> > OK, this makes sense. No, they didn't give consent. He just paid some > guy in India $10 to scrape them by hand. > > In the US, last I checked, sending email to a purchased list could net you up to $10,000 in fines. But if I use a service like Constant Contact, they also don't allow > this type of spam I think. I recall hearing once that if CC gets a > spam report on an email you send, they fine you $50. > > dunno about the fines, but they'll shut down the account, and whoever's name it's in will never get a CC account again. > But perhaps if there's an unsubscribe link then it's not spam? I am > now learning more about spam. :) > spam is really called *unsolicited* commercial email. 'unsolicited' means "we didn't ask to receive it." having my name on some list a guy scraped from who knows where is not permission to email me. unless these recipients asked, explicitly, or by already being a customer, for this email, IT IS SPAM and no amount of verbal gyrations will change that. > I think the recipients are probably a friendly type of crowd, but one > never knows--some might well smell that it's spam, especially if > they're an IT person in the company. > > I'm pretty friendly. Excessively so, in most cases. Spam me, and you're pretty much shut off permanently. I don't have a lot of time and if someone wastes it for their own selfish benefit, they're on my bad side, hard. Read Seth Godin's "Permission Marketing" or Joel D Canfield's  "The Commonsense Entrepreneur" and learn how this is fundamentally wrong marketing, buying a list and sending an email. Learn about growing lists organically, through relationship building, and you'll be able to advise your clients about such—and get paid to do so. joel  um, yeah, that's me.