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Old 15-04-2008, 21:30   #1
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THE BARGAIN FORUM RULES

All posts made within the Bargain Forum must adhere to the following rules. Anybody failing to follow these rules will be subject to a warning, forum or site-wide suspension or in the worst case a permanent site-ban.

1. All bargains posted must be legal and fall within the terms and conditions of the both the company offering the deal and The Digital Fix
2. Any fraudulent activity that involves The Digital Fix members in any way will not be tolerated. We will report such activity to the relevant authorities and to the companies affected, and assist them fully with their investigations.
3. Trolling of forum sponsor threads will not be tolerated. If you do not believe it is a bargain, don't post.
4. Do not post affiliate or referral links belonging to other websites.
5. Do not request or offer information via email that cannot be posted so as to circumvent these rules or the standard terms and conditions.
6. The Bargain Forum is not for requesting bargains. Any such questions should be posted in the Suppliers and Shopping Forum.
7. PLEASE POST A NEW THREAD FOR EACH BARGAIN!

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Old 16-04-2008, 07:13   #2
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Bump - No comments from any users?
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Old 16-04-2008, 08:48   #3
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Bump - No comments from any users?
Yep - good idea. The amount of "traffic" generated from here as opposed to the less discerning bargain sites will surely be fairly small. I am also confident you would react to specific complaints in a professional way.
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Old 16-04-2008, 11:30   #4
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Old 16-04-2008, 07:18   #5
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My comments:

I've always been surprised at the DVD Forums stance on posting bargains. I know they got in a spot of bother with some companies in the past i.e. littlewoods but, every other site/forum i've been to rarely has any rules on posting bargains, hence why i believe most people tend to visit other forums now for their bargain hunting fixes .

DVD Forums is always my first point of call but activity on the Bargain Forum is not what it once was , probably due to the popularity of these other sites.
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Old 19-06-2008, 07:40   #6
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I've always been surprised at the DVD Forums stance on posting bargains. I know they got in a spot of bother with some companies in the past i.e. littlewoods but, every other site/forum i've been to rarely has any rules on posting bargains, hence why i believe most people tend to visit other forums now for their bargain hunting fixes .

DVD Forums is always my first point of call but activity on the Bargain Forum is not what it once was , probably due to the popularity of these other sites.
Whilst the new T&C's are a step in the right direction but I'm afraid it may be too little too late. The DVDF is no longer my first port of call for Bargains quite simply because of the restrictions. I'm always happy to do my bit to help the forums but when you place too many restrictions on the users they will simply go elsewhere where quite often , 'better' bargains are to be found.

I'm sure the faithful will tell me to stick it, and if I dont like it I can simply go elsewhere for my daily internet fix, - thats exactly what I've done with the Bargain Forums on here.
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What are these other sites people keep referring to? Can they be named here? I would like to know.
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I don't think so as they could have conflicting affiliates/take commission away from the DVD Forums.
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Ah. That makes sense now.
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Old 16-04-2008, 12:49   #10
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I got a warning just the other day (14/4/08) for posting a free delivery voucher code for SoftUK - I assume my warning will now be expunged considering this change in Ts+Cs?
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Old 16-04-2008, 13:08   #11
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In my relatively short time here I have found the bargain forum to be an excellent source. I'm sure older members remember "the good old days" but quite often going to another site saves you only a few pennies. The other sites as well have bog all content other than bargains.
I feel for all regular users of the forum it's the least we can do to show a little support, rather than saving 10p by going elsewhere.

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Old 16-04-2008, 14:33   #12
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In my relatively short time here I have found the bargain forum to be an excellent source. I'm sure older members remember "the good old days" but quite often going to another site saves you only a few pennies. The other sites as well has bog all content other than bargains.
I feel for all regular users of the forum it's the least we can do to show a little support, rather than saving 10p by going elsewhere.
Thanks alsemail.

It is now a fact of life that a lot of members are happy to use the site, but then toddle off elsewhere to purchase in order to make themselves enough of a saving to buy a reduced to clear Value beans with the money they could have easily given back to the forums through our affiliates.

We can't force people to buy through our links, but what people need to remember is that the site doesn't run on thin air so the future of the forums is pretty much down to the faithful.

