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jaketheripper's avatar

How can I find a list of valid email addresses?

Asked by jaketheripper (2773points) August 20th, 2009

At my new job we are having a contest to see who can get the most emails to promote the opening of the store. I was wondering if anyone knew of a place where i could find a list of email addresses I could use. If you’re worried about promoting spam they assured me they would send only one email.

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dpworkin's avatar

You can subscribe to a list from any of a number of mail-order specialists.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Advertisements by email = yuck… why do people still do it? I guess somebody is buying stuff.. lol

Likeradar's avatar

Sorry dude… one unsolicited email is one email too many. I’m not gonna help you invade people’s inboxes with even one piece of junk.

kyanblue's avatar

It is against my principles to answer this question properly.
This is promoting spam.

People who have not signed up to recieve notifications about your store will be
massively irritated,
not potential customers.

If you’re collecting email addresses by talking to people and saying, “Hey, if you want to know when our store is opening, give me your email address and we’ll update you on it,” then that’s perfectly acceptable. They get to opt-in to receiving emails.

But just getting a list of emails is rude. And what if those email addresses are of people in Boise, Idaho, and you’re located in Austin, Texas? How do you know they’re interested in your store or what you’re selling?

Is there some kind of reward to this contest? Are there any rules about how you can collect email addresses?

jaketheripper's avatar

there is a prize and no there are no rules. I hate spam as much as the next guy but I’m not gonna get upset over one email that will probably automatically go to their spam folder anyway. I mean i guess there’s no way you can tell if I’m being honest, But then again if I was in the business of spamming there are much easier ways…

Likeradar's avatar

@jaketheripper I don’t doubt that you are being honest about only sending one. But one email from every company who will just send one is a lot of emails that people didn’t ask for and likely will be viewed as spam. You’re pretty much asking us for help in bothering people.

@TCH- thanks. :)

cwilbur's avatar

One unsolicited commercial email message is one message too many. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for promoting spam, @jaketheripper, and you ought to be doubly ashamed of yourself for attempting to enlist the help of Fluther in such reprehensible behavior.

kyanblue's avatar

The thing is, once those emails are in your company’s files, can you trust that there will be only one email? You never know…someone new in management can decide that those lists can probably be used again to promote some new product or whatever.

Vincentt's avatar

It’s kind of a pointless contest, targeting potentially interested people should be way more effective. Check what your target audience is, where they hang out online and how you can get them interested enough in whatever you do to leave their email address. If they’re not interested, well, too bad, sending spam is annoying. You might not mind just one, I would.

dynamicduo's avatar

This is a real bad idea, dude. You will alienate these people instead of doing the actual job and getting interested people to come to your store. Trust me on this. One email is spam enough.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Buy one from somebody who sets up spam bots. Pay cash, no credit cards. try these guys:

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