questionsdo you click on the deal and read about it before…

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A little bit of both. If it seems really good it justs gets a vote.
If it seems good but something is fishy or more information is needed, any jewelry for instance, it gets a click and then I read up on it before I cast my vote.

If something has racked up a bunch of comments on fresh, I always read before I vote.

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I only read about it if it's something I am interested in or it's strange, and only vote it up if I'd be interested in it.

I try to augment good deals with information if it's a good deal but missing the shipping info or with coupons for further discounts.

Sometimes I wish people would post WHY they are posting a deal - what's so good about the deal?

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It depends on who the deal poster is. There are some folks who I trust to post legit and good deals that aren't fluff, stupid or free and I will vote on their deal before clicking. But others I will check out the deal before voting. Besides if I find that I did vote on a deal that turns out to be bad I can go back and unvote.

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Good question. When I posted that question, I was actually more interested in pointing new users to the Fresh tab, since I knew that they might not even be aware that there were more things than just on the Popular tab. It was just after the beta ended, and there were MANY new users. This is good timing, since it seems that we have an influx of new people again.

There are some people that I just automatically vote up, although it's not a slam dunk. I just mean that I don't really care what the details are. If there are comments, NO MATTER WHO posted the deal, I read the comments first. Sometimes it's one of the people that I would have voted up automatically, saying that the deal is already over, or that they've made a mistake, or some other thing that tells me not to waste the vote.

There are some people I never vote for. EVER. That's just the way it is.

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There are some deals I (almost) always vote for. Chocolate things, bacon things, stuff that makes me laugh. I love toys. If it's an excellent toy, I'm probably going to vote it up. I vote up a lot of jewelry, and watches. I vote up things I think other people I know will like. I vote up legitimate discount coupons (no silly restaurant.com stuff, and those will hit Popular without me, anyway).

If it looks interesting, and the person posting has a 0 reputation, I look for the join date, and whether or not they can vote. I often vote for things on that premise alone (please remember, I DID say interesting). If they just barely joined, and they can't vote, it had better be wonderful, or I'll simply pass it by. Once in a while something of that sort comes up, but usually not.

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I have very little criteria for voting something up. If it looks cool and/or I could have a use for it, I vote for it. I don't vote for stuff that is usually as in the long run the time and money wasted in getting the free item is more than what I would have paid for the item in the first place.

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Most of the time, I do click on it and read before voting. Had to unvote a couple times because I didn't.

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Hidden fees (like high shipping) bother me, so I tend to read the description. I am unlikely to vote up a deal if the the poster is too lazy to include shipping fees (so tell me what it is to your state...that's better than nothing).

I'll usually do a quick google search if it's a novelty item that interests me.

I admit that there are a few Wooters whose deals I will vote up quickly (if it interests me). I know that they do their homework and I can trust the deal.

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There have been a rash of these type of postings lately:

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/973154cd-91b1-4b2a-bac8-1a3dc31f2e29/25-off-your-entire-order-at-register-com

"affiliate programs" They post their link to their site wherein they are being paid to send traffic or business to a merchant.

Other than Tattle can't woot do something about these guys? like a 1 strike & you're off?

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@combustiblekitty: Does deals.woot send an email when they remove things like this? Some sort of a request to not post a deal of this type again? Same question for the sex toy deals.

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@glindagw: Unfortunately, they do not warn the poster.

They don't electrocute them, either (the ability to electrocute through the interwebs is still in beta test).

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@shrdlu: At least with the toys they'll go blind.

New section for FAQ? "What not to post..."

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@shrdlu: hahaha "they don't electrocute them" okay I am getting your sense of humor.lol. thank goodness I had already swallowed my coffee.

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I only vote when it is an item that I would purchase myself at that price. Now whether I have the cash to actually purchase it is a different story...

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I only add comments to most deals and only vote up if I've actually bought the item or found it valuable to me. I may post a comment, but the voting is pretty much reserved to deals I've actually partaken.

I also like when others post links to deals that may be better than that of the one posted or tries to provide more input on the website/item in question. Makes decisions easier =)

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I'm with @catbertthegreat - cool sounding deals (unless there's a lot of discussion) get a vote. Case in point: the 1T drive and rice cooker bundle. That's just much too cool for me not to vote on it. And I must admit, I was tempted to buy it just for the rice cooker.

