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From: damian at sentex.net (Damian Gerow)
Subject: m$ posters

Thus spake Valdis.Kletnieks@...edu (Valdis.Kletnieks@...edu) [10/02/04 23:38]:
> > If enough people order the posters (free of charge, to anywhere in the U.S.
> > and Canada), could we put them out of business?
> 
> Dude, they got $40 billion in the bank.  Figuring 250M people in the US, and $1
> per poster (for printing, shipping, etc), that's 160 posters for *everybody*.

I wasn't being entirely serious.  More pointing out that freely offering to
mail everyone in all of North America 75 posters probably wasn't the best
decision they could have made.  Although they /have/ made worse.

US$40 billion is a lot of money.  And, to get technical, we'd probably only
have to burn through about 1/4 of that to start making them sweat, 1/2-2/3
would result in some serious repurcussions from their end.  Still, even at
'only' 1/4 of $40 billion, that's many a wall that would be covered by
Microsoft marketing materials.

However, I'm sure once they handed out their ten millionth poster, they'd
close down the free-landfil^Wposters-for-everyone deal.  As it appears they
did at the end of January.


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