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Re: Sharp SPAM [marketing@sharpsystems.com: Special Price Offer f or Select Sharp Systems Products]

I was the happy owner of a Sharp Zaurus.  A colleague and a
relative both bought Zauruses (Zaurai?) on my recommendation.

Their spam to the list offends me, however, to the point
that I will not offer any more of such recommendations. 

I intend to support linux-friendly vendors and avoid vendors
who use spam as a marketing tactic.  Sharp was waffling on
linux-friendlyness (the PDA has a linux kernel but doesn't
provide any way to sync with a linux laptop) and this puts
them pretty far into the negative in my book.

On Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 09:31:17AM -0400, Kozikowski, Mark wrote:
> Erich,
> Good comment.
> I too will ensure that Sharp products are not included in any future
> systems that I or the company that I work for design.
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Erich Schubert [mailto:erich@debian.org]
> Sent: Monday, August 26, 2002 12:33 PM
> To: debian-laptop@lists.debian.org; debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Cc: marketing@sharpsystems.com; postmaster@sharpsystems.com;
> abuse@sharpsystems.com; remove@sharpsystems.com
> Subject: Sharp SPAM [marketing@sharpsystems.com: Special Price Offer for
> Select Sharp Systems Products]
> It appears that Sharp Systems systematically spammed writers to the
> Debian-Laptop list, which certainly is an abuse of the debian lists.
> (they did not spam the list, so they don't directly violate the
> anti-spam rules of debian though) The spam arrived 12. Aug 2002.
> I was spammed shortly after posting there about LCD screens, and a few
> other posters confirmed my assumption that this resulted to that spam.
> The SPAM contained correct headers and was properly addressed,
> mailserver was gatekeeperil2.sharpsec.com, which is registered to sharp
> as well. It even refers to a probably correct Sharp Freecall number
> (although i do not live in the USA, so i can't call it)
> I did NOT request any information from Sharp, especially not about LCD
> screens (why should i buy an LCD screen in the States, where i have to
> pay shipment to Europe, when i've got a 1600x1200 LCD in my non-Sharp
> fine notebook?)
> It's a shame that a compaby i though once as a major player relies on
> such dodgy - and in many countries ILLEGAL - methods of annoying
> potential customers. Guess i'll drop them into my filter list, or
> wait for them to spam me again, then sue them.
> Greetings,
> Erich
> Well, i hope this public complaint and discredit, which most probably
> be kept in the archives on the net for a long time will make them stop
> doing such inpolite things and reconsider their marketing strategies...
> I also now decided that I won't spend my money on a "Sharp Zaurus".
> (I didn't really intend to buy any PDA anyway).
> ----- Forwarded message from Sharp Systems Marketing
> <marketing@sharpsystems.com> -----
> Organisation: Sharp Systems of America
> From: "Sharp Systems Marketing" <marketing@sharpsystems.com>
> To: "Erich Schubert" <erich@debian.org>
> Subject: Special Price Offer for Select Sharp Systems Products
> Erich Schubert,
> Sharp Systems of America is offering its award-winning products at a special
> price to select customers and companies!
> Come to www.sharpsystems.com and look at our award winning line of notebook
> PCs and LCD monitors.
> >From now until September 30, 2002 you are entitled to receive a $100 rebate
> when purchasing any of the following products from Sharp Place: Actius
> MV10W, Actius UM30W or LL-T1820B LCD monitor.
> Simply order your product from www.sharpplace.com, and send a copy of this
> offer along with your on-line receipt from Sharp Place to: Sharp Systems,
> 5901 Bolsa Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 
> For more info, check out our website, or call us at (800) BE-SHARP.
> *if you prefer not to receive mailings in the future, please send an email
> to remove@sharpsystems.com
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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