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Update - Latest Deals Website & App New Changes

Latest Deals

A new update to the LatestDeals.co.uk website and the Latest Deals app for both iOS and Google Android is coming soon.

Here is a sneak peek of upcoming features and changes:

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Get points for Profile Picture

You will get bonus points for uploading a profile picture. This applies to existing members and new members. If you have already uploaded a profile picture, you will also get bonus points the next time you change it. LatestDeals.co.uk is a genuine money-saving community, and Profile Picture helps encourage more discussion. It's nice to put a face to a name!

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Level up with Checklist

You will get a new points Checklist. See everything you can earn bonus points for. Whizz through it to level up even faster. For new members, more bonus rewards are now available.

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Get Bonus Points for Logging into the Latest Deals App

You will get bonus points the first time you login to the Latest Deals app. The Latest Deals app is free on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It has many exclusive features such as Deal Alerts and Supermarket Price Comparison.

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Compare Prices at Co-op Supermarket

On the Latest Deals app, the Supermarket Price Comparison tool will now support Co-op. This brings total supermarkets supported to 9: Aldi, ASDA, Co-op, Iceland, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Waitrose. The tool is free.

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Get Notifications When Someone Comments

On the Latest Deals app, you can now get push notifications when someone comments, mentions you, likes your deal and more. You can customise these notifications in Settings of the app. This helps you reply to any questions and see the love your post is receiving!

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Trial: Removing Points for Likes to Encourage Genuine Feedback

You will no longer be able to earn points for pressing 'Like' on a post. This is a trial. We want to see if it encourages genuine feedback, rather than pressing 'Like' on anything to get points. New members will get a bonus of points the first time they press on Like.

Tom
Tom
Founder
a month ago
What do you think of this?
WindowShopper
WindowShoppera month ago

"Trial: Removing Points for Likes to Encourage Genuine Feedback" a little unfair I guess but you are the boss.

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

WindowShopper not unfair this has been a talking point for sometime

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
a month ago

Hi WindowShopper ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your feedback. This is, in part, why we're only trialing it for now as we know it's a decision that has the potential to make some people happy and others less so!

Just so we're on the same page - the motive here is absolutely not to reduce the number of points members can earn. We're actually keen to increase the ways members can earn points (and we have more ideas for this in the pipeline!). The goal is to try and more closely align points with genuine contributions. Liking has always been tricky as some members use it absolutely as intended whilst others unfortunately like the first five posts on the homepage/newest section indiscriminately to earn points - that can then create a false impression of what our members think is actually a genuinely good deal. We're hoping this trial allows us to understand things better and make a more informed decision in the long run ๐Ÿ‘

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WindowShopper
WindowShoppera month ago

Kelsey hi my most favourite team member here on LD.

If I like a deal I normally go to buy it and most of times forget to like, so personally I have no issues with it. But, I think its a bit unfair to look at members as they are some point greedy people.

I must mention, I do appreciate point system and I love the idea you value people ans their time.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

You can (as I understand ) still "like " deals . So carry on liking the deals you actually think are good .

All the removal of points does is to remove the incentive for members to come on here and randomly "like" the first 5 deals they come across to earn their points .

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Golfforall did you know itโ€™s 150 for sharing deal now too

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Ann1984 Only for the first one (+50 Bonus points ) then still 100 for all others .

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Golfforall yeah just tested lol thought then if 150 million more members will join

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOEa month ago

Ann1984 I need to re-read the rules as I didn't realise that ...and Golfforall ...that's a really valid point about still liking the decent deals but no'payment' ... I hope it works better for us all.

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lilyflower
lilyflowera month ago

Tom Is the 'like' removal trial over all sections of the site and are you going to remove the 'like' button?

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

Hey lilyflower we are not removing the "like" button: you can still press "like" on everything as you do now. The only difference will be you will not earn points for doing so (for all sections of the site). The motive for this is so that the likes on a post genuinely reflect what people think of it.

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Jasmine111
Jasmine111a month ago

Tom Thanks for making changes I love to give some deals likes points donโ€™t bothered me I am happy with youโ€™re decision ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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EricsGoodDeals
EricsGoodDealsa month ago

Why is there no option to dislike a bad deal?

How can anyone consider the like system a reliable source of information if it can only be neutral or positive?

What is the reasoning behind this approach?

