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Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:33 PM

 

Saturday evening, I bought a 'Smithsonian' magazine when we were at the grocery store.

In today's mail, I received a subscription offer for... the Smithsonian. Preferred Senior Offer.
The had my correct name, address and the Senior part correct.

For some reason, I do not think this was a coincidence. In fact this is really kinda scary. I don't normally get subscription offers for any magazine I buy there.
I have never subscribed to the Smithsonian either.

You don't supposed they are in cahoots with the NSA?

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Reply Saturday evening, I bought a 'Smithsonian' magazine when we were at the grocery store. (Original post)
RC Jul 2013 OP
Rex Jul 2013 #1
RC Jul 2013 #6
Rex Jul 2013 #11
X_Digger Jul 2013 #2
RC Jul 2013 #4
X_Digger Jul 2013 #5
JaneyVee Jul 2013 #3
NYC_SKP Jul 2013 #7
RC Jul 2013 #8
MotherPetrie Jul 2013 #9
RC Jul 2013 #10
MotherPetrie Jul 2013 #12
RC Jul 2013 #13
muriel_volestrangler Jul 2013 #19
thelordofhell Jul 2013 #14
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Jul 2013 #15
nobodyspecial Jul 2013 #16
LuvNewcastle Jul 2013 #17
HiPointDem Jul 2013 #18
Historic NY Jul 2013 #20
RC Jul 2013 #21

Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:34 PM

1. Did you pay for it with a credit card?

 

nt.

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Response to Rex (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:37 PM

6. Been buying groceries there for 2 and half years.

 

This is the first time this happened. And yes.

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Response to RC (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:42 PM

11. Just a guess.

 

Otherwise I don't see how the two can be related.

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Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:34 PM

2. Did you use your rewards card at time of checkout?

If so, that may be it.

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:36 PM

4. We use my SO rewards card.

 

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Response to RC (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:37 PM

5. Well there goes that theory, hehe. n/t

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Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:34 PM

3. You're supermarket may be selling your metadata. Do you use credit card or debit?

 

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Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:37 PM

7. Best magazine ever.

 

I don't know if it's a coincidence or not. I've never even seen that magazine in a grocery store or bookstore.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:39 PM

8. I haven't seen that magazine there before either.

 

Plus it was the only one on the Smithsonian shelf.

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Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:40 PM

9. That's some fast work by the USPS!

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:41 PM

10. It's not the USPS I concerned about

 

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Response to RC (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:44 PM

12. I'm concerned about NSA violating our privacy on every level. I just don't see how

 

it would be physically possible for a magazine offer to arrive in your mail box less than 48 hours after you bought the magazine.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:47 PM

13. Me neither.

 

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Response to RC (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 04:35 AM

19. But the work is so fast, that it probably was a coincidence

If you bought the mag on Saturday evening, even if a computer generated the offer over the weekend, what's the earliest it could get a letter into the postal system? Monday morning. But you received it on Monday.

I'd suggest that someone - credit card company, AARP (perhaps - they know you're a senior), someone else you buy something from with details - had enough information to guess you could be a Smithsonian-type person. If the offer had arrived on Tuesday, it'd look more like it has been kicked off by the purchase.

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Response to RC (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 11:54 PM

14. If you have a store card to use for discounts......they have your address

plus whatever info you filled in to get the card..........

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Response to RC (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 12:07 AM

15. Pure coincidence

Seriously....even if they got your data to mail you something, no mail was moving from Saturday until early Monday morning....

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Response to RC (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 12:23 AM

16. Needs more tinfoil

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Response to RC (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 04:11 AM

17. I don't know how they got your name and address, but

the Smithsonian staff has a rather aggressive marketing department. I got a free subscription to the magazine many years ago and I still get mail and email from them. Sometimes they send me a freebie. You'd think by now that they would have given up, but they keep at it. It's a good magazine, but I don't read magazines anymore unless I'm in a waiting room and I don't have a book with me.

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Response to RC (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 04:14 AM

18. that's weird. is there any other connection you have to smithsonian? i can see them getting

 

the sale info, just don't see how the offer would get to your house so fast.

unless the magazine companies get the data instantly, as it happens, & instantly send out the offers.

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Response to RC (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 05:33 AM

20. Ah, the consequences of data-mining....

now they're on to you.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 07:52 AM

21. I'm I have someone's attention.

 

Maybe it's a subtle warning, huh, ya think?

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