questionswhy do sponsors we downvote (horribly) keep…

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Maybe they feed off of negativity? :P

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Same reason pop-up's keep popping up, and email and snail-mail spam keeps getting sent.... because it works. There will always be a few people that buy into it.

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They're probably making money off of it. Either that or they paid for a certain number of advertisements and Woot has a no refund policy.

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I agree with the other comments. Also, instead of looking at downvotes look at how many hits they get. People still click "I want one" whether the deal is good or bad.

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@captainsuperdawg: Actually that makes a lot of sense, maybe they sell (x) amount of sponsored deals in a package.

Here's my graph of hate, I have literally nothing to do at work today, can ya tell?

http://imgur.com/031ap

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I'm guessing they still get enough hits to make it worth it.

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@linuxtrance: Brilliant.
Here's mine, I'd rather make a graph of hate than read about art history (I'm a graduating senior in chemistry).

http://imgur.com/Z0jMa

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@brad3326: Lol, nice! Your hate meter looks a bit classier than mine, which is probably a good thing.

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The graphs deserve a +1 @linuxtrance and @brad3326

It is all about the clicks, not the votes.

How many times have you upvoted/downvoted a deal based on popularularity/unpopularity? The answer to this question for most is "Most of the time."

How many times did you click on something with a tremendous amount of downvotes just to see why you added yours? Curious much? I am.

I try very hard not to vote for things I wouldn't buy if I had the money, but to be honest, I voted for the Alligator Wrestling and Super Soldier Serum, so that isn't always true.

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There is no such things as bad publicity?

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If they weren't around the community would just find someone new to ceremoniously downvote?

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My initial response and followup response to a very similar question asked a month ago.

Basically my answer is: they are making money.

It doesn't matter if they get +100 or -1,000 votes, what the company cares about is Return On Investment (ROI).

Let's say Company1 pays $X for the ad. The link on Woot's front page is unique so Company1 can track how many people click through, how many place an order, and how much those orders are for.

Now lets say Company1 sees sales of $2X due to their ad. That means they've doubled their money. That's a good ROI. You might downvote and say mean things, but Company1 is crying all the way to the bank.