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roya jakoby on 22 Feb 2001 15:11:23 -0000


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Subject: JUST DO IT

Nike now lets you personalize your shoes by submitting a word or phrase
which they will stitch onto your shoes, under the swoosh. So Jonah
Peretti filled out the form and sent them $50 to stitch "SWEATSHOP" onto
his shoes.

Here's the responses he got... let the fun and games with Nike begin...

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Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Your NIKE iD order was cancelled for one or more of the following reasons:

1) Your Personal iD contains another party's trademark or other
intellectual property

2) Your Personal iD contains the name of an athlete or team we do not
have the legal right to use

3) Your Personal iD was left blank. Did you not want any personalization?

4) Your Personal iD contains profanity or inappropriate slang, and
besides, your mother would slap us.

If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with a new personalization
please visit us again at www.nike. <http://www.nike.com/> com

<http://www.nike.com/> Thank you, NIKE iD



From: "Jonah H. Peretti"

To: "Personalize, NIKE iD" <nikeid_personalize {AT} nike.com

Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Greetings,

My order was canceled but my personal NIKE iD does not violate any of
the criteria outlined in your message. The Personal iD on my custom ZOOM
XC USA running shoes was the word "sweatshop."

Sweatshop is not:

1) another's party's trademark,

2) the name of an athlete,

3) blank, or

4) profanity.

I choose the iD because I wanted to remember the toil and labor of the
children that made my shoes. Could you please ship them to me immediately.

Thanks and Happy New Year, Jonah Peretti



From: "Personalize, NIKE iD" <nikeid_personalize {AT} nike.com

To: "'Jonah H. Peretti'"

Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Dear NIKE iD Customer

Your NIKE iD order was cancelled because the iD you have chosen
contains, as stated in the previous e-mail correspondence,
"inappropriate slang". If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with
a new personalization please visit us again at nike.com

Thank you, NIKE iD



From: "Jonah H. Peretti"

To: "Personalize, NIKE iD" <nikeid_personalize {AT} nike.com

Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Dear NIKE iD,

Thank you for your quick response to my inquiry about my custom ZOOM XC
USA running shoes. Although I commend you for your prompt customer service,
I disagree with the claim that my personal iD was inappropriate slang.
After consulting Webster's Dictionary, I discovered that "sweatshop" is in
fact part of standard English, and not slang.

The word means: "a shop or factory in which workers are employed for
long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions" and its origin dates
from 1892. So my personal iD does meet the criteria detailed in your
first email.

Your web site advertises that the NIKE iD program is "about freedom to
choose and freedom to express who you are." I share Nike's love of
freedom and personal expression. The site also says that "If you want it done
right...build it yourself." I was thrilled to be able to build my own
shoes, and my personal iD was offered as a small token of appreciation
for the sweatshop workers poised to help me realize my vision. I hope
that you will value my freedom of expression and reconsider your
decision to reject my order.

Thank you, Jonah Peretti



From: "Personalize, NIKE iD" <nikeid_personalize {AT} nike.com

To: "'Jonah H. Peretti'"

Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Dear NIKE iD Customer,

Regarding the rules for personalization it also states on the NIKE iD
website that "Nike reserves the right to cancel any personal iD up to 24
hours after it has been submitted". In addition, it further explains:
"While we honor most personal iDs, we cannot honor every one.

Some may be (or contain) other's trademarks, or the names of certain
professional sports teams, athletes or celebrities that Nike does not
have the right to use. Others may contain material that we consider
inappropriate or simply do not want to place on our products.

Unfortunately, at times this obliges us to decline personal iDs that may
otherwise seem unobjectionable. In any event, we will let you know if we
decline your personal iD, and we will offer you the chance to submit
another." With these rules in mind, we cannot accept your order as
submitted. If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with a new
personalization please visit us again at 
www.nike.com <http://www.nike.com/>

Thank you, NIKE iD


From: "Jonah H. Peretti"

To: "Personalize, NIKE iD" <nikeid_personalize {AT} nike.com

Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Dear NIKE iD,

Thank you for the time and energy you have spent on my request. I have
decided to order the shoes with a different iD, but I would like to make
one small request. Could you please send me a color snapshot of the
ten-year-old Vietnamese girl who makes my shoes?

Thanks,

Jonah Peretti

<no response>


As one forwarder writes:

... this will now go round the world much farther and faster than any of
the adverts they paid Michael Jordan more than the entire wage packet of
all their sweatshop workers in the world to do...


I normally avoid making a plea to pass on these things,  but this time I
say:  JUST DO IT!

roya *

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