I hate being a bastard to someone who works for a company and does not know the history we have had with it. But I had to do it today again to someone, a seemingly nice gentleman in London working for Linkshare wanting us to link with them.
Linkshare spammed us in the late 1990s, something I recollected in an article in 2002.
In my reply email today:
I am afraid we must decline.
In the late 1990s, we left Linkshare as an afﬁliate and your company continued to spam us 24 times despite removal requests via email and cease-and-desist letters (in the plural) from our lawyers to your Broadway ofﬁce. We were shocked to note this level of unethical behaviour from you and how formal letters mean very little to your company.
Your company only promised to cease its spamming when we contacted your merchants.
Earlier this year, we wanted to see if Linkshare had improved. A 2004 PC World article revealed that it was identiﬁed for spamming by another group.
I don’t know how long our boycott will last, but if in six years nothing had changed and I gather the same chap is in charge, then I cannot imagine much has changed in the last three. Whenever I see linksynergy.com links on a website I almost worry for its publisher.
We’d prefer regular Amazon.com and Tradedoubler, anyway. Posted by Jack Yan, 10:01
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