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Apr 12, 2008 03:57 PM

PF Chang's "Free entree" ad on Chound - THE CATCH

Currently there is an ad for a "Free entree" from PF Chang's under "Sponsored Links" on right side of Chowhound home page. It states "Complimentary Xiao Huo grill entree.". It's followed by link to PF Chang's website where there is nothing about the free entree. I called the local Chang's and got the explanation that they mailed cards for a free entree to "randomly selected households" and that unless I had a card, I was not eligible. I didn't press the issue.
So, not false advertising but misleading.
Just thought some Chowhounds and those that run this site would want to know.

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  1. EWW!! i wouldn't eat at p.f. chang's if they paid me! we finally were worn down by the hype and recommendations of friends, so we went there. loud, subpar entrees, and our potstickers contained BONES! it's a wonder we didn't break our teeth. and i know how to make my own dipping sauce!!

    1. I'm interested in hearing the mods response to this...

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Hubby and I also ate there one time. We thought everything tasted like barbecue sauce. I wouldn't go back even for free food.

      2. We don't have any direct control over the 'sponsored links' that appear -- they're automatically generated, and no one is pre-approving them. If you have a problem with one, however, we can block it once we know about it. Please don't start threads about it -- it's a coincidence that I happened to read this thread, and as you can see, it took me several days to come across it.

        The best thing to do if you see an ad is to copy the ad, and the URL it links to, and email it to with a note on why it's a problem.

        -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

        1. how did they "randomly select" a bunch of handle names?? lol i bet they were all pf chang groupies...

          either that or the mods all got free dinner...

          (for the record, ive never eaten there and have nothing for or against it, i just think the response by pfc was funny)

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          1. re: asiansensation007

            I know you're joking, but please don't suggest the mods are taking free stuff from restaurants -- they toil away anonymously to protect their integrity from that sort of thing. They'd be horrified if anyone thought that was true.

            As I noted above, the 'sponsored links' aren't directly controlled by anyone at CHOW or CNet. They're automatically generated by an outside media company based on the content of the page they appear on, so they wouldn't, in any case, be tailored to our audience.

            Here's what the 'about' link says:

            About Sponsored Links

            This section contains paid listings which have been purchased by companies that want to have their sites appear for specific search terms and related content. These listings are administered, sorted and maintained by a third party and are not endorsed by CNET Networks.

          2. thanks for the warning. pf changs doesn't seem like the kind of place to give out coupons like that. weird...