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Please take the poll to decide Buxr future

submitted on May 3, 2015 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests"
As you all know Buxr has not been doing great lately. I have been stipulating a number of changes. Please help me choose what could be done to save the site by taking the opinion poll below. Thank you!
1. Would you like Buxr to shut down?
 Yes
 No
2. Will you post deals if Daily Cash Prizes are eliminated?
 Yes
 No
3. Will you post deals if Monthly Cash Prizes are eliminated?
 Yes
 No
4. Will you post deals if all cash prizes are eliminated?
 Yes
 No
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  • 217518
    mdshopper1
    master
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    Posted by mdshopper1 on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    only 7 votes so far......EVERYONE should reply and/or respond to the poll and show yan how you feel, one way or the other.
  • 217520
    Solstice
    professor
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    Posted by Solstice on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 5 0
    I would suggest modifying the daily prizes to a straight $5 instead of $5 or $10 to reduce overhead, as well as removing the monthly prizes.

    The site would still hold its defining feature of prizes, but at a much more reduced and possibly cost effective rate.

    It may still be enough to provide incentive for posting from the regular contributors and future ones.
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    • mdshopper1
      master
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      $5 for regular deals.....maybe even $3 for in-store and freebies? maybe even do it weekly with 6 winners total? i also think a TOTAL vote scenario would be good. one daily winner and another daily winner with the most votes overall for the day?
  • 217523
    clover
    professor
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    12 11 2
    Posted by clover on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    Yan....I notice many other blog sites have companies advertising on their site. Is that something that would benefit buxr?
  • 217528
    bkchavez
    apprentice
    11 2 1
    Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    The results will undoubtedly be skewed because why would the core group of daily/monthly winners vote to have money taken out of their pocket. My fear is that the casual Buxr member won't vote because they do not have a vested interest in the site. (Personally, I always feel like an outsider and even unwelcomed by some of the admin because of their perceived power over me. I've been admonished several times for not submitting deals properly.)

    I know this suggestion has been made several times, but I wish the deals were submitted and voted on anonymously. There have been more occasions than not where I have chosen not to submit a deal because I knew I would not have any chance of winning. (I felt I was being retaliated or punished for a comment I made or not voting for someone's deal.) Of course, the benefits of anonymous deal submissions is always rebutted by those same individuals who dominate all of the contests. Buxr and its members must be open to change. (I'm relatively new, but I have not seen any rule or policy changes in my time on the site.)

    The current system does not allow for new people to have a positive experience or offer an incentive to continue submitting deals. Therefore, the "whole game" is limited to just a few people. It feels like there is an "insider's group" and, then, the rest of us -- "outsiders."

    It seems like everytime there has been a suggestion for change it has been frowned upon. I don't think you (or any of us, as members) can or should expect Buxr to continue in the same manner -- everything must adapt to an always changing environment.

    I think the future of Buxr needs to include multiple changes, including reducing the prize money, updating the rules/format and creating a more welcoming environment conducive to everyone (not just a few members.)

    With that said, I'm grateful for Buxr, as it has helped me save so much money over the years. As a member of just a few years, I want to see it thrive and am willing to do whatever I can to contribute to its success. For me, it isn't necessarily about the money (however, it is fun to win some mad money every now and then), it is, in some ways, about the way I'm treated. People always want to feel like they belong, no matter the situation.
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    • 2kidsnuts
      professor
      10 8 2
      Posted by 2kidsnuts on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      I agree bkchavez, most other sites I have viewed have anonymous voting so no one sees who votes on a deal, otherwise you can only assume by comments made.
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    • djhciskoski
      professor
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      11 11 2
      Posted by djhciskoski on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      bkchavez, I am not sure how almost six years in the system in relatively new, I haven't even been a member for two years and I don't consider myself a new member. I also don't think admin ever intends to unwelcome anyone. This site is so much more accurate in its posting of deals than so many other we all visit; they have to be particular in getting the correct information out there. How many times have you been to another site only to find out the coupon expired or never even existed? As for people making negative comments, get over it, there are a lot of nasty people out there. This is supposed to be a friendly, helpful site. Those who make negative comments on one vote, vote for you the next - if it is good. And don't think you haven't ever gotten votes in your favor when someone is mean to you. Sometimes I think others give a vote just for compassion when comments get personal. I think we have all had comments made to us that upset us, but the longer I have stayed with this site, the less negativity I personally see.
      Post your deals correctly.
      Ask questions nicely - no need to be mean if you need clarification or you disagree.
      Comment on the good stuff - not everything.
      Let's not cheat and just vote up every deal or comment for "friendlies".
      And just keep posting, because even if you don't win, someone might really appreciate that you helped them save some money.
    • 217536
    • bkchavez
      apprentice
      11 2 1
      Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 3 0
      djhciskoski, your comment is exactly of which I speak. It has a negative tone. I spent time and energy into what I considered to be a thoughtful response -- only to be met with your defensiveness.

