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  1. ShredderFeeder says:

    So. Much. Fail.

    Good luck with your party, and I wish the folks at 3M a miserable failure this year and know most bloggers I know will definitely think twice about entering into any kind of an agreement with 3M.

    Their dealings were shady and underhanded at the very least, and more likely rose to the level of breach of contract.

    Just like big corporations to step on the little guy and think it’s no big deal.

    Oh – and the reason they wanted you on the phone was because they knew anything they put in writing could be used against them. Which of course is a clear indicator that they were up to no good.

  2. Mely says:

    I knew exactly what they were up to and that was why I was so adamant about not speaking on the phone. They think I’m just another dumb bitch. Clearly they are wrong. They also never expected me to speak up for myself. WRONG.

    Thanks for your support.

  3. Kristin says:

    This is so disappointing. I won’t be at your fabulous party because I am not a single mom but I have quite a few friends who are including a number of SMC. I tweeted and facebooked this major 3M FAIL.

  4. Cari says:

    That is shady! It’s especially sad that they are a Minnesota company, and we are generally known for Minnesota nice. I know you gals have been working you asses off! Which from one single Mama to another I don’t know how you find the time! Not quite sure they know who they are dealing with here…bloggers, some of which have been burned before, it won’t be pretty. Well, guess I’m back to nails in the walls and no more of their no mark stick-up crap. Have a wonderful party, you two ladies are amazing.

  5. Major Bedhead says:

    I’m really sorry to hear they’ve been such shysters. That’s a really lousy way to treat you and will, hopefully, reflect badly on them at BlogHer and in the future.

  6. Katie says:

    I can’t wait for them to confirm my RSVP and I either 1. Say NO THANKS I’m #teamSASS or 2. never show.

  7. Asrojuan says:

    That is all kinds of shady. I hope they send you some monies, it’s the least they can do!

  8. Jenni says:

    Mely, they’re throwing a luau. A LUAU! There is no way you guys could consider that competition. It’s so cliche and cheesy, it goes to show how stupid the people that work for 3M really are. You and Jamie have nada to worry about.

    - xo, Jenni

    1. Frank says:

      A LUAU in San Diego? Morons… Everyone knows you do bonfires in San Diego.

  9. Lilith says:

    I had RSVP’d to their party explain why I would NOT be going. I received this explanation from a member of their PR team from Hunter PR:

    “Recently, 3M and BlogHer were surprised to see negative tweets about this party. Two bloggers tweeted that the date and time of 3M’s official party overlaps with an outside party they are organizing that same night.

    While 3M had inquired about sponsorship of this outside party, 3M signed its sponsorship agreement with BlogHer in May and subsequently notified the two blogger organizers that it was focusing on the details of its own official event and sponsorship.

    On Monday morning, July 11th, 3M staff tried to arrange a phone call with these bloggers to hear their concerns. We would have welcomed the chance to speak. However, the bloggers declined 3M’s offer and instead continued to post negative comments.”

    Allegedly, they had planned to do this other party all along, which honestly makes me feel worse about them not better. They went to know, asking for advice, KNOWING they would use it for their own party.

  10. Mely says:

    I LOVE you Lilith for posting their reply.

    Yes, I did DECLINE a telephone conversation, but they NEGLECTED to mention the fact that that I DID NOT DECLINE to speak about it in email as we have been for months. I DID NOT DECLINE to hear what they had to say or for them to allow me to voice my concerns.

    I knew they were going to say we declined to speak with them since I refused to speak on the phone and THAT is exactly why I posted the screen caps of our email exchange yesterday. I knew what they were up to and why they would not speak to me further about it in writing. I’m not an idiot.

    Plain and simple, they are shady.

    They did not INQUIRE about a sponsorship, they COMMITTED in an email after weeks of exchanges. “The Scotch team will be COMMITTING to this effort…” Does that not sound like a commitment to you? Does that sound like an inquiry? I HAVE THE EMAIL THAT SAYS THIS.

    And I’d like to say I did not continue to post negative comments. I posted the truth. What anyone else posted is beyond my control.

    They never once notified us that they were focusing on the details of their own official event. That is not the reason they gave us for backing out on sponsorship. Like I said in the letter to them, I understand how business works and that they wanted to focus on their own things but they were SHADY about the whole thing and dishonest. THEY ARE THROWING THEIR EVENT SAME NIGHT AND TIME. What does that tell you?

    Did they tell us they had a sponsorship agreement with BlogHer yes, but they also said since they were going to be at BlogHer already they wanted to get involved with our event as well. More promotion for them obviously.

    Bottom line, they were dishonest and I have posted the truth. Their response to Lilith’s email STILL TWISTS THE TRUTH. They’re dishonest.

    The end.

  11. Mely says:

    SUBSEQUENT: 1. Coming after something in time; following.

    They signed their sponsorship with BlogHer in May. They contacted us AFTER that and well into JUNE. They did not “subsequently notified the two blogger organizers that it was focusing on the details of its own official event and sponsorship” unless I’m misunderstanding the definition of the word “subsequently”

  12. Frank says:

    Looks like 3M has a history of putting $$$ ahead of ethics. Sorry guys, in Social Media, ethics and credibility are your currency. What’sit like being bankrupt?

  13. Patty says:

    That is absolutely disgusting behavior from a company. It’s unethical to use the blogging community in that way. I’m 100% behind you, I’m skipping their booth and wasn’t planning on attending their event in the first place.

    Best of luck at you party!

  14. Jen says:

    That is incredibly crappy what they pulled. It sounds like they know they are in the wrong and are now trying to back pedal. What a huge waste of your time and energy, and it was so incredibly disrespectful of them too. Unreal. I’ll be skipping their booth too (and anything else to do with them).

  15. Erica says:

    WOW!

    They basically used you as a consultant under the guise of sponsorship of the party.

    Double WOW!

    BUT…let’s keep in mind this is the same company that exploits it’s employees inventions….how much did the guy who invented the sticky stuff on post-its get? I heard $50.
    Yet…how much do they earn yearly from post-its?
    just wrong….flat out wrong…

    1. Maria says:

      @Erica.
      At 3M it is not the people who invent things that get the credits. It’s the people who sell the stuff, and their managers who get the credits.

      Don’t go to work there, unless it’s in sales & marketing!

  16. Maria says:

    3M has a nice facade on ethics, but in reality it’s just: “as long as you can get away with it, it’s okay”.

    Especially their HR policies are unethical.

  17. Mary Stinkham says:

    You should work for these bastards. If your in your 50′s they “eliminate” your job so you don’t get full retirement pay

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