A representative of a company that shall (for now) remain nameless asked to be linked by Soldiers' Angels today. The standards for that are that the company has either made a major donation, partnered on a project, or is offering a discount to Angels or military personnel.
Since the company met none of those criteria, I politely declined. Here's how the email conversation went from there:
FbL: ...now that I've spent more time on your website, I see that the free shipping is not anything special for the military--it's offered to all customers. I'm sorry, but you really don't qualify for a link. Best of luck with your excellent company, though.
Representative: True, we do offer free shipping almost site wide. But it does cost us extra to ship to military addresses, an expense that we don't mind paying. Sites that ship to AFO/APO addresses cost more to ship to than domestic addresses do...we don't charge anything extra for Military addresses.
The question is, how shall I deal with him? I see three options.
1. Direct and professional: "I'm sorry, but you are just not eligible."
2. Sweet and supposedly oblivious: "I'm so sorry to hear that you are being taken advantage of by your shipping company!"
3. Direct and honest: "Liar! I'll be sharing this story with my Internet friends."
Considering I'm still in the same nasty mood I was yesterday, I think you can guess which one appeals to me the most... :D
[btw, here's my portrait after the last email he sent.]
UPDATE: Of course I'll be the perfect professional... I'm just fantasizing. I was trying to be lighthearted, but I guess my bad mood made it DOA. My apologies.