OzBargain or OzAdvertising - Are Associated Posts Getting out of Control?

New deals page seems to have 30-50% 'Associated' posts at the moment, and getting worse. Amazon sellers are the main culprits, but random websites which have just popped up are doing it as well. Must be a 'How to Succeed in Online Business' e-course which tells you to post on OZB - Big Man Tyrone maybe?

I know there is a system whereby associated sellers get bans if their deals are crap (ie. not enough + votes over a number of deals), and you can block deals without X amount of + votes, but I really think more could be done to stop the associated/advertising posts. A pop-up seller on Amazon just wants the free advertising now.

Maybe something like the eBay posting guidelines but more general? Thoughts?

Comments

  • +15 votes

    I really think more could be done to stop the associated/advertising posts.

    You could start by finding some deals and posting them yourself? The community really need to engage if they want to outnumber the associated posts.

    Besides associated posts are ALWAYS advertising for their business. A good deal results in good advertising.

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      I don't really think it is a numbers game. Like I assume most members do, I post good deals that I think are useful to others when I find them, but posting for the sake of it doesn't really solve the problem. Personally I prefer quality over quantity.

      I agree associated posts are advertising the business, but that should be secondary. A deal should be posted because it is a bargain first and foremost.

  • +2 votes

    A good deal is judged by comparing historical price to current advertised price.

    Unless the source is a scammer or an unequal warranty/service, the source doesn't matter.

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      I usually don't see any historical prices, I see the RRP which no paid.

      • +1 vote

        That's your choice and you get to vote.

        (Please don't bring up the two party voting thing).

  • +1 vote

    On the first 3 pages, I see 3 associated posts and 2 store rep posts. So 5 out of 60 front page deals by my count.

  • +2 votes

    I'm more concerned about people creating new thread with just one or two sentences, ex.

    hey find me good deal on xxx

  • +9 votes

    are Associated posts getting out of control?

    Nope. I actually like them. More than a few times, someone's posted in the forums asking "Are there any deals on X?" And lo and behold on the Deals page a few hours later you'll have a deal for X. It's like magic. Love it.

  • +1 vote

    No

  • +1 vote

    If they aren't good deals and are rubbish they won't make it to the front page (most times)

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    Having deals that don't get votes also highlights as comparison between a good bargain and an average or terrible price.

  • +5 votes

    are Associated posts getting out of control?

    Yep, and the stress that it's caused me has affected my performance in the sack.

    • +2 votes

      Yep, and the stress that it's caused me has affected my performance in the sack

      Same thing has happened to my missus and it's also given me Blue Ball.

  • +5 votes

    Eh, nature of the beast. This site is the most popular bargains site in the country and costs nothing to post.

    How would you suggest the site treats business posts? Because if you set harsher rules, they'll just sockpuppet and cause the mods more grief!

  • Maybe something like the eBay posting guidelines but more general? Thoughts?

    Amazon AU Guidelines

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