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  1. This is Lexi from the Old Ballard Liquor Co. If you've been contacted about purchasing advertising or show space with "Drink Me" Magazine (, please be wary. I received the following from them this morning after refusing to purchase an advertising package and asking to be removed from their marketing mail list: "I tell you what happens now. We write an article telling our 750,000 readers to avoid Old Ballard Liquor Co. at all costs and give your products some of the worst scores we've ever given as an accurate representation of their taste and the company ethos. The media industry in the drink world is an incredibly small place and as one of the bigger players we have a lot friends out there..." A) That's extortion, and it's illegal. I've contacted the authorities, the media and the ADI. B) The company was angel-funded and has only been around for a year but appears to have purchased a mailing list that they use to justify their 750,000 number but doesn't appear to be legitimate subscribers. With the distilling industry in Washington so tenuous right now, it's very easy to be scared or duped into paying these people. Don't do it. If you don't pay, they won't prey.