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Old 08-31-2001, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Home mailers?

I got an email today, here are short parts of what it said...

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HOME-MAILERS NEEDED!

$300-$1000 PLUS WEEKLY

Simple, pleasant work...you do at home.

Potential incomes range from $300 to $1000 weekly
or more. Pay rate is based on a $2.00 per
envelope basis. The average Home-Mailer stuffs
anywhere from 150 to 500 envelopes a week,
depending on the amount of free time they have
available. The envelopes you process will make
you a substantial income.
Is this real?

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Old 08-31-2001, 11:27 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a possibility you could make "some" money but not the way it appears in the ad copy. The secret word phrase to note is "envelopes you process". Whereas you are expected to target advertise (at your time & expense) the company's product to acquire leads for them (via flyers, classifieds, etc.) offering respondents more info when they send you a SASE and $2.00. Thereby you stuff the product info into the envelope and mail it back to them and you get to keep their $2.00.

Clever huh?


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Old 09-01-2001, 01:01 AM   #3
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Yeah.. thats pretty sneaky. I doubt many companies could afford to pay outright 2 dollars per sales thing you send out..
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Old 09-01-2001, 02:03 AM   #4
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That spam has been appearing in my mailbox for a couple of years. Trash it!!
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Old 09-01-2001, 02:40 AM   #5
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That spam has been appearing in my mailbox for a couple of years. Trash it!!
Ditto.

Strungout, I'm not sure how new you are to the wild wild web, but the more you use your email address, the more you will receive garbage SPAM such as this. You should not believe any of the claims made within unsolicited bulk email. Dozens of times each day I'm told that I can make six figures while wearing my underwear, given the opportunity to find out how to become irresistable to women (hey, you in the back - stop chuckling ), offered $1000s for distributing emails/letters/legal drugs, and offered credit cards and home loans without credit checks. All of this is best trashed and forgotten.

This forum, and others like it, are the best sources of real-world information regarding how to generate revenue from your website, ebook, software and/or opt-in newsletter.
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Old 09-01-2001, 06:26 AM   #6
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Dozens of times each day I'm told that I can make six figures while wearing my underwear, given the opportunity to find out how to become irresistable to women
hahahaha, yeah I get that too....I wish they would at least take the time to find out what *** we are!!

hey Czar didn't you get the one where you can be an ordained minister and perform weddings, funerals etc?

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Old 09-01-2001, 10:46 PM   #7
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hey Czar didn't you get the one where you can be an ordained minister and perform weddings, funerals etc?
Can't say I have, but I delete spam so quickly these days that I probably wouldn't notice even if I did receive something like that. It would be a handy skill, though.

I'm constantly receiving the hilarious one that invites people onto some executive VIP list, but fails to address the recipient by name.

Still, there must be some newbies out there who willingly fork out their cash or contact details following up on these ridiculous offers, or spammers would quit the game en masse.
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Old 09-01-2001, 11:15 PM   #8
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So maybe, the solution to spam is to enlighten newbies before they have a chance to get taken
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Old 09-01-2001, 11:25 PM   #9
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I don't delete them until AFTER I report them to their ISP and web host (if applicable)

But there must be an awful lot of people (newbies and oldbies (?) who are crazy enough to believe their promises of making thousands/millions/billions

If that were true the world would be overrun with millionares :-)
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Old 09-02-2001, 10:52 AM   #10
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no use reporting them to their isp's. They all use fake emails etc...


The best thing to do and i saw once too, is to follow up one of these offers and find out who he person really is and then really really annoy them.....

something like that......


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Old 09-02-2001, 07:59 PM   #11
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The thing that amazes me most about spam is, no one ever sends me anything I want or need. I don't want the bible on CD-ROM, or ******, or a college diploma (got a real one anyway), or ordination in the Church of Whozits.

If I actually received spam offering me things I want I wouldn't mind so much. It seems inconceivable to me that spam is profitable. I'd like to know who the people are who respond to these methods.

Which makes me wonder, what kind of spam would people actually appreciate receiving?
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Old 09-02-2001, 08:15 PM   #12
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Which makes me wonder, what kind of spam would people actually appreciate receiving?
hehe. That's a bit of a contradiction in terms, no?

I would love to receive no spam (which I simply define as unsolicited bulk commercial email) whatsoever. Opt-in emails, and unsolicited letters written to myself or directed at my websites personally are always welcome, and I subscribe to several e-newsletters and email discussion lists.

I think that net users are becoming increasingly purpose-driven, and where spam used to be a novel online phenomenon, it's now seen simply as an irritating and unneccesary interruption (and an expensive and potentially damaging burden on the net's infrastructure).

This change in behaviour can be compared to random surfing. Remember when you first went online, and started clicking "Go to a Random Site" buttons all over the place, while surfing blindly from one internet gem to another? (well, I know I did) When was the last time you bothered to explore the deepest corners of the web that way? Even if a piece of spam was delivered to a targeted audience, and did offer me something of interest, I simply would not respond. Responding positively would not only deprive a legitimate and ethical business/person of the chance to win my business, but it would encourage spammers to continue their junk mail onslaught.

Anyway, just a meagre $0.02.
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Old 09-02-2001, 08:33 PM   #13
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just a meagre $0.02.
Don't you mean a $2.00 (per envelope)

The obvious question for envelope stuffing schemes, is why would anybody pay you $2 per envelope. A machine could do it much cheaper. Minimum wage employees could do it much cheaper. So think it over

Recently I've been getting a lot of spam regarding the Nigerian Advance Fee Loan thing (apologies to any Nigerians reading -but the email usually does claim to be from Nigeria). Here is what the BBB says on this one: http://www.bbb.org/alerts/nigerian061099.asp
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Old 09-02-2001, 09:10 PM   #14
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This change in behaviour can be compared to random surfing. Remember when you first went online, and started clicking "Go to a Random Site" buttons all over the place, while surfing blindly from one internet gem to another?
Come to think of it, I think I stopped surfing randomly about the time that spawning pop-ups came on the scene. Now I hesitate before clicking and sometimes I just resist the urge. Also, when I follow a link to a supposed clipart site and land on a porno page I get a little aggravated. Enough is enough!

There's as much skam (sic) on the internet as there is spam in our mailboxes. Surfing isn't much fun any more.

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Old 09-02-2001, 09:49 PM   #15
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no use reporting them to their isp's. They all use fake emails etc...
Yeah I realise that they use fake email addresses. Spamcop sorts out the IP address from the headers and sends the mail off to the ISPs etc
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