Have you ever received the chain mail letter that asks you to send $1.00 to the next person on the mailing list? Did you try it? Did you receive any dollars?
I wouldn't waste my time with crap like that.
Not a good idea...Here's what the US Postal Service has to say. Well worth the read if you want to stay out of jail.
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/inve … tters.aspx
Got that chain letter when I was a child. foolishly did what it said. Got zilch in return. Chain letters are scams and they have gone from snailmail to the internet, and are not only in pyramid scheme form.
I've had them a couple of times and chucked them in the bin. It's always a con.
It is a pyramid scheme and as such even if some people profit, most lose.
I had a friend that used to do that, and he was all excited that he was making $22.00 a week. But, he's not good at math. I said, no, you are making less the $10.00 a week. You have to send $10.00, plus pay for the stamps to send those $10.00. The only people that are making any money, is the person that started the chain, and maybe 10 people below him. The rest are just breaking even. So, he said he would stop sending out letters and just earn money from whoever sent him money. Then he started getting mad because he wasn't getting any more letters.
I explained to him that once your name drops off the list. You won't get anything. And, he thought he was going to get rich, so he went out and bought himself a new car. Not a smart thinker.
My mom tried that when I was a kid -she had high hopes for potential success. It was a complete loss and waste of time.
My Ridiculous Get Rich Quick and Bomb History
Let me tell you, I know all about these things, pretty much pre-internet.
Back around 1994 to 1995 when I was in my late teens, I placed an ad in the classified section of the National Enquirer for people to send me $5.00 for some moneymaking secrets. Two people sent me $5.00, but over the course of the next three years hundreds of people asked me to send them $1 as part of a pyramid scheme. They got my name from the Enquirer for their mailing list.
I threw all of the mail out, but once I was sent $3 because someone placed my name on a recipient list.
In my late teens in the 90s I was also ordering "make money" kits from infomercials. I had VHS tapes from Don LaPre about placing tiny ads in newspapers around the country, once bought a kit from something called "The HIghlander Club," which was a briefcase full of ads for "secret investment opportunities," and another time bought a kit about buying houses. You were supposed to call realtors and tell them you wanted to buy houses with "no money down." They basically ended up laughing at you and hanging up the phone.
Once I even tried buying a gumball machine for $800 out of a local newspaper. The seller could tell I was a naive 18-year-old and used paternal instincts by refusing to sell to me.
Funny I did all this at 18 and 19. I forgot about it for so many years. Hope you guys had fun reading it.
LOL! You must have been quite a kid fro your parents to have around! Fun story - thanks for sharing!
by tangoshoes 11 years ago
So today I got a hub flagged as overly promotional. The warning said it contained too many affiliate links. The crazy thing about this is that I do have hubs which contain affiliate links but I happend to make this hub for a friend. She runs an art studio in AZ and she started a blog to help her...
by Rob Welsh 13 years ago
I was told that successfully competing in a HubNuggets meant that your hub was then promoted in the next HP News Letter. So when does that happen and how does one obtain a copy of HP News Letters?
by Earl S. Wynn 12 years ago
Is there a mailing list I can join which tells all the new anthologies currently accepting...submissions?
by Irfan 11 years ago
Is there a way to send a msg to all our followers on hub pages?
by Penelope Hart 10 years ago
How many Christmas Cards are you mailing this year?Have you usually sent Christmas Cards by mail? Are you sending fewer cards this year? What are your reasons?
by icewave5 13 years ago
Show me the chain mails..
Copyright © 2023 The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of The Arena Platform, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|