The other day I received a note from a company that was ready to pay me some presumably somewhat hefty sum for a Consumerism Commentary e-mail list. That’s right, they wanted to buy or rent e-mail addresses of this website’s readers in addition to any demographic information I might have.
Of course, I refused. (Well, technically, I just ignored the e-mail.)
It makes me wonder how many other bloggers were contacted by the same people and how many bloggers complied.
Please know that if you choose to leave a comment here, I appreciate valid e-mail addresses so I can answer your comments personally or ask follow-up questions. But I will never give those e-mail addresses to anyone. Also, the e-mail addresses are never displayed on any website where they can be scraped or otherwise lifted by spammers.
Updated October 31, 2007 and originally published October 12, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.