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January 22, 2011

Cattle call Notary offers

Cattle Call Notary Offers
Do you Moo? Actually it’s more of a sheep call than a cattle call. Cattle are rather large and both genders can be a handful when riled, ask any cowhand. I would have preferred to title this blog “Sheep Call Notary Offers”, but the commonly used term will suffice, and it worked to get your attention; as you can’t deny that you are indeed reading this. Sheep are wonderful animals, so gentle and trusting. They baaahh a bit when you shear their wool, but that’s the extent of their complaining. Unlike cattle that like to roam individually, the sheep tend to herd together; they are so easy to manage! I’m sure some are aware of “leg of lamb” and “mutton chops”, but they choose to ignore their ultimate fate.

I just received still another of the Sheep Call notary offers. It has the usual “we pay xx$”; really? I love our free market democratic form of government. There is nothing wrong with some firm sending me a solicitation to buy their product for xx$. But the reverse offends me. By reverse I am referring to solicitation for my services that try to price set for me. They got it back asswards. It is the seller who sets the price and the payment terms. With my notary services I, not they, am the seller. I set the price and payment terms. To put it bluntly, it’s my way or the highway.

My name is http://kenneth-a-edelstein.com not “Undisclosed Recipients”. My self image, regular readers already know this; is more like a Lion than a Lamb. Many prefer to deal with docile manipulateable sheep. I know, when the rent is due you are against the wall and tend to shed your Lion’s attire for a cloak of wool. The callers are very astute at voice reading and want to be able to control their notary. Sometimes to a level of detail that goes beyond the offensive. If you absolutely must “play lamb” for a while, so be it. But work quickly at formulating a plan that allows you to shed the wool and return to Lion attire.

Back to the offensive solicitations. My general response is to state my fee and that I am available for the assignment. I add that PayPal payment is required prior to printing the edoc. That is a real “turn off” to the bottom fisher. Actually I find my response much more efficient than asking for an “unsubscribe”. I don’t want to be bothered, or offended by receiving such tripe. Truth to tell, sometimes I step a bit “over the line” in my response. I have a cute cartoon graphic called KMA.JPG. Sometimes I send it as a response to cattle calls. The acronym’s first letter stands for the word “kiss”. If you want a copy just send me an email. It would be great if all notaries sent the soon to be infamous kma.jpg in response to these lowballers.

Sure we are all notaries. But, poise, character, image, and deportment differentiate us. Your feeling of self worth, backed by your training and skills are what sets you apart. The fact that you are a member of 123notary.com is a strong indication that you, unlike most notaries; really know what you are doing. There is a good chance that your 123notary.com listing is the reason that you were included in the email directed to the flock of sheep. But, show them wrong!

Frankie Valie and the Four Seasons recorded “Walk Like A Man” (or Woman) and that is what you should be doing. Cattle / Sheep call emails are mass attempts to demean notaries. They are an offer for bottom dollar, collection grief, late docs and an extended lesson in being micro managed. The only thing these people deserve is what the herd leaves behind when it passes.

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  1. Amen Ken…..gp

    Comment by GS PEERY — October 8, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

  2. You rock, Ken. Love, LOVE Love it!!!

    Comment by Barbara Wilson — October 9, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

  3. I’m w/ you Ken, I reply that I am available, but my fee will be —. That usually scares them off. I too am offended by the lowball fees they offer, ridiculous. I’ve been getting text messages lately where they quote $40 for a complete refi! I don’t think so. When you try and reply w/ a real fee, it tells you that you must reply w/ the job # to accept the signing. Nope…

    Comment by Dave Love — October 10, 2014 @ 3:07 am

  4. Yes indeed, kiss my gritts.

    Comment by alan — October 13, 2014 @ 7:21 am

  5. I get one of these mass solicitations a week, usually badly proofread (misspellings, grammar errors) that offer to use my services provided I give them all sorts of info about myself and send them a background check (paid for my me, of course). I treat them with the same respect as Nigerian money laundering letters.

    Comment by Elise Dee Beraru — November 11, 2014 @ 11:43 am

  6. For the last year or so here in the Los Angeles area, they are using mass text messaging to send out lowball signing assignment offers. Because there are hundreds of notaries in LA, I’m sure this is working for them. It’s a speed contest of who is quickest to reply. The biggest user (abuser) of this platform is SoCal Signings (now hiding under a subsidiary name Coast2Coast Signings). They usually only offer $75 and have no regard for the horrendous traffic conditions out here and half of the signings involve 10+ miles (which means 1 to 1.5 hours each way of travel time unless during the 2-3 hour ‘drive-able’ window during mid-day or late at night). You must have zip codes memorized, because there’s no time to look it up and then decide whether or not to accept the assignment.

    Since it appears that nearly all signing services are moving to this uber-like platform, it’s game over for this business for me. It’s only a matter of time before the 1-2 companies who actually call me about assignments switch to this platform. I’m assuming that there’s a glut of notaries in LA, so they will likely win and I can’t live off of their low pay. Back to processing loans, I guess. 🙁

    Comment by BobH — December 22, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

  7. Not only do we act like a herd of sheep when we even respond to these \cattle calls\ We also tend to act like a school of dumb fish who don’t notice the hook hidden in the bait. Why can’t we ALL realize we are being suckered and as a group of professionals, simply refuse to respond. REMEMBER: the signing companies can’t exist without us, not the other way around. They have done what we should all be doing…marketing ourselves directly to our potential customers

    Comment by Rodrigo/Jerry Jones — March 15, 2016 @ 12:19 am

  8. Install Extreme Call Blocker (android) and never be bothered again

    Comment by Kenneth Edelstein — June 1, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

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