It was recently brought to my attention that smartmoney.com has an article telling people to steal photos from photographers as a way to save money. I just couldn’t believe it when I read this! A place with the reputation like smartmoney.com telling people to steal from honest hard working people! To commit a federal offense no less!!
The were contacted by a slew of photographers and by PPA themselves although they moved the article they will not take it down. They say they stand by their article and are keeping it online! PPA was happy that they moved the article and were calling that a victory. Well we, the little people are NOT happy and we will fight until the article is gone!
How can we do this? We will hit them where it hurts! The bank account. Paid advertisers! On Monday Dec 4th at 10 AM ET we will be calling Fidelity and flooding their phone lines with complaints of their advertising support being on this page! We will let them know we will be back everyday until their ad is removed from that artical.
Here are the phone #’s http://personal.fidelity.com/account...ing.shtml.cvsr
We can only do this with the power of ALL of us! Let them know that there are LOTS of us and we are NOT happy! We will continue to call them every day until they have the ad removed from that page. Please everyone don’t think that someone else will call for you. Pick up the phone and make a difference. The longer we tie up their lines the louder our voice will be!
And here is a link to the article http://www.smartmoney.com/top5/index.cfm?story=20061108
Here is the quote
“Money-Saving Tips: Just buy the class picture. And don't even consider placing an order during the spring session, when many schools host a secondary picture day. If you just can't resist, purchase the smallest package possible. At the Clark School in Swampscott, Mass., parents can spend as little as $24 for a few wallet-size photos and one of the class. The bill rises to more than $50 if parents splurge for a package that includes a couple of 5-by-7s. Worried you won't have a spare to send to Grandma? Consider scanning your copy or email a cute digital shot you took yourself.”
Models, MUAs, and photographers alike all lose by others promoting illegal activity. Take a stand!