Techdirt is reporting that:

11% of people say they've bought from spam, while 9% said they were scammed by spam. It certainly sounds like your chances aren't very good if you're buying from spam. At the same time, 39% admit to clicking on spammed URLs, most of whom now admit that they get more spam because of it

Wow, people are more lame than I had previously imagined. Given how cheap it is to spam, maybe I should get started. There are a lot of personal enhancement products to be sold!

Posted by jzawodn at July 12, 2005 07:55 PM

Reader Comments
# Jake Tracey said:

It just shows how uninformed most people are about spam, and that there are still huge problems preventing it. I get a truckload of phishing and spam e-mails each day and in a way it shows how large the industry is - even after CAN SPAM came into effect.

on July 12, 2005 08:58 PM
# Jeremy Felt said:

It has turned into an amusing contest for me. The Gmail spam filter works so well. Sometimes I'll go through and randomly click on the "remove me" links just to see if the spam count goes up or down. Other times I'll reply to the messages if the e-mail address looks real. Don't think I've ever clicked on a link but somehow I'm up to around 1400 in any given 30 day period.

on July 12, 2005 11:56 PM
# Ajju said:

The results depend on how they define spam. Some legitimate sites that I have bought stuff from have hoodwinked me into getting spam by having a "click here to NOT receive our letter" type underhand tricks. I am sometimes too lazy to go back and unsubscribe and if I get an interesting looking email from them I do click through. I may even buy something. Obviously if these people are buying stuff from noname sites - I don't even know what to say.

on July 13, 2005 10:26 PM
# Umesh said:

I feel..just becasue its an unsolicited mail, we should not think that things bought through spams mail are going to be useless. I have bought some nice stuff from URLs which came to me through spams coming to my email at

on July 14, 2005 02:54 AM
# burdalane said:

I've bought overpriced, poor-quality items from spam before. I regret not going into the spam business a few years ago before ISPs and anti-spam activists started suing spammers. Back then I had no clue how profitable spam could be or how to get into the business, and in fact, I'm still not sure how to get started.

on July 17, 2005 04:55 PM
# said:

the 38-45% are not very smart are they?

on July 18, 2005 04:13 AM
# Bill Freedman said:

I'll take any spam you've got

on August 10, 2005 02:18 PM
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