Unethical to Buy a One Time Offer I Found Again?

by thatgirlJ 59 replies
Hey guys,
I have a moral delimma :rolleyes:

I bought an offer two weeks ago (maybe a bit longer), and I was going to buy the OTO...didn't get around to it. I actually saved the OTO page to come back to later.

Then, my computer died

I got my new computer (MacBook Pro, YEAH!) and am trying to salvage some things I bought but didn't back up I found the link to this report I had purchased (in my e-mail), and the OTO popped up again!

Is it unethical to purchase this OTO? What if the person is no longer offering it or something

*Sigh* I really want it...
#main internet marketing discussion forum #buy #found #offer #time #unethical
  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    Oh for the love of everything holy! Buy the OTO. Do you really think the owner is going to be upset about making a sale?
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    • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
      lol, OK, OK I guess he won't be crying into his pillow too much...
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
        Maybe it's TTO ?

        Go for it!

        Michael!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
          Lol. Just buy it Jenn.

          You fell for the "act now or never!" part. (nah..nah...na..na..na!!!) :p

          Oh silly Jenn, you are so incapable of buying an OTO that you werent supposed to see EVER again.

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          • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
            If I get in trouble I'm blaming it on you
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            • Profile picture of the author 2bwealthy
              go for it - I have done it as well. I actually saved the link once as I was not sure I wanted to go for it, came back a few days later then purchased it. after all its just there to create a sense of urgency. besides the seller is making money from it
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              • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
                I actually saved a link a few weeks ago, (if not months!)

                I think I still have it!
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              • You also could simply tell the seller that you've stumbled across this OTO and it's something you really want to buy and ask if it's still available. Most likely the answer will be yes.
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      • Profile picture of the author jhongren
        Originally Posted by Jenn Dize View Post

        lol, OK, OK I guess he won't be crying into his pillow too much...
        Hi Jenn, you are really an honest person. If every buyer is like you. =)

        Keep it up!

        Cheers,
        John
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      A OTO is really just a sales ploy to create a sense of urgency.Like Bruce said, who in their right mind would get upset by making a sale?
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      • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
        Yeah, it was just one that said it would never be repeated again at this price, blah blah. I realize that it's often a marketing ploy... but this is a respected Warrior and I didn't want to step on any toes if he HAD raised the OTO price.

        But, I suppose it is a bit silly to think he'd actually be upset

        @Michael, lol TTO it is, a new trend
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      • Profile picture of the author wellymulia
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        A OTO is really just a sales ploy to create a sense of urgency.Like Bruce said, who in their right mind would get upset by making a sale?
        Yes, definitely! Who in their right mind will reject selling their product (even though it's a OTO) to you?

        As Kim pointed out, OTO is just a marketing tactic to get you to buy
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Originally Posted by Jenn Dize View Post

    Hey guys,
    I have a moral delimma :rolleyes:

    I bought an offer two weeks ago (maybe a bit longer), and I was going to buy the OTO...didn't get around to it. I actually saved the OTO page to come back to later.

    Then, my computer died

    I got my new computer (MacBook Pro, YEAH!) and am trying to salvage some things I bought but didn't back up I found the link to this report I had purchased (in my e-mail), and the OTO popped up again!

    Is it unethical to purchase this OTO? What if the person is no longer offering it or something

    *Sigh* I really want it...
    Absolutely not unethical.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Montgomery
      If it was really a true OTO then it would not have popped
      up again would it.

      Maybe you should be asking the question if it's ethical of them
      to state that it's an OTO if it comes up more than once.

      There are true OTO scripts that really will only offer it once to
      people.

      My guess is that the seller would like it if you purchased.
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      • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
        No Customer... NO! N-O. Here is your money back. You can't have my higher priced OTO. :p
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      • Profile picture of the author Josh Fulfer
        This has to be one of the funniest threads I've read in a long time.
        I'm seriously speachless here. LOL

        God bless you Jenn Dize, if only one were as honest as you the world would be a much better place.
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      • Profile picture of the author dv8
        Originally Posted by Mike X. View Post

        If it was really a true OTO then it would not have popped
        up again would it.

