Apr 29 2007
Ever since we moved back to the US, we’ve been receiving tons of mail. Not only that, but every letter is accompanied with tons of other stuff: bills usually come with pages of fine print terms, and often with some ads. Basically, advertising is everywhere in the US.
Anyway, in addition to normal mail, standard ads, endless pre-approved credit cards applications – it’s funny, when I didn’t have a credit card, nobody wanted to give me one, but now that I managed to get one, everybody is proposing me another one –, I started receiving a new kind of spam.
We purchased a new car when we moved here, and it seems that there is an industry that is very eager to hear our feedback on the car, so much so that, with the lengthy questionnaire that they sent us, they send a dollar bill to motivate us to reply:
In France, it’s illegal to send cash by mail. I thought that it would be the same in the US, but apparently not. Anyway, they obviously are trying to make me guilty by giving me money:
I’ve now received three different questionnaires, and three dollar bills. And I actually am starting to feel guilty for not replying, not because of the dollar bill actually, but because of all this paper that the forms are printed on and that is going to waste. Fortunately, I recycle religiously.