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Monetization / Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:11:54 PM »
99 times out of 100 I would do what I could to work with the merchant rather than go through Skim and Vig. Many affiliate managers drop the payout on those two way down so if you would be getting a 10% commission working directly with the merchant they will only pay Skim/Vig 2% so you would be making a LOT less than if you worked directly.

That said both systems work. I would probably lean towards Skimlinks a bit??? Seems like we have had fewer issues with them than Viglink.

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I was on a site a few days ago (forget what it was) but I wanted to look through their FAQs. Clicked on one and the answer was a video with no text or summary below. Clicked on another, same thing. Closed the tab and moved on to something else.

It doesn't take much to do a simple transcription and put that below the video.

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>>Deposit Photos

I have jumped on that deal a couple times. Still have a bunch of credits there that eventually I will get around to using but it is a great deal.

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Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:36:58 PM »
Stay safe and dry. This looks like it will be a fun one for you.

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Marketing / Re: Nike bets on its demographic
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:09:34 PM »
Reminds me of other results of protests or boycotts against a brand. When people get all over Chick Fil A or In n Out and try to boycott them for donating money to causes that promote "traditional marriage" the lines are around the block from the people that support them. A couple years ago when those videos came out about Planned Parenthood selling body parts and the conservative right was up in arms against them the donations increased.

Nike is betting on the same thing here. Not sure it is necessarily a great long term strategy but Nike has enough going on that they can afford something like this from time to time. I know a lot of people who said they will never buy Nike again and a lot more that are buying more because of this.

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Water Cooler / Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« on: August 31, 2018, 04:25:33 PM »
>>a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels

I read an article about this. I believe the quietest spot was in the Ho Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula here in WA. Beautiful part of the country.

https://onesquareinch.org/

And that is one site where you actually want to have your sound turned on.

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A couple years back we were getting rid of a bunch of baby stuff and had a bunch of cloth diapers. Apparently some of the designs we had were highly sought after and I was able to sell 2 used diapers for $80 on Ebay. Hopefully they weren't being purchased for the same reason as the creeps buying used panties.

 

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>>So keep the 2000

I took it to the mechanic after driving it across the country. I knew the valve cover gasket had a leak in it but when he looked at it he pretty much laughed and said "There is no place this thing is not leaking oil" and wouldn't even give me a quote to fix it. Asked if I wanted the number for the local rescue mission that takes donations of used vehicles to fix and resell.

Might just give it to my nephew who is in school to be a mechanic and see if he wants a project vehicle.

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>>the fewer miles you drive, the more sense it makes to rent or hail when you need a car

Since I am working at home now and don't need to drive to the office we are trying to survive on one car. Currently a 2000 Honda Odyssey which will soon become a 2003 Odyssey when my wife's sister and her family move to England.

In a month there has only been one instance where we "needed" the second car but even that was easily worked around. We figured for the couple times a month the issue might come up I can get an Uber or Lyft if necessary. I have thought about getting an old pickup for hauling stuff but even there we have a U-haul place within walking distance and I can get a truck for a couple hours for $20.

I assume at some point we will pick up a second vehicle but we could make the one car thing work if we really needed to.

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Water Cooler / Re: Free steel
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:23:12 PM »

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>>I'm not sure that's fair

I am in no way against people being vegetarian if they have solid and informed reasons for it like you do. If they are just doing it because it is a fad and they don't really know the implications that is where I have problems.

People will read an article talking about how the commercial beef industry is bad for the environment (which it is) and swear off meat. But then they will pay $50 for Hello Fresh to package some vegetables and other stuff in a styrofoam cooler and ship it across the country rather than walk down to a local farmer's market. I think those are the people that are the market for this.

>>But at the same time, it's a battle that must be won before the world gets richer

Totally agree here. The commercial beef industry isn't sustainable. But most of that has to do with the large feedlot structure that is in place now. Cattle weren't meant to live that way. If the industry could get back to small, local farms that care for the cattle properly and deliver locally that will make a huge difference. But then you would also have to convince people to pay $20 per pound for their steaks instead of $6.


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>>traction in the market

I am guessing their market is the millennial who is more in love with saying they are a vegetarian than actually being a vegetarian. Like ergo said, the people who are really looking to get away from meat want more natural stuff.

I saw an article recently saying 5% of the country is vegetarian and 3% is vegan. Those numbers are lower than I thought but still a significant market. https://news.gallup.com/poll/238328/snapshot-few-americans-vegetarian-vegan.aspx

These burgers are definitely better than any other veggie burgers I have eaten in the past but they still have a ways to go if they want to get meat eaters like myself to eat them on a regular basis.


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>>Has anyone here tried one of their products?

I tried one of their competitors: http://completecarnivore.com/beyond-meat-can-meatless-burger-actually-good/

It isn't horrible and there are some oddities around it but cover it with enough toppings and it is passable. But I would never choose one of these over a real burger. I would be interested in trying some of the Impossible meat and seeing how it compares to Beyond Burger.

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Water Cooler / Re: Free steel
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:12:20 PM »
About 15 years or so ago Spokane bought about 150 bikes for people to use to get around downtown. Within about a week most of them ended up in the river. I haven't heard of a free bike system that didn't end similarly.

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