5 years into it, Vistaprint spam post still going strong
In March 2004 I was fed up with the constant spam that linked to a company called VistaPrint (not hot-linked here for obvious reasons).
I put on my engineering hat and dissected spam emails to find out where the stuff was coming from. I also posted my findings in an open letter to VistaPrint end of March 2004.
Nothing happened for a while and then, out of the blue, an employee from VistaPrint responded and offered to look into the issue. I sent a number of spam samples, which I still happened to have lying around, to that person and, surprise, surprise, never received a response from anybody at VistaPrint (most likely those forwarded spam messages along with my comments were filed under junk mail as well).
If I can trust the traffic analysis for kahunaburger, that very same VistaPrint open letter above is one of the busiest pages on my server. Just in the last few weeks it received at least 10 comments from people who suffer under the constant spam bombardment or who have been duped into signing up for something that they don’t want. Searching for “vistaprint spam” on Google, shows that kahunaburger is listed as the very first entry.
I have little hope that any of those actions mentioned in the comments to the open letter will make any difference. VistaPrint, with headquarters in the Bermudas, lives from affiliate networks driving traffic to their site. Those affiliate networks have been linked to spam since the beginning of spam. VistaPrint claims that they don’t allow affiliate members to send unsolicited emails, but they don’t do anything about it proactively, but instead just pretend to investigate whenever too many people complain about a particular spam incident. Even if they sack the responsible affiliate and terminate his account, that guy just turns around and signs up under a different name/email to do the very same again.
Just take a look at all the information that’s posted about VistaPrint on ripoffreport.com – makes you really wonder how they can still be in business.
Anyway, what I found interesting was the fact that a 5-year old post on this site could still generate substantial traffic today …