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Is she saving money or being dishonest? You decide.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Reaver, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Reaver

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    SOMEONE (I will not say who) complained about being bored so I dug this up in my inbox.

    I subscribe to Penny Hoarder. It's a blog about how to save money by doing various things. It mainly runs on guest posts and sponsored content but some of these posts are falling into a gray area.

    The post from today is: http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-save-money-on-groceries-craigslist-bartering/

    It's called "How Craigslist Helped This Couple Save $750 on Groceries."

    If you can't be arsed to read it, here's the rundown:

    A lady and her husband had $250 for groceries in December. They wanted to use that money on Christmas presents. So they decided they were just going to eat cheap food for the entire month.

    Well the lady got tired of eating cheap food.

    So she came up with the idea to trade things she wasn't using for food on Craigslist. She would post and item on CL in the "Free" section, then tell people "If you'd like to trade this for green veggies, other healthy food, etc, we appreciate it."

    Of course she gets an outpouring of support. In fact, one guy actually went out and bought her groceries in exchange for a pair of sweater boots.

    So she says "I haven't gone to the grocery store in 3 months except to purchase laundry detergent. We saved $750 on our grocery bill so far!"

    But it doesn't blow over so well with Penny Hoarder's audience.

    Check out the comments. Those people are royally pissed.

    "How dare you take advantage of people's kindness! They probably thought you were in need!" <-- I agree with this.

    "There are people out there who actually need help, and you're just being dishonest!" <-- I sort of agree with this. She never said she was in need but I can see why people would think she was poor. If I'm trading stuff for food you're gonna think I'm in need too. It's just an assumption we make as human beings. "Why would you give away this awesome pair of shoes for food? Dude, you must be broke! Here! Have a box full of veggies and fruit!"

    This woman and her husband both WORK btw, so it's not like they're just dirt poor rolling around on the floor like a crackhead in a CEO Sam video. In fact, she's a YouTube vlogger who describes herself as "always looking for a way to live beyond her means."

    Then again, someone else might think this is genius and go try this.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Coingrabber

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    Even though it's smart, I wouldn't recommend it at all. It's giving people the wrong intention in my opinion. Maybe it would be better if she would add to her post on craigslist:"I'm not in need of food, I'm just interested in trading things in for food." What do you think? :)
     
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    It's not her fault if people come up with the wrong idea. If anything, it's a lesson for the givers.
     
  4. Reaver

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    I agree. I think people are getting the wrong impression from her CL posts. I think she banks on that.

    If she added the disclaimer I don't think people would be as generous. She'd probably just get old canned food like every other food pantry ever.
     
  5. Divination

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    If you have to do this, you're a failure
     
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    I think she is doing both: Saving money while being dishonest... A little disclaimer at the end would be fine but to each his own...
     
  7. BreaknBrix

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    I think the penny hoarder audience are a bunch of dumb fucks.

    There are all sorts of groups who run donations before christmas. They'll take almost anything of value then turn it over to drug addicts, lazy fucks on food stamps, mothers who refuse to get jobs cause they "can't work and raise kids" which they should've fucking thought of before having kids.

    What I'm saying is this.

    Smart people don't look at donors as "kind people". In truth many of them donate for selfish reasons. Like greed. You'd be surprised how many broke fucks donate to someone slightly more broke... or in many cases richer but they're too dumb to realize it so they just hand over w/e for an ego boost. In the case of men donating to women... I see sexual greed as the driving force. Even if the woman is married, even if she's ugly, a man will donate more to a woman simply cause she's a woman. That makes stupid men feel more manly. And when a man feels more manly he feels more sexually desired by women. This is why so many gypsies use their young, attractive 18 year old daughters to run scams on old pervs. Even when those pervs know they're not touching that girls ass they still do it cause it's what stupid old pervs do.

    More importantly, I didn't see **1** person in those comments who said, "hey I donated to this woman and feel like I got swindled now". Why? Because even if they were told or found out most wouldn't care. That guy who got those boots probably thought those boots would get him a nice BJ for xmas and it was worth some groceries. He might ACT like he cares (if confronted) but it would only make him look like more of a saint to be ripped off. Like, "wow, this dumb fuck was so generous he got scammed... he must be unbelievable kind and noble." NOT. You're not fucking kind. You're not generous. You're just a selfish and greedy as the people begging for your money.

    So in the end it's just a circle jerk of greed. A yin-yang of beggers & donors all expressing their greed in their own unique ways. Due to this, I don't have enough time or emotional capacity to GAF. I just know those people bitchn are DAF.
     
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    Have you watched extreme cheapskates I just don't agree with their way of living honestly
     
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    I love how branded CEO Sam is on this forum, that dude deserves a damn trophy LOL.
     
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    She doesn't know this, but she is a lot better internet marketer than most of us... ;) imho ofc.

    Seriously, she should channel her skills and she will never need to be frugal in future if she polishes her skills. I don't consider that to be either BH kind or fraud kind. And anyway everyone needs other people to listen and respond to what they want to say and "sell", especially when online because it's lot easier to lose the potential listeners/customers/clients if we lose the attention, and it may mean a loss of opportunity to sell/get prompt help/get a client/make a friend/get more attention/make an addition to the important email list... :)

    'Out of the box thinking and taking proper action' that was imo. It wasn't a case of scam we see here so often either. lol.

    And I don't think anyone apart from the one who bought her whole lot of groceries spent any thing much than they spend on a pack of cigs... so no real loss to anyone, even the guy who bought the groceries still gets a lot of invaluable thanks and goodwill from her, as well as from lot others who read about it, me including. :D


    lol

    P.S.:
    I think she is quite an old lady, and may be there are few income sources to run her hom the way it should be. And everyone desires freebies even though they can afford to buy them, don't they? And additionally, it was for Christmas -- when even grown up guys are expecting others to give them bigger and useless freebies than what it costs for a months load of groceries.... something about this thread -- it made me seriously think -- for once! lol
     
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  11. Reaver

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    o_O...Man BB wtf? Like...seriously. You OK? You wanna sit on my lap and talk about it?

    ...You just wanna sit in my lap?

    Way to remind me I'm really just a selfish SOB. I'm gonna go weep bitter tears into my tea and drink it, because that is all I truly deserve.

    @onelettershor I have seen extreme cheapskates. That lady who cooked her lasagna in the dishwasher while doing her dishes at the same time...That's a special kind of stupid right there.

    @charbel: If we give him a trophy he'll just tell everyone he won it at Ungagged. Do we really want to encourage that type of behavior?

    @srb888 You made a valid point. I suppose it's no more distasteful than telling people you'll give them a Paypal Monkey Adder in exchange for filling out a survey. Never said it would work. Just said I'd give it to you.

    It's interesting to see different points of view on this. I'm of the mind that she's being a sneaky woman, old or not. But then again, I didn't turn down that free burrito at Chipotle and I don't even eat there. Free food is free food.

    Now excuse me, bc BB's comments hurt my feelings. :bawling:
     
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