- Jan 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm #3511298
As I begin my 8th year in the cottage gear / hobbyist gear business, I want to thank the WB community for all the support and feedback many of you have shown me. To pay it back, I have put together two cook kit offerings that will be available as long as my supplies of 750cc and 1100cc titanium pots last. If you need a complete cook kit, I doubt you can find a better offer, but obviously all of you will be the judge. You can find all the info on my Special Deals page. Or you can be enticed by a short video clip.
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Jon FongBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
Congrats on your 8th year anniversary and thanks for putting this deal together. Best wishes on your next 8 years!Jan 8, 2018 at 9:55 pm #3511343
This is Gear DEALS. What extra special DEAL is being offered to BPL members which is not available to the general public via your web site?
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BPLJan 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm #3511354
Extra special deal not in the ever changing rules. Currently,”Postings must include a deal (usually a discount) for BPL members.” So I think his limited quantity is the deal. Fine with me since a specific discount for BPL is not a requirement.Jan 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm #3511358
^^^ is this the rule for everyone? Because I just scrolled through about 20 gear deals and a good number of them had holiday sales that were not BPL specific, just announcing store wide sales.Jan 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm #3511359
@roger – Happy New Year. This offer is my way of thanking several communities that have welcomed and supported me. BPL was the first of these communities. My very first titanium trowels were made and sold to BPL’ers. That was late in 2010.
You are correct that the deal is not exclusive to BPLers but has also been announced on a couple other forums. You can even find it on my website if you look for it. It’s just a way to celebrate and say thanks. If that’s a no-no on modern-day BPL, please feel free to remove my post.Jan 8, 2018 at 10:23 pm #3511371
I THINK the intent of the guidelines was that the DEAL should be specific to BPL members. But whether everyone has read it this way is another matter.
I will have to discuss with Ryan and Matthew which way we want this to go. I can quite see the alternate PoVs. Deal? Yes. Exclusive? Dunno.
Roger CaffinJan 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm #3511374
But we can list sales we find here too, so? Kinda weird.Jan 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm #3511376
The rules used to state that a seller/maker/owner had to offer a special deal to BPL members to post here, but that language was purged from the rules a little while back (I’m thinking about 2 years ago?). I like what the old language said and what Roger is indicating he thinks the way it should work.
That rule only applies to a seller/maker/owner. If a member unaffiliated with a product/company sees something they think is a good deal they can post it here without it being a special deal for only BPL members. In that case it’s members passing along good karma, the member posting gains no benefit or profit from the post.
I do like that two-pronged approach, makes sense and allows the community to be helpful but not overrun with advertising posts.
EDIT : Oops, I do see that the rules do now again say that postings must have a special deal for BPL members, so I’m glad that’s back and sorry for saying it’s not there anymore. But the rules still are missing the idea that a member can post something they think is a good deal without it being a special deal for BPL members if the poster is not affiliated with the seller or product.
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- This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by J R.
Lets do away with the BPL “exclusive” deals. We miss out on all kinds of deals offered to the world at large by having that one odd rule. Is it a deal? Great. Is it prices as usual and so just a promotion post? Then maybe not. See a deal online that you think others would benefit from? Bring it on. I think this would best reflect “ Gear Deals”. Otherwise we end up enforcing one day, not the other and all that comes with that.Jan 10, 2018 at 12:17 am #3511560
Well, we have discussed this internally, and we are going to go along with Kat’s recommendation. There still must be a DEAL if the posting is by the vendor, but it does not have to be exclusive to BPL members any more. Ryan will amend that guideline in due course.
Postings by non-vendors about a DEAL they have seen somewhere else are still OK.
Promo posts by vendor without a DEAL – nope. (And no shoe spammers either.)
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BPLJan 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm #3511631
Thanks Roger et al for a common sense decision that serves members’ interests.Jan 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm #3511638
May I further suggest that the rules state that anyone with a vested interest in the item(s) or store being promoted must clearly identify in their post that they have a vested interest? Whether owner, employee, shareholder, manufacturer, even a reviewer who benefits from the post, etc.Jan 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm #3511639
Yes thank you Roger and Ryan!!Jan 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm #3511691
@jr, It looks like the rules do state that already:
“Commercial postings require full disclosure of affiliation.”Jan 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm #3511693
Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!Jan 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm #3514137
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