December 12th, 2006

userinfo senji
2006/12/12 18:37:00 - Facilitating, err, payments?
Today at work I got this letter. 4D clearly know that I'm a business customer (in fact we've not been a customer at all since we stopped upgrading for various reasons, but there you go) so other than bribery what possible motive can they have for offering me a bundle including a Video iPod?
Current Location: CB4 0WS
Current Mood: [mood icon] annoyed
Entry Tags: annoyances, bribery and corruption, images, work

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userinfo antinomy
2006/12/12 18:41:09
You, erm, might want to use it as, erm, an 80GB firewire external backup device for your 4D database...


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userinfo theinquisitor
2006/12/12 21:46:04
Well... I've used a video iPod for work. (We were testing its video-playing/downloading, in concert with some of our system - I wasn't just using it for file transfer...)
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userinfo simont
2006/12/13 11:13:12 - Never attribute to malice, &c
Is there something in that specific letter that makes you think they "clearly know" you're a business customer? To my eye, the footnote about partner discounts clearly implies the opposite, that they've incompetently sent you what ought to be an offer for a personal customer.

The only thing I can see in that letter that says "business customer" to me is the "St John's Innovation Centre" in the address, and I wouldn't have a remotely hard time believing that was done by computerised mail-merge and no human had thought to check it for obvious idiocy before it went out.

If it's just that they-as-organisation have previously given other evidence of knowing you're a business customer, that's entirely different, and easily explained by an over-general mailmerge done by a half-asleep employee.
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