Vendors usually fall into two different classes: the tick who is easily removed from the skin and the four foot tapeworm that is so far up my ass that I don't think I will ever get rid of them. Well I guess now it's time to add in a new class of vendor, The Flood. No I don't mean the parasitic species that almost ruined the entire Halo video game franchise or that shitty Jars of Clay song, I mean the vendors that are constantly flooding my inbox.
Listen I know we all get the random emails offering this new product or that fantastic service, but this is different. A few months back I talked to a vendor rep who represents a smaller biotech company because I was looking for a chemical inhibitor to an enzyme of interest to test for sensitivity using a particular assay. The rep said they would email me back with what her company had and damn if she didn't.
Now I really only wanted the chemical inhibitor to test on my specific genetic background but she tried to sell me the following:
-a cell line knocked down for the protein I wanted to inhibit
-purified recombinant protein
-a cell line over expressing the protein
-a completely different assay even though I stated upfront that I already had an assay
Guess what was the one product she didn't email me about? The damn chemical inhibitor! What makes it worse is that she had a back and forth discussion over products and what I might be able to use with a product scientist at the company. And she carbon copied myself AND my PI on all of them.
Now I love to know the inner workings of places but seriously in just an hour my inbox had over 25 email exchanges between the rep and the product scientist. I listed the emails as spam, they kept coming. Listed them as junk and they kept coming. I was thinking of sliding our IT folks some money on the sneak tip to block them at the mail server level if possible.
Then I just broke down and emailed them to stop emailing me and I'll find what I need in their catalog.
Four hours later I got an email saying maybe this assay might be good to try.
I think I'm going to have a rage induced stroke.