      However, as you stated, "people make negative comments, get over it, there are a lot of nasty people out there." I agree. I'm an adult. I can handle constructive feedback -- just not people wielding their perceived power for purposes of "chest-thumping." (The world is not a kind place, unfortunately.) Again, your feedback feels like the exact admonishment (or unwelcome tone) I referenced in my original comment.

      Defensive responses like yours are the exact reason I'm apprehensive about posting comments or asking questions. If you review my history, I've never left any negative remarks or comments. I've always tried to be kind, thoughtful or helpful. Yes, I need help posting deals on occasion -- that's why I'm a "novice" and your a "professor." The site should be a fun and friendly place, not a place where people fear posting deals incorrectly.

      As you stated, I will just "get over it." However, I suspect you will not take too kindly to this response either. I'm in no way trying to be antagonistic, but, if we can't have a civil debate, then the future of Buxr looks bleak -- in my opinion.

      (Am I out here alone? Does anyone else agree with the tone of djhciskoski's response?)
    • 217540
    • djhciskoski
      professor
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      Posted by djhciskoski on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      Sorry if you took that as negative or defensive. I have two teenage children at home and I tell them to get over it all the time. Negativity is not worth the time, effort or energy - that is all I meant. If we don't get over others comments, this site doesn't work - or life in general.
      Keep posting what you find to be good deals, as I said, someone might really appreciate it. And if you deals are not posted correctly, take the corrections and work with them. I still check every time I see someone's name on my deal to see what they have done so I can learn going forward. The more you post, the better you get.
      FYI, HouTex doesn't like all CAPS! Mr Green
    • 217557
    • bkchavez
      apprentice
      11 2 1
      Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you, djhciskoski. I hope we can all work together to make Buxr a success for years to come. Smile
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    • mdshopper1
      master
      1 2
      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      i have been here two years now and houtex always has to go over my deals for corrections and problems. no need to worry. it is better to post and learn than not to post at all! the more posts the better!
  • 217531
    clover
    professor
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    12 11 2
    Posted by clover on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Very well thought out comment bkchavez. I have always appreciated your deal finds because you knew about them before anyone else. I hope you continue to post on buxr.
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    • bkchavez
      apprentice
      11 2 1
      Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      Thank you, clover! I have some connections in the public relations world, so it helps me "find" the deals first. Big Grin
  • 217533
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    In the interest of full disclosure, the details of any member's participation can be seen at these links - http://www.buxr.com/activity/[username] and http://www.buxr.com/profile/[username]
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    • clover
      professor
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      12 11 2
      Posted by clover on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      32 Deals out of 137 deals posted as best deals is very good!
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    • bkchavez
      apprentice
      11 2 1
      Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      I have no idea what's good and what's bad, so thank you for the feedback. I only post deals that I personally consider to be really good.
  • 217539
    bkchavez
    apprentice
    11 2 1
    Posted by bkchavez on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 2 0
    Just a few thoughts...

    I have also seen sites, where readers can "donate" to support the work -- even just a buck or two. I know some people who can generate a few hundred dollars every month from just a "donate" button on a site. (It's not a hard sell, but a soft one.) Unfortunately, I think many people don't understand the economics of how a small site works -- so maybe a post explaining how it's a challenge financially? If every member donated a few bucks every now and then, it could help the bottomline. As they say, "Every little bit helps."

