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Internet Marketing Fail

I got this rather… interesting… email today:

Hello and Good Day,

My company runs a network of online users in the United States looking online for medical marijuana.

I reviewed your site and felt it may be an excellent source to direct our members to when they are searching online for medical marijuana or dispensaries.

I would like to discuss this with the person that makes decisions for your institution. So that we can possibly work to simply direct our network of online users looking for your service.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Best Regards,

Eddie Perez
Sr. Medical Marijuana Search Agent

Sorry, Eddie. That’s not really what we do here. But I love your title!
(And thanks for calling me an institution.)

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12 comments to Internet Marketing Fail

  • Balloon Maker

    Pete,
    You are an institution. Eddie, however, is barking up the wrong tree.

  • R.O.E.

    Well Pete, you do have a couch right? Maybe you are and institution lol.

    All come. Lay on Petes couch,tell him your problems. Leave with a nice nug. 🙂

  • Ditto Balloon Maker – Pete you ARE an institution!

  • But what the hell does he want? I get this kind of thing too and I don’t even understand what the scam is. Why do people email us asking for permission to link our site?

    Seriously. Someone explain this to me, please.

  • Scott — I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of link farm operation. They have a site at dr.com where they try to be the site where search engines will go for any kind of medical question, with subcategories of all kinds. Probably they really want us to link to them as part of the “relationship.” They’ll stick us in a list of links under the heading “places to get medical marijuana online.” But that’s just a guess.

  • kaptinemo

    Forgive this old reformer for seeming paranoid, but this smells of ‘scam’.

    A few years back, cops were trolling chat rooms looking for easy collars of pedophiles, and showed up at DrugSenseChat. They must have believed their own propaganda about how everyone who wants drug law reform being a closet perv. Who knows what this “Senior Medical Marijuana Search Agent” really was.

    The only good thing about drug prohibition is that it has taught good people to be on their toes about this kind of crap. Sad that it happens at all, though…

  • R.O.E.

    Ya that was my initial thought. A prohib cop looking to bust someone somehow or another. Any way …. to bad . Were not just stupid stoners as they may think.

  • truthtechnician

    This is commonplace now in California. There have sprung up different link farms for Medical Cannabis mainly seeking to scam despinsary owners out of money.

    The largest is http://www.sanfranciscocannabisclubs.com/ which comes to the top for many Google searches. They charge club owners up to $400 for a listing, preying on the owners’ technological ignorance of internet advertising.

  • Osborne Perry Anderson

    Mr. MMJ Search Agent needs to define ‘USER’ for starters. If ‘USERS’ are legit MMJ patients needing help with “searching online for medical marijuana or dispensaries” that sounds innocent enough? But I’m no mouthpiece and wouldn’t care to guess how the feds would look at it? If I were a betting man I’d say like dogs in need of a bone?

  • the ones that crack me up are the prohibitionist sites that link to mine (usually without telling me) — but clearly without having actually looked at my site.

    i think it’s safe to re-calibrate the detectors too: there is no hidden agenda to discredit reform groups — it’s all done out in the open

  • Mike R

    Smells like bacon to me.

  • BruceM

    Mike R: My nose couldn’t agree more. It’s a cop trying to entrap Pete… poorly disguising him as a mexican with poor grammar skills so Pete will have no doubt that it’s a real, 100% non-cop marijuana addicted drug abuser criminal.