questionswhats up with the "post a popular movie/show get…

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It's a little tiresome, but so is the growing list of free Kindle books.

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people like popular movies and shows?

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A similar question...do you vote for movies/shows because you know they will likely become popular deals, and boost your "deals voted for" meter? I know I have been guilty of this..trying to cut back..anyone else?

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I like all the food deals, the movies/books not so much.

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What has me flummoxed is the stacking of good deals. I tried to bazinga the 3rd Rock from the Sun deal and it had already disappeared into oblivion. I made a comment a week or so ago but for naught apparently.

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@magic cave: Agreed. But what burns we is a DVD deal for $15 that goes popular. Why would anyone pay that much for a DVD today? I'm hoping all the votes are for the movie and not the price.

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Popular things are popular

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@thedogma: But is it popular because it's a good deal or because OMGZ I LIKE FIREFLY TOO!!!!!1!11

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I don't buy a lot of movies and only rent them. I see them and usually pass right by them and wont vote on them.

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I don't mind seeing them if it is actually a good deal for the movie/show. Even if it is the same price it has been for a while, I don't spend a lot of time searching for these things. I buy them when I happen to come across them at a good price. That said, if it isn't a good deal, then it isn't a good deal.

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@oo7slice: You have found the secret of the top voters section ;) I fell into it for about a week then realized how lame and manipulative I was being when I noticed, worse than voting for things destined to become popular, I didn't vote for other good deals because I knew they wouldn't get popular. How douchey is that. I think that is worse than the questions/rep thing we are always complaining about.

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@jeremytheindian: Is there a rule that says you can only vote for something if it is a "good deal"? I'm guessing that there are a lot of people who vote for a deal because it is for something they like (be it cigars, lingerie, tech, or scifi movies).
There may be people who only vote for posts that are good deals, and there are probably others who do some mix of the two.

I usually do some mix of the two, tending to vote on things that I like, especially if it's a day when I don't have time to visit every deal, I can up-vote the ones that look interesting then find them later in my "voted for" tab.

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@meh3884: I agree, and will definitely vote for a movie if it is a great deal. Yes, hopefully it doesn't discourage us from seeking out non-movie deals just because we know that the movies will become popular.

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Well if you want to vote for deals that will never become popular, check out the deals that I post.

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@kalicat83: That's the problem, you're not voting for deals at that point you're voting for products. It's deals.woot. I come here to find good deals but it's been harder lately because a lot of stuff is just niche shows and movies or clearance bin blu-rays. I think the motivation for voting on a post should be wow this is a great price/it's not normally this cheap I paid more when I bought it/I will be buying this now because it's so cheap etc.

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@kalicat83: "Is there a rule that says you can only vote for something if it is a "good deal"?"

No, there's only the pressure from the community regarding what is and is not acceptable regarding voting.

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I just...could...not...resist...purchasing the Star Trek (2009) for $2.80.

But yes, posting every $5 movie from Walmart, BestBuy and Amazon is getting a little old (but we can blame jumbowoot for it,as the movie surge didn't really start until the ipod incentive).

I have started to be really picky about which movie deals I vote on - always hoping that if they stop making popular, people will stop posting them.

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@jeremytheindian: I believe I said I vote for products and deals.

I think a lot of times the product does matter. If I'm looking for deals here, I'm not looking for deals on anything, I just want deals on things that matter to me. Weapons mods or hedge trimmers, for example, don't get my attention because I have absolutely no need for them and know nothing about them.

A popular tv show/movie on Bluray for 65% off the list price probably is a good deal for a lot of people to whom that product matters.

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@niloc225: It more seemed to me the movie trend started with black friday and all the ridiculous sales around then (but maybe I'm wrong). The iPod incentive had seemed to bring in the flood of free samples and, lately, papa johns coupons. Which no matter how many times people say they don't work when they try to use them, they still get 200+ votes.

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@inkycatz: How can the community pressure people to change their voting habits? Just by complaining enough?

I don't personally vote for something if it doesn't look like it could be a good deal, but what constitutes a good deal is subjective.

There are people who complain about expensive things being posted even if it's for a better price than you usually find, and there are people who complain about certain products being posted often, even if they're super cheap. There are complaints from both sides, and I can see how these might affect some people's posting habits, but how do you affect change on voting patterns?

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I think you don't get to be the only one that decides what is popular, what trends, and what does not.

I guess the only thing to do is deal with it.

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@wisenekt: the iPod Touch that deals.woot gave away back in July. 1 per day for the entire month.

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@capguncowboy: Ah. Well I guess I didn't win then.

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A few days ago I posted an item that was not a "deal of the day" or on supersale, but was something I had spent the better part of a morning researching for my sister. I found the best deal on it I could find, then decided to post it, hoping it would save someone else the effort. Although I got mostly up voted, there was one poster who slapped me down because it was the regular price on the best-deal site I posted. The view of that poster was that only "special prices" should be posted. I pulled up the FAQs and poured over those and anything else I could find, but found no rules or guidelines limiting the items posted to those on sale. I've been meaning to post a question about this, but didn't want to stir up any more bad juju. Had I come across such an item posted here, it would have saved me some research time, so I still think it was worth posting. Am I off base?

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Upvote me if you love Arrested Development!

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i like arrested development but i hate "thumbs up if you" type comments

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@belyndag: You're not off base at all! I had to pull up your deals to confirm my suspicions about the "poster" who slapped you down... That was "zippy" who posts the same commentary AD NAUSEUM on many deals that "zippy" doesn't consider to be a bargain. (You can check on zippy's comments to see... ;-) )

You did your homework, only received 3 downvotes (one from you-know-who) and it was a decent deal! Take it with a grain of salt...downvote zippy's comment if it makes you feel better and keep on truckin'. There are no hard and fast rules here about what is considered a "deal"...just because it isn't one person's (or one zippy's) cup of tea doesn't mean it won't be a fantastic find for someone else.

Even wildly popular deals will garner a few negative-nancys...

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Thanks for the feedback @jimeezlady. I don't mind an occasional downvote, and expect to have it pointed out to me if I accidently post a duplicate or a bad link, but I don't want to be that person who is going against the goal of the site with my postings. If I see something as a good deal, I want to share it, and I guess I'll continue to do so. (And to @jeremytheindian, I'll try not to post anything about a popular TV show or movie just for the sake of posting it.) Good night, all.