Sunday, February 14, 2016
Are you a sucker?
Have you ever spelled your name wrong intentionally to see where your address goes on the net? I have, then forgot what business I was dealing with at the time when I tried it. I have spelled my name Darn-well, dArnell, Jcak, etc. And later get a ‘personal message’ i.e.:
Dear Mr. Darn-well, WE have been thinking of you and wanted to personally make this offer….etc..
(My friends shop was a little bigger than this)
I have been tempted to list as Crappy Jack and get ready to smile at the responses. There is no telling who sells, gives or trades your info to whom.
In another life as a builder I met a man with a window business in N Belmont. He also ran what was called a ‘sweat shop’. He had ten phone lines ran into a small building where he had individuals making phone calls all day, you just might know them, they are ‘Telemarketers’. (You have probably heard of them, LOL) He sold time to businesses for his ‘people’ to call certain lists.
He told me there were many lists, the tele-marketers called them ‘sucker lists’. The lists were people who bought certain items, i.e. ‘ladies clothes’, who bought tools, they have lists for Democrats or for Republicans, Donations, etc, Hundreds of lists. So when you get a call or an e-mail, it’s because someone has shared your information, that you are interested in a certain field. The tele-marketer is not sitting with a phone book and going down the list, like I used to think.
There is a reason you are getting that ‘irritating’ call during an early dinner. It is called 'The Sucker List', what bothered me most is the donations list. Once, out of the blue, I decided to send a check to the Salvation Army at Christmas time. It wasn’t long until I was receiving mail from several ‘charities’. When I learned of the ‘sucker lists’ I did get upset. I am still a fan of the Salvation Army, they do a good work. But I learned something, they didn’t just smile when they got the check, but someone in administration knew to add me to the ‘list’ of donors. They then had one more ‘lead’.
This is a BIG telemarketing group.
Now if I donate, it is in cash into the kettle.
My thoughts for today.
PS: Tele-marketeers are on their way out. Cookies are taking their place. My computer is full of them. Today I ordered some tennis shoes. I now get e-mails and popups on my monitor about tennis shoes.