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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bad Advertising = Good advertising?

An article shared with me from a friend. It's a bit long, but enough to be outraged about. You only need to read to about page 2 or 3, after that it's just background info.

A TL;DR version is a woman wanted to buy a particular brand of glasses/contacts and googled that brand. Up came this website. They caused some seriously wrong problems with her, and no one would really ACTIVELY help her till this reporter did something. The company that did that didn't even care and admitted that being an asshole with everyone writing about his site gave him great advertisement on google since everyone linked to it, so it became his sale mantra.

Another type of scum in the world. This is why I tell my family and friends (and now you my followers, probably more as a reminder) to ALWAYS get more info about a website before ordering from it. When you google a site, you often will have reviews of it pop in the search as well. When I was internet-stupid, I made the mistake of releasing personal information on a random website, and almost got taken away with it. Luckily my credit card company was reasonable and cut off the transaction and the thing was never heard from again.

If anyone has their own stories similar to this, I'd be interested in hearing them! But please take care with online spending. Warn your loved and liked ones.

14 comments:

  1. Even some websites and companies advertised on tv seem legit. I fell for it once and my bank worked with me to fix the issue. Haven't done it again since then.

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  2. yeah, thats really scum! 100% agree

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  3. I always search for "< sitename> complaints" before using any online merchant for the first time.

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  4. this absolutely disgusts me when hearing about it.

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  5. I do the same as Sanchez, and also search with the word Scam afterwards.

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  6. give no one your information unless you know what and who they're about. Also, Too good to be true? leave it alone. (unless you have inside information....)

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  7. That ridiculous. Of course, even bad publicity is publicity, but this is going to hurt him in the long run. Sure it might give him instant success but that won't last long

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  8. Yep, I always check out information on dodgy looking sites before I shop

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  9. Came across this last week. From what I remember despite his profiteering the guy sounded tired and miserable, as he looked defeatedly over a castle of returned eyewear.

    Don't know if it's worth it. I suppose it is, given he's still doing it.

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  10. Very nice posts, i follow your blog...

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  11. Yikes. Come on now google. They slap us around, but allow this kind of thing?

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  12. Woah I never realised this before, thanks for telling us. There are so many dogdy websites these days.

    P.S. Alice by Avril Lavigne was written for the movie Alice in Wonderland, so it's not on any of her albums.

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