        Maybe you should be asking the question if it's ethical of them
        to state that it's an OTO if it comes up more than once.
        My thoughts EXACTLY.
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        • Profile picture of the author freemnet
          The Divine works in mysterious ways .....

          Footballer superstar Maradona once have one ..It's called Hand Of God

          Internet Marketers have one . It's called OTO

          Go on Jenn... receive the grace from the Divine

          Who are we to question the grand scheme being set up?

          Sylvester
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
        Originally Posted by Mike X. View Post

        Maybe you should be asking the question if it's ethical of them
        to state that it's an OTO if it comes up more than once.
        Who said the page stated that?

        If the price had gone up or the offer was expired, they should have taken the page down.

        I'm surprised some clown hasn't come into this thread saying "If you have to ask, it's because you KNOW it's unethical" - which usually happens whenever someone asks a question like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattRobson
    Hey sister, you're the one who has to look at yourself in the mirror each morning.

    j.k., I'd go for it.

    Now, asking for the money-back guarantee....that's another story altogether.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Jenn

    I've had people buy my WSO or OTO long after I removed the sales page (seems they kept the order button code). Do I mind? Not at all. I'm just impressed by their ingenious methods.

    Originally Posted by Jenn Dize View Post

    Hey guys,
    I have a moral delimma :rolleyes:

    I bought an offer two weeks ago (maybe a bit longer), and I was going to buy the OTO...didn't get around to it. I actually saved the OTO page to come back to later.

    Then, my computer died

    I got my new computer (MacBook Pro, YEAH!) and am trying to salvage some things I bought but didn't back up I found the link to this report I had purchased (in my e-mail), and the OTO popped up again!

    Is it unethical to purchase this OTO? What if the person is no longer offering it or something

    *Sigh* I really want it...
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    OTO - one time offer BUT where do any of these offers say that THIS is the ONE TIME?

    I have about a hundred OTO pages that I visit regularly (to remind myself what was so interesting that I saved it) as far as I can tell, no prices have increased though I have spotted three that have fallen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alton Hargrave
      I usually keep a copy of OTO pages that I may be interested in. And, I always keep a copy of sales pages when I buy something.

      Jenn, you will never make it in politics! LOL. You are too honest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe
    OTOs are a stupid invention. They are usually false (dont agrue they are) so they make money so what? Armed robbers also make money, guess that makes it ok.

    A real OTO would be made not by a robotic script but made to a definite prospect by name, rank and serial no. If they refused and sent their cousin to buy it then arrest them. See? The whole thing is really dumb. And that people even fall for it makes me speechless.

    A WSO and OTO are not the same. A WSO that is still open but forgetten by you is ethical, unless you close it and then they steal your code to buy, which is unethical, but I guess since u dont mind the money its fine.

    An OTO is crap anyway so who cares if they steal your code, you're both trying to play it smart I guess you come out on top since you took their money anyway.

    Whatever happened to simple "here's an offer that will benefit you" strategies...

    OTOs, big launches, all that jazz... bah humbug!

    I long for the days when sanity will prevail again (if ever)

    OTO what nonsense.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Why do people resurrect 7 month old threads? :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author valerieSONORA
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Why do people resurrect 7 month old threads? :confused:
        That's what I was wondering. This is an old thread.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Why do people resurrect 7 month old threads? :confused:
          Originally Posted by valerieSONORA View Post

          That's what I was wondering. This is an old thread.
          To try and get their post count up? Who knows, It's been happening a heck of a lot lately.

          I get the weird feeling of Déjà vu some days when I come in here

          Dave.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      I long for the days when sanity will prevail again (if ever)
      Dude, you compared one time offers with armed robbery. The return to sanity begins within.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Kunle Olomofe View Post

      OTOs are a stupid invention. They are usually false (dont agrue they are) so they make money so what? Armed robbers also make money, guess that makes it ok.

      A real OTO would be made not by a robotic script but made to a definite prospect by name, rank and serial no. If they refused and sent their cousin to buy it then arrest them. See? The whole thing is really dumb. And that people even fall for it makes me speechless.

