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How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

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How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

In particular those who feel it appropriate to include all recipients of a bulk mailing into the To: field of said missive.
What do you suggest?
I already hit 'Reply to All' and tell the originator and all his customers what a foolish thing it is to do such a thing, however I'm looking for something a little more imaginative.
Any ideas on how best to educate these buffoons who [apparently] infest our interwebs?
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

You should not tell him about how foolish it is! Instead you should send him an email which you bcc to everyone else on the list expressing gratitude for sending you a list of valid email addresses because you know a spammer who pays you £1 for each valid email you send on.
Oh, and you can also add a request that if he has any more lists please could he send them over so that you can earn more dosh!
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

i like that solution! Grin
geewizz
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

Enter the BBC website and navigate to the "Have Your Say" debates. Find one on peadophilia and write a piece defending the practice. Choose to sign the post with this person's email address. Then sit back and let the boards participants do your dirty work and pummel that mail address.
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

Sign the perp up to load of porn and get rich quick lists.
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

You're an evil lot Grin
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

Quote from: geewizz
Enter the BBC website and navigate to the "Have Your Say" debates. Find one on peadophilia and write a piece defending the practice. Choose to sign the post with this person's email address. Then sit back and let the boards participants do your dirty work and pummel that mail address.

LOL, only problem is if plod raid him on suspicion of being involved and take away his PC for examination.  Whose e-mail address will be found in his address list?  Would you really want to be on the list of "known associates" in that investigation?
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

How about replying to the lot saying thanks, but you have found a competeters solution much cheaper and has many more features, and reading up on his companies product/service you can see there is a number of customers who are having problems.
James
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

pfft
Just reply to all with a link for a Plusnet referral Smiley
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Re: How to deal with idiotic (would-be) salesmen

Normally I get some interesting replies - this time though, not a sausage.
I did say though that I reserved the right to update the recipients as often as I felt necessary with random musings, so perhaps the referral link would be a reasonable place to start.