Wednesday, March 01, 2006

what can you get with $39 these days?

It was Steve Rubel who found it, now I'm passing it on. Likely, plenty of others will do the same.

It's called the $39 experiment, and it's simple: Take $39 worth of stamps, mail 100 letters to 100 companies asking for some free stuff, and see what happens. There's more to the equation of course; visit the link and read to the bottom, where he (Tom Locke) has his often hilarious letters written- and the status of the response from the companies.

Since it's obvious that this cheeky concept will make its rounds of the blogosphere, it will be interesting to see which companies respond at all, which respond the quickest, and whether their responses reflect the fact that they know they have an audience of a LOT more people than just the letter writer.

How blog savvy are the makers of the products in your home? Stay tuned to find out.


At 6:25 PM, Blogger Masey said...

Am I to assume that you have flipped 39 crisp bills on the counter to research this fad my friend? If so, who were your companies of choice?

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

No sir.

I am going to keep an eye on his experiment for the morbid curiosity of it all, but that's about it.

I'll try to remember to give updates, etc.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

It's an interesting story. I'm keen to see what happens.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

This experiment would cost over $54 in Canada. A stamp now costs 51 cents plus GST.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

In actual fact, he disloses that it cost him $52 to do it, with envelopes and paper, but he thought the $39 cost of a roll of stamps made more sense for the name.

Good eye, Mom. I know you'd like this one. Perhaps you could blog about mailing 100 contest entries and seeing what happens?

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

Not sure if you have caught the latest update on the story, but it appears as though our little experimenter is getting feedback... I'm not saying what kind, though.

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