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Subject: Re: large ISPs blocking mailing lists
From: Jeffrey Goldberg <jeffrey @ goldmark . org>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 13:52:01 -0700 (PDT)
To: List Managers Mailing list <list-managers @ greatcircle . com>
In-reply-to: <2537 . 1021860604 @ kanga . nu>
Reply-to: Jeffrey Goldberg <jeffrey @ goldmark . org>

On Sun, 19 May 2002, J C Lawrence wrote:

> On Sun, 19 May 2002 18:56:43 -0700
> Chuq Von Rospach <chuqui @
 plaidworks .
 com> wrote:
>
> > Do you know anyone who's bought anything from a spammer? Me
> > neither.
>
> One of the more common logical short-circuits in examining the SPAM
> model is that it much of anything to do with generating sales.  Look at
> the business model.  SPAM is not and need not be profitable to the
> things being advertised.  It only needs to be profitable to the
> companies selling the email lists,

While that's true, eventually the merchants of herbal viagra would
eventually catch on.

What is important is that (unlike bulk postal mail) it doesn't cost the
spammer noticiably more to send to million addresses than to ten thousand.

The spammer may need only a 1 in a million success rate to make the
spamming profitable.

-j

-- 
Jeffrey Goldberg                            http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/
Relativism is the triumph of authority over truth, convention over justice




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