I’m Becoming A Grumpy Old Man

Uh oh. I’m only in my late thirties and I’m already becoming a grumpy old man. Here’s a copy of the e-mail I just sent off to AOL headquarters. My name has been changed to protect the innocent.

Is there any possible way to remove my street address from your bulk-mailing list? I have no intention of ever using your service again. Isn’t it ironic that the company that claims to be fighting the spam problem is littering our landfills with unsolicited/unopened software CDs every day?

You need to rethink your marketing plan, AOL. What’s wrong with just having the CDs at the checkout counter? If people want to join, they’ll grab a CD. Sure, you might get a lot of new members with your bulk-mailing system, but at what cost? And by “cost,” I don’t mean your ROI. I mean the planet.

So if you could see what you can do about geting me off that list, I’d appreciate it. I’d include my street address in this e-mail, but I’m afraid of what you might do with it. No, you tell me who I need to talk to, and I’ll send it to them.

Thanks for your time.


Comments 5

  1. The Admiral wrote:

    Your bang on, for how many years have people all over North America been tossing floppys or CD’s for one of the most useless ISP’s in the world at the cost of the planet and users peace of mind.

    They claim they are blocking spam and ad’s, sure they are… as long as they are not making cash off it, their entire “AOL Commuinty” is nothing more then selected / targerting paid advertising and spam that is filtered though the pockets of AOL Time Warner in the name of online saftey. But mostley profit…

    Perhaps in protest everyone should take these disks whenever they see them / receive them in the mail and we can send them all back to their corperate offices at once, sending a clear message that we dont want their service or endorce there waste of the planets resources.

    At a bare minimum they might take the returned disks and redistribute them recycled rather then print up another 10 million.

    In the future they could also consider just sending us a blank CD/DVD RW disk, as people might actually look forward too that, and it would save them on pressing costs ;)

    Posted 31 Dec 2004 at 5:26 am
  2. boredhousewife wrote:

    i’ll join this fight, S—-. (nearly revealed ya there, didn’t i?). It is such a ridiculous waste. They not only suck, but are shoving their worthless shit down everyone’s throats and yeah, like you said–filling up landfills as they go.


    p.s. you’re not a grumpy old man.

    Posted 31 Dec 2004 at 10:18 pm
  3. Lani wrote:

    I refuse AOL.

    Ever heard of PeoplePC? It’s cheap.

    Posted 03 Jan 2005 at 4:41 pm
  4. jules wrote:

    Did you really send this? good on ya

    Posted 09 Jan 2005 at 12:49 am
  5. smivey wrote:

    Oh yeah. I really sent it. Well, I edited this one a bit more from the one I sent. But it’s pretty much the same. I’m constantly editing myself.

    Posted 09 Jan 2005 at 3:03 am

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