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Sherman Shipyards
5 February 2003, 11:11 PM
Did anyone eles get this piece of junk? I don't know about you, but i don't have this kind of money sitting around.

I am wondering where they got my name from. Did SW insider sell my name? Is it my SWRPG site (ShermanShipyards.com (http://shermanshipyards.com))?
Any thoughts?


Dear Star Wars Enthusiast,

I would like to inform you that we have decided to offer for sale our Star Wars, Web-based business currently located at www.starwarszone.com. StarWarszone.com is the only true, unique Star Wars specific-market on the Internet (the website is not affiliated with Lucas Films). This website not only serves as a storefront for selling Star Wars-related products, but also as a “open invitation” for others to buy and sell Star Wars-specific products and services (you will make a commission on every sale). It has taken us two years in developing the applications for this website and feel that it would prove to be valuable to someone who wants to complement their existing business or is a budding entrepreneur. Since we are unable to gauge the value of a unique website such as this website, we decided to accept the best offer presented to us.

What you will get with this business:

· Our accumulated 5,800 STAR WARS-targeted email addresses {This targeted SW email database is available separately for $1500)

· Limited access to 5,718 Registered Users (through affiliates)

· Confidential price lists and agreements with distributors, wholesalers and dealers

· 12 months of free website hosting

Why are we selling?

We are a Web Development company that develops web-based business solutions for niche clients. Our company developed this website when we determined there were really no other community websites that focused on buyers and sellers in the Star Wars community. We didn’t realize what a huge community of people were interested in Star Wars, including fans, collectors and enthusiasts. We feel that someone else more closely aligned with the Star Wars community would be better suited to continue development of this online business (you will have the opportunity to select your own domain name which I can help you with).

StarWarsZone.com Features:

· Exclusivity – Our next-generation website focuses exclusively on the Star Wars market

· Efficiency - Website lists all STAR WARS products categories on homepage (no “page flipping”)

· Email Broadcasts - Email Broadcast System for instant communication among the STAR WARS community members

· The first STAR WARS website (as far as we know) that deals with critical-timing issues (Urgent Want-to-Buy, Urgent Want-to-Sells) and long-term selling solutions (items can be listed up to a year)

· Effective – the website was designed as effective source for finding hard-to-find, obsolete and unique products and parts.

· Profitability – most fans are tired of paying high prices for items. It is also very difficult to find all-inclusive STAR WARS-related collectibles anywhere else on the Internet. This niche market provides the opportunity to generate high margins and substantial revenue.

· Flexibility – Add, delete or modify categories

· Many, many other features I could tell you about at your request

*** If this Web-based business does not interest you, we apologize for the email (we have you listed as someone interested in Star Wars merchandise). You are still invited to join our STAR WARS community in helping to create the largest STAR WARS marketplace on the Internet at www.starwarszone.com (you will have the opportunity to select your own domain name which I can help you with)

Please let me know if you’re interested in this website or any other “market-specific” websites. If you wish to not receive future emails, please reply to this email with “Opt-out” or “Remove” and your email address will be immediately removed from our database.

Thank you.

Regards,

Eric Miltsch, StarWarszone.com

Empire Solutions, Inc

(800) 820-2711, X27

Note: We would also consider selling our other Sci-Fi-related, Web-Based businesses that include Star Trek Lord of the Rings, Beatles, Elvis and Transformers. Please call or email me for more information.

Korpil
6 February 2003, 04:02 AM
I got the same sh**ty mail but to my previous account so I suspect they searched for Star Wars webmasters...

What worries me is what use will the future owner give to that suspicious database... I can't remember entering that page before... and I'm not the kind of guy that gives his mail away, I have a special hotmail account for that!

Rigil Kent
6 February 2003, 06:08 AM
I got in like four different email accounts, including one that isn't even remotely connected to my gaming life so I'd be curious in finding out how they got my addresses.

Frelling spam.

VixenofVenus
6 February 2003, 06:12 AM
Send them an Email saying that if they send you another email, ever, you will consider it unsolicited ... :)

Unsolicited advertising is a big no-no.

dgswensen
6 February 2003, 07:07 AM
I never send email back to spammers. It just lets them know the account is active and I get ten times the amount of spam I did before.

I simply blacklisted the entire domain. Problem solved, at least as far as these guys are concerned.

Nafai
6 February 2003, 08:51 AM
just an fyi to webmasters, don't ever post your email in plaintext format. Spambots can pick it up, you should use a javascript wrapper or cut and paste a hexcoded version.

Korpil
6 February 2003, 09:03 AM
Great idea!

How's that hexcode thing? Like the &#nnn; stuff?

Oh yes, I stumbled on this page, check it out:

http://www.asciitable.com/

Nafai
6 February 2003, 09:10 AM
Sorry, I should have given some links.

PHP solution (http://www.b-link.co.uk/stevedawson/script_hide_email.htm)
Encoded Email Generator (http://www.kenric.com/AntiSpambotMailto.html)

Either one will generate it for you to cut and paste into your website. If you do some script searching there are some that will do it on fly on your website, but if you don't have a bunch of email addresses on your site, one of the two above will do the trick.

Sherman Shipyards
6 February 2003, 08:13 PM
If they do it again, I may sue. Washington State has anti-spamming laws and maybe I could have them pay for my college.

I thought this line was real cute.

· Our accumulated 5,800 STAR WARS-targeted email addresses {This targeted SW email database is available separately for $1500)

Anyone else have a spare grand and a half? :rolleyes:

P.S. Thanks for the idea Nafai

Ardent
6 February 2003, 10:40 PM
Couldn't find it in any of my mailboxes (of course, I haven't maintained a website in a few years), but what they're offering (a list of e-mail addresses that in many cases is probably unsolicited) is illegal.

Technically, the sharing of information and resources isn't illegal, but if enough people point out that they've never voluntarily offered up their e-mail address to this company for their database, it won't take long for officials to jump to the correct conclusion.

Now, they could counter any lawsuit by simply saying they'll remove your e-mail address from the database and they'll have appeased to the court. So it's probably not worth the lawyer's fee. ;)