We all hate spam, unless you’re a spammer, then you love it. Why, you ask, do spammers love it? Surely they can’t make money on it since noone falls for it anymore, least of all you. That’s not entirely true though. Digest this: a spammer sends out 1.5 million emails within a span of 15 minutes, and out of that 1.5 million, in the worst case scenario, only 1% opens the email and think it’s legit and worthy of their time. You do the math. That’s enough right there to make any spammer enough money to fool him into thinking he’s doing his “job”.
Michael Pick has a post on his weblog delving even further into why spammers do what they do and why they aren’t going to go away anytime soon (as much as we’d love to tie them up to a tree and shoot them with BB guns).
In related news, you can buy spam sandals (very funny!)