I finally got around to writing up several reviews for Yelp.com and while I was on the site I noticed my favorite comic shop, 1up collectibles, had a Yelp “deal”. $75 for $50 (I knew my next comic pick up would be more than that so I bought it thinking I would be saving myself $25.
Well, I fell for the old scam of if it sounds too good to be true it is. Turns out 1Up Collectibles had turned off that deal over a year ago and Yelp.com should NEVER have been selling it. Shame on Yelp for scamming folks out of their hard earned money. My only hope is that my credit card company will see fit to reverse the charges since I can’t spend it and even if I could my comic guy would never see the money from Yelp since he no longer has an account with them.
How is it that they can continue to sell these deals after the companies discontinue, expire or stop them?
Is their a Yelp.com page to review them on their site?
If so I have yet to find it. Guess the world is not allowed to review them!
Speaking of not allowed to review…they apparently filter reviews (even though I found a post saying they no longer filter — bullcrap). I wrote up my honest, unsolicited review of 1Up Collectibles and they removed/filtered it. My review (my thoughts, my opinions) don’t count when it comes to Yelp.com. Guess what? Yelp.com doesn’t matter and it seems like more and more people are starting to realize that.
Maybe Yelp should require reviewers to disclose if they received anything in return for their feedback. Instead of black balling the store owner for suspected deceptive practices. We have to do it on our blogs *waves nicely to the FCC* so instead of censoring us simply require the same standards of all websites to your users. Amazon.com does, so why can’t Yelp?
So lessons learned here. Yelp will remove you if they think you were bribed to write a review even if you weren’t and NEVER, EVER buy any Yelp Deals as they are not deals they are steals (as in Yelp stealing your money and you not getting a thing in return). You won’t even be able to call and speak with someone to ensure that your issue or problem will be dealt with. Shame on you Yelp.com
Disclosure/Disclaimer: I was not given anything but a headache and an empty wallet from Yelp.com in exchange for this review.