From the Napster Alternatives thread:
(Parenthetical comments are mine)
I don’t immediately see anything objectionable in the “below” part.
From Amazon’s Safe Shopping Guarantee:
Not to mention the built-in safety factor that already comes with using a credit card anywhere, not just on line.
And I always give my telephone number out in the order process (in case something goes wrong and they need to reach me), and I’ve never had a problem with telephone solicitations.
So, what are we afraid of? I have been an Amazon customer for almost as long as they have been operating. I don’t get spammed by them or any of their affiliated business, and I think it would be business-suicide for any company that starts doing that to their customers.
Only once did I receive a solicitation from Drugstore.com (an Amazon subsidiary) for a special on Pepcid®. Somehow they knew that I take that & they sent me a dynamite offer on the stuff for which I was grateful.
When I think of the word privacy I imagine people peeking through my widows or listening to my telephone conversations. Any transactions I make with a business are private between me and said busness. I know that people are going to say that said business violates that privacy when they sell or give my information to other businesses, but I really don’t have a huge problem with this. If I were to buy a battery charger at gadgets.com, I wouldn’t really care if they shared that info with their subsiduary (batteries.com) so that I could get a good deal on something to put in my charger.
Who here has ever declined to give their phone number to Radio Shack when making a purchase in one of their stores? Did you think that they are going to call you up in the middle of the night to see if you wanted to buy a ham radio kit? As much as I’ve shopped there over the past 20 years I’ve never received a call from them.
Okay I’m waiting… alarm me.