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The Slickdeals Commitment and Featured Deals

PhotoJeff 7 May 14, 2016 at 05:12 PM
Hello,

I believe that the original nature of Slickdeals is being lost. According to your "commitment" (http://slickdeals.net/blog/index.php/the-slickdeals-commitment-and-how-deals-get-on-the-frontpage-deal-listing/), you will "never sell ads or paid placements as deals." Yet it seems that if someone wants to be in the "Featured Deals" section, they need to contact your sales department. This certainly sounds like people are paying for placement of their deal at the top of the frontpage.

Jeff

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Hi,

I think this post from Bryant may offer you an answer

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=84931475&postcount=15
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This certainly sounds like people are paying for placement of their deal at the top of the frontpage.

That notion is just crazy Crazy

Oh wait..

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Quote from PhotoJeff View Post :
Hello,

I believe that the original nature of Slickdeals is being lost. According to your "commitment" (http://slickdeals.net/blog/index.php/the-slickdeals-commitment-and-how-deals-get-on-the-frontpage-deal-listing/), you will "never sell ads or paid placements as deals." Yet it seems that if someone wants to be in the "Featured Deals" section, they need to contact your sales department. This certainly sounds like people are paying for placement of their deal at the top of the frontpage.

Jeff
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That notion is just crazy Crazy

Oh wait..

As you can see by my screenshot there is a separate section above our Frontpage Slickdeals for Featured Deals. Just like how on the right hand rail there are a few ad sections.


Merchants can never pay to have themselves in the Frontpage. They can't pay to have us post their deals even in the forums.


Because SD is a free site and it does cost money to pay.. the CRM Smilie, all of the devs, and other employees, contractors, pay for the servers etc..we do need to do things like have ad spaces and some of the deals in the featured deals can there be merchant sponsored.

BUT those deals have to have been good enough to have been FPd on their own merit recently. So they have already passed the communities test on how good of a deal it was in the first place.
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Is it just a coincidence that the paid deals look exactly like the front page deals or was there a reason for that?
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Quote from Iaaaiws View Post :
Is it just a coincidence that the paid deals look exactly like the front page deals or was there a reason for that?
They are clearly in separate sections.
They were FP deals so they are already set up that way.
It makes for a more uniformed experience.
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Quote from Iaaaiws View Post :
Is it just a coincidence that the paid deals look exactly like the front page deals or was there a reason for that?
I would also note that not all featured deals are paid deals. Some of these are basically existing frontpage deals that our merchants want to re-promote, but we also just promote deals ourselves because they performed well and are still alive. This is why we have the criteria that they have to have been organically frontpaged deals first, to ensure the quality content is high.
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I would also note that not all featured deals are paid deals. Some of these are basically existing frontpage deals that our merchants want to re-promote, but we also just promote deals ourselves because they performed well and are still alive. This is why we have the criteria that they have to have been organically frontpaged deals first, to ensure the quality content is high.
I don't have any problem with it. I just didn't think the original response to the OP's post did anything to clarify that the featured deals, which are in fact at the top of the front page, may be there because the merchant paid for them to be there. It is a fairly effective advertising method. Even knowing what they are I sometimes click on them thinking they are current front page deals. I'm sure I'm not the only one. And if it is a decent deal then I guess there really isn't any harm done on my end when I do so.
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Nice...today a sponsored ad appeared under featured deals. It doesn't seem to have any of the voting that Bryant mentions.
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Nice...today a sponsored ad appeared under featured deals. It doesn't seem to have any of the voting that Bryant mentions.
are you referring to the giveaway?
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are you referring to the giveaway?
Yes. I think the odds of winning are so low that I consider it an ad.
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Yes. I think the odds of winning are so low that I consider it an ad.
that is certainly your prerogative, and i'm sure all of the giveaway winners (including those who choose to post in the winners forum) thank you for increasing their odds. Smilie


edit: if you don't wish to see that row, you can remove it from view via the settings cog on the front page (see attached)
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Yes. I think the odds of winning are so low that I consider it an ad.
What exactly do you consider to be good odds? Usually around here you're competing against a few thousand people, which in my opinion are pretty good odds Stick Out Tongue Several people here who regularly enter have won multiple times. But im sure they're not upset if you're not participating Stick Out Tongue
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What exactly do you consider to be good odds? Usually around here you're competing against a few thousand people, which in my opinion are pretty good odds Stick Out Tongue Several people here who regularly enter have won multiple times. But im sure they're not upset if you're not participating Stick Out Tongue
My only frustration is hotdeals get bonus entries, and sweeps posted do not...however that is me being greedy. I love winning and have had several from this website. Please keep trying--it is possible.
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What exactly do you consider to be good odds? Usually around here you're competing against a few thousand people, which in my opinion are pretty good odds Stick Out Tongue Several people here who regularly enter have won multiple times. But im sure they're not upset if you're not participating Stick Out Tongue
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My only frustration is hotdeals get bonus entries, and sweeps posted do not...however that is me being greedy. I love winning and have had several from this website. Please keep trying--it is possible.
laugh out loud implode has been one of the lucky few who have won more than once Wink Whee
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