A fight against endless pressure to spy
I am contacting you regarding a business opportunity.
I work for a generic-sounding company who are actively seeking new software partners. We provide an advanced monetisation platform which can greatly enhance distribution and profitability.
After extensive research we believe that a cooperation between our two companies would be mutually beneficial and highly profitable.
Please forward this message to your business development team.
We contacted you through social media, but we demand that you actually contact us via email. In our ‘extensive’ research of your software, we didn’t bother to go to your ‘About’ page that listed your contact email address.
Terrible Sales Rep
This is a message that I have received multiple times. The first few times I was naive enough to reply, trying to explain to the senders why I was not interested. The response I received, each time, was very similar:
The research you did on our company must be misinformed. The toolbar that installs with the program merely replaces the default browser, reads hardware and software configurations, and reports these to our server for us to use however we like. It does not affect your software at all! Spyware is an ugly term which we do not like to associate with our product.
I also noted that you showed concern about advertisements appearing during installation andor during your program’s use, but I have decided to completely ignore this point, because advertisements are paying for my new car.
How could you say no! Look how profitable our company is!
Terrible Sales Rep
If you are a user of Musink, I would like you to know that I have no plans, at all, to associate any kind of spyware, malware, or advertisements with Musink.
If you are a sales person or budding software-developer wondering why, there are numerous reasons for this:
In other words:
Dear Terrible Sales Rep,
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