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Pranking the unsuspecting

Lets record fun things done to the unsuspecting via mail like the time JMBennett received a rotten steak or my relatively tame example posted today of playing with a company/person who MUST respond to my blather.

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Branching off Into Annoying Telephone Solicitors

Started by Carolyn Cline. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Mar 20. 5 Replies

I know, I know it isn’t mailart but this group has inspired me to new heights of orneriness. Every evening about this time, we get calls from telephone solicitors. Today, I searched through my…Continue

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Comment by Alan Brignull on February 12, 2017 at 1:58pm

We all want to see the response, Fike.

Reminds me of a wonderful old zine called 'Junk Mail Backlash', full of prank letters sent to direct mail companies, filling their lists with ludicrous obscene pseudonyms which were all taken seriously by the companies.

Comment by Bonniediva on February 12, 2017 at 12:35am

I love to complain about a product, and then find myself with complimentary coupons for the SAME product. I don't want another one of THOSE! LOL! I'm going to write and ask for coupons for a competitor's product. YUM!

Comment by John M. Bennett on February 11, 2017 at 11:42pm

one of the greatest Blaster tales of all time

and now i feel truly inspired to get at those  customer satisfaction surveys!  a great literary challenge lies ahead!

j

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on February 11, 2017 at 10:04pm

Here's an historic example presented to goad you on to maximum effort.

http://www.fehpress.com/crab.html

NB: watch out for traffic.

Comment by Azzaro on February 11, 2017 at 8:25pm

Ficus strangulensis - I am looking forward to seeing the response from Rubbermaid (interesting name!!!). In the dim and distant past I have sent several of such letters (and other tripe).....I must get back into this fun sport.

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on February 11, 2017 at 8:12pm

Woopsie! Sorry about the "IOUMA". Not trying to be funny, maybe today I'm lesdixic. YOB-f

Comment by Bradford on February 11, 2017 at 7:32pm

At least the "unsuspecting" person will have a clue before reading the letter.

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on February 11, 2017 at 7:25pm

Comment by Bradford on February 11, 2017 at 7:23pm

If you do this a few times, you'll find that at least 50% of the time you'll receive coupons for the same or similar products.  The fun part is the form letter that was chosen by the oddball who took a job reading letters from customers of a manufacturer's products. 

Most of my letters had little of the original complaint addressed specifically in the form letter that accompanied the coupons.

I have zines by two different people who created a body of work comprised of their letters and the responses (or note of a complete lack of response) to various crank letters.  GREAT FUN!

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 11, 2017 at 7:19pm

Funny how you write IOUMA, but it is actually IUOMA.....

 

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