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General Note to Companies Who Are Offering to Send Me Free Sample Products

Posted Jan 26 2009 3:53pm
Hello Advertisers & Companies,

What I'm about to write isn't personal: Please note that as a matter of general security, I don't disclose my postal address to unverifiable entities under any circumstance. So, sorry but I can't try your product & review it here, not unless you'd like to disclose your own business postal address to me first, (so I can verify it through the Better Business Bureau & then contact you via snail mail at that address), or unless you already have me on your direct marketing lists. :)

And no, I'm not going to be setting up a separate P.O. box just for this express purpose anytime soon. :)

That being said, if you work for a company with whom I have a pre-established business relationship, you are more than welcome to mail me samples. If this is the case, you won't have to ask me for my postal address. ;-)

Put the shoe on the other foot for a moment: Hmmm, let's see. Most of you are sending me communication from a Gmail account versus an actual verifiable company/business domain (i.e., person's_name@company.com). Call me paranoid, but that looks a tad bit suspicious. Gmail accounts can be set up in an instant without any true accountability & can then disappear as soon as they are created. How do I know if you are legitimate? Since I don't have any way of verifying your identity via the internet, I am not going to release my postal address to you.

Having worked in IT for 15+ years, I "ain't no dummy." :) So, if you are trying to scam me through these attempts, nice try but no dice.

I think most people can well understand that it's not a wise idea to disclose one's postal address & other personal information to complete & utter strangers without knowing them well first. Think of how you would feel if you were asked to provide the same. If you manage or are employed by a valid, legitimate business entity, then as a fellow businessperson & private citizen, you will likewise certainly understand my response & won't take offense at the protective, common-sense tone of this email. :)

Also, even I weren't "paranoid" about releasing my personal information, I'm a little bit overwhelmed right now by the sheer number of requests & electronic communications coming my way at the moment, especially with regard to my blog & other related social networking communities. So if you are a valid business entity & I haven't yet contacted you, it's either because (a) I'm not interested & am too busy to write back, or (b) I am, in fact, interested, but am too busy at the moment to write back. :)

Lastly, I am, in fact, open to forming new business relationships with companies, but your postal address & email address must be readily verifiable. So, if you are in fact a valid business & would like to do business with me, then you need to have some way of conclusively proving it to me. This is how it's going to work: First send me your business postal address & your email address with a valid business domain, & will contact you if I'm interested in doing business. Thanks!

Also, valid businesses are welcome to contact me for advertising space on this blog via AdRoll or other arrangements, i.e., blog text links or banners. For the latter, the minimum period of time for advertising contracts is a year, to be paid in advance via PayPal.

Thanks for your understanding.

-C

P.S. If you are in fact from the following companies (& your identity can be readily verified), I welcome doing business with you & establishing advertising contracts on this blog (& my other blogs):

Companies Selling Running Products:

Favorite Running Stores in Other Locales

Other Health-Related Products

Please note: In terms of advertising contracts, if you happen to sell health food products or services, they must not be "diet products." I am ethically opposed to diet pills, shakes, and the like, & also do not support quick weight-loss solutions. I believe in moderation & balance, & if you have spent any significant time reading this blog, you should already know better than to ask me to endorse such products. :)
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