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Cheapscape Deals are not available when tried.

Usually, when I try to buy a Cheapscape Deal its price is higher than reported on the site. Cnet should do more diligence to remove offers that are no longer valid so we Cheapscape users don't have to curse Cheapscape for bating and switching us.

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So far so good here.

But deals can expire or run out fast. If you follow the CNET Cheapskate on Twitter and on the phone then you may get the earliest shot at the deal.

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So far so mediocre there.

Cnet should become user-friendly and quickly advise that deals prices have changed on a more frequent, proactive basis. I'm tired of being drawn into your deals and finding out it's not the deal presented on your site. Also, a lot of the deals are eBay refurbs that when opened are much higher than advertised. Don't put it on your members to keep up with your bait and switch scheme because we can see through your self serving methodology. Are you getting paid a kickback for your efforts to sell eBay refurbs? Caveat Emptor.

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don't blame cnet

you cannot blame cnet when something is sold out. there is no way for them to know unless they are contacted by the seller. if there is any bait and switch, it is the seller that is doing it. It is no different than getting a sales paper in the mail and by the time you go to the store to get something on sale, they are sold out because of limited quantities. or do you expect them to mail you an updated sales paper too before going to the store?

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So last century.

Your analogy is ridiculous. Of course News Papers can't be updated, but websites certainly can. In fact they can easily be updated automatically using today's digital tools. The same staff that finds these "deals", could if they chose to check up every so often to insure relevancy.

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The CHEAPSKATE publishes about 5 times a week.

So in a year you are asking some one to keep hundreds of deals current and more?

It's a free deal system. Even look a gift horse in the mouth?

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I read the disclaimer

Of course, you could have someone update these deals regularly. You're not running CNET out of someones kitchen, are you? Tell me, does CNET get any kind of kickback on these deals?

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From what I know. Sometimes.

As to the kitchen, the CNET Cheapskate might be posting from home and his kitchen from what he shares (pictures, etc.) So you may be right there.

I've snagged some deals, missed a few as well. But good effort on his part so to catch them all (Pokemon?) you would have to follow him on Twitter to get the early notices.

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Works but....

The Cheapskate article on Visible's Party Plan is still good. It's not exactly a typical deal, but it does work.

The thing that doesn't work is the article. It asks, "Your thoughts?" at the end but there's no link to a forum where it's being discussed, or to a FB page or anywhere else. So where are we supposed to talk about it, exactly? I'm a Visible user. I have thoughts on this new plan and Visible in general. I guess we can just keep talking on Reddit. Shrug.

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Hi P_Zed the comments section slides out from the right...

of the article page.

This is the article you are referring to, right?
https://www.cnet.com/news/visible-launches-discounted-family-plan-and-the-family-is-optional/

If you are at the top of the article you should see a speech bubble icon with a number count and at the bottom of the article past the "YOU MAY ALSO LIKE" you should see the comments button as well. Clicking on any of the two will open the comments container in which you can discuss the article.

If you're thinking, wow! you make it that hard to find where to comment?

And all I can say to you is, it's not my decision. If it were my page, the button for you to read or submit a comment would be in the article itself, flashing in red, and asking you for your thoughts. You wouldn't miss it. Again it's not my call.

Hopefully I'll see you in the comments section more often now that you know where it is hidden! Grin

Cheers!
-Lee

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