    In addition, do members understand the importance of making purchases via Buxr links? Again, I don't think many people understand the financial benefit for Buxr because of affiliate links and commission.
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    • mooncow728
      professor
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      12 6 1
      Posted by mooncow728 on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      Excellent idea!!! I think a donate button would be very lucrative for Buxr. There are many long time members that I think would donate regularly but also others that Buxr saved money that would contribute to the site for the help.
  • 217541
    tiny2009
    master
    9 3 1
    Posted by tiny2009 on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Yan, buxr.com is not a mobile friendly site: https://www.google.com/webmast.....2Fbuxr.com

    Just recently Google changed their algorithm to favor mobile friendly sites.

    Plus, monetization on mobile is way different from the "old" days. Lots of small sites are struggling.
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    • mdshopper1
      master
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      tiny, do you have the android buxr app? for me it is very user friendly. no need to log into buxr and use its website while out.
    • 217549
    • tiny2009
      master
      9 3 1
      Posted by tiny2009 on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      mdshopper1, it's not how I see it, it's how Google sees it (checkout the link I posted) and according to them burx.com is not mobile-friendly.
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    • mdshopper1
      master
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      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      i understand, but i think that is one of the reasons why yan built the app, which is very user friendly for android users. no need for me to go directly to the site if there is an app available.
      i dont know the technicalities,but i would wager a bet that yan already knows about this.
    • 217561
    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 2 0
      tiny, thank you for the tip. I started working on adapting buxr to look good on mobile devices however with buxr fate uncertain that work is on hold.
  • 217553
    mooncow728
    professor
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    12 6 1
    Posted by mooncow728 on May 4, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    I think lowering the daily cash prizes is a very good idea. Capping out the prize to $5 for any type of deal and the daily winners to 2 or 3 could be very helpful.

    You could always do a weekly contest instead of daily also. Make it so there are no daily winners but instead issue a $25 prize to the top member of the week and a $10 for 2nd place and maybe $5 for 3rd place and do away with the monthly prizes. If you were to choose an option like that though I would like to see the $25 minimum removed to withdraw to paypal as it would take much longer to accumulate prize money for people that do not regularly post like myself.

    I think adding some advertising to the site would be a good option too. Ads can be annoying but let's face it, practically every site has them. Why doesn't Buxr jump on that bandwagon? Retailers could post the ads that show a bunch of their sale items. As a community I think it would be beneficial in many ways; especially on popular items so that it would be easier to compare sale prices at different retailers to the deals posted.

    bkchavez's idea of adding a donate button is a very good idea too. How many times has Buxr saved each and every one of us money? Why not have the option to give back to this awesome site? I know I don't have a lot to give but if each of us gave just a buck every now and then it could really add up.

    If daily prizes are limited or removed, I think a point system could help. Have it so certain actions earn a set number of points. Then with the points you earn you could "buy" powerups of your choice like the ones already available. Maybe even new options could be added like adding an extra hour to the contest period, or bumping your deal back to the newest. People would probably even spend points on silly things like changing their name or adding a title. Sometimes the silliest things can seem so rewarding.

    On many other deal sites I also see exclusive coupons. I don't know exactly how that works but I would imagine hosting an exclusive coupon would get more people to click through the affiliate links on the site and in turn make more money.

    I would really hate to see Buxr go away. This is the only deal site that I check on an almost daily basis. It is so much different that so many other sites. It feels so "homey" in a way and not just like every other generic deal site out there. I really hope you can figure out a way to save it Yan. Us "old timers" would be lost without it.

    Sorry if this post is too long winded. I have my kiddos running around harassing me while I type. I had to keep starting and stopping too. All in all I think it took me over a half hour to write this all. Gosh kids are soooooo much fun!!
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 4, 2015
      [reply] 3 0
      I hate ads, this is why buxr never had them, not at the scale other sites do anyway.

      Thank you for your kind words, mooncow, I will do all I can to save the site, I put so much effort into it... It would make me very sad to just see it go.

