Several days ago I commented on the spam lawsuits, and noted that the real problem was one of supply and demand, that as long as users responded to spam the deluge would never let up.
There is a story on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that backs me up. As per the article, Mr. Orlando Soto of New York considers browsing through spam to be a “treasure hunt”. He likes to get 150 spam messages a day, and lamented the day on which he only received 17 messages. He reads them, picks the ones he is interested in, and … and here is the worst part … he buys stuff from spammers. He has bought a bingo machines, all sorts of vitamins, ribbons, cigarettes, a metal detector, and more. And he is actually thankful for spam.
Thanks to the likes of Mr. Soto, we are doomed.