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Please explain cash back site discrimination practices

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I enjoy the SD site tremendously and respect the members of the SD team that do their best to bring the community good deals. That being said, I am extremely perplexed over the preferential treatment given to certain cash back sites over others. Despite searching, along with reaching out to members of the SD team, I cannot find an answer to the reason for discriminating against some cash back/reward sites. While I realize there are many sites like this out there I will focus on a few that are consistently ranked as the best out there so as not to make this an exhausting endeavor.

It is well known, as there are posts nearly every day, that SwagBucks is the apple of the eye to SD. However, two other very popular cash back sites Eb@te$ and Top C@$h B@ck are not able to be posted on here. My question is why is that the case? All three of these sites operate the same way essentially: You get cash back for shopping through links on their sites, they all offer discount codes, new customer promo codes, referral codes, and all can be cashed out in the form of actual money if you choose instead of gift cards (at first I thought perhaps Swagbucks was different because you had to convert to gift cards, then found that you can cash out to PayPal so that argument is null and void).

Here's the issue. If the goal of SD is to find the best deals from around the web that are populated by the community members then engaging in a discriminatory practice against sites that perhaps have some of those best deals is counter intuitive to the overall goal of this site! As an example last week there was a tremendous deal on laundry detergent through Top C@$h B@ck via store pick up at Wal-Mart that allowed new customers to get a $9 container of laundry detergent pacs and get that amount in cash back to their account, essentially making it free detergent. Furthermore, they don't limit to one per househould so you could have made numerous email accounts and stocked up for the year. However, I could not share this (and I consulted with several SD staff members) and that seems like a HUGE FAILURE that an extremely "Slick Deal" can't be shared.

I can only assume that SwagBucks has paid a king's ransom to be the exclusive cash back site promoted through SD and therefore has the monopoly over the users and staff here. I have racked my brain and researched all over this site and across the web trying to figure out what the differences are, but there really isn't any which leads me to conclude that SwagBucks has paid for the privelege - equivalent to a company paying to have a sport's team stadium bear their name as an example. I would love for someone to tell me that isn't the case because if it is that really knocks the legitimacy of this site down significantly in my opinion because it shows that it is not about the best deals for the community, instead it is about the best financial deal for the site.

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I don't have exact answers, but usually blocked sites are for several common reasons...

1) The site shills for itself.
2) The site is untrustworthy, having generated substantiated complaintss against it

That's not exhaustive by any means, but something that may have caused this.
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However, two other very popular cash back sites Eb@te$ and Top C@$h B@ck are not able to be posted on here. My question is why is that the case?
The reason cashback sites aren't allowed is because SD generally earn commission each time you click a link from this site.

They are very open about that - it is mentioned under every deal: "If you purchase something through a post on our site, Slickdeals may get a small share of the sale". If cashback sites were allowed to be posted then SD would miss out because they would not be the referring site.

SD want commission. We want cashback. Only one party can have it.

SD won't ever allow them to be posted because it would hurt their bottom line but there is nothing stopping you from using them yourself.
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As implode mentioned above, the reason cashback sites aren't allowed is because SD generally earn commission each time you click a link from this site.

They are very open about that - it is mentioned under every deal: "If you purchase something through a post on our site, Slickdeals may get a small share of the sale". If cashback sites were allowed to be posted then SD would miss out because they would not be the referring site.

SD want commission. We want cashback. Only one party can have it.

SD won't ever allow them to be posted because it would hurt their bottom line but there is nothing stopping you from using them yourself.
Swagbucks IS a cash back site...
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Swagbucks IS a cash back site...
Yeah I know. I'm not sure what the deal is with allowing that and not others.

Don't try to make sense of it though... you will end up with a headache.

For all we know they have a deal with SB. The underlying reasons are usually the same though. SD generally don't miss out.
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Yeah I know. I'm not sure what the deal is with allowing that and not others.

Don't try to make sense of it though... you will end up with a headache.

For all we know they have a deal with SB. The underlying reasons are usually the same though. SD generally don't miss out.
Lol um ok...that was what my entire post was questioning so I guess I don't understand your responses
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Lol um ok...that was what my entire post was questioning so I guess I don't understand your responses
My point being they probably won't say anything and nothing will change. The reason is always the same: SD earn commission and generally don't allow anything which gets in the way of that. They are a business after all.

Most people who have been around here long enough know when to use the cashback sites for free/heavily discounted stuff, so it doesn't need to be posted.

I understand your point completely but save yourself the energy.
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My point being they probably won't say anything and nothing will change. The reason is always the same: SD earn commission and generally don't allow anything which gets in the way of that. They are a business after all.

Most people who have been around here long enough know when to use the cashback sites for free/heavily discounted stuff, so it doesn't need to be posted.

