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submitted on May 13, 2009 by MikeG in "Member's Lounge"
"Why your hot deal might suck"

http://www.buxr.com/blog/2009/.....ight-suck/

Hope I don't offend anyone Smile
 

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  • 24905
    overaged
    apprentice
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    Posted by overaged on May 13, 2009
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    nice. I hope people read and take heed. I know a few coupons that we see constantly and I'd really like a break from seeing them over and over again, but the problem is, some of these "continous" coupons win the daily contest.

    So to avoid putting them up means someone else will and possibly take home a prize.

    I know I put up a lot of deals from companies that have not been submitted here before so I'm not sure if the one about unknown companies is partly directed at me but my thought was to put some variety of companies with discounts on buxr instead of seeing the same names all the time.

    If the new names I put up are a concern please let me know and I'll stick to the familiar names.
  • 24906
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I don't have problem with unknown names. In fact I love learning about new stores from the deals you and other Buxr members post (just as I love learning about new products). Case in point I found out about http://www.designbyhumans.com via Buxr deals and I loved it

    I do have problem with companies that have poor record. There are certain stores that I would plainly avoid because of the large number of complains from the customers. I think this is what Mike meant by 'Good deals usually come from good merchants'
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    • MikeG
      learner
      Posted by MikeG on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Exactly. I think when you see a site that has been thrown together, you can just tell.

      It's funny that you mentioned designbyhumans.. I discovered it through Buxr and thought it was really great. Not just the t-shirts, but the site design is incredible too.
  • 24908
    phunkeey
    teacher
    Posted by phunkeey on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I totally agree on:

    1) dubious uploaded coupons
    2) lame coupons and "deals" that are always available like the 50% off at craft stores
    3) "deal" of the day sites

    I think all of these "deals" should not be posted on buxr or should at least be ineligible for the contest.
  • 24911
    steve_05
    professor
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    Posted by steve_05 on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I would like to add that I'm kind of fed up with people posting deals that they RIP word for word from another site.
    Whatever happened to being a real deal hunter? I'll see a deal posted somewhere else and literally in a few minutes it's posted here.
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    • phunkeey
      teacher
      Posted by phunkeey on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      I have no problem with that. Assuming that they are good deals. You can tell how good a deal hunter is by looking at their percentage of wins. In baseball you're a great hitter if you get on base one out of every three tries. On buxr you're a good deal hunter if you win one out of every 6 or so of the deals you post. Swamping the site with deals is the shotgun approach. You'll hit something, but miss with most of your "deals."

      Points are fine for voting and winning deals. But I think a contestant's deal win percentage should definitely factor into the monthly contest. Moreover, it supports the goal of the site: to have good deals.
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    • MrCheap
      professor
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      Posted by MrCheap on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      My strategy is to win every deal this month. So far it works! Mr Green
  • 24918
    MrCheap
    professor
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    Posted by MrCheap on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    1. Deal a day sites must be banned. What is the point? It takes little effort to check what Woot (and 2 more worthy alternatives) are selling today and has no value whatsoever when posted on Buxr

    2. Funny/creative deal submissions must be awarded extra points/prizes. Look at the popularity of this Schwetty Balls coupon. I never heard of them before but I checked them out anyway! Smile

    http://www.buxr.com/deal/schwe.....upon_23063
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      These are good points but I think the contests are self regulating them:

      1. In my memory deals from 'daily deal' sites have won the daily prize only 2 times

      2. Funny/creative deal submissions naturally get more votes and have better chances to win
    • 24968
    • phunkeey
      teacher
      Posted by phunkeey on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Totally agree about deal a day sites!
  • 24925
    Solstice
    professor
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    Posted by Solstice on May 13, 2009
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    My thoughts and suggestions...

    1. Ban sites like DivShare and TinyPic, E-Mail ripped and scanned coupons frequently turn out to be bogus, or you have to argue to get the coupon accepted.

    2. Phunkeey's percentage factor is very intriguing, and perhaps should be developed and considered. Perhaps a special prize for quality over quantity should be pondered.

    3. Coupons that come up every single week are available on every other site anyway, and are not the cherry deals if you follow me. Example 40% off Jo-Ann is a weekly offer, but the 50% version is something to smile about. Another is Borders, where the 20% version is offered weekly, but the 25-30% are less common overall. Buxr is not here to be a dumping ground for every single offer on the net, but the really special offers. Perhaps, common weekly offers should be made inactive.

    4. Coupons have begun to dominate the contests a little too much these days, as well as the submissions. Often a single item deal can be far better than any site with a coupon applied, for that same item in question. I think Phunkeeys previous suggestion of splitting the prize distribution should be considered again. My add-on suggestion to that original idea:

    If 2-3 prizes are offered, no more than one can be a coupon.
    (Inevitably one is a freebie already.)

    If 4-5 prizes are offered, no more than two can be coupons.
    (Inevitably one is a freebie already.)

    If 6 prizes are offered, no more than three can be coupons.
    (Inevitably one is a freebie already.)

    This will force serious contest submitters to start looking around the net more for cherry deals, as oppose to just going to other coupon sites and dumping every single offer here.
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Re #4 - we don't want to make the rules even more complex and don't want to restrict you guys too much either. That said, I have to agree that coupons are taking over and we would appreciate more gadgets on Buxr
    • 24977
    • MrCheap
      professor
      2
      1 1 1
      Posted by MrCheap on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      I just had an idea. You could show the percentage factor next to the member title and in the profile. This will give performing members extra credibility and encourage others to submit quality deals
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    • Solstice
      professor
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      11 4 1
      Posted by Solstice on May 13, 2009
      [reply] 0 1
      The only issue with that percentage number, is that you could still submit 4 really-really great deals in one day, but still only one could win, and your percentage would instantly be 25% despite their quality. Just an observation.
  • 24989
    TheBest
    professor
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    Posted by TheBest on May 13, 2009
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    I think "extra $5 who gets more votes in a day" encourges to post more deal or any deal without any quality. Mr Green
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    • MikeG
      learner
      Posted by MikeG on May 13, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Good point. That's why we think less more. A lot of restrictions or benefits we put in, sometimes have unintended consequences.
    • 25009
    • Solstice
      professor
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      11 4 1
      Posted by Solstice on May 13, 2009
      [reply] 0 1
      Agreed! I'm all for losing it personally, and I've actually been the beneficiary of it least 4-5 times.

      The fact that votes decide ties in the contest is sufficient, whether good or bad by itself, and that alone encourages irresponsible posting enough by itself.

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