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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:59 PM
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Don't throw away that junk mail!!! Free money!!! Really.
I went outside and got the mail a couple of hours ago. As usual, I do a pre-sort. Bills, one pile. Stuff to keep, another pile. Junk mail, another.

I had one in the junk pile. A large priority mail envelope, that was going to go directly into the trash, unopened, addressed to "TV Viewer". It was from Nielsen TV. I thought "what the hell, I'll look at it.

Inside was $10.00 in CASH! A 5 and 5 singles. And also, a simple 15 question survey, that if I send it back, they'll send me another 20 bucks.

I wonder how many people, like me, would instinctively throw this money away, and how many do.
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KyndCulture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:01 PM
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1. ohh not me..
if you do the survey and send it back, they'll call you and see if you want to do a 3 month TV diary and they'll pay you 100 bucks for doing it.

I did it a couple years ago.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:20 PM
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4. Me too, and it was easy 'cause we don't watch much television.
Currently we watch a little HGTV, infrequently the Daily Show & Colbert Report, but that's all.

Watching U.S. news on television is TORTURE, it's too slow, too biased, and too shallow. If I must, I'll look at the BBC or Deutsche Welle.

The only time I've watched CNN recently is during the hurricanes.
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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:24 PM
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5. So thats how you spell that....
I listen to "Doich a vella" radio on our local public radio station.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:02 PM
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2. Start raiding your neighbors trashcans immediately.
Then get down to the city dump. You'll be a millionaire by nightfall!

Me, I'm waiting for the Reader's Digest to send my check. They've already told me I'm a millionaire, or something like that.
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:02 PM
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3. They're up to 10 bucks? WOW!
I've kept a Nielson Diary a few times, as well as Arbitron. They paid a dollar a teevee, if I recall. You scored, man! Also, we got a piece of "junk" mail the other day with a $10 Lowes gift card attached. No strings attached. Cool.
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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:29 PM
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6. Yep - I got a dollar from Arbitron, in cash.

I spent it on half of a cup of coffee.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:33 PM
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8. Hey, the ten spot will buy 1/2 my beer watching the Browns game tonight
And the 20 will buy all my beer and a dozen wings in a couple of weeks.

Tip not included.
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chat_noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:30 PM
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7. pre-paid postage envelopes
It's been suggested here on DU to write "IMPEACH BUSH" on them and mail them back empty.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:34 PM
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9. Now there is the best idea I've seen for credit card solicitations!
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:36 PM
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10. black out the barcode first
you're just a number, and I think they passed a law against that along with the bancruptcy bill. I stuff em with the other companies shisit. Occassionally, I'll send one back with a credit contract on my terms, I can lower my rates whenever, for whatever reason I decide. Hopefully someone in the mailroom gets a laff.
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:41 PM
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12. Great idea, only don't send them back empty.
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:40 PM
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11. If it doesn't have first class postage on it, it goes in the re cycling bin
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