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CC and BCC mistake... Now I know your customers

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Texas_Signmaker, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I'd like to explain this for people that are not familiar with it. When sending an e-mail to multiple people, CC allows everyone who receives that email to see the list of others who also received it. BCC does not.

    A local sign shop competitor of mine, occasionally sends out a mass email advertising their digital billboard they have in town. I think I referred them a customer once because I am on their email contacts list. Thing is, the last email they sent was CC. I pretty much have their customer contact list. The e-mail address of buyers at the PD, school system, supplier e-mail's, business owners e-mails, I pretty much can decipher it all.

    Clearly valuable information to me. What should I do with this new contact list?

    NOTE: The question is tongue-in-cheek, I'm not doing anything with the list.
     
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  2. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    so they got a billboard BUT they also are emailing folks informing them they got a billboard OR do they own the billboard?

    that list IMO is worthless, when you take advantage of a situation such as that it usually doesnt turn into a long term relationshit
     
  3. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    :D Too funny...
     
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  4. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

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    Sell to other sign shops in the area, duh.
     
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  6. Solventinkjet

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    I have received my vendor's and competitor's customer email lists many times. It really helps out with the email marketing. Also, since my name is similar to a president at one of the major printer manufacturers and I get CCed on stuff once in a while, I have received emails detailing which dealers they were about to fire.
     
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  7. Justin H

    Justin H Member

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    Many places have laws around sending unsolicited emails so even if you have their emails it does not mean you can email them advertising etc. Could get you a fine for spam. In my country I think it's $10,000 per recipient if you get caught out sending unsolicited emails. I'm no expert but I think that could fall under unsolicited/spam emails.

    Probably safer just to sell that list to the Russians.
     
  8. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Yea we have laws like that too I think. We also have laws against telephone spamming... clearly no one is enforcing it or gives a rats.
     
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