      If there is a will there is a way! Smile
  • 217572
    djhciskoski
    professor
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    11 11 2
    Posted by djhciskoski on May 5, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    I think less money and more rewards would work - you have really given away so much over the years. This is just a fun site to get coupons, the money is bonus, but it can be done on a much lesser scale.
  • 217580
    sandyshore
    professor
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    12 8 1
    Posted by sandyshore on May 5, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    I think mooncow728 really summed it all up well. Would just like to echo this paragraph.

    I would really hate to see Buxr go away. This is the only deal site that I check on an almost daily basis. It is so much different that so many other sites. It feels so "homey" in a way and not just like every other generic deal site out there. I really hope you can figure out a way to save it Yan. Us "old timers" would be lost without it.


    Buxr has become a part of my life -- I always check in even if I don't participate as much as I once did this is where I come before I do any shopping.
  • 217617
    JackBauer
    admin
    Posted by JackBauer on May 6, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    I am coming out of hiding for this thread. As most of you know, I have been going in and out of hiding since the site's inception. I am one of the few left from the first set of users (well with the same user name as when I started) and I have loved Buxr from day 1, when Mike introduced me to it. I loved the community and the accuracy of the deals. This made seem bias, but get over it Wink , there is no other site with admins who have tried very hard to keep this site clean over the years. Since the beginning, they have help teach new users the correct way to post and helped long time members as well. We, all care very deeply for the site that Yan and Mike created, hence we take the time to coach users and edit deals. It is not meant to be negative, despite the feelings of some, it is meant to keep BUXR, the most accurate deal site on the web. Luckily for us, most users learn after being shown a few times the correct way we prefer to see deals, others have not. If you feel you are being picked on, singled out, ect. its because we are trying to keep the site accurate and clean and you are just not following the posting guidelines.

    On a personal note, for those that have been paying attention, I have been away from the public eye since January, there are many factors to why, but they are not important right now, but I have to say HOUTEX has done an amazing job keeping this site clean with Yan. HOUTEX has a lot of BUXR knowledge and cares about the site more than anyone not named Yan. If HOUTEX is correcting a mistake or editing your deal 99.999999999999999% of the time she is right, heed the advice, there is a reason HOUTEX has been an admin for so long.

    Lastly, there have been a lot of great ideas to "SAVE BUXR", if you truly care and want the site to live on, there are 3 simple things you can do:

    1. SHOP THE SITE! Click on the deal links and buy from here. There are many deal sites out there, some that even "rebate" you back when you shop there, but despite those "rebates" are you saving more than you win here, probably not. Yan has been more then generous for years.

    2. Share the deals on your social networks. If you found a deal you liked, share it's link on your social media. Chances are, the people you are friends with have similar tastes and might like the deal too.

    3. Tell your friends about BUXR. We need new blood, before the BUXR well dries up for good. Competition is good for the site, it will keep it exciting and fresh and heck the new users might bring deals that none of us have seen before.

    In closing, this message was not approve by anyone but me. It is only my feelings and no one else's. Just remember BUXR has been very good to all of us and it needs our help. It's future is in your hands.

    Thank you for letting me serve you over the years as user, power user and admin. To HOUTEX and YAN, thank you for letting me be a small part of this amazing site. Hopefully, I will be back on a more permanent basis, but until then I will simple say Thank you!

    JACK BAUER

    D*** IT Big Grin
  • 217625
    clover
    professor
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    Posted by clover on May 6, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Thanks for coming out of hiding and sharing your input Jack Bauer. Wish all the members could play nice. The one thing you don't see on the other sites is the negative banter between the members. It has calmed down somewhat but when members only vote for certain people no matter how good the deal is it hurts buxr.
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    • JackBauer
      admin
      Posted by JackBauer on May 6, 2015
      [reply] 4 0
      It has always been that way. Some people just don't get along. Heck, in the beginning, Solstice and I would mix it up often. It is the nature of the beast. I agree that members vote for certain people, I have never liked that, hence I stopped coming. I wasn't in a voting cliq, nor did I ever want to be a part of one.

