| AZGman wrote:|
I like the idea of keeping the woot du jour on topic . . . I've been guilty of trafficking in E-blather there . . .
I don't think it's necessary to forbid wooters with commercial sites of their own to link to them . . . especially if woot! is featured reciprocally on their site(s) . . . I don't believe it's unfair competition unless the wooters try to undercut woot's price. As it is, plenty of folks are only too eager to find and post a better deal.
This is e-biz; and e-biz begets e-biz . . . this kind of circular promotion is more complementary than competitive.
That argument is so full of holes (read that: bullchit!), it makes the Titanic look sea-worthy (even as it lays on the botton of the sea.) Next, I look to see pete the spammer defending his actions using the same inane "logic." I am glad that you did admit that you have spammed though, it offers some insight on your motivation of your rant.
w00t invites people to comparison shop, as they think they have the best deal available on each product they offer. People post other sites all the time, only to have them shot down as they have not really done their homework, i.e. different models, shipping charges, etc. These are invited posts, not of the nature the spammers were dumping on here daily (or, seems like some were once a minute.) I don't recall w00t having anywhere on their site that they ask people to supplement their products, etc. The "woot as printers and I sell cartridges, so buy from me" (which is what a referral link amounts to as well) ads need to go and stay gone.
Yes, in the bricks and mortar world there are lots of cross-advertising agreements, however, these are contractual arrangements and are designed to benefit both parties either in customer traffic or in cash flow. w00t has implememted a like process by making arrangements with Google for the "Google ads" it appears (I have no connection with w00t other than to be a customer.) If people want to advertise on w00t and there is already a deal in place with google ads, then people should go to google ads, not just ATTEMPT to rationalize their spamming as they are sending people to w00t. While one would anticipate "w00t.com" has hundreds of thousands of customers daily, "whatsYourProblem.com", "spamWorld.com", "mailOrderStreetWalkers.com", etc. will be long gone before they cumulatively have that many hits in their life, much less per day.