      A WSO and OTO are not the same. A WSO that is still open but forgetten by you is ethical, unless you close it and then they steal your code to buy, which is unethical, but I guess since u dont mind the money its fine.

      An OTO is crap anyway so who cares if they steal your code, you're both trying to play it smart I guess you come out on top since you took their money anyway.

      Whatever happened to simple "here's an offer that will benefit you" strategies...

      OTOs, big launches, all that jazz... bah humbug!

      I long for the days when sanity will prevail again (if ever)

      OTO what nonsense.

      A little over the top, don't you think?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        A little over the top, don't you think?
        Maybe I'm just a bit prickly this afternoon. No offense meant to anyone.

        Really. Just my honest opinion, stated a little too honestly?

        Nyway, let love reign -- I'll reserve my more prickly comments for my mirror
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  • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe
    Thanks dude. Still, when you take something either by cunning or by force it's still unethical. Anyway, if I hurt anyone's sensitivities, it's my bad... was giving an "opinion", I think that's what they're called. As for resurrecting threads, if they didn't want them resurrected I guess they'd be "closed" threads? Anyway opinion shared, 'nuf said. Ciao.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    OTO's are a pure act of manipulation so don't feel bad about manipulating the seller back Jen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I would feel more guilty about buying a MAC over a PC.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      I would feel more guilty about buying a MAC over a PC.

      -Ray Edwards
      That is just some super-weird copywriting confusion technique.

      And you know it.

      Steve

      P.S. Jenn. How DARE you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic101
    lol...yeah I think limited time offers are sales ploys, sometimes I go back to check and the time is still counting down...it's like it refreshes itself and the sale never really ends.

    I hope you bought it.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
      Maybe it's unethical to call it a OTO if it can clearly be found again.

      And many times, again and again and again...

      It should be...

      "OTO to the newbie and not as technically advanced who don't know how to easily view the OTO again"

      But that doesn't sound as good.

      I've even seen some people have a page with what they call a OTO with no technology at all. No script at all of any kind...it's just a regular html page that anyone can bookmark and come back to, yet they say OTO.

      Makes anyone with any technical knowhow laugh.
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      • Profile picture of the author Phil Murray
        This thread made me chuckle...
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  • Profile picture of the author esr
    I bookmark OTO pages all the time. The seller is just trying to create urgency by calling it that. Would YOU care "when" you made a sale? Or just "that" you made a sale?

    Buy it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Eldhuset
      Oops, I remember having read this thread half a year ago. Now I feel like a thief for reading it again.
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      • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
        Well, since someone was interested in the 7 month old thread, I suppose it's time for an update

        I actually did not purchase the product

        I ended up focusing on the plan I was already into at that point, and it paid off. As for feeling like it's unethical...I still feel iffy about it. Sort of like a coupon that's past its expiration. I'm glad some of you think my dilemma was humorous, lol.

        Uhhhh...back to our regularly scheduled posts that aren't a million years old, :p
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    Hi, Jen,

    Give me a PM if you need an attorney after wrongly taking someone up on an OTO after it isn't an OTO anymore. Maybe you won't get caught THIS time, but, make a practice of it and, blam, well you get the idea.

    Bad girl! Trying to give a marketer more money. What were you thinking!
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  • Profile picture of the author sailorgil
    If they didn't want you to except the OTO I'm sure trhey would take it down and use the space for something productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author tombandit246
    No!! You already paid for the product so you deserve it. Plus it's not a real OTO since your were able to go back to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Pawlett
    Hi Jenn

    I have a bridge I need to sell, OTO PM me.

    John :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author drm50
    Hey Jenn,

    Your purchasing the OTO has nothing to do with being unethical. You sound like a very honest individual that does not take these things lightly. You did not plan to intentionally do anything wrong. This is a matter of circumstance as to how this all came about and as far as ethics it sounds to me like you are a very ethical person just by bringing this to the attention of the forum. Good for you, but there is no problem making this purchase since you have not intentionally plotted to do anything wrong.
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