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I Want to Pay For My E-Mails!

Yes, you read that correctly – I want to pay for the e-mail I send. Imagine a scenario where whenever you went to a store and made a purchase, that store began sending you physical mail. At least one per week, sometimes up to one a day. What is worse, some stores sell your address to third parties who send you multiple mailings a day. How could this happen? Only if printing and sending the mail was free. We would be swimming in a sea of paper, and the mail we really wanted to read would be lost in the deluge.

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  1. Welington says:

    Hey Nixie,

    This is a crazy idea but a totally agree with you.

    Let’s start a movement for our ISP’s charge for our emails that it have to send. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. zenstealth says:

    There is thing called CentMailรขโ€žยข (still in the experimental stage), where you can donate around $5 to a participating charitable organization and receive 500 email stamps.

    At 1ร‚ยข per email, it would become prohibitively expensive for spammers because they send millions of emails per day.

    I’m not completely sure how it works exactly, but I think CentMail is good idea.

    More about it at

  3. ac says:

    This would probably kill e-mail, and people would just use chat or Google Wave instead. Not because of the “price”, but because they would have to worry about e-mail bills and about losing some freedom.

  4. I don’t think it’s a good idea to pay for
    our emails.Yes, people might just want to
    use chat as a form of communication than
    emails if it is so.

  5. Tomaz Z. says:

    We still get plenty of snail-mail spam here (Slovenia) although a law has recently been passed that prohibits certain kinds of unsolicited mail to be sent. I think it goes without saying that it had little to no effect. Now we just keep a paper recycling bin at the mailboxes in our apartment block so anyone can easily recycle the spam. If only that could be done with e-mail… ๐Ÿ˜€

    On topic of funny spam e-mails, the one that really made me laugh was one with a subject line that said: Eat just one candy and be prepared for 36 hours of love!!1 [sic]

    I always laugh when I think of it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Gary says:

    I’ve found that taking a little time to setup excellent email filters keeps the vast majority of the garbage out.

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