Apparently Yegor Simpson of SmashMyiPod.com didn’t get a note I sent him a few days ago asking why he smashed an older, cheaper iPod and what he did with the extra money he raised.
(I know e-mail isn’t reliable but there’s no other contact details in the Whois database or on the web that I could find).
Simpson sent a note earlier today in response to yesterday’s post, accusing me of fabricating “lies” about his project. He wrote:
“Everything I need to say has been posted on my site. I didn’t receive any emails from you other than the initial interview questions which I answered.
Where is the base for your hypothesis that we scammed everyone? We bought a 4g ipod, since video (5g) wasnâ€™t available at the time, and smashed it. I agree video sucked, but we didnâ€™t scam anyone.”
I wrote back saying I didn’t make anything up, and that I noted widespread suspicion about why he bought and smashed an older iPod. I also asked what he did with the extra money that was raised.
“So your sources for the story were comments posted by ipod fans on engadget? Talk abou solid, unbiased info….. I hear ipod video screens cause impotence and hair loss.
Ipod cost us $365 cnd. Thatâ€™s due to the unexpected “student discount” of $50. We planned for $415 cnd, which was the price on their site (including 15% sales tax). We raised $550 usd “on paper” but you forget that paypal takes a large % of especially when you have a lot of small payments. In the end we got about $120 cnd of usable surplus, which I used to pay the hosting bills.
The only “pocket money” Iâ€™m making from this is coming from the ads.”