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(Slate)   "My toddler got an invitation from his cousin to take part in a sticker Ponzi scheme. Can we stop this before it gets too out of hand?"   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-04-16 3:28:30 AM  
While I'm pretty sure the topic is justifiably absurd, the only thing worse than reading an article about such matters would be sitting through an entire podcast about it.
 
2021-04-16 3:57:25 AM  
A link to a podcast? Subby, you realize we barely RTFA. I'll be damned if I'm going to sit through some rando podcast.
 
2021-04-16 6:17:54 AM  
At *least* make sure the thing has a transcript. I might bother to skim that. No way am I listening to the thing though.
 
2021-04-16 7:14:55 AM  
Yup. Not gonna.
 
2021-04-16 7:37:32 AM  
In the spirit of sharing my opinion without even clicking on TFA, those types of things (stickers, plastic bracelets, books) have been around since I was in elementary school ( a looooong time ago) and probably before. Say no, (Perfect excuse, and say it wuth humor: Oh lord the LAST thing I need is more stickers!) but so as to keep  the vibes good between you and the cousin's mom, have yours snail mail the cousin a letter with some fun stickers in it, with the explanation, "We remembered you guys are collecting stickers. We saw these and thought of you."

With an older child I would use it as a lesson to hopefully MLM proof them for the future. A toddler is too young for that, though.
 
2021-04-16 7:44:21 AM  
A dinosaur sticker is it's own reward.
 
2021-04-16 7:46:37 AM  
If it makes you feel any better, it's not a Ponzi scheme, it's a pyramid scheme.
 
2021-04-16 7:47:48 AM  
And for the record, these were the epitome of awesome
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2021-04-16 8:12:41 AM  

Sunidesus: At *least* make sure the thing has a transcript. I might bother to skim that. No way am I listening to the thing though.


There is a transcript. Its awful. By the time I read the 2nd paragraph I wanted to slap a biatch.
 
2021-04-16 8:28:23 AM  
An actual parent could use this as a teachable moment about the dangers of following the crowd or linking to sh*t podcasts.
 
2021-04-16 8:37:48 AM  
I had stickers as a kid.  Never used them because you saved stickers for a special occasion.

I STILL have them.  I'm pushing 50.  I have a set of D&D stickers that HAS to be worth something.

I was always too level headed, knowing if I put them on school notebooks they would eventually be thrown out!

I never found a use for my stickers that wouldn't end with them getting thrown away, so I ended up never using any of them!
 
2021-04-16 8:42:11 AM  

Gramma: Sunidesus: At *least* make sure the thing has a transcript. I might bother to skim that. No way am I listening to the thing though.

There is a transcript. Its awful. By the time I read the 2nd paragraph I wanted to slap a biatch.


Huh, so there is. I completely overlooked that somehow.
 
2021-04-16 8:53:27 AM  
Let the kid join.

Excellent life lesson for all.
 
2021-04-16 8:55:50 AM  

Sunidesus: Gramma: Sunidesus: At *least* make sure the thing has a transcript. I might bother to skim that. No way am I listening to the thing though.

There is a transcript. Its awful. By the time I read the 2nd paragraph I wanted to slap a biatch.

Huh, so there is. I completely overlooked that somehow.


It's Slate.  Their transcripts are god-awful.  And it takes 24 hours for them to be generated.  The worst part of them is the non-sensical paragraph breaks.

I'm pretty sure you could just ship the audio to some outsourcing company in India or the Phillipines and have some actual human beings do the grunt work, then have an editor in the US polish it up, and it would get done faster and cheaper than whatever voice-to-text system they're using is.
 
2021-04-16 8:59:46 AM  
"Chain letters" are very old indeed. I remember getting hooked into one while I was in grade school in the 70s. I don't even remember what the commodity was - a dollar, stamps, maybe just letters from around the world. It definitely captured my imagination, but my Dad dropped some math hints around the way it scales and the way global population doesn't.

But I believe I sent whatever was requested to the name at the top of the list for me, and tried to continue the chain. Maybe I didn't do the full 7 new letters expected, but I'm sure I did a few. And I'm sure I never got any stamps or letters back. It was a cheap distraction & lesson well learned.

I think I even considered cheating - putting my name closer to the top of the chain, so I'd start getting my rewards sooner. BUT that would also truncate a lot of the growth, which I think was 7^7. Over 800k if everyone follows through! If you even get half, that's amazing, right?
 
2021-04-16 9:12:36 AM  
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2021-04-16 9:13:57 AM  
Smart and Funny this post and receive seven years good luck. Pocketninja routinely smarts and funnies Cheron's post and he was granted supervised released. -Fb never did and is facing hundreds of paternity suits.
 
2021-04-16 9:31:43 AM  

buntz: I had stickers as a kid.  Never used them because you saved stickers for a special occasion.

I STILL have them.  I'm pushing 50.  I have a set of D&D stickers that HAS to be worth something.

I was always too level headed, knowing if I put them on school notebooks they would eventually be thrown out!

I never found a use for my stickers that wouldn't end with them getting thrown away, so I ended up never using any of them!


Truckin', like the do-dah man
Once told me, "You've got to play your hand"
Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime
If you don't lay 'em down
 
2021-04-16 10:31:31 AM  
My oldest was a sticker addict, and still buys the odd sticker book when the urge strikes him. He has also created art and hired production for his own stickers. Get all of your tattoos in NOLA from him!

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2021-04-16 11:13:46 AM  
Who submits these? No one is listening to an hour long pod cast.
 
2021-04-16 11:26:09 AM  

buntz: I had stickers as a kid.  Never used them because you saved stickers for a special occasion.

I STILL have them.  I'm pushing 50.  I have a set of D&D stickers that HAS to be worth something.



I'm pushing 40, and I was pretty much the same way...anytime I got a pack of stickers, I would always save a sheet.  Not sure what I ever thought I was going to do with them, but I have a plastic pencil case full of the things.
 
2021-04-16 1:40:41 PM  
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2021-04-16 2:55:20 PM  
Ponzi Stickers Will Be Prosecuted
 
2021-04-16 4:13:41 PM  
Remind your husband that Bernie Madoff was involved in a Ponzi scheme and died in prison.  Tell him that unless he wants to die for this Ponzi scheme, he can shut the fark up.
 
2021-04-16 6:41:45 PM  

buntz: I had stickers as a kid.  Never used them because you saved stickers for a special occasion.

I STILL have them.  I'm pushing 50.  I have a set of D&D stickers that HAS to be worth something.

I was always too level headed, knowing if I put them on school notebooks they would eventually be thrown out!

I never found a use for my stickers that wouldn't end with them getting thrown away, so I ended up never using any of them!


Wow, I thought I was the only one...
 
2021-04-16 7:09:11 PM  
Paging Dr. Denis Leary. You have a new patient.
 
2021-04-17 5:58:28 PM  
We have a treasure trove of stickers so we sent out 6 of those letters when we got one from a friend. Seemed like a fun thing to do at the start of the pandemic. Didn't get anything back. That's it's own teaching moment for the kids.
 
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