Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I guess Fox had "fair and balanced" copywrited....
...which is why Dealdash.com went with "Fair and Honest" instead?
The most honest thing about this ad is that is shows a fast-talking young guy conning an old woman into thinking that she can buy expensive electronics for pennies on the dollar by just going to Dealdash.com and "bidding" for them. I have no problem believing that old people are exceptionally lucrative targets for this sleazy, Really Ought To Be Illegal But Hey Capitalism Equals Freedom After All scam.
Here's how Dealdash works (and if my explanation doesn't cut it with you, please check out any number of YouTube videos demonstrating the bait-and-switch techniques used here:) Before you go after the "great deals" being offered at "rock-bottom" prices, you have to register your credit card with Dealdash and buy a "package" of "bids" called a "bidpack"--- $36 for sixty bids, or sixty cents a bid. You can bid on any item as many times as you want-or, rather, until your common sense overtakes your greed or you run out of bids. If you actually win a $300 tablet for $11, one of two things happened: either no one else bid against you, or you're lying about winning that tablet, liar.
Far more likely, you bid that tablet from a "starting" price of one cent to $11 and then run out of bids,* at which time that tablet you spent several dollars bidding on goes to an annonymous bidder, and you get an electronic "OOOOOOHHH So Close Better Luck Next Time Sucker" message, with the words "sucker" omitted. If you have any brain cells left, you chalk it up to Stupid Tax and never go to Dealdash again. If you are like any of the tools commenting at this particular Youtube video, you buy another pack of bids and start the "fun" all over again.**
PT Barnum was born too early. In his time, he had to provide some level of real entertainment for the dimes and quarters he squeezed out of the public. If he could visit this century, he'd be astonished at how easy it is to get real money out of people- usually poor people- while providing absolutely nothing in return. If he'd been born a hundred and fifty years later than he was, he might have invented Dealdash, but I kind of doubt it- I think Barnum probably had too much integrity for this.
*Every bid- even if it raises the price by one cent, costs the bidder 60 cents. So it's entirely possible for the bidding price on an item to go from $2.00 to $2.10 while making Dealdash $6.00-- and for a $200 item to finally sell for $20 while making Dealdash a huge profit- a profit built on possibly HUNDREDS of failed bids.
**Click on the names of the "commentators" and you find that each and every one of them is a fake- none of their pages has any content at all. Dealdash created a page for their commercial, and invented several dozen "satisfied customers" with gushing comments to pump up the interest. Why is this even legal? Oh yeah, I keep forgetting- because Capitalism.