Updated Duplicates and Expired Guideline for Price Changes
Heads-up to the following tweak in our guidelines in relation to duplicate posts and expiring for price changes:
- We allow price changes of up to ±5% before a deal can be posted again (within 30 days) or expired. This means that if someone has posted a deal for £1, but you've now seen it's £0.95p, we ask you to simply let the author of the post know (or tag a Mentor) and encourage them to update the price. If the price has changed more than 5%, you are welcome to post it again and report the first deal post as expired.
We updated this in March, but I don't think I shared a post about it in Chat until now, for which I apologise.
This guideline is common across deal communities and is intended to solve the problem of tiny price changes being used to justify a new post for the same product.
- A chocolate bar is posted for £0.99p
- It changes to £0.98p (-1p difference)
This is less than 5% price difference, and so we would not expire it, nor would we allow a new post for it. Instead, we'd try to update the price.
We ask that you use the Report function to inform the OP and us of the different price:
Why are we doing this?
The problem is especially acute with deals from online retailers such as Amazon.
Amazon, and others, use automatic dynamic pricing. This means they change the price of a product many times every day, sometimes over 10 times a day.
Latest Deals would become very cluttered and boring if the same deal was posted 10 times a day, with tiny price changes.
It is primarily for this reason we are introducing the ±5% guideline change. This is similar to what other online communities do too.
If you have any questions please ask!
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