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What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? #5241007 10/16/19 06:44 AM
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Need to send an email to some junkyards to see if they have the part I need and show them a picture of it. Is it best to attach a picture or include a link to the picture? Personally I would avoid clicking on email attachments from unknown sources but also realise some people don't click on links either. So which one to use?

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241025 10/16/19 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Need to send an email to some junkyards to see if they have the part I need and show them a picture of it. Is it best to attach a picture or include a link to the picture? Personally I would avoid clicking on email attachments from unknown sources but also realise some people don't click on links either. So which one to use?


Both methods come with viruses. What's so unusual that you just can't call it out by Model Car and year?


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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241031 10/16/19 07:02 AM
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How would you call this part circled in red?

[Linked Image from fototime.com]

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241036 10/16/19 07:07 AM
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Front cigarrette lighter ports with cooling panel.


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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241040 10/16/19 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
How would you call this part circled in red?

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Dash/console accessory outlet trim piece


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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241045 10/16/19 07:11 AM
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The problem is this model came with two versions, such as:

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A picture would eliminate much confusion.

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241057 10/16/19 07:18 AM
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Center console lighter outlet panel, for the full console option that extends between the seats.

Attach the pic AND link to it. Many email clients will load an attached, supported image file for preview by default, so they may not even have a need to wonder if they should click an attachment because it's already loaded in the email client.

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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241064 10/16/19 07:22 AM
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Why not just copy/paste the picture into the body of the email message?

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: doitmyself] #5241069 10/16/19 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by doitmyself
Why not just copy/paste the picture into the body of the email message?


Never done that. Is that even possible? Drag and drop?

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241099 10/16/19 07:51 AM
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If the recipient of that email has even the basic knowledge of computer security, he/she will delete the email the moment they see any attachments or links.


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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: KrisZ] #5241121 10/16/19 08:04 AM
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1) It's going to a business. How do businesses communicate with customers without attachments?
2) Most people or businesses have security software that would flag something that had a problem with it.

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241132 10/16/19 08:12 AM
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I'd put the pic into the email. You could attach it too as backup but a simple inline pic I'd think would suffice. I'd think any good business would filter off anything it deemed malicious and/or it'd just send it to a spam folder. Speaking of, I wonder if a yard would "self filter" any email that has too much info in it?

Anyhow, I wonder if it'd be best to send the email, state the description, then put in a followup that says "I have photos of what I need, and what isn't correct; I can send those if that would clarify the issue?" and leave it up to them to request that info. At that point they have your contact info and may have verified you as someone trustworthy, or they may not care about any security risks.


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Originally Posted by atikovi
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Why not just copy/paste the picture into the body of the email message?


Never done that. Is that even possible? Drag and drop?

Not only possible, but about as easy as it gets. In Outlook it's as easy as Insert>Pictures. Drag and drop will create an attachment.


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Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241138 10/16/19 08:17 AM
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I don't use Outlook, have Mail.com gmail.com, etc.

Re: What's better to send in an email, attachment or link? [Re: atikovi] #5241144 10/16/19 08:19 AM
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I understand your frustration, I'm just explaining the realities here.
A lot of businesses have just a web based forms where one can only write an inquiry, with no attachments even allowed.

Also, security software can only do so much. If a user triggers something by opening a link or an attachment, virus software has little chance of catching it.

In my company I get regular security emails reminding everyone not to open any links or attachments from outside emails. So while internally we can attach links, pictures, whatever, external emails are treated differently. And we are all behind a security fire wall.


Why not call the place, give them your name and email address you will use, explain the situation and ask how they can accommodate it?

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