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Subject: Sales pitch in my p.m.
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 9:17 AM ET
Member Since: 4/4/2006
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I just got a sales pitch from a member here who sells jewelry?  I'm not interested, but feel that I have been spammed. What is PBS's view on this?



Date Posted: 12/7/2007 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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If it was an unsolicited PM that was only a pitch for the jewelry, I don't think that's allowed. Now earlier this year, I posted a request for some beaded lanyard sources, and one person PM'd me about her business rather than posting a public reply in the forums. I didn't think that was wrong, because I did request sources for the item in question. Is there a possibility that you posted something that would have brought about the PM?

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 9:48 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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I got a similar one too, some time ago.  I ignored it.  Not suggesting you do the same.  Just sharing what I did.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 11:45 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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If it was totally unsolicitated, meaning, as Jane says, nothing you said on any forum prompted her to think you might be interested in his/her jewelry, then absolutely, please report the member to R&R. We are not even supposed to promote our businesses in our sig lines, excepting in the most descrete way (link only, no extra promoting text) , therefore, I'm sure PM'ng people about your business is totally against the rules.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 12:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Was this someone you had a transaction with? If it was then I'd pm them back and let them this is against PBS rules.  If it was just out of the blue I'd report it to PBS.  I know I wouldn't want to log on everyday to find sales pitches in my PMs.  I get enough of that in my email.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
Posts: 15,930
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I got it too - but I think of her as a friend because we play in the swaps, so I didn't think anything of it. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 1:25 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
Posts: 8,411
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Same here, Rhonda.  I think she might have Pm'd some people on her Buddy List.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2005
Posts: 641
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I have never experienced this type of thing but I did find this in the Help Center....

Note: the Personal message system may not be used for obscene, rude or harassing messages, or sending multiple unsolicited messages to members (this is considered spam).  If you spam by PM and we receive a complaint, you will  be warned.  If you repeat the offense after being warned, your membership will be terminated permanently.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I took it as a PM from a friend, not a solicatation only.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 11:53 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2006
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Me too Cozette.

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 8:07 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2007
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I also took it as a PM from a friend.  Most of us play in the swaps together and I didn't consider it any different than a general conversation in a swap.