Okay, my reaction to junk mail and telemarketers can be over the top, and calling them attack dogs is a case in point. But hey, I’m trying to get their attention.
Garden Design, you know I’m a fan but my love does not extend to the folks handling your renewal program. As I mentioned in a comment to Amy’s post praising your publication, I’ve gotten so many “Time to Renew” notices that I’ve blindly responded to that now I’m subscribed through both terms of the Obama administration. (Substitute the name of your choice there; it’s kinda fun to try them out.) But still the junk mail comes, more phony “Time to Renew” alerts.
Don’t miss the comment by Sandra in that link – she’s hopping mad about another odious business practice altogether.
Organic Gardening Magazine, your infraction is worse. I got a CALL yesterday from Rodale. Seeing that name on my caller-ID, I answered eagerly, excited that a respected gardening publisher was calling this humble garden writer – about a possible assignment?
Dream on, Susan. The caller wanted to sell me a book – and I’m on the No-Call List! Of course she didn’t admit that she was calling to sell me something – too well trained to do that. Instead she insisted that the purpose of the call was to survey me about my satisfaction level with the magazine. Oh, and to act interested in my own garden and chat amicably about her grandmother’s garden – I kid you not. Then finally she got to the point – offering me a book to “preview,” which means I’d have to buy it if I didn’t mail it back.
Slam went the receiver on the phony-friendly telemarketer. Down the drain went some of the goodwill I have toward the good name of Rodale.
Okay, I feel better now. Blogging may not pay anything but it does give us a chance to let off steam sometimes, and that’s worth something.