Last night the line in the sand was crossed... you do NOT come on to my land and set up shop without my say so. You DO NOT take advantage of the weakened and fragile state of the desperate people that may stumble into this place looking for answers or just the friendly voice of someone who knows what kind of hell they are going through!
I sent the invader a quick email last night asking when I could expect payment for their ad. They replied this morning with confusion. Here is the response to the Parts of the following is redacted as to not promote them more...
As you may have guessed from my previous e-mail, and quite annoyed. I've been a cluster headache sufferer for over 17 years. I'm sure this is something that you know a little bit about as it is remotely related to the nature of your product. I think you would agree though, the idea that your product could offer complete relief for someone who suffers from the amazingly brutal pain of cluster headaches is a bit far-fetched. At least I hope you're not trying to market your product as a "cure" to these poor people like myself. That indeed would be a sick, sick joke.
Having said that, we as cluster sufferers will try anything and I mean anything for even small amounts of relief. So yes, on the recommendation of a friend, who merely has "normal" headaches, I tried your product. Honestly I found it to be ineffective against the tidal wave of pain that is associated with cluster headaches. To be fair I don't blame your product, it was unmatched fight to begin with. Cluster headaches are described as some of the most terrifying pain that can be experienced by a human being and yet allow them to survive.
So, sometime ago. On my personal blog where I relate and archive my experiences with having this debilitating condition, I mentioned in a polite manner that remedies of this type didn't seem to have much effect for me personally. I was very careful not to mention any product names, but explained that I had tried both available brands that I was aware of. I also encourage people to try the products for themselves as I am keenly aware that not everyone responds the same way to these type of treatments.
Since that time, the mere mention of the words "Capsaicin Spray" has brought about quite a few posts on my site glowingly praising the seemingly and miraculous effects of your product, always carefully mention it by name or saying how much better it is than the competitor. Now it is true that I am a bit of a cynic. But it is also true, but this is the digital age and the wild West of internet advertising. It seems as if almost anything goes, and anything is fair game. So I personally was polite to these posters and respectfully disagreed with them repeating my position that even though the product didn't work for me everyone should draw their own conclusions. Other visitors to my website, were not as kind and seemed to identified them as shills and marketing wonks and went as far as calling them non-sufferers. Personally, I have to agree. I find it very hard to believe that anyone who suffers from cluster headaches would find your product to be anything more than just a minor tool in their bag of tricks to fight this horrible affliction. But at the same time, I didn't want to misidentify anyone or falsely berate someone who did feel that they had gotten some relief from using your product. I am sure some feel they do. So, I've quietly seethed and held my suspicions at bay.
Until last night, my God! Do your people ever have giant ones.
I got a ping from my blog showing that I have a new comment post and I went to go see what it was and I found this jewel...
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Let me ask you something, do you see anything wrong with that? Do you see a problem here? Do you understand why I would be upset?
Sure, I could delete it. But why should I have to? Why should I have to defend myself against companies trying to promote themselves on the site were all I'm trying to do is provide my friends and family and interested people information about what is going on in my life with my head, with my pain. If your people had looked at my blog they would have seen that I don't even have ads for myself! none... not even the little google ones. I don't want there to be any question about my motivation... so no ads.
You're dealing with people who are in pain... in the case of cluster sufferers, a great deal of pain. You don't really see anything wrong with spraying your digital graffiti on our personal space, and if you're willing to do this, then how can I be sure that Mary or Ted or Jake who posts about how much they love your product are not just marketing people doing spin control. Its just so damn wrong on so many levels.
You need to find a new way to promote your product. Have you ever tried advertising, with you know, dollars? It's a lot more of a direct relationship and leaves the people you're dealing with feeling a lot less like they've been abused. Perhaps you should consider that.
I don't think I will be removing your post. Instead I think I will make an example of it. I cannot tell you how much I absolutely despise this type of behavior. Any goodwill I had toward your company is completely eroded. Good job!