No Need to Reply to Random Overseas Emails
Do you get emails like this one?
They seem to be increasing in frequency and arrive via conventional email or our online form. They look sincere, and the same compassion that drove you to open your bookstore in the first place might cause you to want to respond.
But it’s not necessary that you do so.
A quick look at the landing page for ChristianBooksIndia.com shows that much of the same type of merchandise that’s available in your store is available there; everything from the God’s Not Dead video to the latest Jeremy Camp album; not to mention a host of NIV, ESV, KJV and Tamil Bibles. It’s not always the newest, but the titles seem well-chosen.
Shipping in mass quantities, American publishers can get product to that country far more efficiently than you or I can and are the distributors there are intimately familiar with the nuances of importing product.
While I don’t know what the standard of living is like or average wages, a straight currency conversion shows Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind (Rs 225.00) available for $4.36 CDN (as is Wow Hits 2015); The Picture Bible (Rs 1,050.00) is much higher at $20.35 CDN; a Tozer book on Spiritual Warfare, a copy of In His Steps or More than a Carpenter are only (Rs 50.00) 97 cents CDN.
So back to my email… A short courtesy reply, perhaps?
I’m not sure I would want to engage. The sender is possibly doing these emails a few hundred at a time, and my internet skepticism tends to override at times like this.
Have any of you responded to these requests?