I pride myself in lowering consumption every single day. So to my surprise along comes an email like this;
Love your work on The Greening of Gavin! And I wanted to personally invite you to be one of the first Advisors on ShopSquad, a free shopping advice website where shoppers and your readers can ask Advisors (i.e. you!) for advice.
If you recommend something that is purchased, from appliances to clothing to electronics to sporting goods, you get a percentage of the sale. You’re already sharing your expertise through your blog, so why not earn more money for it?
We think your readers would love the chance to get one-on-one advice from you, and ShopSquad is a great platform for you to monetize all your hard work. We’ve built several awesome tools for bloggers, including a referral program in which you can earn $5 for each of your readers who signs up.
Read our great press coverage or learn how ShopSquad works. When you’re ready, sign up free at www.shopsquad.com.
Feel free to ask me any questions: email@example.com.
Thanks Joycie! Once upon a time, I would have ignored the email, but today it was just too good an opportunity to not pass comment on.
So here goes. Please dear readers, don’t be fooled by the simple, alluring, and siren like message above. It is designed to appeal to your sense of greed and artificial desires and wants. I will not be your shopping advisor, not now nor never in the future.
Joycie obviously loves my work (not), and having read my blog from start to finish (not) knows that I abhor the consumer culture and affluenza in its entirety. So why in Gaia’s name did she send me this email? To upset me? Probably not, she and whatever marketing company she works for thinks I am a normal ‘consumer’! ShopSquad sounds like just another marketing ploy to increase sales for some multinational selling tat that nobody needs, with a view to record profits and draining the planets finite resources! Something that does not make me happy. Sustainable living makes me happy. Here is why.
Joy and perceived happiness should never be associated with shopping. ShopSquad be gone!