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Wednesday, January 18 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


We have a couple sites reports our "one-click bidding at ebay" story as true...

From reported this week that eBay is finally implementing a one-click bid system after settling a dispute with Amazon over the technology.

Definitely the place to get all your e-commerce news. And...

From: Rick Watson
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:55 PM
Subject: You fooled someone

I love it when people quote humor sites. I wrote a blog entry about how you fooled a site called "AuctionWire" which is a news site/blog which follows the auction news industry.

Here's the link.

Good to know you can get reliable news at the auction news sites.

Nigerian Disclaimer

A couple readers have ideas why I'm still getting Nigerian Billionaire BBelievers after adding another disclaimer...

From: David
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 7:52 AM
Subject: Nigerian Billionaire.

Perhaps you should put the disclaimer above the headline so that people who are too busy/stupid to actually read it all will get the message. Also considering they can't figure out a joke, maybe the word "satire" is over their head.

But if any other Nigerian billionaires let you know of their plight, let me know first, 'k?


From: Jerry
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:29 AM
Subject: Nigerian Billionaire


In your Mailbag, you wrote:
"Even after adding another disclaimer to the Nigerian Billionaire story, I still get an email from someone who wants his money..."

Your disclaimer reads:
"This article is a work of satire. Please do not send your sad stories.

Perhaps the problem is that you are still being to subtle. AOL members may not know what "satire" means. Maybe you need something like:


And so on.
BTW, I suspect all caps is a must!

Oh come on, I want to make it easy on them, but not that easy.

L33t Apple

One reader writes in with an interesting note on Apple's stock price...

From: Tim
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 12:48 AM
Subject: Not exactly a BBlooper, but still geek funny

Take a look at Apples stock closed at 80.86 the day they announced the new x86 mac's. How's that for irony! Also a screenshot of the page, and a save of it.

Reality Vs. Fiction

One reader comments on our recent top 11 list on signs you may need a new job...

From: Jeff
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 11:44 AM
Subject: Reality vs Fiction

So I just read through your "Top 11 Signs You May Need a New Job Soon", and as twisted as it may sound, number 8 (You're listed as part as the inventory.) really rang true.

Several months back, one of the executives at my company sent an email out to the company mailing list and made reference to "human capital assets". It took my co-workers and I a couple minutes to figure out that "human capital assets" is management-speak for employees. I think that's about the point that finalized my decision to search for a new job. :)

I guess in this case reality is just a little stranger than fiction.

Thank you for putting up a truly entertaining site. Keep up the good work.

That's all for this week!

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