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I'd like the opinion of others perhaps even Tom or Kelsey might have some input.

I have on a few occasions seen "deals" posted with prices reduced so minimally (less than 1% in at least one) that I, and presumably others, am just not interested.

Do others think a minimum reduction in price should be required before a posting can qualify as a "deal"? If so what do others think the reduction should be? I'd personally go for a very minimum of 5%. Although I wouldn't personally post a deal with such a small reduction and think over 10% might be better.

davidstockport
over a year ago
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sunny101

I think this is a hard one to monitor - especially with ludicrous RRPs. I have to agree that a 'shaving' off the price is a pretty poor deal but until some ruling is set then they will continue to be posted. On one or two of my own deals I've stated that the RRP is stupid but at the given price it's a bargain - almost as an apology. The glut of led toilet lights genuinely made me laugh recently........I suppose one can never have too many to choose from. πŸ˜‰

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Tom
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Ah, the eternal question. The "what's the meaning of life?" to deal hunters. To post, or not to post.

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sunny101

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davidstockport

But you must realise that when things costing perhaps Β£10 are reduced in price by less than the person gets in points (10p) for posting such a deal - there are a few milking the points system.

Should such obvious point gathering postings be reported - for consideration by someone at LD?

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LittleLisaMarie

davidstockport I do agree that a small majority only post to rack up points. I saw a tv posted the other day for over 3 grand! I mean, if you could afford to fork out 3 grand for a tv, I highly doubt you would be looking on a deal site lol.

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davidstockport

LittleLisaMarie I've seen "deals" posted for bottles of whisky costing thousands of pounds too - I know from what the poster's admitted elsewhere that he's a drunk - but didn't know he was a multi millionaire too.πŸ˜€

Must say in defence of some "high value" deals that they might bring someone to the site who is actually looking for the best price on a certain thing, I initially found this site when web searching "lowest price ......" It isn't restricted to members only.

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LittleLisaMarie

davidstockport I mean to a millionaire, it's a very good deal!! Haha.

I do think that most members genuinely think they have posted a good deal though (even if it's not that good)

It's the Chinese so called "80% off deals" that have recently been dragging everyone in. Highly inflated RRP prices that trick the most gullible people to buy.. most the items are only 99p or under on eBay or aliexpress for example. But, it's 80% off on amazon, so it must be a deal πŸ™„ haha.

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davidstockport

LittleLisaMarie One of my first comments on this site was something like "Haven't some of the people here ever been in a pound shop".

I actually felt sorry for one who had bought a wi-fi dongle (because it was very much reduced - but didn't know what it did) that if her computer already connected to the internet without wires it was of absolutely no use to her. Try not to laugh - IT'S NOT FUNNYπŸ˜€ 🀣

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LittleLisaMarie

davidstockport πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ i see posts like that often. One member of the free group applied for vape juice, thinking it was for an oil burner.. poor guy/woman was getting so much stick for it lol.

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Tom
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I’d say the benefit of being a deal community is that anyone can raise such concerns in the comments.

You can point out that’s it’s not really a deal, that it’s cheaper elsewhere, or that there are better alternatives. And I encourage everyone to do so β€” in a polite and constructive way.

If you feel a deal post is of sufficiently low quality that it warrants a look by a volunteer Mentor for consideration of being moderated, you can report it as β€œLow Quality”

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If a member is found to be consistently posting low quality deals, this does go against our Guidelines and we regularly limit accounts as a result. This is true not just of deals, but Chat threads too.

Itβ€˜s great to have these discussions and really nice to be with people who share the same deal hunting passion and desire for true deals πŸ‘πŸΌ

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LittleLisaMarie

I actually feel guilty reporting posts lol. The only ones I tend to report are the obvious scams πŸ™‚ and the odd sneaky self promoter πŸ˜‰.

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davidstockport

LittleLisaMarie I hope I speak for LD in saying that if the members didn't report things that are "amiss" they couldn't control things. I don't think most other members object if something in their deal needs attention... I don't.

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LittleLisaMarie

davidstockport I have seen on occasion that a member has pointed out that the p&p charges were missing from the post title, with the poster replying "And? No-one else puts it on"

I've also seen some members just blatantly ignoring any sort of constructive criticism at all..

I saw a post yesterday or the day before πŸ€” (can't fully remember these days πŸ˜‚)

Someone commented on their own post, just simply asking why their post had been reported for missing info.. only thing I could see wrong was that they had missed the postage charge off the title.. pointed out to the person that that could have been the reason.. they replied and seemed to be very happy for the feedback and happily changed it straight away πŸ™‚

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Tom
Founder

LittleLisaMarie I think that's a fair feeling. In most scenarios if you don't think a deal is good you just skip past it.

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LittleLisaMarie

Tom definitely. A deal to one can't always be a deal to another πŸ™‚. If it's blatantly obvious that it's a scam or a complete rip off then I'll nicely point it out.. but to be honest though, what people want to spend their money on is none of our business πŸ˜‚. It's just the gullible ones I kinda feel bad for.

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Amac43

LittleLisaMarie yeah that was probably me.!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜†

I just wondered what I had done wrong, and was happy to adjust it when it was pointed out to me.

I do enjoy this website, but being a newbie, still learning the rules. 😊

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LittleLisaMarie

Amac43 yes! I think it was haha! 😊

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Amac43

LittleLisaMarie πŸ˜† well, I will be first to own up if I make a mistake. But do like to have guidance on how this site works. 😊 Thanks.

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sunny101

Tom What would you do if you saw a deal that looked great value on the price shown only to discover that you could only get it with a promo voucher that you were supposed to save from last week? I don't know how you could report that one without offending the poster who thought they were sharing a bargain. I don't think even the GB aka PN would do that to us.....πŸ˜†

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davidstockport

Tom Thanks for your input - I am sure it is appreciated by others - most of whom don't like to see exploitation of the points system.

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GlitchHunter

I'm glad you put this post up. Sometimes I feel like I might as well go outside and window shop to get better deals than the ones posted. But alas, like window shopping, not all deals are good deals. Good to know we can report the rather rubbish ones!

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GlitchHunter

I usually only post deals that I myself have bought or would buy if I needed it.

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RegularComper90

Someone once suggested that we should have a dislike button for all the rubbish deals. πŸ˜€

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LittleLisaMarie

RegularComper90 that could work lol. Maybe not give points for it though. πŸ€” Some people will just be disliking for fun. πŸ˜‚

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RegularComper90

LittleLisaMarie That is true. πŸ™‚

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RegularComper90

Good question. πŸ€”

I would say when a product has been reduced in price by at least 10%. Or when you find a product that you can't get for cheaper anywhere else.

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davidstockport

Unfortunately the "can't get it cheaper anywhere else" could apply to deals that only beat the usual selling pice by a single penny. I did see an item that beat the usual price (somewhere near Β£10) by 9p - and it was the absurdity of this being posted as "a deal" that prompted me to start this topic. In my opinion such "deals" devalue this site.

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jmsonl

Yes this is a difficult questions and a few deals I have seen are very questionable. Whenever I see a deal I like I search around and often find it cheaper or the same as a standard price elsewhere (as you say often there is an inflated RRP so discounts look good) The thing with even a 1% better price is that it is the deal you want if you are wanting to buy something and are saving the pennies. I think LD could have some fun for us all by adding a "found it cheaper elsewhere" button so users can find the ultimate best price for a product. When I find a better deal on something I usually post it as a comment yet others will probably not see it.

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