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Ovid (2709)

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Journal of Ovid (2709)

Friday June 27, 2003
10:36 AM

Weekly Spam

[ #13100 ]

At my personal email account, I receive a lot of spam. I decided to collect all of it for a week to see how much I received:

Number of spam: 697
Total Size: 3.55 meg

That's a heck of a lot of spam. I almost wonder how it can be cost effective for them, but somehow, the spammers seem to survive.

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  • Cost-effective (Score:4, Interesting)

    It's cost-effective because the costs are miniscule. Mail out 10 million spam, and if you only get 1 buy in a million, that's 10 buys. Ten purchases (or whatever) for a close-to-zero cost is cost-effective.


    • That assumes that the spammers are actually the ones selling the products. That may be. That also may not be — it makes sense to me that the ones making money are the ones selling spamming services, and the people actually selling physical products are just being ripped off.

      That's just a hunch though. Does anyone know for sure?

      • The article ( on Alan Ralsky states:

        Ralsky makes his money by charging the companies that hire him to send bulk e-mail a commission on sales.

        I have no idea how many repeat customers he gets, or what his customer satisfaction is like.

        Given the content and volume of spam in *my* inbox, I have to conclude that some people out there are dissapointed with their small, flacid penises that they got a bad mortgage rate on.