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Question about Freebies with pay shipping

submitted on February 12, 2009 by Tarun in "Buxr Website / Contests"
Does anyone else get a bit annoyed with those? Since technically they're not freebies because you have to pay to receive the item, lately it seems like they've been dominating the frontpage of the freebies section.

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  • 16199
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on February 12, 2009
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    Have to agree with you, Tarun
  • 16228
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on February 12, 2009
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    Do these really get to the front page (buxr.com)? It would mean many people are voting them up...

    Maybe we should remove the deals requiring a shipping charge from Freebie list (the one you see when you click on the Freebie menu). Would that help?
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    • kldpm
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      Posted by kldpm on February 12, 2009
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      That would help. But will it also remove the deals which are Free after MIR but requiring a shipping charge?
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on February 12, 2009
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      The answer to your question is yes. Right now anything with $0 price tag (including Free After Rebate) is labeled as a Freebie. The question is, should a product that requires shipping fee qualify.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on February 12, 2009
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      Using the Current Logic: If you have to pay money, then it is not truly free. (Shipping Counts)
      However, this means that such items would qualify for a $10 prize, correct?
      In short, my opinion is that they should be removed from the "freebie" listing tab.
      Merchants only use such a setup as a ploy to gain attention, they could just as easily charge for the item and offer free shipping, but for some reason people get excited the other way around.
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    MikeG
    learner
    Posted by MikeG on February 13, 2009
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    I think that they CAN go in the freebie's section as long as shipping is clearly labeled. If the offer is accurately described then it is easy to skip over and avoid if you are not interested in those types of freebies. The same goes for free after rebate deals, which also happen to be color coded.

    If you think the offer is truely of no value or a ploy, you can down vote it. The default on Buxr is to hide deals that have 2 down votes.
  • 16248
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on February 13, 2009
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    This might help clear up the confusion about what defines a "freebie".

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/freebie


    No matter the end decision, you can't really argue with the dictionary.
  • 16255
    Tarun
    novice
    Posted by Tarun on February 13, 2009
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    http://www.buxr.com/freebies - Setting it to show all, including those that expired there'll be three listed (at the time of this post). Just the other day there were about five listed there if I recall correctly.
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    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on February 13, 2009
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    I agree with Mike. It is fairly easy to skip "non-free" freebies in the list and having them in the list helps those members who target Free After Rebate items. This especially helps since we don't allow filtering/sorting by price (yet).

    To answer the question about prizes. We give the reduced prize ($5) to all deals that we can't monetize, regardless of how they are classified according to the dictionaries. We understand their value but we simply can't afford giving bigger prize at this time. Such items include printable coupons (w/o online code), in-store only deals and promotions, and free items. Free after rebate is not truly free and so the prize is $10.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on February 13, 2009
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      Can't deny the fact that money talks louder than any dictionary. Mr Green
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    • Solstice
      professor
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      Posted by Solstice on February 14, 2009
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      Wait... What if its one of those electronic talking dictionaries? Had not considered that earlier. Big Grin
  • 16535
    phunkeey
    teacher
    Posted by phunkeey on February 18, 2009
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    By this logic perhaps we should always consider shipping costs when judging a deal (not to mention sales tax). In my opinion something is not a deal if it costs more after shipping and sales tax, but buxr rules do not take shipping or sales tax into account when judging deals.
  • 16536
    phunkeey
    teacher
    Posted by phunkeey on February 18, 2009
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    On a side note, ever notice how that junk on tv still sells for $19.95, but the S&H fee has more than doubled over the years??
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    • MikeG
      learner
      Posted by MikeG on February 18, 2009
      [reply] 1 0
      Right. For many companies shipping is the profit. It really gets crazy on eBay.
  • 16667
    Tarun
    novice
    Posted by Tarun on February 20, 2009
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    Here's another one that's on the freebie page but you have to pay for shipping, thus negativing the actual freebie.


    http://www.buxr.com/deal/3-go-.....pe/freebie


    Not trying to single anyone out. Wink

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