Giveaways! - GEARBEST's 6th Anniversary - Winners posted in OP and post 128--important announcement post 144

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samgalax wrote:
Recently, mradmin posted a thread about GAWs.

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/73013



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Other forums are completely different. Other forums do have very strict rules for GAWs…

If the winners dont receive the prizes.. Or the prizes are different (i.e. different quantity… lower quality/price…) they ban the accounts of the GAWs organizers/companies…

Yes.. Gifts are gifts… But……

This is free “publicity” for the companies.

Yep, the difference really comes down to the more hands-off moderation style that I prefer for BLF.

And what you mention about “free publicity” is also true, but here’s the thing: A certain amount of free publicity is allowed here on BLF. That was one of the reasons why I started BLF, because on other forums it was so hard for legitimate Chinese vendors to connect with customers due to the prohibitions on links and the pay-to-play mentality at the time. But of course I obviously want vendors to do so with their threads where they post offers and new products, not via fake giveaways. So while I definitely do not approve of or encourage unscrupulous behavior, and the basic BLF rules and principles do allow me to take action against lying or unscrupulous vendors, it’s not a hard and fast process. I just try to view it on a case by case basis and do what’s right and necessary, especially when multiple users notify me of a problem.

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sb56637 wrote:
samgalax wrote:
Recently, mradmin posted a thread about GAWs.

FYI this it:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/73013



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Other forums are completely different. Other forums do have very strict rules for GAWs…

If the winners dont receive the prizes.. Or the prizes are different (i.e. different quantity… lower quality/price…) they ban the accounts of the GAWs organizers/companies…

Yes.. Gifts are gifts… But……

This is free “publicity” for the companies.

Yep, the difference really comes down to the more hands-off moderation style that I prefer for BLF.

And what you mention about “free publicity” is also true, but here’s the thing: A certain amount of free publicity is allowed here on BLF. That was one of the reasons why I started BLF, because on other forums it was so hard for legitimate Chinese vendors to connect with customers due to the prohibitions on links and the pay-to-play mentality at the time. But of course I obviously want vendors to do so with their threads where they post offers and new products, not via fake giveaways. So while I definitely do not approve of or encourage unscrupulous behavior, and the basic BLF rules and principles do allow me to take action against lying or unscrupulous vendors, it’s not a hard and fast process. I just try to view it on a case by case basis and do what’s right and necessary, especially when multiple users notify me of a problem.

Yeah, the “certain amount of free publicity, vendors can post threads to post offers and new products” is the pillar of BLF’s strength as a forum… ever wonder why we are having “so much light for so little money” like the BLF projects, among others.

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I have received news that it appears we shall not be receiving the prizes from this giveaway.

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Sunnysunsun wrote:
I have received news that it appears we shall not be receiving the prizes from this giveaway.

From who? Gearbest representative?

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wow, that is bad news.

I know GAWs are voluntary, but having one and then not shipping out the few things they promised… not great.
Just grateful that all my loyalty points are on banggood.

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Very bad news gearbest.
I won’t stop buying from you because of this but the next time I’m tempted to buy from you I’ll choose another supplier.
So your sales are down by 1 light.

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Agro wrote:
Very bad news gearbest. I won’t stop buying from you because of this but the next time I’m tempted to buy from you I’ll choose another supplier. So your sales are down by 1 light.

Agree, I will make them a supplier of last resort. Flat Stare

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I stopped using gearWORST well before this – I would literally rather go without than give them 1p. About as trustworthy as dog and your unattended roast beef sandwich.
On a side note the Luminbottom / Nealsrabbits GAW is still incomplete too.

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Maybe GAWs are simply not feasible during a global pandemic. Intl business is bad as it is; organizing and running a GAW and then shipping free stuff… maybe sales are down that much even a GAW won’t help with it.

Sad to hear that another GAW didn’t work out.

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No matter why… GAW organizers should post why prizes arent shipped.

Always is better to know the truth than “hidding”

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Though from an earlier GAW (11/11) I’ve experienced the same treatment.
It appears that in the wake of COVID GB is no longer the smooth sailing ship it once was.
Mistakes were made, and things were said. And I doubt if it gets any better.
Think of it as two ships passing in the night. GB is going another way. And we stay on track.

By looking at the models, and the actual availability, I think GB is stepping away from flashlights.
Prices are certainly not competitive any more and the new brands they introduce aren’t budget either.

From now on I will also consider GB only as a seller of last resort.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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I think cargo capacity is limited due to lack of flights (actual cargo aircraft are now required). They need to see where the profit comes from as they have to pay for their overhead/liabilities. There were a few sales on AE/GB in the last months and I looked through them. Almost all items now require several dollar in shipping (excluding insurance and express), many budget items were dropped and even regular items are now more expensive.

what is happening?

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