      In my opinion, and only my opinion, the change in voting hurt the spirit of the site. In the beginning, negative votes and daily worst deals were common. If someone posted $10 off coupon from ABC company and someone else found $15 off coupon to same company, it would get a negative vote, as it should, there was a better deal. What happened is people lost site of what the voting was for and started to retaliate and throw negative votes that users way, even if they had a great deal. You are all to blame for this. BUXR is a community, policed by the community, overseen by admins, who are here to keep the site clean and accurate. These comments might seem harsh, but they have been bottled up by me for years. I have seen it all since 2008. Users "gaming" the contest, voting cliqs, retaliatory voting, ect.

      The voting process was intended to weed bad deals from the great ones. If you see a good deal, vote it up while you are looking at it. If you see a truly bad deal, no value, too many exclusions, not worth what they seem, vote it down. It shouldn't be personal, just a way to make sure visitors to the site see the great deals right up front. Unfortunatly, that is not what happens here anymore, there are some who are on the site every hour on the hour, they hoard their votes and only vote up deals when others have voted for it and they want the points to help them in the contest. The contests where designed to reward users for posting great deal after great deal, not to the user who figured out how to gain the most points via the site's contest. That is not to fault those users, again, in my opinion its the nature of the beast. When money is on the line, people will sometimes do what they can to get it.

      Again, these opinions are mine, and mine alone. I love this site, as much as the next person. I personally feel there are some who have forgotten the spirit of the site, to have the webs best and most accurate deals. This isn't Publisher's Clearing House of deal sites where you come to earn money, it's a deal site that is supposed to be rewarding the best deals posted and not the best gamer.

      I hope the community helps fix the issues the site is facing. Again, this is a community. If BUXR has to turn out the lights, the only ones to blame is the community itself.

      Sorry if my opinions my be unpopular, but I promise you they are from the heart of someone who cares enough to write down his opinions and who has enjoyed his time as a member of the community.

      Again, I want to thank Yan and HouTex for all they do and all of you for helping keep the lights on. Hopefully, you all can do what you can to ensure the lights stay on for what I consider to be the best, most accurate deal site on the web.

      Thank you.

      JB
  • 217669
    equipurple
    professor
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    11 8 1
    Posted by equipurple on May 7, 2015
    [reply] 7 0
    Buxr is both a deals site and a game/contest. I play when I have time. I visit when I need to find a specific deal.

    As a game/contest and social site, I find it to be unfriendly to new users, and thus growth is stunted.

    * The referral contest has never worked (has there ever been a winner?) as the hurdles for new user participation are too high and over too short a time frame. As a contest, it is not worth my time to refer friends for a prize that can not be reached.
    * The restrictions on new users voting, their votes counting, and their eligibility to win money are obstacles for new users (as they existed last time I looked). It does not make sense for a new user to join a game/contest if said user has to play but remain out of the money until becoming a veteran. I understand the anti-fraud sentiment for which they are instituted, but that does not change the difficulty in getting to speed.

    * Additionally, I think monthly prizes are a far too skewed by vote quantity as opposed to vote quality. It becomes a game of logging in EVERY day and voting on deals (which forces submitting to allow votes, yes). So if you miss a few days at the start of the month, the vote-on-most-deals players have too great an advantage to overcome. That makes returning or playing the rest of the month less enticing.

    * As a social site, there is not enough enticement to be social. Editors picks are one such method, but they never took hold. That kind of random reward for something someone else thinks is cool, even if it not a high vote-getter would help people stay tuned in.
    * There tends to be way too much sniping and nitpicking in comments and discussions, which is a turn off. But I am not sure there is a solution to that on the interwebs.

    *As a deal site, it suffers from self-selection due to the game. If you know what types of deals win, those are they only deals you will post, so other types of deals don't get traction, and buxr loses as it is specific to a shorter list of deal categories.

    I don't necessarily have solutions, but those are some of the problems I see. (I only stopped by to see what deals were on Amazon that I could use to fill my basket today, and saw the discussion thread.)
    -ep
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 8, 2015
      [reply] 3 0
      Thank you for your honesty, ep. You pretty much voiced out my darkest fears. This is how I see the picture, and this is the reason why Buxr failed to grow.

      The only thing that comes to my mind as far as the solution goes is to stop cash prizes altogether and offer random giveaway to those who continue to share deals, say once a week.

