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Do we need rules on retail locations and availability?

submitted on December 28, 2009 by equipurple in "Buxr Website / Contests"
Discussion in http://www.buxr.com/deal/free-.....pany_41171

Posted by midget
Store Locator:
http://www.bubbagump.com/locations.html

Posted by HouTex
Very limited availability - only 22 locations in 10 states + 12 outside US. Might be best as discussion topic.

Posted by midget
This deal is only in 6 states but it was acceptable:
http://www.buxr.com/deal/free-.....t+s+coffee

This deal only is in only 2-3 states:
http://www.buxr.com/deal/buy-o.....rch/yogurt
Mine is in more states than that.
 

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  • 47000
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on December 28, 2009
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    I think we may need some kind of guidelines, as this kind of issue has come up repeatedly recently.

    I thought the Bubba Gump deal was fine, with locations is a bunch of states (seems to be mostly touristy areas).

    I have posted deals that are widely in New England or throughout the Northeast. While not "available nationally" as the FAQ says, the community finds them generally broad-based enough to support or just to ignore.

    One suggestion is to add a "regional" flag to retail deals. Does the general user look to the discussion topics for deals as much as they do the deals? That would be my argument against forcing everything into the discussion vehicle.
  • 47001
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on December 28, 2009
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    Thanks for starting a discussion topic, equipurple. It would be nice to review these and determine whether such offers should be posted as deals or not.
  • 47003
    midget
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    Posted by midget on December 28, 2009
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    we used to have rules on this. The location had to be in 10 states to be accepted as a deal.

    Mine covers that.

    Now that rule was taken away and I've seen deals that do not even encompass that.

    Pinkberry is only in 2-3 states and peet's coffee is only in 6 states.

    Those deals were not flagged and were voted on. Peet's coffee got 13 votes without ever being flagged.

    Bubba Shrimp Company is in 10 states and other countries with some in major states so I don't understand why my deal is flagged.
  • 47008
    midget
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    Posted by midget on December 28, 2009
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    This topic has already been discussed:

    http://www.buxr.com/topic/10-s...../10+states
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on December 28, 2009
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      Thanks Midget. I think what comes out of that thread is the obligation to note in the deal submission that the deal is of limited geographic availability. And I think that is a good idea.
    • 47014
    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on December 28, 2009
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      I agree. I also find it inappropriate that Midget immediately voted negatively against anyone who flags her deal. If the poster of a flagged deal has information to respond to the question, then they should simply post their explanation. If it's valid, the flag can be removed.
    • 47015
    • midget
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      Posted by midget on December 28, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Here's another thread that deals with the same issue:

      http://www.buxr.com/topic/is-a.....h/10+state

      There was another thread earlier that started the whole 10 state rule but I can't seem to locate it.

      Personally, I'd like to see the 10 state rule re-instated but that's just me.
    • 47016
    • midget
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      Posted by midget on December 28, 2009
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      stop whining hou tex.
    • 47017
    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on December 28, 2009
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      MikeG made a good suggestion in the earlier thread,
      I don't think the 10 State rule works well, because really if it's not in your state it's really low value to you. Instead I think a more flexible option is clearly stating the exclusions and restrictions in the description, and even the title if needed. This way everyone know what they are getting into ahead of time.
  • 47009
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on December 28, 2009
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    This is trickier than you think. Some stores have a lot of locations in a limited number of (major) states (say 5-6) while others may have just 1-2 locations in relatively many states (say 10-15). Just something to think about...
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on December 28, 2009
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      How to decide?
  • 47031
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on December 28, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Yan, Do we know about what percentage of deals are brick-and-mortar only? (OK clearly "we" don't, but do you?)
  • 47038
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on December 28, 2009
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    At a bare minimum I think 5 states should be required, as this represents 10% of the Continental U.S. on a state level. (Population is another matter and to difficult to work with as a deciding factor.)

    The idea of having a method to identify "regional" offers would be nice. At the very least a flag would suffice, and would be the easiest and fastest fix for Admin to accommodate.

    Asking submitters to place "Regional Offer" in the title is not an unreasonable request for Buxr purposes in my opinion, much as it is asked to mention "recertified" or "refurbished" in the tile. Listing what states are available for the offer in the deal instructions description field would be a huge plus as well.
  • 47044
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on December 28, 2009
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    If we were to use "regional offer" and listing of states, I do not think we need to quantify states or populations of number of locations. By defintion, if it isn't "nationally available" then it is a "regional offer." Posters (and editors) can mark it so and all users will know that it may not be available for them.
      47047
    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on December 28, 2009
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      That seems fairly reasonable to me.

      (Recap) If people list that its "regional" and the states its available, then clarity is achieved.

      People will then be well informed as to the value and availability of a deal, they can vote accordingly, and any shoppers will understand if its worth their time to "click through" or not.
  • 47045
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on December 28, 2009
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    Keep one thing in mind overall, and for every disscussion along these lines...

    Buxr is trying to strike a balance between making it easy for deals to be submitted by the average person, while also maintaining a sense of integrity and clarity for every deal submitted.
      47046
    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on December 28, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Aww, can't we make submissions cryptic and difficult???? Sheesh.
    • 47073
    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on December 28, 2009
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      You must be referring to the "Chinnam" method of submissions. Big Grin

      Those type of people tend not to last too long, especially when they can't even spell.

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