Does anyone really purchase the products that are offered in spam e-mails?
I have to ask because I just can’t believe that spam is a very effective means of marketing.
(Oh yeah, and I’m sick and tired of deleting 40+ spam e-mails every day. I know, I know. It’s time to buy a better filter…)
Some samplings from my daily spam as examples of futile marketing (and why each type of spam is futile):
- Offers to enhance my manhood. Uh, for starters I’m a woman and not a man.
- Notifications that I’ve won the foreign lottery. Number one, I never entered. Number two, even I realize that winning a legitimate lottery is a rare occurrence. It shouldn’t happen three or four times a day.
- Sales of pharmaceuticals. I actually don’t use much medication. What I do use, my doctor prescribes. Can you fill my doctor’s prescription? Will you take my insurance? Uh huh, I thought not.
- Offers from foreign nationals wanting to deposit large sums of money in my bank account. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. It kind of falls into the category of “how stupid do you think I am?” I’ve heard of this scam already, okay?
The truth is, I delete any e-mail that I suspect to be spam within seconds of receiving it. I suspect most people do exactly the same thing.
So, why do the spammers persist?
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