Tuesday, September 18, 2007

DealDotCom.com vs Woot.com : How Blatant Can A Ripoff Get?

If you haven't seen it yet, be prepared for the onslaught of "DealDotCom.com" (no link for them, screw em) invitations to start swarming all your favorite blogs and social networks.  It's basically Woot.com -- one day, one deal -- only, with an affiliate program.

The problem with it is that it is an exact copy of Woot!, as if the only thinking they put into it at all was "How can we steal this?" and "How can we get the users to do our marketing for us?"  They copied the look and feel.  They copied the colors and the fonts.  They even copied the questions on the FAQ, and the answers!  Even the email addresses are copied.  Of course, all things are copied with just enough of a change to stifle the obvious copyright infringement charges:

  • Woot has Today's Woot, The Blog, The Community, Write Us, Your Account, What Is Woot.
  • The other guy has Today's Deal, Our Blog, Make Money, Talk to Us, Your Account, What Is This.
    • (Note the irony of how the bad guys have no community, only a place for people interested in making easy money....)
  • Woot's FAQ on privacy policy:
  • The other guy's FAQ on privacy policy:
  • The Woot Write To Us form asks "What have you got to say", "Who Are You" and "Got an email address so we can write to you?"
  • The other guy's form asks "What have you got got to say", "Who Are You" and "Got an email address so we can write to you?"
    • (Looks like somebody forgot to tweak the copy on that page! Bad scammers!  No cookie for you.)


  • Get the picture?

Seriously, people, this thing has bad karma written all over it.  Don't reward people who do nothing but steal the original ideas of others and add no value.  There are plenty of affiliate programs out there for businesses that actually put a little effort into it and aren't just trying to ride the other guy's coat tails.

I can't wait until they copy Woot's legendary "Bag of Crap."  I wonder what they'll call it so they can claim to be original? 



steveo said...

It sounds like this new deal site has linkbaited you.

Outrage! Outrage!

Thank you for pointing people to them and doing their marketing for them.

Duane said...

You must not subscribe to the same feeds I do, I'm already sick of seeing the affiliate-linked invitations coming from every direction. It just launched yesterday and I already see over 20 digg submissions for it. My little blog with no direct link to them is hardly a blip.

steveo said...

No, I haven't seen anything about them except this.

I now get most of my internet links from Digg. I no longer look at the digg front page, I get most of my news from the "last 24 hours" section which tends to be much higher quality.

Duane said...

For RSS reading I find I like Reddit better, because their feed shows the whole story while Digg just shows the headline, summary and comments. And given that the headline is almost always some variation of "10 Best X You Will See Ever", summaries say "title says it all" and comments are loaded up with people who think they're funny because the "read the title wrong", I can live without most of them.

misanthropy Today said...

Woot is stupid for not having an affiliate program-- greedy too, why not share some of the wealth with people who make you some money? screw woot.