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I remember a time when I thought that getting an email was a wonderful thing. Sure, it's great when you receive pictures from friends and relatives, or actual correspondence (I'm not talking about the dreaded FWD's here). Right now, I would just love to have a nearly empty inbox. I waste so much time deleting messages that I do not want.
Whatever possessed me to sign up for surveys? I'll never know. Maybe I didn't realize that I would only earn a whopping one dollar for suffering through one hundred surveys. Talk about time wasted. Sure, I could earn money faster by filling out "offers" to buy other products, but doesn't that defeat the purpose? I would be spending more money than earning. I cancelled one of my survey accounts, and after warning me that I would forfeit all my earnings (a whopping $17.00 for months of surveys--they can keep it) they asked for my reason. Here it is:
"It is impossible to make money doing surveys without spending money first. I think that it defeats the purpose".
I signed up for Groupon, Living Social, etc. I get about 10 emails a day from each of them. Don't know why I signed up for offers in New York City (about a hour away from me). Maybe, I probably thought that I would get great offers from Museums, and concerts--and there are some--but most of the offers are for haircuts on the Upper West side, etc. It doesn't seem to make much sense to spend $50.00 on gas just to save $20.00 on a haircut.
I get offers from Publishers Clearing House several times a day. All the emails say, "This could be the winner, so don't ignore it!" It never is, but I keep searching on "Search and Win" to lose over and over again. But I still enter the contests, just in case. However, I have noticed that when I ignore the emails, the world still turns.
Then there are the emails from companies that you have ordered products from. This is a "One day only sale", sucker. I don't mind them as much as the emails from companies that I never ordered from. How did you get my email again? I spend much time deleting myself from the mailing list. Of course there is the occasional SPAM that sneaks through the filter as well. It's just too much, and I can't keep up. Most of the email coming to this account is just unnecessary.
This is why I want to start over. Brand spanking new email. Three emails at most per day. I think that I can handle that. It's just going to be a pain in the butt to switch everything over, but it will be worth it.