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Samalicious May 10, 2012 03:38 AM

"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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    DennisVaughn RE: Samalicious May 10, 2012 05:40 AM

    Haha! harsh but true.

    1. Servorg RE: Samalicious May 10, 2012 09:46 AM

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

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        peppergal RE: Servorg May 10, 2012 04:03 PM

        No. I won! Also an iPad!

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          hill food RE: peppergal May 14, 2012 01:01 AM

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

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            Servorg RE: hill food May 14, 2012 05:48 AM

            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...

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              hill food RE: Servorg May 14, 2012 06:24 PM

              thanks! "smishing" a new word for the day

      2. greygarious RE: Samalicious May 18, 2012 03:06 PM

        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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          Servorg RE: greygarious May 18, 2012 07:45 PM

          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.

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            paulj RE: Servorg May 18, 2012 08:19 PM

            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?

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              Servorg RE: paulj May 19, 2012 05:14 AM

              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. vorpal RE: Samalicious May 19, 2012 12:38 AM

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

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            sunshine842 RE: vorpal May 19, 2012 01:01 AM

            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.

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              hill food RE: vorpal May 19, 2012 01:04 AM

              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.

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