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Why I never buy services that offer huge discounts.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by dracony2, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. dracony2

    dracony2 Regular Member

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    I've seen a few services that offer around over 60% discount from time to time. This makes me think that if the creators are still finding it profitable to do their 100$ service for 25$, then this service was never worth 100$ to begin with. I can understand up t0 25% discounts, but if i see things selling for cheap price anywhere( even in real stores there are 70% discounts sometimes) this just makes me think that every time I bought from that store it was overpriced....
    Just my 2c
     
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    Not exactly true.

    For a physical good, like in a store, if there is too much supply, they offer a larger discount to get the items off the shelf. If the item isn't selling at the offered price, better to recoup some costs over nothing.

    For a service, if business has been really slow, offering a large discount will at least increase business. The person won't be getting what they feel their service is worth, but again it is better than nothing. Or the larger discount could attract new business, those people find the service is good, so they continue to purchase after the discount has passed.

    And I'm sure there are other reasons people offer discounts / promos, that don't involve their product being over priced.
     
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    dracony2 Regular Member

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    but isn't over 60% to high? I mean the service provider still has to pay for captcha/software etc. Also I dnt think taht anyone would be actually doing much quality work for 20$, there are faster ways of earning that cash. And if they do it to get clients, doesn't that just mean that at this point the seller will have so many clients that he won't be able to provide quality service for them?
    Also a 60% discount meas that noone uses the service, and this just makes new customers think that it must be bad
     
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    That is because their service quality is outsourced to 2$ workers. Sad that here are so many low quality services.
     
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    Very true. I agree 100%
    I sometimes don't understand how they can have a permanent % discount... I understand occasional promotion, but why would you buy something that offers those kind of discounts. And then the best is when they don't show or provide reports...
     
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    Sometimes selling at a loss for the short term, will bring you much bigger profits in the long term..
     
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    I don't outsource any of my work to cheap workers, but I just want to point out that cheap is not always bad. If I had a service selling for $50, and I outsourced for $5, and the quality of the work was quality, then there's nothing wrong there. Not everything that is cheap is bad. I'm not saying I do this personally, but I personally don't think there anything wrong with hiring cheap workers. At the end of the day, if they provide you with GOOD, QUALITY work then you are fine. Not unless you are like Portugal and had cheap workers, who clearly did poor work.
     
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    Well then you'd be just like the portugalix guy or whatever his name is that got banned. Charge someone $50 for a $5 service? lol
     
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    well i agree m8 :)
     
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    Leith, seems that quality of your outsourcing isn't that good.


    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/buy-sell-services/448697-yeeha-search-engine-optimization-service-great-results-great-diversity-great-prices-more-11.html#post4626452
     
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    How do you think Apple works...? Or ANY company for that matter..? They charge you more than what they pay...what a surprise!
     
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    i very rarely if ever buy service because i like to be in control and tweak stuff.
    but if i did i would look at quality from previous reviews and my ROI for example buying a 100 dollar service that is only ever going to make you 10 dollars a month is a bad investment.

    getting back on topic if i had a sales thread here and i had no/low sales i would offer massive discounts like suggested and probably only cover cost and a very small profit.
    the purpose of this is if my service is quality and people are getting results the reason for no sales is possibly not enough exposure.

    the lack of sales could also be a over priced service but if someones daft enough not to look at the going market and work out if they could profit at them price range then there doomed from day one.
     
  13. Leith

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    He got banned because:

    He used fake accounts to manipulate reviews.
    And offered a completely shit service which had no results for customers.

    Just because something is cheap doesn't make it bad. I never said I charge more than what I can do the service for. I just expressed the fact that cheap isn't always bad.
     
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    There should be some morality when up charging a service. If it costs you 10 then charge 20 or 30 not 100 or something stupid. I have a feeling thats whats happening in alot of these BST's and Portugalx or whatever his name was was the one to get caught.
     
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    That's a valid point which should be raised. There's nothing wrong with outsourcing for cheap but morally, the price you sell it for should be somewhat fair. Just for others who are thinking - I never said that I outsource to cheap workers. I said that sometimes cheap can be good too. You don't have to always think of cheap as something poor or bad.
     
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    Business is business, someone has to do the cheap work (not always cheap though) so that someone else can take the profits. I do understand that cheap doesn't always mean bad, but a lot of the times it usually is, otherwise you would have tons of people outsourcing their work to $5 workers.
     
  18. Leith

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    Yep, I agree with what you have said here. While the majority of cheap is considered low quality, there are a few gem stones around which are good quality. The point I was trying to get across is the fact that just because something is cheap, doesn't mean it's immediately poor or crap. However, I completely understand what you are saying, and I do agree with that. Anyways, I don't want to argue. I wasn't saying I outsource to cheap workers in any way. I pay my workers the right amount for the job, and I make a healthy profit, nothing incredible.

    Anyways, I'm off, have a good night!