Re: Efficient Business Management Techniques: An Invitation to Jeer

sillyhead (
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 23:53:26 -0500 (CDT)

Speaking of small sums:
Once I was desperate for money, having a newborn, no job and a lame ass
hubby, and was reading thru the paper, all these wonderful get rich quick
scams, yum, and thought DING! I know how I can make some money! So I
put an ad in the paper saying 'SEND ONE DOLLAR TO LEARN THE SECRET OF
GETTING RICH!' I got many many dollars. I sent them a handwritten note
back that said 'Don't send money to stupid shit like this." I made a
quick 2000 bucks, then got shut down. (:
Ahhh, the good old days,


On Tue, 1 Jun 1999, Dave Long wrote:

> When I was an undergrad, we discussed sending a check for a trivial amount to
> one's least favorite of the {Democratic,Republican} National Committee. The
> idea was that not only might they expend an inordinate amount of labor on
> processing the payment, but if one got on the records as an actual donor,
> they'd expend even more in the future attempting to extract more funds.
> I have learned two things since then:
> 1) One doesn't have to have donated: political parties will routinely attempt
> to touch one's pocket if they have but a glimmer of hope of shared interests.
> (no doubt to earn the postage and salaries with which to solicit yet more...)
> 2) Even if you've donated merely a small sum, it has to be recorded: the
> reporting limits for donors might be hit by the accumulation of several small
> donations.
> I hope parties can decline donations, so as to avoid having to match up
> records for "Geo. H. Qwerty, Underwater Basket Weaver: $5" with "G. Hbar
> Qwerty, submarine basketry: $5", etc.
> -Dave