I am receiving third-party advertising mail that I believe is because I
recently made a purchase from a popular company many of us here
On the envelope it touts 'Products for Woodworkers', but much of it
is pure junk.
It's a bunch of pre-paid postcards to various companies.
The Vacurect Vacuum Erection Device (one of the few 'power tools' in the batch)
The United States and Britain in Bible Prophesy
Two competing satellite TV company ads
Win a free bed
A few advertisements for woodworking magazines.
Since I've only made one on-line woodworking purchase in months,
I think I've got it narrowed down as to which company. At purchase,
I was careful to correctly mark all the boxes for 'do not put me on
mailing, e-mail, or any other lists', and I'm already on the normal
anti-junk mail lists.
Anybody else getting this stuff trackable to woodworking purchases?
If you bought from Lee Valley, it's not due to them. I've bought from them
and never once had anything of the sort happen. Ditto Grizzly.
Do you subscribe to any woodworking magazines? If so, I think you ought to be
which one of them sold their mailing list.
I occasionally get similar packets, but with a couple of differences: most of
the postcards I
get are *not* pre-paid, and most of the products advertised are at least D-I-Y
related if not
directly involved with woodworking -- very little of the completely irrelevant
crap like you
Which ones? That might be a clue to who *bought* the mailing list, and maybe to
who sold it
Could be coincidence.
There could be other reasons: Did you attend one of the Woodworking Shows
There's another mailing list. Enter any drawings while you were at the show?
On 1/28/2013 7:25 AM, Joe <Joe@Joe'sPlace.com wrote:
It has been some years but when I had a job, there was an advertising
firm that would send packets of cards for all types of companies. The
cards would be specialized to your apparent interest.
I used to purposely get on the mailing list for the packets were
oriented toward lab equipment. There was another packet that was
oriented toward electronic hobbyist. While there was a lot of junk,
periodically you would find something of interest and I always sent
those card for additional information.
You could get on the mailing list in many ways. Have you given your
address to anyone that would get the impression that you are a
woodworker. Subscriptions, request for information, to a hardware store,?
PS: I was always amused by the ads for the industrial transformer or
power supply being held by a young lady in a bikini. Not the dress of a
person who worked with the piece of equipment, and definitely not
allowed by government work site regulations.
recently made a purchase from a popular company many of us here deal with. On
the envelope it touts 'Products for Woodworkers', but much of it is pure junk.
It's a bunch of pre-paid postcards to various companies. It includes: The
Vacurect Vacuum Erection Device (one of the few 'power tools' in the batch) The
United States and Britain in Bible Prophesy Two competing satellite TV company
I've gotten a couple of them in the last few months, in fact, one just a
couple of days ago. The vast majority of this latest one was
woodworking-related, including two cards from Lee Valley, and cards from
several of the magazines. At least 90-95% woodworking related. My only
recent online purchase (only in 2012, for that matter) was from Penn
State Industries, and there was nothing in the batch from them.
Only a small handful (4-5 - I didn't count them) were postage-paid
cards. The others required a stamp. I glance through them out of
curiosity, just to see what's out there, but since I'm retired and
woodworking is a second hobby, I have minimal need for any of the
So. Let whoever's sending them out waste their money (as do the
advertisers who pay for the printing) - it's a simple task for me to
toss them in the recycle box. Besides, it helps keep the post office in
business, and those guys can use all the help they can get!
(And no vacuum device in the batch I just got... sorry.)
Thanks for all the replies.
Let's see if I can sum it all up.
No WW shows or any of the other sources suggested.
I subscribe to no periodicals, woodworking or otherwise.
In retrospect, I can't say if all the postcards were prepaid.
I have numerous throw-away email addresses that I can
just abandon if I get spammed. Except for immediate family,
maybe 15 people have my cell number and then only if
they check their caller ID. I got my postal mail cleaned up
years ago - then this started. I'm just that way.
My address was given to no company except this one
that I suspect, plus Rockler and Amazon (no external vendors)
that I've done business with for years with no problem.
I keep my 'do not send' current with the Direct Marketing
Association. It helps.
When I called the company I guessed it had originated with,
I got only a 'well, it's possible' type of reply.
The mailing labels on a couple of the catalogs I got at the
same time were identical in that they contained a couple of
numeric identifiers. The catalogs <were> good ones even
though I don't need the products - one was for clock parts,
the other was for all kinds of miniature and modeling stuff.
When I contacted the companies, one had no idea where
they got the list, the other did and gave me the phone number.
I called and got off the list. I just worked my way up the chain.
Since I'm not 100% certain where it started, I won't use the
company name, but so far it hasn't been mentioned in this
thread. It's a tool store. 'Nuf sed.
Maybe coincidence - maybe I just have higher expectations
of the companies I deal with.
Thanks again for the replies, and I've got to admit that the
'power tool' gave me a laugh.
Out to the shop.
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