Chances are you’re signed up for a “Daily Deals” type of email from a site like Living Social, Woot!, Groupon or KGB Deals, to name a few. These sites specialize in offering special deals and discounts for local and online businesses.
At first the offers can be attractive but after a while the constant flood of deals gets old and annoying. The solution is, of course, to unsubscribe. Unfortunately that may not be as easy as you think. Many of these sites make it difficult to do so and some will even resume sending emails to you months after you’ve unsubscribed. Is this a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act? Perhaps, but that’s not completely clear because the messages aren’t unsolicited since you have to sign up to receive them.
“It’s surprisingly hard to unsubscribe from multiple daily deals. We had one user who emailed us saying they had manually tried to do it themselves and the emails just keep coming through,” Edwin Hermawan, co-founder of UnsubscribeDeals.com said. “We’ve tried to work with daily deal vendors but their general attitude is ‘f*** off’. I’ve reached out, tried to see if we could work something out to make it easier for both parties, but no go.”
Hermawan’s company decided to create their own solution. UnsubscribeDeals does the dirty work. Users just go to the site, log into their email account, and the site scans it for those annoying deal mails. The actual contents of your emails are never made available to the site, so your privacy is assured. There’s one huge drawback to this service. It only works for people with Yahoo or Gmail accounts. Whether they plan to add support for other services and ISPs remains to be seen. By the way, if you like getting the deals but want to stop them from overwhelming your inbox, they also offer a service that wraps your deals into one weekly digest.
How do you feel about services like this? Do you think the daily deals sites could be in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act?