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Using newspaper classifieds like craigslist?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by ryeguy, May 21, 2009.

  1. ryeguy

    ryeguy Junior Member

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    There is the age old trick on craigslist of giving away something for free and then saying something like "dont have it anymore, here is my aff link to a similar offer/product/bullshit". My question is: is it legal to do this with a real paper classified ad?

    Not that I would do something so saturated, but let's say I was selling my laptop at some good ass price and told people to email me. A few days later, I tell them that I no longer have it but they could get one cheap <here> (aff link).

    Aside from moral issues, is there anyway to get in trouble for this?
     
  2. GoogleBling

    GoogleBling Registered Member

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    How about say "Free for first 50 visitors" then tell them they are number 51?
     
  3. Rendias

    Rendias Registered Member

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    I have seen people putting data entry job on classified ... after that, people need to fill up the application (CPA of course) to get the details of the job which does not exist.
     
  4. Grandslam

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    DISCLAIMER: I'm not an attorney or a lawyer. The following is not legal advice. Always get qualified legal advice from a licensed lawyer or a licensed attorney.

    Now, where were we :p

    I think you could get into some very, very deep shit doing something like this. I'll put it this way: I wouldn't reccomend doing something like this to my friends...

    If someone is really pissed off after they find out you were bullshitting, they could take you to court for fraud or the like. I wouldn't mess around with something like this, there's just too many other safer ways to try to make a buck. JMHO

    Regards,

    GS
     
  5. Rendias

    Rendias Registered Member

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    That's the trouble of running a blackhat method... we have to be behind a proxy all the time.
     
  6. Alex Brooks

    Alex Brooks BANNED BANNED

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    It's not really illegal, as long as you keep it quite you never had the product in the first place, who's to tell you that you never sold a laptop? I don't think the police will be able to do much, just say you have no evidence you bought/sold the laptop, but they have no evidence that you NEVER did buy the laptop, or sell it on.
     
  7. wseo12

    wseo12 Regular Member

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    hey whats no bro i dont see why you would get in trouble for that sounds like a good plan though
     
  8. superbspurs

    superbspurs Regular Member

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    Why would you put an ad in the paper anyway? Quicker doing it online and more people will probably see it. There is no legal issue here because how the fuck is anyone gonna know you were bullshitting and even if they did you think people have nothing better to do than go to court over this shit. get real!
     
  9. link2swim06

    link2swim06 Registered Member

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    It seems expensive to work through the newspaper to begin with.
     
  10. professional20

    professional20 Power Member

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    Now I love offline marketing but I think there are way better ways to use it than this.
    I've seen a few here that are golden. Try searching around ;)
     
  11. Grandslam

    Grandslam Senior Member

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    In this economy, people are way more likely to file frivelous lawsuits simply because theyre short of cash.
     
  12. aussietech

    aussietech Junior Member

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    Classic bait & switch I do not really see the legal issue here just use a shill if need be who says he got what you advertised