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Can’t find the link, but you asked listeners to tell you whether we felt it was frugal or cheap for companies to eliminate customer service hotlines to deal with customer problems. I most emphatically consider it stupidly cheap. I permanently blacklist any company I find it difficult to contact. Someday these companies will realize that the ultimate cost savings comes from eliminating all customers, a road these companies have already started down.
Thanks for your comment, Jeffrey. I’m largely with you! For most companies, there’s no need to have a massive call center dedicated to helping customers. But making it impossible for your patrons to contact you is short-sighted. I try to do business with companies that have a customer-centric approach.