I was particularly curious when I saw this ad on one of the forum topics today:
I wondered... why is the Kindle being sold from a site in Ireland? ... does "ebid" mean it's an auction site? ... who would sell a new Kindle for $200?
So I fired up my browser, carefully typed in the address shown in the ad:
and got an interesting result:
So -- was the ad bogus? Did someone take down the site but not the ad? I didn't even consider clicking on the ad itself to see if it led to a different web address, but if anyone else sees this ad, how about trying it and giving me feedback.
OK -- so I finally saw the ad again and clicked on it. I was taken to a simlar, but different URL from that shown in the ad:
Hmmm.... this one looks good -- $205.50 and they take PayPal. I'd be willing to pay that to get an additional Kindle.
But suddenly I find myself at eBay:
And the Kindle *isn't* for sale for $205.50; I'm only offered a chance to BID on the Kindle with a minimum bid of $208.00.
Guys -- this is not the kind of advertising that I would expect at MobileRead. I don't know if there's any mechanism for Alex to provide feedback to Google ads, but I would contend that up until the final web page, there was false advertising in play. (I'd claim a fraudulent ad, but I guess one is never actually defrauded because you haven't spent any money before you find out that the "seller" isn't actually selling the device at the price advertised.)
01-14-2009, 08:20 PM
I've been seeing that too, and it actually shows up in this thread. It's a bidding website.
01-14-2009, 08:45 PM
I"m getting the same ad...........interesting. Isn't it amazing how clever these people can be?
01-14-2009, 09:12 PM
That's a good bit of detective work, Elsi. Thanks for pointing it out.
I've left a message for Alex about it, though I'm not optimistic about our chances of getting it down. But we shall see...
01-15-2009, 12:05 AM
Guys -- this is not the kind of advertising that I would expect at MobileRead.
You realize I am sure that Alex probably has very little if any control over the ad's or add content. Also, I think these ads are context sensitive. So, if we talked alot about diapers on this thread you would probably see diaper ads.
01-15-2009, 05:18 AM
It looks a bit dodgy to me, too. I am going to try to block ebid.ie. It'll take a couple of hours, but then it should disappear forever.