What does put our nose out of joint is mentioning things like you can save xyz at [cashback site A). Again, it's up to you to do what you want, but it is a bit grating to see us paying money for someone's use of bandwidth on making a post to see them saying that they have no inclination of giving something back to the forums. Our advice is to not mention it at all.
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I got a warning just the other day (14/4/08) for posting a free delivery voucher code for SoftUK - I assume my warning will now be expunged considering this change in Ts+Cs?
I doubt they would do that as you broke the T and C's that were in place at the time you posted
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I doubt they would do that as you broke the T and C's that were in place at the time you posted
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Maybe you should just close the bargain forum then splobber then people won't abuse anything and toddle off to order stuff elsewhere.

Or make the forums financial accounts public so we can actually see that the place doesn't make a huge profit. It keeps getting said that the place is expensive to run but what never gets said is how much the place earns in affiliate income. If I earn £250 per year on my own cashback then this forum must make a bundle of cash from link clicks and such. I'm not sure I believe the hard up story thats posted here sometimes.

Not having a go, just posting my thoughts on the matter.

And, you don't have a god given right to any members affiliate income, you need to earn it and there are plenty of other forums and websites competing with you for those clicks. If people aren't using your links then maybe you need to have a look at the forums themselves and think up a new strategy for earning more affiliate income rather than moaning on that it puts your nose out of joint when people toddle off to save a tin of value beans. That sort of comment doesn't make me want to support you I must admit.

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Old 16-04-2008, 15:38   #17
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Maybe you should just close the bargain forum then splobber then people won't abusing anything and toddle off to order stuff.

Or make the forums financial accounts public so we can actually see that the place doesn't make a huge profit. It keeps getting said that the place is expensive to run but what never gets said is how much the place earns in affiliate income. If I earn £250 per year on my own cashback then this forum must make a bundle of cash from link clicks and such. I'm not sure I believe the hard up story thats posted here sometimes.

Not having a go, just posting my thoughts on the matter.

And, you don't have a god given right to any members affiliate income, you need to earn it and there are plenty of other forums and websites competing with you for those clicks. If people aren't using your links then maybe you need to have a look at the forums themselves and think up a new strategy for earning more affiliate income rather than moaning on that it puts your nose out of joint when people toddle off to save a tin of value beans. That sort of comment doesn't make me want to support you I must admit.
Christ on a bike I've seen you moaning like this before but you are still at it even thought the voucher rules have been relaxed. Maybe you should either just shut up or bugger off somewhere else as you clearly don't like it here.
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...you need to earn it and there are plenty of other forums and websites competing with you for those clicks. If people aren't using your links then maybe you need to have a look at the forums themselves and think up a new strategy for earning more affiliate income rather than moaning on that it puts your nose out of joint when people toddle off to save a tin of value beans.
We are working on that and if you (or anyone else) have any bright ideas then feel free to post them in the suggestions forum or contact us directly.
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Maybe you should just close the bargain forum then splobber then people won't abuse anything and toddle off to order stuff elsewhere.

Or make the forums financial accounts public so we can actually see that the place doesn't make a huge profit. It keeps getting said that the place is expensive to run but what never gets said is how much the place earns in affiliate income. If I earn £250 per year on my own cashback then this forum must make a bundle of cash from link clicks and such. I'm not sure I believe the hard up story thats posted here sometimes.

Not having a go, just posting my thoughts on the matter.

And, you don't have a god given right to any members affiliate income, you need to earn it and there are plenty of other forums and websites competing with you for those clicks. If people aren't using your links then maybe you need to have a look at the forums themselves and think up a new strategy for earning more affiliate income rather than moaning on that it puts your nose out of joint when people toddle off to save a tin of value beans. That sort of comment doesn't make me want to support you I must admit.
Well said. By the way affiliate links are constantly pushed and scrambled over by the admin when someone forgets to add a link; I find it hard to believe this forum doesn't make a considerable profit from its links/sponsorship especially considering the low cost of bandwith now.

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I find it hard to believe this forum doesn't make a considerable profit from its links/sponsorship especially considering the low cost of bandwith now.
Bandwidth does not cost us anywhere near as much as the several honking great servers required to run the sites (note the plural there, its not just the forums!)

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The moderator (Kryten) asked for comments, yet from certain members comments and admin sarcasm I get the impression only certain types of comments are welcome.
Use the suggestions forum or the contact us form to make them, we will either approve of them or not, you won't know until you post these constructive suggestions!
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