This is going to be another one of those post where I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to day and even if I wanted to address this topic on the blog – but here goes..
A couple of weeks ago I go a parcel through my front door, not a registered (special delivery) or signed for mail, just regular mail but well packaged.Thinking nothing of it as I am a blogger and after all every blogger who has been around the block a time or two knows how the system the works.
- 1. You share your address with friend you make on the net
- 2. you share address for those prized you have won or want to win
- 3. you share address with the multiple publishers that we want to get onto their reviews list if that is what you do
- 4. The things we buy that has to be delivered
- 5. I could go on, but you get the drift..
So nothing new there about getting a piece of mail. Where my concerns comes in and this didn’t hit until a while after I had open the parcel.
From the picture below you can see someone sent me an e-reader. Yup. I wont deny it – I was grinning like a loon when I open the package but after going through the entire thing I could not find one single solitary piece of documentation to say who sent the item and that is where my concern lies. (It came in the original box, brand new with all the attachment and product documentation)
I worked out a game plan to see if I could find out who sent this to me…
- 1.No family or friends accepted responsibility,
- 2.I contacted the Royal Mail and was told that outside of a police investigation to track this, it would appear this was simply a package someone just post to me without any track back details and they couldn’t tell me any how despite my concerns.
- 3.I took the bull by the horn and went right to the manufactures'/distributor – I was told “that product is not available in the U K and their only explanation was that it was send as a part of a promotional event”. To be honest they weren’t even concerned that I had it and without any documentation – I don’t think so!!!.
Are any of you getting my scared shitless feeling now. Not scared by the gift, because come on – why look a gift horse in the mouth, but I was feeling a little edgy by how easy it is to get my address and name and post something to me without solicitation and without even a note or some paper work to say who this was from.
I mentioned this to some other bloggers and friends and the reactions ranged from full scale giggles (like – go you! you got an e-reader) to more pragmatic bloggers who just came to the same the conclusion I did, accept it for the gift it is but don't be naive to what can actual pop up with the mailman.
Some of the facts.
I have always been a ebook girl. My Iliad went kaput about 8 mnths ago – but I have clear things I like in an e-reader and have never replaced it as I have other gadget and gizmo at home I can read my ebooks from, there is also cost implication and lastly it wasn’t a priority of my life in the big scheme of things.
I have shared emails during this time with people and some have even sent me links to new e-readers on the market or upcoming e-readers and I have mentioned a time or two on the blog here my ideal product.
So it’s not a foreign idea to know that someone knows I am in the market for an e-reader if the product is right – but to actually send one out and not even one that can be found outside of one place so far and it’s not even available to buy there yet either is a little concerning for me.
I am just like all the other people whose name goes into any publishers database when you are apart of this book blogger industry, I get every thing, when I say everything, I mean I get everything in my mail. Books, toys, trinkets, tickets, novelty item and I even have a not so good relationship with the neighbours because they get my packages sometimes, but there is always some paperwork there, some idea of why it came or something for me to be able to say I can see how I got these.
This e-reader – nothing.
Am I being a worry wart and should accept this for what it is?
Am I right to be suitably concerned?
Anything here sounds familiar to you?