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Should Companies Be Allowed to Bribe You to Vote for Them?

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Here is an example I have just got on email:

(We’re excited to announce that we’ve been shortlisted in the "Best Snack Product" & “Best Ethnic Minority Owned Brand” category in the Ocado Rising Stars Awards - the newest awards in the industry celebrating small and independent businesses at Ocado.

Please take 10 seconds to vote for us at https://ocadorisingstarsawards.com/ and be in with a chance to win a year’s free Ocado shopping!)

I have sometimes voted in those category things in order to enter a draw or win the winning products, but sometimes I have never even heard of half the products, let alone used them. Surely that does not qualify me to vote for the best product. Unless you have tried every one and can make an informed choice why would you be fit to vote?

I think it is very unfair as very often I imagine an undeserving product wins.

Lynibis
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
davewalsh126
davewalsh1262 weeks ago

It's a choice whether to take them up on the offer though!! Although I get similar emails I'd only vote for the ones that I actually believed in.. the rest are destined for the recycle bin (and possibly another person leaving their mailing list)

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tumblespots
tumblespots2 weeks ago

I've had quite a few of these lately, many of which were similar to yours, almost all were asking for a vote and offering a chance to win the year free Ocado. I find them rather annoying and although I have voted in the past I am now refusing to do so.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 weeks ago

I’ve done a couple where you are entered in a draw for a prize - one for beauty products and one for travel destinations. They weren’t too bad as you didn’t have to vote in every category. It is cynical, I agree, but it’s how many things work, including politics!

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock2 weeks ago

gerrykelly25 you are right about politics. Vote for us and we’ll reduce tax/ give free dental care/give free broadband are all things I’ve heard in the last couple of days.

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc2 weeks ago

Um, "free," not free. Grannyclock

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer2 weeks ago

Grannyclock Also in the past a big shiny red bus!

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 weeks ago

You could look at it that way or say no one would vote if they didn't know about it

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 weeks ago

I don't think so because there were several categories where I had never heard of any of the products so you are literally picking one out of the blue. Even if you know about it that does not mean you have tried it.

How can it be moral for say an airline to shout 'vote for us and win ....'

whatever prize, when you have never even flown with them, or a travel company you've not travelled with. The things you have used and really liked are then bypassed because there is no choice to choose them. It just makes a complete mockery of voting.

With politics gerrykelly25 you have a choice of all who are running for election plus you can look them up and hopefully make an informed decision. You can't make an informed decision about a beauty product you have never used.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 weeks ago

Lynibis I was referring to politicians rather than the public. Lobbyists offering inducements for votes.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 weeks ago

gerrykelly25 Ah yes, it is all in the news at the moment isn't it. I need to know more about it as my immediate instinct is that there is a very thin line between the bad and the ok.

Actually, on second thoughts I don't think I will worry my brain over it!

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc2 weeks ago

A question of moral and standards. Heck, even politics have this problem.

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stuartsmith544
stuartsmith5442 weeks ago

Will I vote for them if they are rubbish? ERR no I aint. Companies especially need to go that extra mile to get good feedback and an entry in a competition isnt gonna even register let alone convince me to say well done .

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