> now consider if the ISP would have to pay 5 cents for every email send via
> a list like this one...how much then (cost) per day? a .05 per times 1000+
> , that times what 100 emails per day ? 5000 per day? on the equipment list i
> am on, 3000+ members at 300 emails per day that is 900.000 email per day
You may have misunderstood my earlier message. There are two types of
e-mails in this system, 'solicited' and 'unsolicited'.
Messages from a list such as this one or the one you reference would be
'solicited'. This means that neither the list manager nor his ISP is the
one being charged for each message. Quite the contrary, they are sharing
in the revenue pool from all of the recipients who agreed to pay for
messages from the list when they subscribed to it.
And I'm not proposing 5 cents like the urban legend, I think that something
far smaller would contain the financial incentive to eliminate much
'unsolicited' e-mail. (I have been using a penny in my examples because
the math is easy, in practice I think it could be less than that.)
I run one very active list, it has had over a thousand subscribers during
peak periods (it is sports related, so it is far busier during the
season than it is right now) and it has handled over 100 messages in a
24 hour period. So as the list manager, I would share in a revenue
pool of $1000 on a busy day, but each individual subscriber would be paying
only $1.00 per day. I know, because I've asked my subscribers, that many
of them think the messages they receive from me are worth $1.00 a day.
This would give a chance for free market economics to work. If my list
goes off-topic too frequently, my subscribers will decide that it isn't
worth the per-message fee any more and would unsubscribe. As a list
manager, it would be to my benefit to keep the signal/noise ratio high.
Spam would be a form of unsolicited messages. Similarly, the e-mail I
sent to a company last week asking them about a product they manufactured
some years ago would be unsolicited. That means it costs me a penny
to send it. Would I have still sent it? Yes, of course I would have.
(Had I sent it by letter it would have cost me 34 cents just for the
But would a spammer send out a million e-mail messages to a list of
addresses if it cost him $10,000? I tend to doubt it, at a minimum the
list of e-mail addresses would be much more tailored to the message. And
that's how direct mail marketers work today.
I think this would put e-mail marketers and direct mail marketers on similar