Why the hate, Bill?

For our October issue, I have to contact all of the manufacturers and distributors whose products are being considered for our "Recommended Components" listing. I simply ask them to verify model names and pricing.

This was my conversation with one manufacturer — let's call him "Bill" — at approx. 3:40 P.M. on the 20th of July, 2007:


Bill: This is Bill.
Ariel: Hi Bill, this is Ariel from Stereophile magazine. How are you?
B: Why are you calling?
A: I was wondering if you received our fax in regards to the "Recommended Components" issue? Our fax machine has been acting weirdly.

An inarticulate grunt seems to imply both yes and no.

A: Well the deadline was today so I'm checking up on the status of your response.
B: Oh. Why?
A: Because I need the confirmation. Are you going to send it?
B: No.
A: Why not?
B: Why don't you figure it out?!

He holds down a button on his phone implying a sonic "F you" and then hangs up.

Why the hate, Bill? Why the anger?

mrlowry's picture

. . .Especially when all YOU are trying to do is give him FREE publicity!