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You know, now in the highly competitive market, reps from individual
companies, hunt around in forums (thousands of them) and register to
post feedbacks about their own products.



Some of them are very good at it, posting some negative comments but are usually biased towards the positive aspects mostly.



Just be weary, as I know, if I was the owner of a company like Traxxas,
HPI, Cen at such a large scale, I would employ atleast 100 people
worldwide to weed through international forums posting thousands of
posts for my product to make it look good. The power of forums now is
outstanding.



I am sure in Savage Central when it was starting up, there would be
several employees, posting away millions of posts to get it up to
scratch, get a biased opinion early on to influence other posts, etc
etc. Traxxas too I reckon.....



And Cen.......god I can only imagine with all the new 0 - 10 post
feedback usernames popping everywhere in many forums writing full blown
4 page reviews of products with such precision that, hmmmm...sometimes I do wonder.



The paranoid one.



Sherbrodski


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im kinda with ya aye...makes sense...and i reckon u could garantee its happening
 

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I can see that happening already......I think to some degree we all know its happening.



Star Guitar said:
Umm.. Ok then
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Guitar man, did you understand the point being made though?

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milknbutter said:
I can see that happening already......I think to some degree we all know its happening.

Star Guitar said:
Umm.. Ok then
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Guitar man, did you understand the point being made though?

I completely understand the point being made... and my comment would probably pretty much have been the same...


Ummm, yeah... sure... if you think so!


It's like the JFK people who espouse their theories... I can see that they believe it and can understand why they think it's so.... but, I ain't gonna bother MYSELF with it.
 

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Milknbutter,


Yes i understand the point being put forward, but from my point of view.. who cares.


So what if companies do that, its not like anyone has a problem with it.
 

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Potentially, it's false advertising and there are laws about that.

If you want people to take your words seriously, then you should care because if companies do use it as an advertising method, then it means that people will stop believing what everyone says on forums like this.

You do realise that there are alcoholic beverage companies that employ people to go to night clubs just so they can buy drinks (of the employer's brand) for other people, to get them exposed to the new drink/brand.

It's a sneaky world out there, be careful.

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Ogier, I think that calling people posting on public forums about a product they are paid to spruke about "false advertisers" is drawing a long bow... there is an old saying that applies to us all...


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Viral Marketing - don't you just love it.


They also find the popular kids in schools and give them the latest cards/toys/games. Find the popular ones and the rest follow suit - or so the theory goes.


On thealcoholic beverage thing - two words - budweiser girls....





I can't wait for the day major RC Manufacturers start approaching me with freebies....... I wish they'd hurry up.....
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I thought the budweiser gals were better looking....bah they look like 30 yo modelling rejects.



AUSRC summed it up with 2 words, viral marketing, thats the word I was
looking for, not false marketing. It's cunning, sneaky and cheap to
do......



I guess the thing is that, you just have to be smart about how you
intepret what others say on these zillions of forums. As for
official forums, god why do they have those? The moment you say
anything negative, they cut your thread off.
 

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Ogier said:
You do realise that there are alcoholic beverage
companies that employ people to go to night clubs just so they can buy
drinks (of the employer's brand) for other people, to get them exposed
to the new drink/brand.



It's a sneaky world out there, be careful.



Oggy


i can second that..

my cousin used to advertise for honeybeer, a sweet flavoured beer, by
giving drinks away at pubs / bars, who sold the drink at the time. Free
drinks to like 50 people a night.

anywhoo. they must have gone bankrupt.. never heard of them again!?>
 

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Marketing of alco drinks often involve giving samples away free... oldest trick in the book.


(Got me hooked on TwoDogs Alco Lemonade too, they did - when it was the cloudy stuff, not the new clear/filtered sodapop brew they make now.)


Dunno about you boys but I'm old enough to live thru times when the ciggy companies did the same thing too.


Lots of other industries use giveaways in their promos too. Where I work we overlook a railway station... every so often a bunch of trucks would pull up at peakhour and do giveaways. We'd call the whole office and everyone would go down ... Have scored CASES!!! of freebie yoghurt, chips, Lift-Plus, V, some coffee, lipstick...
 

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Every RC car I have bought to date has gone through a careful thought process:


1 read as many reviews I can on intended car


2 Download/borrow/steal a copy of the manual


3 jump on rc forums, lurk in the background and soak up info, opinions


4 check price and availability of spares and hopp ups


5 touch, grope, feel, smell car before purchase


that and a lot of drinking is involved
 

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AUSRC said:
Viral Marketing - don't you just love it.


They also find the popular kids in schools and give them the latest cards/toys/games. Find the popular ones and the rest follow suit - or so the theory goes.


On thealcoholic beverage thing - two words - budweiser girls....





I can't wait for the day major RC Manufacturers start approaching me with freebies....... I wish they'd hurry up.....

What you mean those Budweiser girls aren't the type of girls that will find me attractive if I drink that brand of beer?? Man I've been duped!
 

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zoomer said:
Marketing of alco drinks often involve giving samples away free... oldest trick in the book.


(Got me hooked on TwoDogs Alco Lemonade too, they did - when it was the cloudy stuff, not the new clear/filtered sodapop brew they make now.)


Dunno about you boys but I'm old enough to live thru times when the ciggy companies did the same thing too.


Lots of other industries use giveaways in their promos too. Where I work we overlook a railway station... every so often a bunch of trucks would pull up at peakhour and do giveaways. We'd call the whole office and everyone would go down ... Have scored CASES!!! of freebie yoghurt, chips, Lift-Plus, V, some coffee, lipstick...

Mmmmm now that is an interesting post.... a few good points in there to think about, yep. BUT... the one thing that caught my eye...


The lipstick came in handy.... HOW??
 

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Skidd said:
zoomer said:
Marketing of alco drinks often involve giving samples away free... oldest trick in the book.


(Got me hooked on TwoDogs Alco Lemonade too, they did - when it was the cloudy stuff, not the new clear/filtered sodapop brew they make now.)


Dunno about you boys but I'm old enough to live thru times when the ciggy companies did the same thing too.


Lots of other industries use giveaways in their promos too. Where I work we overlook a railway station... every so often a bunch of trucks would pull up at peakhour and do giveaways. We'd call the whole office and everyone would go down ... Have scored CASES!!! of freebie yoghurt, chips, Lift-Plus, V, some coffee, lipstick...

Mmmmm now that is an interesting post.... a few good points in there to think about, yep. BUT... the one thing that caught my eye...


The lipstick came in handy.... HOW??




peace offering to the missus or significant other i bet.
 

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Skidd said:
The lipstick came in handy.... HOW??

Never found a use for sample lippies... brought them in and gave them away to the girls in the office - they liked them. (yeah sexist I know)


Nail varnish is handy though - for painting model driver helmets!
Never otherwise find that range of wild wacky colours on the model paint rack.
 

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jiggen5354 said:
Every RC car I have bought to date has gone through a careful thought process:


1 read as many reviews I can on intended car


2 Download/borrow/steal a copy of the manual


3 jump on rc forums, lurk in the background and soak up info, opinions


4 check price and availability of spares and hopp ups


5 touch, grope, feel, smell car before purchase


that and a lot of drinking is involved

what, so much work for a toy??



Nah, skip 1 & 2 & 4 & 5.


Maybe sometimes 3 if I got nothing more interesting to do.


Usuaully make buy/no-buy decision in under 5 seconds.
 

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this thought process works well for me. you can substitute the word RC car for, tv, video card, real car, woman, clothes, computer, tools...
 
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