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When a submission shows up as a duplicate, but really isn't

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Subtitled "Editing vs. "Post anyway"?             

Sometimes when trying to post a deal I'll get the duplicate deal warning and I always look at the original posting before proceeding.  Clearly, the link is the same (or the system wouldn't throw up the warning) but the deal is totally different.  It is always the same site as the original deal but it may or it MAY NOT even be same product.    If it is the same product, the details of the deal have changed so dramatically that it truly is a different deal.  In those cases I click "post anyway" and let the mods decide if it is post worthy.  It happens sometimes when I get email specials and I open the link.  If you'll notice, the URL may contain your e-mail address.  I love you peeps...but I'm not keen ongiving out my e-mail, so I edit the URL to just the home page and try to post the details of the deal.             

 Thoughts?  SHOULD deals that have dramatically changed be edited or just reposted as a different deal?  By using just the website home page, thereby submitting what shows up as a duplicate when it may not be, am I just creating extra work for the mods and website clutter?  Is there a different way to post these "duplicates" that really are not?
nthsll posted Mar 21, 2012

I edited that 3 times to try to separate it into paragraphs, but it just wasn't happening. Sorry for the seeming run on paragraph.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Mar 21, 2012


nthsll, I am very new to this but I do the same thing. If it is the exact item from the exact store, even if it expired long ago, I just edit. But if it's a different item, I would say it's a different deal. It sucks (I'm impatient to get the deal out there) to wait until a mod approves it as 'not a duplicate' but at least it keeps the system honest.

dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Mar 21, 2012


Thanks dealwagger.

I definitly prefer a mod review than to duplicate. From what I can tell, the mods are very efficient and pretty much on top of all postings. One fixed my original posting and sent me a PM in the 20 minute drive in to work this morning.

Thanks VinDiesel.

I would like to hear from some of the veterans. If there is something I'm missing that doesn't cause the mods to have to review what is obviously a different deal.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Mar 21, 2012


Not sure if this is what you mean, but on a deal like that changes every day but the URL is the same. In a case like woot just hit "continue anyway" and it usually automatically fills in the new item discription and picture to.

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted Mar 21, 2012


Actually yeah, Woot is a good example of a deal that changes completely but shows as a duplicate.


nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Mar 21, 2012


I can say not every thing shows up as a dup. I posted a deal from 13 deals the other day, and a few hours later some one else posted the same day but added a code that lowered the price. I didn't flag it or post dup on it because I was so unsure of what action to take, lets just say mine sat there with 4 plus and the other if I am not mistaken went to front page. So who knows the right thing to do

catchersmom (rep: 24.9k) posted Mar 21, 2012