Never do business with McGuire Real Estate. They are unrepentant spammers.

Oh, if only.

McGuire Real Estate constantly sends me their glossy, slickly-produced postcards telling me about the latest multi-million-dollar studio apartment they've pawned off on someone.

Every time I get one, I email them asking them to stop sending me this crap.

Most of the time they write back with a fake apology and feigned surprise, because they just have no idea how my name got back on their list after the last eight times I asked them to remove it.

And this last time, one Stasi Martin, "Top Producer", had the unmitigated gall to tell me that she hadn't sent the postcard, someone else in her office did, so that makes it fine.

Apparently her position is that the fact that the postcard has someone else's fake-smile mugshot in the corner this time makes it ok, even though they all have the same postal address, email domain, and all work for the same company. How about that.

Since I apparently can't stop them from cluttering up my mailbox with this garbage, I guess I'll do the next best thing that I can think of, which is to try and ensure that this page is the first search hit on their names.

Oh, and have a nice day.

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16 Responses:

  1. John Adams says:

    Spam aside, Adam gavzer(broker) over at McGuire was extremely nice to me.
    Maybe their marketing person needs a beating

  2. Of course he was nice to you, he was trying to get a multi-hundred-thousand dollar commission out of you. They can all go fuck themselves.

  3. John Adams says:

    He actually saved me almost $300k. We bought a pocket listing from him that wasn't even in the Mls. I'm not stupid

  4. Huey says:

    When I noticed the post (I dunno, minutes after it happened) this wasn't on the first page of Google results.

    At 2:30AM eastern time, it's currently #51 in Google results.

    ...I wonder how high it goes? Now I'm kind of curious...

  5. Greg Lindahl says:

    You probably want to add "realtor" to the anchor text.

  6. John: You say that as if it somehow makes what I said less true.

  7. phessler says:

    with a name like "stasi", are you really that surprised?

  8. John Adams says:

    I agree - the spamming is bullshit. I just feel the I got a good deal, that's all

  9. I'm a little confused. You mention "their glossy, slickly-produced postcards" - are they sending you physical, postal mail? 'Cause if they are, that has to be actually costing them money. You'd think they'd try to keep that list scrubbed.

    Also, if they were sending you email, I assume you'd just configure your server to shitcan anything from their domain by now.

    • nooj says:

      Breaking news, bro! Advertising works. Spam is worth spending money on. Honoring individual wishes takes too much time in a cutthroat industry. (Remember, this industry would rather sink the entire country--indeed, the entire world--than reform its practices.)

      There are companies that specialize in glossy mailouts, and they make shittons of money.

      Glossy postcards, including fees, cost the customer 50¢ to a buck fifty, and they work: At a 3% commission, a million dollar SF home nets $30K. If 90% of that is profit, a mailout of 18,000-50,000 postcards breaks even if it generates ONE sale.

      Full color glossy mailouts are the best way to generate new customers fast! Order direct mail postcards! Request free sample pack!

      Realtors at McGuire Real Estate (Check out their Quarterly reports! They're hot and sexy like the Iron Man 3 trailer and Gangnam Style by Psy!) go to said website, scrawl a region on a map of SF, and request that the uploaded pdf be sent to all residences within the region, which sold within the past NN years, to single/married/unmarried couples/people with estimated incomes between XXXX and YYYY, and so on and so forth. It takes a robust database, perfect for your facebook and twitter needs on Windows Mac Linux tablet surface ipod iphone ipads desktop pc.

      Obviously jwz is a smart homebuyer, because they desperately want him to sell. Remember, kids, when you get these things, it's a sign that your neighborhood is valuable, and they expect it will increase in value in the future. Refinance instead.


  10. macnlz says:

    You could complain to the USPS that you find their mail to be pornographic. Submit a sample to the post office and fill out some forms. The loophole is that the USPS is not allowed to judge what is or is not pornographic.

    They'll get a warning from the USPS that they'll get fined $20000 if they ever attempt to send you any more. Not sure how this is enforced, but it may scare them off, as it's rather official.

    Source: this has happened to my wife's business.

    • Pavel Lishin says:

      That's kind of terrifying. As is the fact that I so desperately want an excuse to abuse this loophole for nefarious purposes.

    • bifyu says:

      USP Form 1500
      U.S.C. Title 39 - Postal Service section 3008

      Upheld by the US Supreme Court in ROWAN v. U. S. POST OFFICE DEPT. , 397 U.S. 728 (1970)

      It would be anomalous to read the statute to affect only similar material or advertisements and yet require the Postmaster General to order the sender to remove the addressee's name from all mailing lists in his actual or constructive possession. The section was intended to allow the addressee complete and unfettered discretion in electing whether or not he desired to receive further material from a particular sender. See n. 6, infra. The impact of this aspect of the statute is on the mailer, not [397 U.S. 728, 735] the mail. The interpretation of the statute that most completely effectuates that intent is one that prohibits any further mailings.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, you're not likely to get any further postcards from Stasi herself, at least: