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White Trash Ads

"CONGRATULATIONS! YOU JUST WON THE LOTTERY FOR A WALMART GIFT CARD!"
Are times really so hard that Chowhound now has to look like a MySpace page?
Why don't you just start taking porn ads now and get it overwith? Jeez Louise.

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    1. You "WON" one too? What a coincidence, so did I... ;-D>

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        1. re: peppergal

          at least they're not coming to your phone as txt msgs that you have to pay for

          1. re: hill food

            Your service provider will take those charges off if you contact them. I find it disturbing that this straight up scam sort of "smishing" ad is appearing on CH. Snopes covers this scheme pretty well here: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing...

            1. re: Servorg

              thanks! "smishing" a new word for the day

      1. Advertising pays for your free access to Chowhound. If it doesn't interest you, ignore it just as you would ads on TV, in magazines, or on the side of a bus.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Having plugged in a couple of hundred dollars of my own money to help keep the lights on in the Leff years I am all in favor of a "free" site supported by advertising. But I think that the site should be somewhat judicious in the advertisers they sell space to in order to keep this place going. For instance, I doubt that any of us would be in favor of "porn" ads being displayed here. I think this particular ad under discussion is another type that should be avoided by the P that B.

          1. re: Servorg

            What's your objection - a lottery or Walmart? Would a gift card at Williams and Sonoma suit your buying pattern better? Instead of a gift card, a LC Dutch Oven in last years designer color?

            1. re: paulj

              This an ad that is placed purely to gather email and other information for the purposes of downstream spamming by other companies that this outfit sells your information to. No "$1,000" gift cards are being given away and Walmart has nothing to do with this supposed promotion.

        2. Firefox + Adblock. I've never seen a single ad on Chowhound.
          (Are people still seriously using Internet Explorer?)

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          1. re: vorpal

            I use NoScript, but same thought.

            I used a different computer the other day and was pretty stunned at how much stuff NoScript really blocks, here on CH and the web in general.

            1. re: vorpal

              oh yeah and I grow weary explaining why IE is a bad idea ("but it came with it!)

              so dad do you wear the peuce men's Crocs somebody gave you to putter in the garden? I didn't think so.

              just cause it's free doesn't mean ya have to use it. and sometimes there are indeed better free things.