If I notice a 1-800 number appearing on my phone's call display, I ignore it. I don't answer. It is very frustrating to pick up the phone and have one of the following occur:
1) A recorded message indicating that I've won a trip to Mexico;
2) A recorded message indicating that a company I owe money to wants me to call them back at my earliest convenience;
3) A non-recorded message (but it may as well be, because the person on the other end is just reading a script) from a company asking me to participate in a survey.
My responses to the above would be this:
1) I can't afford your "free" holiday;
2) I know I owe you money. I'll send it when I have it;
3) I don't want to participate in a short, 2-3 minute survey that is actually going to take up 10-15 minutes of my time.
1-800 numbers are a pet peeve of mine. But have you noticed that sometimes 1-800 numbers are "disguised" on call display as: "Out of Area". Around here that means one of two things . . . either someone is trying to call me with their cell phone (hardly ever happens) or it's a 1-800 number in disguise. I usually don't answer those calls either.
So basically, I only answer the phone for "real" people. Unfortunately, since I've been off work, I don't get many "real" people phone calls.