      Hopefully some will stay (the poll says 1 out of 4 will) and Buxr will not completely die.

      On the bright side this change will eliminate any incentive to 'play the game', there will be no competition any more, which will make buxrities friendlier to each other and to newcomers.

      What do you think?
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    • clover
      professor
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      Posted by clover on May 8, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      Whatever it takes to keep the site going.
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    • djhciskoski
      professor
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      11 11 2
      Posted by djhciskoski on May 8, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      The refer a friend was tough. I tried getting a few people, but when they saw how long it took me to post deals, they never had the interest. Said they just didn't have the time, so I don't think they ever even got to the point where they realized there were hurdles they had to get over in order to even really participate on the site.
      I don't know how other sites work to post codes because this is the only site I post coupons, but unfortunately, I think the competition, although skewed, is what makes me come back. It is a game and it is fun. And on top of that, there are some really good deals posted here! Hopefully, those will continue to be posted to the most reliable site I have found.
      Not sure what the solution is, but I hope you can find some ways to keep it interesting!
  • 217710
    Goofy_Girl
    professor
    12 8 1
    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 8, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    I come here mainly to save money. And as a regular voter, BUXR saves me more $$$ every month than if I was a regular participating poster (I don't have time to post many deals every day.)
    However, I think for many it is the opposite. I've even seen comments in other threads about how they "depend" on the $$$ they make at BUXR. And these comments were from some of (in my opinion) posters that posted the better deals. I was surprised at how much the prizes had gone down when I came back. I was also surprised at the total amount of posted deals each day had gone so drastically far down. Is there a connection?
    I think lowering the prize amounts would lead to devastating results.
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    • Goofy_Girl
      professor
      12 8 1
      Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 8, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      Any hey, the site could make A LOT more W/ADVERTISING!
      I know you hate advertising, but I LOVE it! I like having reminders of sales, coupons, deals, etc.
      What I DON'T LIKE though, are those in-your-face ads & pop-ups. They suck @$$.
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    • mdshopper1
      master
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      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 8, 2015
      [reply] 1 0
      goofy girl i agree! sometimes the ads i find on other sites are posted here as a deal, by ME! Mr Green
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    • 2kidsnuts
      professor
      10 8 2
      Posted by 2kidsnuts on May 17, 2015
      [reply] 3 0
      I always click other website advertising and got a few good deals including free shipping offers. Might be good for Buxr to solicit ads.
  • 217810
    EntertheDeals
    learner
    4
    Posted by EntertheDeals on May 9, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    I work for another deal website and we spend time at other places around the web to source deals etc. I do think you need to do some advertising on the site. Also, what is tough is that once you started the cash rewards program it makes it tough to eliminate it without people leaving. I am assuming you make money off of the affiliate links. I find that such a bulk of storewide sales might not be the best driver of revenue for you. Overall, the website is interesting but might need some sort of overall change.
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 10, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you, EtertheDeals. How is your deal website doing? Are you seeing growth/decline or any change at all in the number of visitors year over year? What do you do, if anything, to attract new shoppers?
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    EntertheDeals
    learner
    4
    Posted by EntertheDeals on May 15, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    I work for one of the bigger deal websites. They have seen a decline but they are so big that it has had little impact on them. I honestly would spend my money on social media and google advertising instead of paying out rewards for deals. A lot of the deals can be imported from your affiliate networks. After I imported those I might let people vote on them. But otherwise, it would be better if individual product deals were posted vs storewide. Just my 2 cents but really you have to do what is best for you.
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    • CouponNut
      deity
      23 14 8
      12 10 2
      Posted by CouponNut on May 16, 2015
      [reply] 2 0
      That sounds like a great idea to spend the money on advertising rather than cash prizes, since you can reach out to so many more people surfing the web. I click many of the online advertising links because its quick & easy to get immediate access to the promoting website.
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    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on May 16, 2015
    [reply] 2 0
    We could all share links to Buxr deals with all our friends and followers on our social media pages....
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    • mdshopper1
      master
      1 2
      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 16, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      i do that, but if i share TOO many (especially on facebook) then i get in trouble. LOL
      i have suggested this before, but it would be nice if there was a "share" link to use on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest.
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    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on May 16, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      All the deals are sent out through Buxr's Twitter account, https://twitter.com/buxr , so they can be retweeted from there. The facebook page has all our blog posts and an occasional hot deal or discussion topic, https://www.facebook.com/buxrcom
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    • mdshopper1
      master
      1 2
      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 16, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      yes, i have done that sometimes, but it helps much more if the share button is attached to every deal. i am a big social media user and most everything i share online already has the share button. if i want to retweet via twitter i have to go to buxr and then search through the timeline for the particular deal i want to share if i dont see it right away.
      i also use google+ to share.
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    EntertheDeals
    learner
    4
    Posted by EntertheDeals on May 16, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    You could still do contests or giveaways once a month. I would definitely look at selling ad space though. It will help greatly.
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    Goofy_Girl
    professor
    12 8 1
    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 17, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Eh, I noticed that you did eliminate some cash prizes by having only 1 winner per day lately rather than several based on postings, etc.
    Is this just a trial period to see if submissions drop?
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on May 18, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      It is 'doing what I have to do to keep Buxr alive' sort of thing. If Buxr was in green you would see no lack of prizes. Sad
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    djhciskoski
    professor
    1 2 2
    11 11 2
    Posted by djhciskoski on May 17, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Makes the competition even tougher when fewer deals win. Makes you really want to post A LOT of deals! soma days, I wish I had more.
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    • mdshopper1
      master
      1 2
      12 10 2
      Posted by mdshopper1 on May 17, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      personally, i would rather see two $5 winners than one $10 winner.
      i dont have a problem finding deals to post, it is more a matter of having the time.
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    • Goofy_Girl
      professor
      12 8 1
      Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 17, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      LOL Wink
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    • djhciskoski
      professor
      1 2 2
      11 11 2
      Posted by djhciskoski on May 18, 2015
      [reply] 2 0
      mdshopper, you have the deals, I have the time - can we work together!?
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    laaya
    professor
    1 1 2
    11 8 2
    Posted by laaya on May 21, 2015
    [reply] 5 0
    Better to stop giving credits to those who just leave comments and getting on top which is really a stopper for who really spending time posting deals here. This is some kind of discouraged feature which I'm seeing from a long time. Example Mdshopper posting lots of deals. But, i never saw mdshopper in No1 position. Either his/her posts are bad or... no idea. Just my thought. No offense. (these are one of my friends comments when I ask her to join)

