I specifically signed up for a Gmail account to use for on-line ordering. Of course, once you’ve ordered from a company, they use your email address to send sales alerts – some companies send them more than once a day. I know this is part of life on line, and that’s why I only use the Gmail account for ordering. Almost all sites, when you order, give you the option to uncheck a box so you won’t receive their email alerts. I always ask not to be put on a list at a store, as well, and the clerk will assure me I won’t receive the alerts. 70% of the time you get them anyway. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve unchecked the box that says send me email alerts, only to receive them anyway. Then I have to go and unsubscribe. That only works about 50% of the time. When they won’t honor their word in this way, there is a cost. I no longer do business with that company.
Rather than a long list of offenders, here’s a list of those companies who have honored my request on whether or not to receive their email this season.
- Southwest Airlines
- The Container Store
- White House/Black Market
- Famous Dave’s
Thanks for doing what you say you will do.