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Suggestion: Can staff stop shill posting?

212 50 September 3, 2020 at 06:14 PM
Its getting blatantly obvious at this point. Too much of the posts are random Chinese brand knick knack junk from amazon being shilled by a lot of staff/pro posters.

when I say blatantly obvious I mean it to the fullest extent, many of these brands I'm aware of as I've personally dealt with them trying to offer me free products.

So when brandX offers me a free pair of headphones for a review, then 1 week later I see a staff member post:
"BrandX headphones was $80 now $35! slickdeal!!!"

its just obvious and looks like this website dropped its purpose of sharing deals and now a way to profit by shilling bad products.

I've even once reported such a staff member to slickdeals support email with screen shot proof of BrandX offering me a full refund for a fake review. along with screenshots of "Staff member A" shilling multiple junk products of brandx on slickdeals.

Support teams response? "Whatever do you mean? StaffMemeberA is a very well known friend of ours???"

TLDR: A good chunk of slickdeals staff if not MAJORITY are dirty and shilling shit products to waste your money to profit their own.

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Its getting blatantly obvious at this point. Too much of the posts are random Chinese brand knick knack junk from amazon being shilled by a lot of staff/pro posters.

when I say blatantly obvious I mean it to the fullest extent, many of these brands I'm aware of as I've personally dealt with them trying to offer me free products.

So when brandX offers me a free pair of headphones for a review, then 1 week later I see a staff member post:
"BrandX headphones was $80 now $35! slickdeal!!!"

its just obvious and looks like this website dropped its purpose of sharing deals and now a way to profit by shilling bad products.

I've even once reported such a staff member to slickdeals support email with screen shot proof of BrandX offering me a full refund for a fake review. along with screenshots of "Staff member A" shilling multiple junk products of brandx on slickdeals.

Support teams response? "Whatever do you mean? StaffMemeberA is a very well known friend of ours???"

TLDR: A good chunk of slickdeals staff if not MAJORITY are dirty and shilling shit products to waste your money to profit their own.
Eh... it's part of the job. Are you going to pay their operating costs personally then?? Obvious answer is just to use common sense and don't buy anything just because someone posted it. Check around first on other sites to compare and look up price history when you can.
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Eh... it's part of the job. Are you going to pay their operating costs personally then?? Obvious answer is just to use common sense and don't buy anything just because someone posted it. Check around first on other sites to compare and look up price history when you can.
Its actually not part of the job and against the page's own rules to self promote. It happens behind the backs of the site's owner for sure, and goes into staff's personal pockets not site funds

That's like saying its part of the job for a dirty cop to collect side payments because they got bills lol.
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Its actually not part of the job and against the page's own rules to self promote. It happens behind the backs of the site's owner for sure, and goes into staff's personal pockets not site funds

That's like saying its part of the job for a dirty cop to collect side payments because they got bills lol.
You're assuming it's individuals promoting and privately profiting, but I don't see any proof of that. Can be they're paid-for posts being sponsored by the sellers. Shouldn't expect SD to come straight out and say so when these sponsors are paying good money to slip these 'deals' in under the radar. Even if it's an unsponsored item on Amazon or similar, there's no reason to think MODs might not choose to post what they think are deals with the added benefit of getting referrals link click-through credits for SD. Unless some serious hanky panky is going on, referral links are usually created automatically by the system to identify SD as the source. Not the individual or MOD poster. Unless you have any proof, I'd just assume it's normal greed and a company trying to cash in. As opposed to the more complicated scenario assuming pervasive MOD corruption and their acting only for personal gain.

Hmmm, unless you mean something different by self promote than I was thinking of...? Is the SD self promoting you speak of or individual employees doing personal self promoting? Where is the rule you're talking about anyway? Wouldn't mind reading if for myself. What would be the difference between sponsored promoting and self promoting?!? If MODs are being encouraged to pick items to post and gain SD referral credits thereby, it wouldn't technically be SD doing self promoting and wouldn't be the MODs self promoting is SD gets the referrals.
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You're assuming it's individuals promoting and privately profiting, but I don't see any proof of that. Can be they're paid-for posts being sponsored by the sellers. Shouldn't expect SD to come straight out and say so when these sponsors are paying good money to slip these 'deals' in under the radar. Even if it's an unsponsored item on Amazon or similar, there's no reason to think MODs might not choose to post what they think are deals with the added benefit of getting referrals link click-through credits for SD. Unless some serious hanky panky is going on, referral links are usually created automatically by the system to identify SD as the source. Not the individual or MOD poster. Unless you have any proof, I'd just assume it's normal greed and a company trying to cash in. As opposed to the more complicated scenario assuming pervasive MOD corruption and their acting only for personal gain.

Hmmm, unless you mean something different by self promote than I was thinking of...? Where is the rule you speak of anyway? Wouldn't mind reading if for myself.
I do have proof as mentioned in my OP, reported the post to other staff, they asked for proof on how that staff members was self promoting, sent them that proof and they just switched to character defending "hes a well known part of our team, he would never"

The proof you're asking for is right there, the fact that they decided to investigate it further initially shows its not something that's normal or site legal.
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I do have proof as mentioned in my OP, reported the post to other staff, they asked for proof on how that staff members was self promoting, sent them that proof and they just switched to character defending "hes a well known part of our team, he would never"

The proof you're asking for is right there, the fact that they decided to investigate it further initially shows its not something that's normal or site legal.
Two different things being thrown out here.
One... none of our team members would take money on the side to post for a merchant. If they did, they'd lose their position here.
Two... we are often contacted by merchants to vet and post a deal they have, to see if we feel it would be helpful/beneficial to our members. Our deal specialists, Deal hunters and Deal editors are well versed in knowing a good deal from a mediocre deal and may chose to post the item if they feel it's worth posting.
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