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

EricsGoodDeals Great question. We made this decision when Latest Deals launched almost 5 years ago. We saw in other deal sites with up and down voting it leading to a lot of negativity: you spend a long time researching and posting what you think is a good deal, but then others think otherwise and you get minus votes. Itโ€˜s not a nice experience. So, we decided to follow Instagram, Facebook, TikTokโ€™s approach of having Likes, and with the ability for members to share constructive criticism as a comment. If a deal is bad, we felt it may be better to encourage a comment of why you think itโ€™s bad. E.g. Can you get it cheaper elsewhere? Is it a disreputable seller? Sharing that feedback in a comment rather than a downvote can be more helpful. That said, we are always listening to feedback and open to change if thats what the majority of the community wants.

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EricsGoodDeals
EricsGoodDealsa month ago

Tom Great answer.

However your UI design gives people an option to skip comments entirely and to go directly to the website, so those bargain seekers will never know if there is any "constructive criticism".

Although Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok are not designed for the purpose of sharing deals, I personally think it's more logical to follow what other deals websites are doing.

But it's your product and I understand how important it is for users to have a nice experience.

Speaking of nice experiences, I recently posted a deal (https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/hellmanns-garlic-herb-sauce-260g-amazon) and it was quickly put into moderation. I then received this message:

"We're afraid your recent post (Hellmann's Garlic and Herb Sauce 260g) didnโ€™t meet our guidelines. We ask that members believe everything they share on Latest Deals is genuinely good value. Please update your post's description to include why you think your post is good value (e.g. it's the only place with stock)."

However I see that most deals posted just have the product description copy-pasted and do not have any comments from the member explaining why they think it is good value, examples that are featured on the homepage now:

https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/lemonbest-electric-wax-burner-aroma-lamp-heart-shaped-effect-wax-melt-burner-amazon

https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/womens-sleepwear-sets-4pcs-amazon

https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/sellotape-original-golden-multi-purpose-clear-tape-household-amazon

After spending a long time posting what I thought is a good deal, why are my posts being singled out for moderation and the above examples aren't?

Can you understand that from my perspective this is not really a "nice experience" and doesn't encourage me to to post more deals in the future.

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

EricsGoodDeals thanks for your comment. As this is a personal support query, please contact our support team who can review it for you. Having had a quick look, the product is unavailable at Amazon, so perhaps it was that or something else, such as not a discounted product.

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EricsGoodDeals
EricsGoodDealsa month ago

Tom I do not need personal support thanks. I don't think I have anything meaningful to gain by that route.

I thought I would just take this opportunity to let you know that if that is indeed your policy, then it is a policy which for some reason is clearly not being applied consistently, which kinda implies that something else is may be going on.

Either way it has discouraged me contributing my time posting any more deals.

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

EricsGoodDeals I'm sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with Latest Deals. Sometimes mistakes are made, and member support is available to help. If you change your mind, you can contact us here. Thank you for your feedback.

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lilyflower
lilyflowera month ago

Tom EricsGoodDeals Sorry to butt in on this conversation but can I not have updates as "? has replied to you". It all started with a wrong reply rather than starting a new question. Tom could this be flagged in guidelines 'only hit reply if you want to answer that poster other wise start a new statement within the chat'?

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

lilyflower Whoops! Sorry!

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

A good move but I think button should have been moved to encourage feedback in comments.

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
a month ago

Hey Ann1984 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the suggestion - would you mind clarifying what you mean by the button being moved to encourage comments? As in making the "comment" button more prominent? Having a comment button for each deal on the homepage? Something else? Thanks!

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Kelsey for example I could have bought say a dressing table few weeks ago that werenโ€™t showing on the site but another member came across it and shared as a deal. Then myself or other members could give feedback on the product quality if was a price difference etc. I just have a feeling members who donโ€™t come to chat often which there is many will not notice this and just like deals thinking points. I stopped liking points long time maybe click 2 a week.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Ann1984 Yes I noticed you effectively shared a good deal on "chat " . I also noticed that an hour or two later another member shared it as a deal . Disappointing that they did not see fit to credit you for finding it in their "Deal Post" โ˜น .

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Golfforall was that the mc Donaldโ€™s one which is now shared daily. Gaining points means nothing to me but do help twice a year. I try not to post junk and mostly sone only last few minutes and expired.

