Like most people I know, I have more than one email address. I have my work one, of course, and a main personal one. Then I have the one I created for this blog, one I use for my Mommy Boards, and a couple of throw away, junk emails. Most of them have the same variations in them, something with my SciFiMama name, my real name, and a different username I created for a board, and at different free email services. Some are gmail, and yahoo, and an old hotmail or two just floating out there as well. I can give you an email address at the drop of a hat. Which email I give you is based on my level of trust with you. If you have my email with my real name in it, I really like and trust you.
Sometimes though, I think it goes too far. I did a bit of shopping today when I got off work. Nothing too big and fancy. I stopped at the mall for some light shopping. There were a few necessities at Target to start. I was headed further into the mall when I noticed the sale sign at Children's Place. I got Paige her new summer flip flops (on sale 2 for $5) and her bathing suit (on sale for $10). As I was checking out I was asked for my email address. I politely declined. I got a rather nasty look at my "No, thank you." Oh well, she can get over that, right? I got my bag and walked on to my next destination. Picked up a few things and went to check out. Again, I was asked for my email address. Again, I declined, saying they already had it. This was met with "Well, if you give me your email we can update with what you purchase and give you more relevant coupons." I know that's why they want my email address, but to put it so bluntly? Maybe it was the way I took it. Or maybe how she said it. I'm sure it wouldn't have sounded nearly as nasty if she had stopped chewing her gum like a cow. I don't want my purchases tracked. Why do they need to know I just bought 2 new pair of panties at Victoria's Secret? The world doesn't know that; only the part of the world that reads my blog! I was using a coupon they sent me, so they know enough about me to know my email address and that my birthday is in April so they sent me the $10 off birthday coupon. They don't need to know what size and colors I bought, or even what I bought. Knowing I shop there should be enough.
I share my email address with lots of people. And I could have given them a fake email or one of the spam emails. But it was the point. They just don't need it. When I register at a website then I can give it. If there's a good reason to give it out to a store, I will. But really, I don't want someone somewhere to track everything I buy. My bank knows what I use my debit card for, and I think that's good enough. Big Brother is watching over us enough as it is. I don't have to make it super easy for them.