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"When you sign up for digital service, sometimes they make it difficult to unsubscribe."

"You see these tricks every time you order a product online, use a search engine, sign up for a streaming service, or join a social media community."

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When you start getting emails you have unsubscribed from, what happens if you mark them as “junk”?
 
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I use a product called unroll.me.  It does a lot of unsubscribing for me.

It is free.   It cut down on my email a lot.

There must be a downside to the took, but I don't know what it is.

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Peter Rooke wrote:"When you sign up for digital service, sometimes they make it difficult to unsubscribe."



When you sign up for anything they make it difficult to unsubscribe. I hate the job title "membership retention consultant". It's one step above "bully".

I don't subscribe to a lot of services simply because I know that for one reason or another I'd have to fight tooth and nail to pause or terminate them. I just did put a service on pause and now they're spamming me daily or more often to re-register. And that was one of the easier services to get out of.

It's like the deal when I make a charitable contribution and get back a thank-you letter that contains a solicitation for another contribution, listing suggested values. And what you sent last time is the lowest suggested value. It virtually ensures that I'm not sending anything more for at least 5 years.

There's such a thing as trying too hard. And if you do, you'll never have me as a customer/contributor.
 
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Tim,

Sometimes I see a charity such as the 9/11 Museum in NYC that reminds me of something that I was part of.  If a relative went through a disease I want to contribute.  I don't like being asked for more money.  I take standard tax deduction each year so I don't think the receipts do me any good.   I'd rather give money without identifying myself.  

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