After having my post for a free shipping code for SecondSpin.com pulled, I found out through a friendly PM from Emma that my post had been pulled due to it being a US based site. The reason stated is that this is Hot UK Deals and therefore we only allow UK based sites on here.
But why is this? And what determines a UK site? Does it have to be British owned? hosted in the UK? accept payments in pounds sterling? listed at Companies House? The world is rapidly heading towards being a global economy and what constitutes a UK business/site is increasingly blurred and unclear.
is a prime example of UK business and site and posts for this site are fine.
However, I notice deals for Pixum are allowed on here (and I myself have benefitted from this deal)... it is a German business through and through - sure they have .co.uk at the end of the site name but it is ultimately German and payments are taken in Euros. Another example is mytyres.co.uk - frequently the cheapest source for new tyres in the UK, but again an entirely German business. Pixmania.co.uk is a French company, but you regularly see deals for that site posted here. Presumably deals for amazon.com are disallowed, so is there some discrimination against non-EU sites?
Surely the fact that the site is named Hot UK Deals reflects the fact that this is a UK based community of deal hunters, surely it doesn't matter where the deal originates.
I'm sure that the ruling was put in place with all good intentions, but perhaps the time has come for a review?
Would like to hear any other opinions (that's if this thread doesn't get pulled).