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OfferUp Promotions Review – 2nd Attempt

Monday, June 18th, 2018
Posted in Web Apps

I tried again to promote a nice piece of furniture on OfferUp. Again another 7 day feature promotion. I started on a Thursday and it lasted a week. In total I only got 349 views from it. So OfferUp doesn’t guarantee how many views you get. It also means that it’s possible so much is being promoted that yours might get lost in the mix. There was no holiday during my week, so not sure what happened. I had great pictures and started it $450 as the starting price and eventually lowered it. I only got 1 inquiry about the item and it was for $150, way too low. It might be nice if they told you how many times it was actually even shown as a promotion to people so you could see the ratio of promotions to views. But they won’t tell you that. If they told us the amount of promotions it got, then maybe we might not feel as ripped off when our items get few views, because the app did try to promote it a lot. But since we are left in the dark, it seems like a bad deal without the other information.

So my conclusion, is do not waste money on promotions, definitely not more than 3 days for sure. And be ready to sell your stuff at 1/4 its value. Because people on OfferUp are looking for things cheap and will not even pay half of its value.

Are OfferUp Promotions Worth Buying?

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Posted in Web Apps

If you are selling items on OfferUp (an app that lets you sell things similar to Craigslist but much faster and easier), you have the option to pay for promotions. Promotions vary from bumping your item up one time to featuring your item for a limited period (3 days, 7 days or 14 days). I decided to try this out on a piece of furniture I had.

So I started bout the Feature 7-day option at $11.99 on a Thursday afternoon. The furniture I put on there I started at $400. However, the next day (Friday) I lowered it to $350, then the down to $325 on Sunday, and then down to $300 on Monday. In total I received 2379 views, with 4 messages. One person offered me $100 (a third of my asking price), another $150 (half of my asking price), another offered to trade me a diamond, and another said they liked it but couldn’t afford to buy it right now.

So while I got a lot of views, the item never sold and I think most people are looking for something cheap anyway. These promotions are how the OfferUp company makes money, but unfortunately I didn’t have any success with it. And to be honest, I don’t think I would pay for this again. I definitely wouldn’t suggest paying for the “bump” as you can easily delete your item and post it again.

LinkedIn Comments

Monday, May 7th, 2018
Posted in Web

LinkedIn has added a news feed with all kinds of topics many not really fitting in with the site very well. The purpose of course is to increase the usage on the site, get people back to the site and have people stay around longer. However, I’ve noticed that the comments usually end up with cussing, name calling, insults, politics, sexual comments and other things that aren’t exactly work friendly. For a site about job searching and professional connections, it seems to be going down the toilet by allowing these comments just to get increased attention. Someday LinkedIn will probably notice, but for now they don’t care, just get people on the site, keep them coming back and make them stay longer and if they cuss each other out, so be it.

Reviews on Google are untrustworthy, since they can be Deleted

Monday, December 5th, 2016
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It’s very common for owners of a business to delete and remove reviews on Google. So therefore reviews and ratings on Google Maps or Google search are not really valid. The owner of the place can flag any review and inappropriate and it might take sometime but Google will review it and most likely remove it.

The New Google Maps Sucks

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
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Seriously I can no longer make a map or pin items while searching for other areas. Searching for nearby places of a destination is no longer possible. I know I can’t be the only one that hates the new Google Maps.

Last.fm now requires Spotify for Music Audio Track Previews

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Posted in Web

Last.fm now requires you to login with either Facebook or Spotify to listen to the short 30 second previews on their site? Why? It used to work just fine before without any login. I’m already logged in on Last.fm, why do I need to login for something else? I’ve already switched back to Pandora for the first time since like 2009 because they added the stupid YouTube videos that are slow, get frozen and stuck in their beta player. They just killed their entire site with these two moves in my opinion.

Last.fm’s New Beta Player Lags with YouTube Videos

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Last.fm‘s new beta player is horrible. They now load YouTube videos to try to pull in more songs from bands or perhaps to show a video. But as we all know, YouTube is laggy, sometimes poor quality and the files are much larger than simple audio files. It’s a horrible decision. I can’t even use the site now. I don’t want to see videos. I don’t even monitor Last.fm very often except to flag a song that isn’t what I want.

Yahoo Mail Now Delivers Sponsored Spam

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Yahoo! Mail now delivers sponsored email. It stays at the top of your mailbox and is can’t be deleted. I call it sponsored spam, because that is how most people are going to view it. They didn’t ask for it or even sign up for it, but there it is in your inbox. Yahoo tried to clean up their email app to be like Gmail and I guess they decided it didn’t work so they are back to their usual stuff. Reminds me how Yahoo Mail for years use to open up a news page instead of your inbox. It also reminds me way back around 2001 they tried to get people to pay for Yahoo Mail by letting the spam filters be horrible for non-paying users. Because before the filters were pretty good, but decided enough people weren’t paying so if you didn’t pay for Yahoo Mail, they decided you didn’t deserve to have their spam filter or at least a good one.

Yahoo Mail Sponsored Email Spam