doubt a very useful list to bookmark, because you will almost definitely need it in the future!