Zulily Violates the CAN-SPAM Act of 2008 1

I receive email from Zulily which is another of the millions of “daily deal” sites that are out there.  Zulily specializes in baby and kids clothes and accessories.  I signed up because we have a couple of friends and relatives with little ones, and it seemed like I might be able to pass them a deal.  I was disappointed on a couple of levels.

1.  The daily deals are just long and poorly designed emails that I ignored after about 3 of them.

2.  They come every single day.

3.  The best part.  Zulily is in violation of the law.  They have decided they don’t need to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2008.

Zulily requires you to login in order to unsubscribe.  This is clearly a violation of the 2008 update.  The text from the FTC.

Honor opt-out requests promptly. Any opt-out mechanism you offer must be able to process opt-out requests for at least 30 days after you send your message. You must honor a recipient’s opt-out request within 10 business days. You can’t charge a fee, require the recipient to give you any personally identifying information beyond an email address, or make the recipient take any step other than sending a reply email or visiting a single page on an Internet website as a condition for honoring an opt-out request. Once people have told you they don’t want to receive more messages from you, you can’t sell or transfer their email addresses, even in the form of a mailing list. The only exception is that you may transfer the addresses to a company you’ve hired to help you comply with the CAN-SPAM Act.

I can’t get out without logging in.  I honestly don’t understand this logic.  Why do you want to try and keep someone around who no longer wants your email?  Wanna guess what comes next for me?  That’s right, I will report this message as spam every single day.

Here’s the shot from my email.  At least they come out and tell me what they are doing.

Thanks Zulily.  See you in the Spam folder.

One comment on “Zulily Violates the CAN-SPAM Act of 2008

  1. Reply judith griffin Dec 24,2012 9:38 am

    hi, i want to know are those dresses cotton for spring and summer?? does they have 12 months up?? please let me know so i might order some dresses. thank you have a happy holiday.

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