Our neighbor and friend Margie sent us this extremely helpful reference site to use to circumvent the automated system runaround most companies use to "help us" and cut directly to the chase to speak to a human representative. GetHuman.com lists 500 direct phone numbers, with directions and the quality of the number. The shame is that getting to a human representative doesn't guarantee you any help. But at least it means a little less Muzak, and that's gotta count for something during these holidays. A few notable business are listed under the cut...
Amazon.com - 800-201-7575 or 866-216-1072
Apple - 800-275-2273 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Belkin Tech Support - 800-223-5546 At prompt press 2263; press 1 at each prompt thereafter.
Dell Sales - 800-624-9897 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Dell Tech Support - 800-624-9896 Press 3; say "agent" at each additional prompt, ignoring messages.
Home Depot - 800-793-3768 Press # at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Ikea - 800-434-4532 Press 0 quickly and repeatedly.
Target - 800-591-3869 Press 2, don't press or say anything, ignoring messages.