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Forum topic by Howie posted 06-10-2010 01:53 AM 957 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2010 01:53 AM

I just went out and bought a 18v pc saw and drill combo. Now I didn’t buy this to be the main workhorse in my shop. I don’t even have the batteries charged yet so I am not going to review the tools.(it was on sale at Lowes)
My gripe…
I look at the product registration and they want more than my life history. My wife has been doing geneaology for 35 years and doesn’t have that much info on me. Tell me what the heck my dob,marital status,how many are in my household,what their gender is,level of education,whether I rent or own,what kind of internet access I have,how important recycling is to me,if I have a home life,do I have a dog etc etc etc and the crowning glory…yearly income has to do with my registering this product?
These people ask too many questions. I cannot imagine anyone being dumb enough to answer all these personal questions. I can’t even tell them I don’t speak English because they have it printed in other languages.
There I feel better already and will step down off my layout table now.

-- Life is good.

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 02:00 AM

I never register any of my tools too many nonsence question.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 02:03 AM

I’m with GMman on this one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 02:04 AM

I will register products online when they only are looking for my name, # and address. Maybe where I bought it. If they want more than that, I’ll send in the mail in registration card and not answer the other questions.

I agree that it’s a WTF despite my wife explaining it to me (she’s in advertising). Apparently it’s so that they can get to know their customers better. IMO it’s a waste of time. Theirs and mine. If I bought it, they obviously appeal to my demographic. Why do they need to find out more about me? It’s the ppl not buying that they need the demographic info for!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 02:11 AM

As NPWW said, that info is collected and analyzed for marketing purposes. The info can then be used to target their advertising to specific groups. I sold radio advertising and we used demographic info to target people who listened to our specific type of format. If you have males, 35-50 years of age, you don’t advertise in Rolling Stone or Family Circle.

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 02:12 AM

They must not want you to register

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 03:48 AM

I understand what you are saying Knothead(my dad used to call me that, uh among other things<g>)
but my experiences have been as soon as they get your email address and know your life history they start sending you all kinds of ads, offers etc. Then you get the “if you want to opt out” malarky and everytime you think you have it “opted out”,something else pops up. What a pain in the kiester. I think they don’t need all that info. Besides, PorterCable isn’t collecting this info..some other outfit is.(read the fine print)
Thanks but now I will just keep the receipt of when and where I bought it and if it needs warranty work,I’ll send it to them.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 04:42 AM

It is so they can put us in a data base and correlate, spindle and mutilate us and then sell us to an advertiser for another income stream. That is all it is. Making another buck. Remember it is only business.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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