Annoying trend from retailers

A couple of websites I have found over the last week have insisted I “sign in” before being able to view the products. I do not want to give my details to just anybody so I promptly left; so another possible sale missed.

They are more of the “trendy” type products and I know they are after my contact details; but what is the point?

You seem to already be aware :slight_smile: . It’s possible they will sell your information to marketing companies, or send you promotions.

I recently made a purchase from an online retailer, and didn’t realise until AFTER the sale completed that I also created an account for that site by making that purchase. I found out when I received two emails - one indicating that my order was received and would ship, soon; and the other giving me the temporary password to the account that I did not realise I had made.

I replied to the email indicating that I had no intention of making an account and asked to have the account deleted after my order was received. But now I’m thinking that those bastards are now selling my contact information to other third parties… and I am now really pissed.


Reminds me of when I informed a retailer to correct their purchaser’s email because I had not ordered one of their Gizmos. I was automatically added to their system and it took weeks before the spam stopped.

Most of those that I have come across don’t require email confirmation. Therefore, I use bogus info with profanity in the mix to assert my feelings such as; go@f** Than if I like what I see I clear history and actually register.

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This is interesting because I am working on a new business for very low cost and easy printing. Because the unit cost is so low, I won’t make a profit after the credit/debit card transaction fee. So the only way to provide low prices is to allow a user to buy credits in a bigger transaction £3+, and then use them when they want printing. But to achieve that, they need an account.

I should make it very clear at the sign up stage that we do not pass information to third parties.


A couple of articles by Dan Schlosser went up on Medium over the last week on how LinkedIn goes about this type of behaviour - something called “Dark Patterns”. These provide some great insight into things not to do

Ah, that sheds some light on this problem

i find it incredibly annoying at the moment that i search for an image and then click it to find it is on pintrest and it covers a large part of the screen with a signup form demanding me to signup. I don’t want to thanks. bye.

Landed on a website the other day that said it was doing a browser check to see if i was legit and would redirect me shortly. really no thanks i don’t want to be redirected after you decide if i am ok or not. bye.

As for being added to lists, a couple of years ago i parked in a street of a friends house on fireworks night. It was near the field they were in so we stood outside and watched. Large sticks ~1m long by 1cmx1cm rained down and narrowly missed a few people and hit a few cars. The next day whilst washing my car i noticed 2 large dents in my roof :rage: as i’d obv been hit by the sticks. Contacted the hotel who had allowed the fireworks and complained. They added me to their mailing list and i now get offers from them!!! why the hell would i want to be added to their mailing list when i’ve sent a complaint?! idiots.

Unfortunately, that is a statement used by so many companies that I don’t think it means anything, anymore. Even if you were to post a privacy or terms of use policy that boldly states that NO user contact information is sold/given to third parties, I generally don’t believe them… there’s too much profit in it.

But that is just me.



I started a new email address a couple of years ago when buying and signing up to sites on the web and over the last couple of months I have started to receive spam from it; so somebody along the line has passed on the address. I intended it to be a throw away address but I have used it on so many sites now I can not do it.

Good point.

Or they word it to where they can skirt behind their wording and still technically not be lying, but they actually are.

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