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOEa month ago

Ann1984 ...a terrific suggestion ...I'm feeling a bit dozy here but will have a think and get back with my own ideas too ...I hope!

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sunny101
sunny101a month ago

Tom Kelsey The points trial is the best news! It will give a more honest view of the best deals. I'd go a step further and remove points for popular comments as there are members who are taking advantage both on deals and on chat - sad but true!

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Couldn't agree more (and long overdue ๐Ÿ™„) . For too long "likes" have not been a reflection on how "good" a deal is , merely an indication of how prominent the deal was when the points earners come clicking !

Members can still earn points (if they indeed like a deal ) by making a short comment as to "why" they like the deal .

Win , win for all surely ?

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

sunny101 yep noticed this too

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sunny101
sunny101a month ago

Ann1984 There are a few names that regularly get suspicious likes for their simple comment on deals, my deals included. ๐Ÿ™„ (I tagged a mod to be made aware of it) The chat points cheating thread, on the other hand, is alive, kicking and blatant.

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

sunny101 but now we have three members telling us whatโ€™s in news maybe I need to creat two daily for us Welsh members ๐Ÿ˜‚

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sunny101
sunny101a month ago

Ann1984 Or just join the gif squad!

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Ann1984 Why not write them in Welsh ? Can't understand a word of it but I'm sure they would make more sense than the 2 Chat subjects posted each and every day by the same usual suspects ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ซ.

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Golfforall lol good idea I canโ€™t speck Welsh but could translate with google ๐Ÿ˜‚

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOEa month ago

Ann1984 and sunny101 .... priceless...... please can I bags the Scottish contingent's posts๐Ÿ˜‚ ? I don't even bother with those news ones cos they're so obvious and irritating ...I hadn't realised there are 3 at it now!

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

BORDERJOE deal ๐Ÿ˜‚ might as well jump on trend

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

sunny101 Yes, what on earth is the point of that ๐Ÿ™„

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sunny101
sunny101a month ago

Golfforall It's the means to gain extra points by mutual friends/members/multi account member. Even if they don't share deals themselves the constant 20 points awarded soon mounts up. There are also members in a points clique that comment constantly on each others deals. I'm sure the powers that be are well aware of the chat topic and are happy to let it go but when a chat thread mounts up 53k points and counting, in such a short time, it doesn't give the rest us a warm fuzzy feeling that we are appreciated by playing fair. ๐Ÿ™„

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brunettebabe
brunettebabea month ago

I think profile pic is really unnecessary here. The other updates are okay.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Yes, I won't subject the membership to continually changing "selfies " of me each time I cut my hair ๐Ÿ™„ . I realise many members check out Latest Deals whilst having their breakfast and wouldn't want to see me in full technicolour ๐Ÿ˜ฎ . My emoji will stay !

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
a month ago

Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the feedback. Updating your profile picture is entirely optional! You can, of course, choose to leave the default one. Or update it to your favourite animal, sports person or anything else! ๐Ÿ‘

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Sarahvwomble
Sarahvwomblea month ago

Kelsey glad about that would not want to put everyone off their dinner or supper!

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Jasmine111
Jasmine111a month ago

Hi Tom i got these messages after liking deal Image Image i donโ€™t know if I got points or not as I donโ€™t count๐Ÿ˜ƒ Edit adding in pic looks like this Image

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

Jasmine111 I had same so 50 points for doing nothing

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Jasmine111
Jasmine111a month ago

Ann1984 ๐Ÿ˜ƒmaybe they not telling us secret ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Kelsey
Kelsey
Founder
a month ago

Hey Jasmine111 and Ann1984 you can checkout the points checklist here: https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/points/checklist

It's accessible via a link on the points page:

https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/points

Hopefully will explain the mystery of where the points are from! You should also be able to click the notification to end up on the checklist page too.

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Jasmine111
Jasmine111a month ago

Kelsey Thanks will check in a bit ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Tom
Tom
Original Poster
Founder
a month ago

As a thank you for all existing members, bonus points are available to everyone. So even if you've posted 100 deals before, you'll get bonus points for the next deal you post when you receive the update ๐Ÿ˜ƒ (same should be true for all the items on the checklist)

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Jasmine111
Jasmine111a month ago

Tom Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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snoogans888
snoogans888a month ago

I like the new changes. But how do I see the checklist? Iโ€™m using the app. Thanks

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