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I always click through first. If it's as good as it looks, I vote for it.

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I just noticed this morning that I am also strongly affected by who comments, and what they say. This is even more true if I believe that the person commenting has special expertise (@catbertthegreat and jewelry, for example).

I'm considering hunting down pillow cases from Luxory Manor, based just on the fact that both @hobbit and @lavikinga like them. If I can't find them quickly, I'll probably just buy the sheets for the pillow cases, and then set the sheets aside for some day when the ones I have wear out. I've paid almost that much for two pillow cases alone, so why not?

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I vote for what looks like a good or fun product at a good price. If I am interested in purchasing or if I have something to say about it then I look at the details.

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@shrdlu: You know you could make some more pillow cases with that new snazzy sewing machine you just bought out of the flat sheet. You could do the same with the fitted sheet too, but they would require a bit more work. I think you could get about 8 pillow cases out of that sheet set.

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@hobbit: Now that I have a sewing machine that works, I'm clearing the backup of projects I had out of the way. Yes, I could make pillowcases out of those sheets, but if I'm going to do that, I'm just going to buy yardage to do it. Pillow cases are actually work, at least if you want them to look nice.

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i click through to the deal and read everything posted about the deal every time before i vote. i then compare the price to the product and look for any details which should be there or that are missing. if it's a product i'd benefit from, i vote. if it's a product i think is cool or has a great price, i vote. if i find duplicates, i tattle on the one with less information as opposed to the time it was entered (though i make exceptions based on the poster). if i can add any information, personal experiences, helpful hints, extra links, etc, i comment on the deal.

if i recognize the poster though as @shrdlu, @hobbit, @catbertthegreat, or other top contributors, i will usually be more inclined to vote for what they post, product unseen.

i also vote comments that i like or that provide useful information.

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@jockovonred: Thanks for mentioning tattling. I hope that new people realize that they can "tattle" if a deal is expired/sold out. I also hope that they realize that real people handle the tattles so it takes longer to RIP a deal sometimes.

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It's interesting to watch the votes for the Moving Comfort bras (Community Deal vs. Sponsored Deals). The price on the Community Deal is almost $10 less for the same item, but visibility is considerably lower. I do regret not having written the title to match the Sponsored deal.
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/448be6a5-5f29-4af3-9d8b-e4a2b472bec3/chloe-bra-by-moving-comfort-medium-impact-white-mint-sky-free-shipping#3

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@glindagw: I voted only for yours. I prefer that website actually.

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@shrdlu
They have the sheets separately from overstock.com as well.
I just looked up Luxury Manor and the sheets came up as being "on sale" today as well for $19.99

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Luxury-Manor-800-Thread-Count-Solid-Cotton-Pillowcases-Set-of-2/3304459/product.html

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@jockovonred: You're very kind to say such nice things. I seldom post deals, and when I do, it's usually because I'm testing something, or amused by it. I would say that you are also on my shortlist (as long as it's not scantily clad women deals), since I've watched your choices, and the things you post are usually pretty worthwhile.

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apparently people have taken to posting prank deals now, at least I think that is what this is, funny but kind of a waste: http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/2b10f0c9-646b-49b3-8cdd-aebc578d1e7e/nasa-cuts-price-for-space-shuttles-28-800-000#6

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@hobbit: Actually, I voted for that. I like funny, and besides, it IS a deal, after all. There were two of those, and they both made it to Popular (the second one was just a google link, but the first one had been set up as an actual deal).

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@shrdlu: I wasn't amused. Although the one today for the shuttle is funny.

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@hobbit: The Google link was removed, even though it had made it to Popular. I tattled on it when I first saw it (for one thing, there was already the dealnews deal there, and for another, it was just a link to google's search for it). Even for funny, I still have standards.

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I usually check the thread. even if it's a product I have or am familiar with it, and I know it's a good deal, if i don't recognize the website it's linked to i'll check the thread in case someone has called shennanigans.
if it's an amazon.com rei.com cabela's, etc deal i'll go ahead and vote it up with out checking the thread.