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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Tania @ Out Back says
I got this same email too Gavin…I like your response, you have said it well!
So pleased you have declined to be “my shopping advisor” Gavin as I too need nothing. I have no desires or wants anymore, other than repairs to existing things. Shopping holds no allure and my life is more complete now that I have relinquished the idea for things.
wonderfully put…as always!
A brilliant post, I’ve never been here before….but I’ll definitely be back, you’re a man after my own heart!!
Dinner of Herbs says
Well said! I hope you emailed that reply to her. Though it could be fun to advise people “don’t buy it, you don’t need it!”
Well said!! did you send them a copy of this post. Im sure they would find it quite refreshing.
I got this exact same email from Joyce, here was my reply to her:
I am actually against excessive shopping in an excessively consumerized world. We are all shopping too much, buying too much stuff and rapidly using up the Earth’s resources. What will be left for future generations? Further – the production and shipping of all this stuff is putting so much carbon into the sky, which we really don’t need right now. Climate change is a disaster waiting to happen, and over consumption is a big part of that problem. I want to leave a better world for our children. I want to live a good life with less. I want to simplify, and rely on time with my children and family to bring me happiness, not the next gadget, dress or toy. So I guess you could call me an anti-shopper, and would probably not be the best Advisor for ShopSquad.
Jason Dingley says
LOL. you have got to love the “Hi Gavin, love your work”. Are there people that really fall for this spam?
Here Here!! Way to go Gav….I’ve gotten these kinds of emails before too…I used to look into what they were about, but no more, a waste of my time….If I don’t support it, there is no way I’m going to market it…Each time I get a similar email I now add them to my ‘block sender’ list…Great post and thanks for sharing the email.
Darren (Green Change) says
I got one too, they’re obviously just scraping Australian blogs and mass-mailing everyone.
Well put Gavin.
Thanks for this post. I was just researching on this Joyce Chen because I received an email from her, too. Go green! 🙂
Thanks for putting this out there. I just received a similar email from this supposed company and could find no conclusive evidence on google of their existence. I have called it spam and moved it there. Cherrie