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July 14th, 2006

Never Spammed

It’s a little weird for me to praise a company which has only respected my time – a small act that every company should do – but I think it’s worth a shout out to Amazon. Why? They’ve never ever spammed me.

Like some of you, I use unique mail addresses for most shopping sites. The old stalwart,, has never gotten a piece of spam. That’s pretty impressive, as the very first order I placed with them was in December, 1998. (Wow!)

The only time they kind of slipped up was when I started getting some messages from Amazon about sales – but just one every 3 weeks or so. I logged in to change my preferences but it didn’t seem to take; it turned out to be a weird interface issue instead of evil.

Google claims that they’re not evil but when it comes to things besides ridiculous patents, Amazon is up there with ’em.

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FROM: angelique
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 12:16:24 pm
i like machelle so much she is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorable and funny i wish she was my sister she is so cute i love her

FROM: angelique
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 12:18:10 pm
i think mechelle is so sweet i love when she says her words its so cut i want to meet her

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 12:38:01 pm
Machelle/Mechelle won't want to meet you because you're ugly and stupid!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 12:41:53 pm
Ryan, your rudeness level is skyrocketing.

FROM: COD [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 12:48:09 pm
I think Ryan is practicing his the baby kept us up last night crankiness. BTW Paul, now that you've printed your amazon email on the Ping, I predict spam within 24 hours.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 1:47:19 pm
No worries, COD: "" ain't my domain.

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday July 14, 2006 -- 10:50:18 pm
Muchelle roxxxxxxx!


You are right about amazon; I used to order from them quite a bit when I had a disposable income and now I rarely do. I kind of expected an email from them entitled "Are You OK?"

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 15, 2006 -- 10:57:27 am
I've had surprisingly few companies do much more than send me promo emails. The one company that I can prove sold my address was RealMedia (no surprise). There was another (alibris) that I thought had, but their servers had been hacked, and after I complained, the CEO called me and apologized. Very cool.

A few companies, though, do persist on sending you their own junk, much as Lands End will provide you with several catalogs a week if you ever even receive a gift that they shipped out. Wine Country Gift Baskets sends me something every few weeks, and their opt-out lists keep changing, so somehow I keep getting added back in.

But that's much better than them selling my address to professional spammers!

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