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that's a pretty good idea I second this suggestion

Original Poster

Cheers for the feedback on my feedback!

Further thoughts:
If there were concerns about how this might be implemented with all the different formats HUKD's viewed in (desktop/mobile/app), then perhaps the code could be almost wholely copied from the "Expired" code.

i.e. When the deal was flagged as limited availability, the topic would become prefixed with [Limited Availability] and it might also slightly change colour too?
Edited by: "Eldini" 12th Dec 2014

Original Poster

I just saw this post:
hotukdeals.com/fee…131

It's a perfect example of people who are either new to this site, or those who don't know all the ins and outs, getting caught out by "Limited Availability" deals.
We could really use a clearer label for these types of deals.


"I don't think the OP is entirely to blame here for not being familiar with how things work around here, with all the nuances we have for limited availability deals...

That was a 600+ degree deal (probably featured in the "hottest of today" section), and if you're new to the site you might not realise how hit and miss in store deal finding can be."


I really think this feature would have been of great use in that instance (and many other instances)

Edited by: "Eldini" 13th Dec 2014

Eldini

Simple request, add a "Limited Availability" icon/flag/header that would … Simple request, add a "Limited Availability" icon/flag/header that would display next to the title of topics with limited availability.Prime example of a deal that could use this, one off store misprices like this:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/forza-horizon-xbox-one-24-99-instore-sainsbury-2081931Second example: all the limited availability Tesco deals that get a bad rap but are always useful to keep an eye out for.This tag could added either by the original deal poster, by a mod, or by several normal members clicking a button to indicate it's limited availablity(Similar to the "spam/expiry" system currently works)Please implement this to take away the frustration associated with these limited availability deals, without removing them from the site altogether.



Who decides or what criteria determines the "limited availability"?

I see you have commented in a recent "Feedback" thread about a specific in-store "Deal" (& added a link to this thread).

Other threads discussing this same topic also exist, but the summary below contains those with the pertinent points related to this thread:

"there should be a section just for possible store 1 off deals" (KiNG; posted 4 years, 3 months ago)

"[suggestion] Location oriented" (shadowdogg; posted 3 years, 8 months ago)

"Can 'instore only' deals be required to state a location?" (windhoek; posted 3 years, 2 months ago)

"In-Store deals Classification" (getknk; posted 2 years, 10 months ago)

"Please have a section called "In-Store & Local only"" (ozgur; posted 2 years, 2 months ago)

"Can we make IN-STORE Deals store specific until others confirm" (saxo_appeal; posted 2 years, 1 month ago)

"[Suggestion] When to expire in-store 'goose chase' deals?" (stringsonfire; posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago)


Please also see this single comment from a seemingly unrelated thread:

[ hotukdeals.com/dea…653 ]

Original Poster

I'm a bit concerned this is going to turn into a behemoth of a thread when it shouldn't really need to...
I'm going to try and keep this brief


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Who decides or what criteria determines the "limited availability"?



If it's an instore only deal that isn't available in most branches of that retailer, then it's limited availability
That is where the issue lies.

Most longer term members and mods are able to spot a limited availability deal, hence my original suggestion of who would be able to apply this status to a deal.

I don't think the concept of flagging up deals as "local only" is a good one. It's flawed in particular regard to the "Tesco wild goose chases".

Many times these goose chases are national, but the stock is actually extremely limited (often to a certain version of a product, with a specific bar code), which might only be in a few branches nationwide


Edit to add:

A [Limited Availability] feature could cover both accidentally mislabelling errors in single branches (i.e. that Forza deal) and Tesco/Morrisons/Argos wild goose chases where a specific version of an item has had the price slashed to bargain basement levels, but the stock is only available in a scattering of stores nationwide (i.e. the time of year when Tesco cuts prices on HDDs, or Morrisons cuts prices on games).

I think most of the coding already exists to implement this, hence why I've focused on this aspect.


