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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

shopperCHAT

I was invited to joint shopperCHAT through e-Rewards and found it to be a WASTE of time.

I signed up on Friday, December 18; created my forum account on Sunday, December 20 and was told by participating that I could earn incentives and rewards. Well the site is extremely laggy and takes up to a minute to open a link much less post. I figured that I'd give it a shot a few days later in case they were having problems on their end (since no other site is that laggy for me). Well today I get this e-mail from them:

Thank you once again for joining shopperCHAT! Even though you are currently a member of our community, you have not shown any participation activity since the day you first joined shopperCHAT. As a result of your inactivity, your account automatically transitions over from a full membership status (where you can earn incentives by posting) to a networking membership status (where you can meet new members and communicate through special forums, but not earn incentives).

As of today, December 21st, we have reached our full membership applicant quota and won’t be able to reinstate you to full membership status until our next recruit, which will be early next year. Even though you don’t have a full access membership, you can still participate in discussions with fellow members through our special forums “The Buzz” and “The Idea Center.” The Idea Center allows you to communicate directly with Coca-Cola on your thoughts surrounding new products, promotions etc. We have received some really great feedback from these forums and we encourage you to explore them and post your own ideas.
Date I received the e-mail from them? Tue 12/22/2009 5:13 AM!

I'm sorry but that's just wrong since it feels like a scam. You get someone to sign up and within 24 to 48 hours tell them (basically), "thanks for signing up for earning incentives but now you're not going to be able to because you didn't post right away". Yeah, no thanks.

I've done a ping to their website just to verify if it was my connection or theirs. It's theirs.

Pinging shopperchat.gongos.com [66.238.160.105] with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 66.238.160.105:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

Pinging google.com [74.125.19.103] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 74.125.19.103: bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=50
Reply from 74.125.19.103: bytes=32 time=41ms TTL=50
Reply from 74.125.19.103: bytes=32 time=40ms TTL=50
Reply from 74.125.19.103: bytes=32 time=41ms TTL=50

Ping statistics for 74.125.19.103:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 40ms, Maximum = 53ms, Average = 43ms

My recommendation: AVOID shopperCHAT.

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