Jason Bagley's article hit home because his opening paragraph reads:
I think we all pretty much know that Webmail and the holding company Interface IT are genuine spammers much the same as Ananzi and Braby’s. I got this email from a reader that got scammed by Webmail to send out 100 000 emails that would generate a 30% – 40% response rate. This “direct mail” package costs her R30 000.My brother tried advertising his jumping castle business on Ananzi and was bitterly disappointed with the results. Not only were they amateurish but they didn't match up with the marketing claims made by the Ananzi sales team.
As for Webmail, I have no way of knowing how accurate their figures are, but consider this: Webmail offers free email addresses to anyone who wants one, like Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail. UNLIKE the big boys, Webmail has no anti-spam offering, and now it seems they are a pro-spam. Weird.
Then there is the question of who exactly signs up for this kind of service. Webmail divides its customers into the following cheesy categories:
- Techy Teen - a person at school - a scholar.
- Super student - a student at college, technicon [sic] or university.
- Employed/Other - a person in the workplace or not in either of the above.
Personally, judging by the attack of pop-up ads that float around the screen when you visit their site, I would say that the people who use Webmail do so because they have a high tolerance of spam or they want a mailbox they can use for throw-away emails. And they've never heard of Gmail. Not yet anyway.
My nieces and nephews used to have Webmail addresses. They moved to Gmail and rolled their eyes when I asked them about Webmail. They have learnt about spam from the pro's, and won't get caught again.
Judging by the customer reviews here, Webmail's days are numbered.
They came to see me today and I told the salesman to leave the contract with me so that I can do some research and if happy I would sign it and send it through tomorrow. He promptly told me I am wasting his time, packed up his things, and left. Not very professional.