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$10 coupon for your friends! [Dec. 16th, 2009|02:59 pm]
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If you have a Paid or Permanent account, you can now send 10 of your non-Paid friends a $10 coupon. Your friend will be able to purchase a Paid Account for $9.95 (instead of $19.95) for one year by enrolling in our automatic payment plan or make a manual payment of $15 (instead of $25).

  • All Paid and Permanent accounts can send out the coupons by clicking here (it's also under Friends -> Holiday promotion in the site header)
  • You can also send to people not on your Friends list by manually entering the username in the field provided
  • If your friend declines the invitation, it will be returned to your available invitation pool and you'll be able to send to someone else
  • You can send the invitations until January 15th

From: activist_prawn
2009-12-17 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering why you think that people here are asking for LJ to just give them paid time for free as a "gift"? (I certainly don't see that anywhere). As promotions go, versus the Give More one, this is a pretty tacky one.

I agree with point 2. I don't agree with people acting like they should get a gift in return for giving one (wtf?) or just because they're paid members. I thought the act of gift giving was...giving? Not expecting something in return. LJ doesn't need to just give you freebies. However, if they want to do a successful promotion, you don't do this either.

3. Kind of agree. Your point seems pretty generalized. I don't think everyone who has complained about this coupon business are doing so because they got blocked on buying it for themselves... but those that do focus on that end (themselves) look whiny and a bit entitled.

But if you decide you want to give a gift to a friend or family, do you just funnel a coupon to them and expect them to foot the rest of the difference, rather than going to a store yourself and buying it yourself for them? Because that's pretty tacky and not really a gift at that point.

I don't know about you, but I didn't know a gift entailed the receiver paying for it.
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[User Picture]From: annetangent
2009-12-20 11:26 pm (UTC)
I've seen plenty of people complaining that they should just get free time.

If you think that's tacky, why not give the coupon and gift certificate for the rest? There's no obligation to only give the coupon, unless you only want to give a free gift.
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From: activist_prawn
2009-12-21 12:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I actually saw some people doing those very complaints a page or so after I said that, so I stand corrected. Sorry about that.

No, I don't want to support this offer at all. I'm going to just go buy something else and elsewhere for my friends instead. There's plenty of other things they want for Christmas than just LJ paid time.
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