    Also, better to remove newbie eligibility situation
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    djhciskoski
    professor
    1 2 2
    11 11 2
    Posted by djhciskoski on May 21, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    While some comments are nice, a lot of them don't benefit the deal, just the person who makes them.
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    laaya
    professor
    1 1 2
    11 8 2
    Posted by laaya on May 21, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    Some costing a lot for others including you it is effecting Smile
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    Goofy_Girl
    professor
    12 8 1
    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 30, 2015
    [reply] 2 0
    Oh dear...I just saw the new prizes for this month. Eeek
    Although this won't really matter to me much since I'm more of a shopper/deal seeker, it would affect the regular posters that depend on that 💲💲💲.
    It makes me sad to see this. Personally, I would rather see some advertising to make up for the recent prize 💰 cut-offs (daily and monthly.)

    *Just my two cents.
    Surprised
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    Goofy_Girl
    professor
    12 8 1
    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 30, 2015
    [reply] 3 0
    Idea On another site I was on (not a deal site, med-related) the Webmaster/Administrator designed these really cool, unique t-shirts and sold them online. Members & non-members started buying them through CafePress. (I bought a couple.) He then expanded to bags, mugs, etc.

    BTW, before I left last time, I recall some mention of something-was it a contest or a quiz? You know...to find out what exactly what the heck the acronym "BUXR" stood for or meant.
    I was wondering whatever happened to that Question
    Smile
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    clover
    professor
    1 6 7
    12 11 2
    Posted by clover on May 30, 2015
    [reply] 1 0
    I vote on deals that others don't until they know the deal will be the winner for the day even though they print the coupons that I post. I will continue to vote for the non team players. It would be nice to see everyone vote on deals. There are a handful of us that do.

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