I got this in the mail the other day:
I love the bolded text in the middle: We value your experience as a parent. Ha, my EXPERIENCE, as a PARENT.
Earlier in our experience, I started receiving all kinds of interesting flyers and things because I had signed up for American Baby, a free magazine for pregnant women/early motherhood, when we were in the early stages of infertility treatment. I thought it would be a fun sneak peek, until they used my fake due date (an actual due date for our mid-IVF "what the hey" IUI) to create a "Just for you!" section that chronicled "my" pregnancy and baby's developmental milestones. Unintended consequences, and I wasn't sad when the subscription ended.
This survey opportunity is coming to me because we registered for baby gear through the BBB superstore, as well as a zillion coupons for formula.
Coupons which are rapidly expiring and we still don't have a baby.
A survey about how I am feeding my fictitious baby, a survey I am unable to complete at this time.
I also received the Father's Day issue of Parent magazine, which I've received for 5 years now, because they are the parent publication of American Baby and I kept getting offers for a year for $1. How do you say no to that?
I am going to be REALLY PREPARED when Mystery Baby finally comes. I have been studying for YEARS.
And, I can laugh about it. I didn't cry when I got the survey, I took a picture. Because it's funny in a way, and I wonder what all these marketers are going to do when we finally do have a baby. I hope they have a lot of coupons lined up for us... I guess my mail's demographic doesn't quite match with my reality. Not yet, anyway.
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