Yesterday's Junk

It's not often that junk mail is hilarious, but yesterday's offering had me howling with laughter:

Claim your
FREE chest today,
Mrs VP!

No, it wasn't an offer from the local plastic surgeon, but from Spalding Bulbs who appear to be trying to be the Readers' Digest of the gardening world. I made the mistake of taking up a free offer from one of the gardening magazines last year, where they were the supplier. Since then I've been bombarded with offers of useless free goods and the possibility of winning wads of cash. The chest in question turned out to be 2 - a free tool chest, and a treasure chest containing up to 20,000 pounds! BTW - that's their exclamation mark, not mine.

The offer is so tacky, you even have to open a little yellow plastic tool box glued to the letter to find out the size of the chest you've won. Surprise, surprise, I'd won not 5, 10 or even 50 tools, but the mega 100 tool chest, the largest on offer. I didn't know there were that many types of tool - does B&Q know?

Needless to say, I've now used their reply envelope to request the removal of my name from their mailing list. In spite of making me laugh so much, it's this kind of treatment that makes me stop being a customer, no matter how loyal Spalding Bulbs seems to think I am.


  1. Must admit, I get so irritated by this type of bombardment too!

    Good on you for taking action, asking to be off the mailing list!

  2. Hey ! Congratulations on the News Scoop! Roving Reporter! LOL!
    (referring to your ABC Wednesday!)


  3. Hi Denise - thanks on the congratulations! I couldn't let my scoop go, so have done a further post today :)

  4. Hi Wildside - luckily I've stopped most of this Junk by using the Mail Preference Scheme we have over here. Companies need to check and remove any names from their mailing lists of people who've requested no Junk through this scheme!

    However, I must have missed out ticking the 'no mail' option when I placed my order through the magazine. Strange as I'm normally very good at remembering to do that. If I did remember to do it, then the company's being totally irresponsible. I'll see how my request for removal goes, before complaining further!

  5. Yes B&Q do know - they had a 102 tool chest on sale yesterday...


Post a Comment

I love hearing from you and welcome thoughtful conversations :)

Comments aiming to link back and give credence to commercial websites will be composted!

Your essential reads

Review: Riverford Recipe Box with guest chef Sarah Raven

How not to look after your Pilea peperomioides

How to make a show judge's life harder

A clean break

Dessert Apple Jelly: Seasonal Recipe

Salad Days: Mastering Lettuce

The 52 Week Salad Challenge Begins

Postcard from Texas

Review: Stihl Compact Cordless Blower BGA 56

Snow Time