I understand your point completely but save yourself the energy.
I understand what you are saying, however I am someone who likes answers as you can see from my previous forum post https://slickdeals.net/f/9774339-can-anyone-explain-how-deals-make-it-to-popular-and-fp

A deal site that is an open forum where anyone can contribute and is supposed to be for the best deals from all over should not have to operate under a veil of secrecy or by ignoring the people who bring the deals that line the pockets of SD. I have not been around as long as you, and I understand your point about those who have been around here awhile know when to use cashback sites, etc...however, there are millions more who have no clue, and saving money or helping others do that should not be a restricted process due to an exclusive financial agreement because that undermines the entire point of the creation of this site. I realize that I bring up things that the site would rather not divulge, but after my previous post the Chief Product Officer went as far as to find me on LinkedIn for some reason (not to offer a job which would have been great because I love SD, but instead I assume just to see who was kicking up dust which bothers me because it seemed to serve no purpose other than to say Big Brother is watching you...) and yes I have the screenshots to prove it.

Silence tells me what I need to know. I'm not asking for financial documents or copies of agreements. I'm simply asking a question that should not be so difficult to answer if it is not acting in an improper way.
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I understand what you are saying, however I am someone who likes answers as you can see from my previous forum post https://slickdeals.net/f/9774339-can-anyone-explain-how-deals-make-it-to-popular-and-fp

A deal site that is an open forum where anyone can contribute and is supposed to be for the best deals from all over should not have to operate under a veil of secrecy or by ignoring the people who bring the deals that line the pockets of SD. I have not been around as long as you, and I understand your point about those who have been around here awhile know when to use cashback sites, etc...however, there are millions more who have no clue, and saving money or helping others do that should not be a restricted process due to an exclusive financial agreement because that undermines the entire point of the creation of this site. I realize that I bring up things that the site would rather not divulge, but after my previous post the Chief Product Officer went as far as to find me on LinkedIn for some reason (not to offer a job which would have been great because I love SD, but instead I assume just to see who was kicking up dust which bothers me because it seemed to serve no purpose other than to say Big Brother is watching you...) and yes I have the screenshots to prove it.

Silence tells me what I need to know. I'm not asking for financial documents or copies of agreements. I'm simply asking a question that should not be so difficult to answer if it is not acting in an improper way.
That is creepy, did you associate your FB/TW/Ln acct with SD?

Can't say I don't enjoy your threads about the elephant in the room. Smilie
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I understand what you are saying, however I am someone who likes answers as you can see from my previous forum post https://slickdeals.net/f/9774339-can-anyone-explain-how-deals-make-it-to-popular-and-fp

A deal site that is an open forum where anyone can contribute and is supposed to be for the best deals from all over should not have to operate under a veil of secrecy or by ignoring the people who bring the deals that line the pockets of SD. I have not been around as long as you, and I understand your point about those who have been around here awhile know when to use cashback sites, etc...however, there are millions more who have no clue, and saving money or helping others do that should not be a restricted process due to an exclusive financial agreement because that undermines the entire point of the creation of this site. I realize that I bring up things that the site would rather not divulge, but after my previous post the Chief Product Officer went as far as to find me on LinkedIn for some reason (not to offer a job which would have been great because I love SD, but instead I assume just to see who was kicking up dust which bothers me because it seemed to serve no purpose other than to say Big Brother is watching you...) and yes I have the screenshots to prove it.

Silence tells me what I need to know. I'm not asking for financial documents or copies of agreements. I'm simply asking a question that should not be so difficult to answer if it is not acting in an improper way.
The truth is plenty of people have responded to you in your other thread, even staff, and you weren't satisfied even though it was the truth. So basically it seems like you're only looking to try and get someone to validate your claim and won't accept any other answer. I looked you up but then as the thread progressed I realized you would not be a fit for Slickdeals sorry. In regards to this thread, believe it or not but a company 18 years old tends to have some legacy rules that may or may not be relevant anymore but haven't been reevaluated in a while. In general back in the day when it came to competitors it was more about treating each other in kind. For instance whether or not fatwallet would allow their community to reference Slickdeals would determine if we'd allow them to be mentioned on ours. It's certainly fine to bring it up because it does bring it to our attention to think about whether or not some rules still apply (for instance whether or not we should show adult items on our site gets brought up regularly) Stick Out Tongue p.s. I wasn't hiding anything which is how you saw me on LinkedIn, when I could've easily turned that off. But I have nothing to hide.
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The truth is plenty of people have responded to you in your other thread, even staff, and you weren't satisfied even though it was the truth. So basically it seems like you're only looking to try and get someone to validate your claim and won't accept any other answer. I looked you up but then as the thread progressed I realized you would not be a fit for Slickdeals sorry. In regards to this thread, believe it or not but a company 18 years old tends to have some legacy rules that may or may not be relevant anymore but haven't been reevaluated in a while. In general back in the day when it came to competitors it was more about treating each other in kind. For instance whether or not fatwallet would allow their community to reference Slickdeals would determine if we'd allow them to be mentioned on ours. It's certainly fine to bring it up because it does bring it to our attention to think about whether or not some rules still apply (for instance whether or not we should show adult items on our site gets brought up regularly) p.s. I wasn't hiding anything which is how you saw me on LinkedIn, when I could've easily turned that off. But I have nothing to hide.
I sent you a PM - I hope you will take the time to read. Thank you in advance
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