Pay Per Yelp?!

February 19, 2009

GapersBlock reports, via an East Bay Express article, that user-generated review site Yelp.com suppresses bad reviews, but only for good money…. Hmmmm.

John’s restaurant has more than one hundred reviews, and averages a healthy 3.5-star rating. But when John asked Mike what he could do about his bad reviews, he recalls the sales rep responding: “We can move them. Well, for $299 a month.” John couldn’t believe what the guy was offering. It seemed wrong.

GB also posted another a link to about a martial arts specialist blog about what seems like more Yelp scrubbing here in Chicago… either than or rampant flagging by someone.

This is when the problem began. After a few days, the reviews started disappearing one by one on the Yelp site until I went from 28 reviews to 18 reviews. I was pissed. I know you can flag reviews, and I suspected that maybe a competing business who’s reviews weren’t so glowing was flagging my students’ reviews.

Yelp is indeed a cool company, and useful (ed. note; I am a Yelp Elite member).   But I’ve had a few experiences when there definitely seems to be tampering going on, whether it’s internal or with other parties abusing the site.  First instance was the failure of Mojoe’s Hot House in Avondale on Belmont.  It went under new management and the place just went to shit. (As evidenced by not only the reviews on Yelp, but the crafty graffiti stencils found all over Avondale that read “MoJoe’s Sucks Now”).

Despite all the verbal vitriol, and spray paint that spoke the opposite, at some point positive posts started cropping up on Yelp.  While it’s possible they did, indeed “turn it around”, two of the final eight reviews of the place (which eventaully closed) were most definitely “inside jobs” — both 4-star reviews of the place written by people that I knew actually worked at Yelp (Though, I’m not naming names).  This, of course, is just one place I was directly familiar with —  I have no idea how common this is.

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TeeCycle: People Actually Like Us

June 18, 2008

University of North Dakota T-shirt New Lennoz Alterra shirt 2

Whoa Baby.  Lots of stuff to go on about.  First of all, the love of TeeCycle is spreading.  Check out these great comments from all across the blogosphere:  (read ’em ALL here)

Talk about doing a fuck of a lot with a little, bravo guys –Tcritic.com

The reasons to buy used and vintage clothing are growing exponentially. There’s the cash-saving factor, the environmental factor, the ever-important hipster factor and there’s a charity factor.onmilwaukee.com’s picks featuring teecycle

If you believe in Karma this is as ethical as you can get. –buy-tees.net

(Teecycle’s) broader, philosophical goal is to remind people you can reuse these old things and value them, rather than going to the local Target and buying another thing off the rack. –Marquette Tribune

I must say it’s a pretty cool concept. –Troundup

This is a genius idea for tee afficionados, enabling us to get our hands on an amazing variety of pre-loved tees at bargain prices. –Thunderfrogs

Awesome idea, cool blog posts, funny photos. I’d say check it out! –Katrina’s Site

What a great idea! –T-Shirt Rater

T-shirts kick ass, green t-shirts kick even more ass. Teecycle.org is a cool new site that sells “gently used” one off t-shirts- a great price at about half the average cost of other cool tees online EarthFirst

 

Also, we’ve switched over to WordPress which has proved to make the site better looking AND better working.

My wheels UWM Shirt

A bazillion more t-shirts are on the way, so much so that we need some people willing to model.  As much as we love taking pictures of ourselves, we want to see your smiling face too!  We’ll be happy to plug any projects you’re working on.  Got a blog? Got a band?  Got a cause? Live in Chicago or Milwaukee?  I know you do.

By for now.

-Battle