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Handyman Club of America must be getting desparate. I just got my latest mailing from them.
They must have decided that the low response rate in signing up new victims^H^H^H^H^H I mean suckers^H^H^H^H^H, I mean shills^H^H^H^H^H umm subscribers is that people haven't been seeing the mailings. Well, no more, my mailing today arrived in a 10 x 14 envelope colored in an attractive blaze orange, eclipsing all other mail in the mailbox. No chance of not seeing that mailing. They must have also decided that people were not being wowed by the generous free tool included in each mailing. So, no more mailing containing only a sanding pad or a plastic drill index. Nosirree! They are pulling out *all* the stops in this mailing. Not only did I get the attractive and highly useful drill guide -- in an attractive black matte finish with the highly ergonomic black matte raised numbers on black background, I *also* got the address return labels sheet (I've found them quite useful after you cut off the HCA club logo) with the stick-on electrical panel labels (who can't use 5 copies of breaker labels?) and the obligatory "I'm a Handyman, personalized sticker", in addition, I got a 3 1/2" x 5" notepad with 10 (count 'em 10!) pieces of paper. What a deal! It that's what they throw in for free, imagine the kinds of free tools they must be sending to be reviewed and that you then get to keep!
/sarcasm off <- for the humor impaired
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Wow.... they are debasing the value of my black drill guide... when I got it folks here on the rec offered to trade me ANY tool in their shop for my fashionable black drill guide. Now HCA sends them out to ANYBODY... I no longer feel special. <sigh>
John
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On Fri, 12 Jan 2007 04:11:52 GMT, "John Grossbohlin"

... I'm not sure I like the tone of being referred to as just ANYBODY. ;-)
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OK, then you are a NOBODY
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...
Not feeling special is pretty tough to deal with too... ;~)
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I gave them the my standard reply to unsolicited offers--I wrote NO on the application and sent everything back in their postage paid envelope. Everything, including the outside envelope. (I did keep the heirloom drill bit guide. Now I have a matched set. ) Why send it back?
1. Makes me feel good. 2. Costs them about a $1 to retrieve each letter at the post office, with no profit to them 3. Supports the US Post Office 4. If enough people did it, direct mail advertising wouldn't be low cost any more.
Old Guy

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Mark & Juanita wrote:

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+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ I can't wait to get home to check my mailbox! I just hope SWMBO doesn't get there first and spoil the rush of seeing the rare and elusive envelope hiding in there, under the bills, credit card offers complete with epoxy/glue scrapers and weekly junk mail adds, waiting for my perusal:-) Joe
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Joe Gorman wrote:

Maybe she'll scoop it and hide till it is your birthday? TADAAAA! Wimmin can be evildoers, you know.
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Robatoy wrote:

Hmmm, birthday in late November, surprise hidden for 10 months. Maybe it will turn up before the summer Olympics:-) Joe
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