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Penis pill spam dramatically shrunk over the weekend after a notorious spam affiliate brought down the shutters on its own operation. Spamit, a mainstay of the so-called Canadian Pharmacy business, announced its intention to shut up shop last week, saying that increased attention on its business had made it impossible to carry …

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Anonymous Coward

Viagra prescription drug?

Didn't know that, can buy it over the counter at Boots here in Thailand..........

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Unhappy

Not so fast ...

Yep, spam levels for Friday was down, very little over the weekend, started to come back Monday, above average Tuesday ...

Anybody else?

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Happy

Follow the money?

Does anyone know of a study that looks at the economics of penis pill spam? OK - so the spam is cheap to send out - but it's not free - there's a small cost associated with each message. And spam filters, Spam Assassin etc are removing a lot of the messages and recipients are deleting many more - so how many actually get through?

And how many of those generate a response? What's the economics of this sort of operation?

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Economics

By no means scientific, because I don't know the numbers, but the sending cost per spam mail would be incredibly low (especially since they're *stealing* other people's bandwidth and CPU cycles to send the actual messages, of course they have to pay some low-life shitbag for use of a botnet but I suspect that isn't too expensive either).

The response rate is also incredibly low, but high enough that they cover their costs and then some. If it wasn't, then spam would go away because it just wouldn't make financial sense to do it.

Spammers are evil, but you can also thank the fraction of a percent of clueless idiots who buy crap from them for making it a sustainable business model.

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Anonymous Coward

Though it had gone a bit quiet

I'd assumed a colleague had been emptying the filters before I got to them.

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Knob reduction

I had wondered where my daily 'your todger is tiny' notifications had gone, not that

I need reminding.

There has been an increase of 419's but I tend to read them as light entertainment before deleting.

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You mean they send it out indescriminately?

I thought my girlfriend had been talking about me when I kept receiving email selling viagra and penis pumps -- heck, these people even seem to know I like watches!

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Well I wish they'd tell the gits that keep sending me the same "buy viagra" message 20 times in a row that!

They do all seem to be coming from yahoo addresses lately though rather than the usual mix.

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Paris Hilton

Odd, it seems to have increased here in the US

I'm getting more offers to increase my dimensions (sadly, no one seems to care about those of us who could use a slight reduction in size). I agree with Elmer Phud regarding 419s being light entertainment. Last week, I got the "apply for a job as a payments forwarder" with the "I'm dying of cancer and want to give all my money away" appended right below it, in the same email.

Every now and then, I get a really creative one, which makes reading all the repeats worth the effort! (Even if the text has been copied so much it begins to look like a transcription of a message from a game of Telephone)

Paris, she's an expert.

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Pirate

You can get them on a private prescription....

Ask your Doctor nicely, hand over some cash, and Bob's your Uncle, Fanny's your Aunt!

Cheaper too! (Allegedly)

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Happy

Now in "Professional" strength!

I've been getting a good laugh for the new ads that punt "Professional" strength Viagra - I started seeing them a month or so ago ... it makes me wonder who they are punting these things at and if anyone really thinks this through.

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You may laugh Version 1.0

But I had a cushy job as a cock double, filling in when the lead lost wood, until Viagra came along -- now I am out of work, along with my colleagues the fluffers.

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Happy

I feel terrible!

I'm so sorry - it hadn't occurred to me that the availability of the professional strength pills would lead to your unemployment - but honestly, these imported professional strength pills aren't all they're cracked up to be, I took ten last night and only nine of the worked.

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Pint

Time to socialize Viagra

Seize the rights to Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, make them non-prescription drugs worldwide, and sell them in vending machines for one unit each of the local currency.

Any harms resulting from this shift in paradigm would be more than offset by the resultant drop in spam loads.

Pfizer et al can be paid a small royalty of a quarter unit of currency per pill sold.

Doctors, particularly those at walk-in clinics that take all comers, would be happy too. They'd no longer have to deal with the innumerable sheepish middle aged men they have today stammering as they request a prescription for ED meds.

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Coat

And here I was ...

thinking they had worked out that I'm a girl ;->

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Alert

OMG Help

How will my willy ever big as big again.

It means I will fail to be the "solution to every womans dream".

I will have an inferior willy. I cant be a real man. Should I end it all now ??

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Happy

wow!

no spam this morning!

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I never understood

the whole appeal of buying drugs from an anonymous lowlife on the Internet.

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@Mr. Ed

Price and/or no need for a prescription.

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