|Originally posted by BabyOsMommy
I have often seen posts where it is obvious to me that someone is posting for someone else and it's spam. It doesn't actually bother me though, because I am free to check out the site or not, free to buy or not.
This is where I stand on this 100%--personally the info I gather about different diapers and diapering products has really helped with my purchasing choices. And of course I have the final choice on that one--
Personally I'd like to see spam allowed here. I checked off the last poll option.
:Edited to add:
Now that I have time to elaborate on this I wanted to offer a somewhat different perspective on this whole "spam" issue. I used to run a cloth diaper business out of my home (I did this for about five years) I sold factory-made diaper covers, two factory made diapers and one WAHM-made diaper as well as a number of clothing items for infants and toddlers which were WAHM-made. This was a way I could make some money while I stayed home
with my children (not so I could stay home,
because it never got to the point where I was that profitable or even close to it!)and at the same time support other WAHMs and the whole concept of cloth diapering which I believe is best from the environmental standpoint as well as teaching our children values about reusing rather than instilling the throw-away mentality which sadly predominates in our culture.
By the time I purchased the products and had them shipped to me (I did drop shipping wherever possible) purchased the packages supplies to send them out to the customer (using recycled materials wherever possible), paid for my advertising to get many of my customers in the first place, paid for the printing of my little catalog (I actually bartered to off-set the cost of printing), paid the postage to send out the catalog, paid fees two or three times a year to feature these products at birthing & parenting fairs and conferences-- after all this and probably costs I am not mentioning my profit margin was mightly slim. In fact I often wondered if I really made any money at all. This was before I knew how to turn on a computer so I didn't have a website, but I can certainly relate to the costs involved with web-hosting, costs involved with posting auctions for individual items etc.
Anyway ultimately it was a cost issue that pushed me (and three other WAHMs who I helped get started) out of business. Our primary supplier raised the minimum order of the factory-made products to a point we could not continue even if we pooled our orders.
I have spent several years since then pondering various avenues to support my vision of women working at home as a viable alternative. I tried on three occasions to start my business up again unsuccessfully.
I know there are many WAHMs who cannot afford to have an ad here at MDC and are struggling just to get started or keep their businesses going. I know of several who ended up getting jobs outside the home to support thier home based businesses!!!
So that is partly why I feel the spam is harmless -- and why in the world does it have to be seen as offensive????
(after all the customer can ultimately decide whether to buy or not--you can even choose not to read something you feel is "spam!") and that there is a much larger issue here. I feel strongly that most WAHMs begin working at home in the first place out of a strong desire to stay home with their children and be the primary influence with their children as far as teaching values. This is important in our culture that this desire is still alive and well and I would like to see more support for this. I have read numerous articles in Mothering magazine that support "mother's work" and one article even put a dollar value on the work women do at home, raising their familes which still goes unpaid. Because I feel so strongly that this work should be supported I started two internet message board communities in the past year that allow WAHMs to advertise their businesses for free--at one board I now have nearly 10 WAHM banner ads up and they do not pay me anything. I cover the cost of keeping these boards up and running out of my own pocket and plan to continue to do. Because I cannot afford to advertise these communities at this time, WAHMs have found out about this by word of mouth.
While I am not suggesting that MDC offer something like this on the assumption that this board costs far more to keep going than mine do, I will go as far as to say again, the spam in the diapering boards is harmless imho. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. I only wish I could help more mothers to be SAHMs.