It's undeniable that it'd be amazingly useful to have a section near the original post where people could state the locations they've either got the deal or couldn't get this deal, but I imagine that'd be more problematic to implement on all 3 platforms.

I'd love if both of these features were implemented and it'd make a major difference to how useful this website is.

Edited by: "Eldini" 13th Dec 2014

Eldini

This tag could added either by the original deal poster, by a mod, or by … This tag could added either by the original deal poster, by a mod, or by several normal members clicking a button to indicate it's limited availablity(Similar to the "spam/expiry" system currently works)

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Who decides or what criteria determines the "limited availability"?

Eldini

...Most longer term members and mods are able to spot a limited … ...Most longer term members and mods are able to spot a limited availability deal, hence my original suggestion of who would be able to apply this status to a deal...



Yes, hence my question.

Anybody can mark a thread as "spam", or as "expired".

The criteria for noting a "limited availability" product or service is not the privilege of the few you have indicated nor, indeed, an assumed fact for that group.

Original Poster

Yes and if the [Limited Availability] tag is incorrectly applied by several normal users, it could be quickly rectified by a mod report...

The exact same thing happens for "expired" and "spammed" threads that are incorrectly marked.

I really fail to see the issue here...

Eldini

Yes and if the [Limited Availability] tag is incorrectly applied by … Yes and if the [Limited Availability] tag is incorrectly applied by several normal users, it could be quickly rectified by a mod report...The exact same thing happens for "expired" and "spammed" threads that are incorrectly marked.I really fail to see the issue here...



Problem is that often you don't know it's a limited availability item until others look.

Original Poster

I think for many deals you usually have a good idea if they're limited availability or not.
I think erring on the side of caution and labelling those deals as "limited availability" is better than the alternative.

Alternatively they could only become flagged at the point it's reported back that people weren't able to get the deal.


I think the issue is that several deals remain very hot for a long time without adequate warning that the deal has limited availability.

This is particularly an issue for newer members who often get caught up in wild goose chases and then become frustrated at HUKD itself...

I would like to see the option of adding an ean to the deal post, particularly for supermarket deals. It's pretty easy to then check which stores have stock, how much stock they have and how much it is for sale for in that particular store. Plus you can then compare prices in different retailers for the exact same product.
In the past few days I have seen deals posted where people have spotted something in store and they have posted the wrong product in the title with only a generic picture of the brand.

Original Poster

Good suggestion to prompt for that information with a description of what the EAN is for those who might not know.

I hope we can get some of these features implemented to remove the frustration with these limited availability deals, and to increase the likelihood of getting the right information that'll make it easier for others to claim the offer elsewhere.
Edited by: "Eldini" 15th Dec 2014

Eldini

Good suggestion to prompt for that information with a description of what … Good suggestion to prompt for that information with a description of what the EAN is for those who might not know.I hope we can get some of these features implemented to remove the frustration with these limited availability deals, and to increase the likelihood of getting the right information that'll make it easier for others to claim the offer elsewhere.



Some members struggle to include pertinent information like the merchant, the price, or the location where they found the "Deal" (limited availability, or otherwise).

Expecting that an International Article Number (formerly, European Article Number [EAN]) will be scanned (or the thirteen digits entered correctly without any errors) on each & every thread created is asking way too much.

In order to establish if the correct product has been scanned/entered, the site will need to maintain a database of products, or seek to obtain access to a (worldwide) database for verification.

The Smartphone "app(s)" can scan barcodes, or images of barcodes on products can be snapped with cameras available on various handheld devices or, come to that, a webcam mounted on a desk or on the lid of a laptop... but I really think this is too much trouble for a majority of members.

Original Poster

Good points, but an optional prompt would still be nice possibly.

Either way I still think the idea I originally posted here would be a good start to sorting out the mess with these "wild goose chase" offers from Tesco/Morrisons/Argos/Asda/etc.

Original Poster

Bump, feature still needed
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