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I'm quite concerned seeing Latest Deals continuously showing 'deals' from Amazon, mainly of products whose prices have been inflated and then cut by huge amounts to make it look like a bargain. Especially during Black Friday when people are vulnerable.

Let's be clear. These are not deals and dupe buyers into thinking they are getting high quality goods at great prices.

A quick check on a make up set on this site showed a make up palette going for something like £7, originally more than £30 but a google check showed it was going for something like £5 as a normal price.

I see it so often on this site and question the validity of the prices amd goods.

I love this site and have bought some great stuff from it but it has to have a duty to promote legitimate stuff only.

Flowerpuff
6 months ago
What do you think of this?
Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
6 months ago

Hi Flowerpuff 🙂

Thank you for the feedback. We'd always encourage members to comment on a post if they've found it cheaper elsewhere, feel the "RRP" is inflated or that the product isn't very good. Comments like this are just as useful (if not more so) than positive comments thanking someone for sharing a deal. We do of course always ask that people are polite with their comments even if they are critical.

If it's in the flash deals section of the website and you notice an incorrect RRP please do report the post so that we can investigate. If people in the flash area consistently do this we'll remove their ability to share on the website.

We've also discussed and considered changing RRP to "Next best price" instead. The logic being that an RRP can be almost whatever the manufacturer wants it to be. Next best price gives a more realistic view of the deal. However I guess the downside of this is that it can be quite difficult to check and enforce. Any thoughts on this idea are very welcome 🙂

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Flowerpuff
Flowerpuff
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6 months ago

Thanks for your reply.

I think you should be educating your users about how to check for real or false deals. There are sites to check these things and simple actions which can be taken. Preferably before deciding to remove 'repeat offenders' as they probably think they're doing a good thing and don't know how to spot a fake deal.

Maybe in your newsletter or if you have one, a blog?

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
6 months ago

Flowerpuff Morning!

A guide for checking if your deal is genuine is a great idea! We could perhaps have a link to it when you're sharing something on LD (as well as a shoutout in our newsletter). If you're happy to share the steps you usually take to check if a deal is legit we'll make sure those are included too - perhaps you could create a new chat topic to get everyone's ideas on how to check if a deal is legit? It could perhaps work as the very first guide?

My hands are tied with the launch of the LD app (hopefully very soon) but I'll try and get a guide like this sorted shortly afterwards.

And sorry I didn't mean my original comment to come across as unduly harsh - removing a members ability to share is always a last resort. We'll always try and work with members first 🙂

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Flowerpuff
Flowerpuff
Original Poster
6 months ago

Kelsey Hi Kelsey, I'll happily share a popular website your users can use: https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees6 months ago

Do you mean shared by normal members, or admins and mentors?

Definitely report stuff and add an explanation though. Not sure what the response will be if shared by an admin though?

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
6 months ago

Morning MeestairChrees 🙂

Just to reassure you, irrelevant of who shares a post, if the information is incorrect or misleading we'll look into it and get it updated/changed. If it was us, we'd firstly say sorry but then try and change how we do things so it didn't happen again 🙈

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ukheather
ukheather6 months ago

Agree there is a ton of these

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19786 months ago

I've been noticing this too but it's the same across all shopping websites at this time of year. It's all to create a sense of urgency and encourage you to part with your money. I find Black Friday too much and I'm generally pretty aware of prices.

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs6 months ago

Whilst I can understand what people are concerned about. I have found and bought several bargains on here but before buying expensive items I do a quick check myself that it is indeed a bargain. I think the buyer has some responsibility too.

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