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U-T Sues Supplier for Touted "Daily Deal"

The Union-Tribune has been boasting of the success of its "Daily Deal" promotion, in which it touts steep discounts of 50% and more at businesses. Recently it wrote a purported news story bragging how a deal to give a 60% discount on a summer camp session had generated $366,035. However, on Monday the U-T filed suit against Shoutback Concepts, dba Click-N-Shout, based in Cleveland. According to the breach of contract suit filed in federal court in San Diego, Shoutback was to process transactions and collect funds from individuals taking advantage of the Daily Deals. But the U-T says Shoutback collected $573,167.18 that it owes the U-T, and has ignored repeated demands to give the sum back. Thanks to Matt Potter for passing this item along.

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The Union-Tribune has been boasting of the success of its "Daily Deal" promotion, in which it touts steep discounts of 50% and more at businesses. Recently it wrote a purported news story bragging how a deal to give a 60% discount on a summer camp session had generated $366,035. However, on Monday the U-T filed suit against Shoutback Concepts, dba Click-N-Shout, based in Cleveland. According to the breach of contract suit filed in federal court in San Diego, Shoutback was to process transactions and collect funds from individuals taking advantage of the Daily Deals. But the U-T says Shoutback collected $573,167.18 that it owes the U-T, and has ignored repeated demands to give the sum back. Thanks to Matt Potter for passing this item along.

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That's not good. they may be going BK.

May 3, 2011

It's possible the Cleveland company is in financial trouble. I would think the U-T could find another to provide those services. Best, Don Bauder

May 3, 2011

Many of those discounts sound too good to be true. Could it be that they are? The U-T will probably never see a cent. But there was a time when a paper like the U-T didn't get scammed. Management was so conservative it would have never tried something like that. Things change, even at the U-T.

May 3, 2011

Yes, those discounts are steep. But if there is enough volume.... Best, Don Bauder

May 3, 2011

google most of the online ads the ut runs with the word scam in the search and see what the real deal is.

biggest one running lately is directbuy

May 4, 2011

Give it a try! Best, Don Bauder

May 4, 2011

Directbuy San Diego is a major sponsor of Rick Roberts on KFMB who swears by it. He "never pays retail for anything" now. Is someone saying that he's been taken in, or is giving bogus testimony on the air? No, no, Rick, say it ain't so!

May 4, 2011

Ted Leitner swore by Metabolife, too. Best, Don Bauder

May 5, 2011

And then he swore AT it!

May 5, 2011

Rick is just another gasbag shill

May 5, 2011

Most of the talk show hosts are gasbag shills. Best, Don Bauder

May 5, 2011

Aah, Metabolife. Not only did Teddy swear by it, Hedgecock claimed that it kept him in two pant sizes smaller. Those guys are really something! Now it appears as if the U-T has sunk to about the same level as the gasbags. But who will tell the world about the scams that appear in the U-T when the U-T is a cosponsor? Watch your wallet.

May 5, 2011

Yes, there is some very dubious advertising running in the U-T -- say, for savings rates that are totally unrealistic in this money market. Helen Copley didn't want to run ads placed by crooks. I used to take her at her word and complain to the advertising department when it would take ads from some bandit I was writing about. (Sometimes the U-T would cite the First Amendment in running blatantly false ads.) I made myself unpopular in advertising. Of course, I was unpopular everywhere in that organization. Best, Don Bauder

May 5, 2011

On the other hand, the U-T could be very difficult to work with if you were an advertiser. The attitude in the retail group was "we own the market, and you'll take what we give you, and pay plenty for it." That adds up to them making it costly for locally owned retailers to get the word out, while taking dirty money from scamsters. Great.

Now many of those local retailers are gone, and the other retailers are making little use of the U-T except as a means to get their preprinted ads distributed. Who is buying full page ads now? The heaviest users in past weeks are these dubious buyers of gold and old jewelry. How much old gold is out there? By now, you'd think most of it would have been bought up. Their ads look like something from the 1930's, making lavish but vague claims that they pay better than the other guy. Gold has a spot market price, and no buyer can resell the gold for significantly more than another one.

The age of the educated consumer is over, and newspapers are reduced to taking ad revenue from sleazeballs.

May 7, 2011

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