Know thy target

Received in the morning’s spam: a bogus promotion from “Payless” with the subject “New heels are available at discount”.

I blew up the graphic and found what was purported to be a $500 gift card from Payless ShoeSource, allegedly sent by promoter The Gift Lot, which has a Web site, but that’s not where any of the links went.

Come to think of it, this didn’t come to my usual mailbox, but to a spam trap. And a couple of hours later, a similar item came in claiming to be from, um, Target.


  1. Kay Dennison »

    5 November 2008 · 6:15 pm

    hmmmmmmm I couldn’t find 500 bucks worth of shoes at Payless — their shoes are ugly and cheap — both in price and quality.

  2. CGHill »

    5 November 2008 · 6:38 pm

    Once in a while I’d find something wearable there — though size 14 EE is a difficult proposition at best — but it would never hold up longer than a season or two. It finally dawned on me that one pair of $120 shoes worked out better than four pairs of $30 shoes.

  3. Kay Dennison »

    5 November 2008 · 11:30 pm

    Size 14?

  4. CGHill »

    6 November 2008 · 12:34 am

    Is this somehow implausible?

  5. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2008 · 7:26 am

    Yeah, I’ve learned through sad experience is that not only does a $100 pair of shoes last longer than 5 pairs of $20 shoes will (especially if you have a good repair-person who can replace the little rubber things on the heels), but they are also less likely to play hob with my poor feet.

    Of course, I never buy anything particularly exotic in the line of shoes; when you’re on your feet between 3 and 6 hours a day, “exotic” doesn’t work.

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