The internet has revolutionized the way we do business and for the most part, I think it’s a wonderful tool. What I can’t stand, though, is spam and the people who mine the web for email addresses or names.
One of the things I do is to syndicate my listings to numerous sites such as Craigslist. With each post, I check off the box that says it is not OK for others to contact you about other services, products or commercial interests. I don’t want to get reams of spam mail from people who are not interested in the listing I’m advertising in a legitimate way.
So a couple of weeks ago, I get an email that reads:
Please contact me in regarding home for sale
519 924 2001
Before replying, I noticed that his email address was affiliated with a For Sale By Owner firm called By The Owner.com (there’s some free advertising for you Mr. Ward). Since I always try to address spam and, since he was contacting me in a shady way and against Craigslist rules, I sent him the following email back:
As this property is listed for sale, I find this an inappropriate use of Craigslist.
We are Canada’s largest private home seller website bytheowner.com All private sales whether they’re in the Star, Globe& Mail, Craigslist or where-ever are fed into our main administration and we follow up on these leads. We are here to assist you in selling your home. We have 6,900 listings, 3,878 sold since Jan/2008 and 250,000 viewers per week looking for homes. We have sold many in Collingwood/Blue Mtns. This is not an inappropriate use of Craigslists since our goal is to assist homesellers in the sale of their homes. I’m sorry if I offended you
Fair enough but, he was still spamming me and not paying attention. My reply:
I am a real estate broker Robert and, you are offering a commercial service. This both violates Craigslist rules and, is offensive to me in my business. Thanks for your reply but I think your system needs some fine tuning.
Now here is the zinger. His reply:
I DON”T CARE WHO YOU ARE!!!! DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOD??
YOU ARE NOT, SO REMEMBER THAT IF GRAIGSLIST IS FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON IT?
AS FAR AS FINE TUNING WE ARE THE LARGEST IN CANADA FOR PRIVATE SALES WITH NUMBER OF LISTINGS, NUMBER OF VIEWERS,AND NUMBER OF SALES IN 2008.GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE AND REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY 1 GOD
JUST TO NOTE… THE NUMBER OF NEGATIVES MY CLIENTS TELL ME OF YOU PEOPLE JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY.
SO IF YOU WANT TO KEEP UP THIS E MAIL CHARADE DO SO!!!
you now who
Wow, so now I know that he knows that I’m not God. How did God get into this conversation anyway?
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