>In short, because there are ads, the
>subscribers get the magazine for less. This analogy does *NOT* carry
>over to most Internet mail lists. These lists are, as a rule, free to
I receive several magazines for free because of my position and line of
work. I also get a community newspaper for free. Both the magazines and the
newspaper are supported entirely by advertising and mailing list rentals. I
agree that advertising is not NEEDED to support most existing internet
mailing lists since they are free.
>Therefore, anyone who uses these lists to
>advertise a product is getting a free ride,
I disagree though about who is getting the free ride. You suggest it is the
advertiser who would be getting the handout. I suggest its the READER today
who is getting the handout. Your own words say that the cost of many lists
is being born by entities OTHER than list subscribers. I suspect quite of
few of those lists have little to do with the paying entity's mission.
Isn't that the definition of a handout?
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