Introducing BlockDeals.org: A Community Platform for Bargain Hunters and Deal Spotters

in steem •  last year  (edited)

Yes, Steem is going mainstream and challenging the $5+ billion deals community to make the switch to the ‘get paid to participate’ model.

The team behind Block Deals believes taking on the world’s largest companies, like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram is challenging at best, and believe growing niche communities is a faster way to achieve critical mass for the Steem Blockchain.

And being a website for everyday people, we can ensure the Steem message is heard far and wide.

There is a Deals Community?


Absolutely! The deals community is a worldwide movement of bargain hunters, deal spotters and people who live a frugal lifestyle.

Let’s face it, everyone loves a bargain, and before Block Deals, these fanatics have freely given up their time, sharing deals and bargains, within their respective communities, with nothing more than community recognition as a reward.

But being price sensitive, we expect these bargain hunters will eventually migrate to Block Deals once they see the opportunities to not only earn Steem tokens for contributing to the conversation but could also potentially earn enough money to cover the purchase cost of the deals they are sharing.

It’s a real WIN-WIN for a community that relies on discounts, coupons and bargains to make ends meet.

And now Block Deals can offer a real and tangible incentive to all the people taking the time share their bargains, but none of this would have been possible without the Steem Blockchain.

Block Deals runs on STEEM!

Divide and Conquer


The decision to tackle the daily deals, couponing and bargains industry, is primarily based on the notion that they aren’t organised except perhaps for Groupon Inc. But rather than tackle a large player like Groupon with a decentralised app, we’ve opted to grow the underlying communities that feed this $5 billion industry.

And it’s these underlying communities like: Ozbargain in Australia and SlickDeals in the USA that are the most vulnerable to this ‘get paid to participate’ business model.

Currently, Slickdeals.net commands over 5.9 million monthly visitors 

and Ozbargains.com.au is currently running at over a 1.7 million monthly visits and this is just from organic search opportunities alone.

And both businesses are currently based on the Ad Revenue Model to continue funding the growth of their websites.

This gives Block Deals a unique point of difference. Block Deals doesn’t need to rely on funds generated from advertising at all and this lack of advertising has allowed us to design our site with clean lines and white-space in mind. This ensures that it really stands out from other websites in the deals community.

The fact that Block Deals won’t be selling advertising also gives the site more integrity and trustworthiness which we believe will drive more people to use our platform in preference to the other platforms out there.  This, and the fact that users of our platform can generate a real income stream through the sharing of deals.

Funding for Block Deals servers and team is via a 10% beneficiary reward not unlike the other major Steem blockchain operations.

The Team


Behind every great idea there is a great team and Block Deals is collectively run by @dealsy, @scottweston, @mazzle and @just2random who have over 50 years IT industry and website experience between them.

Adding Value to the Blockchain


When developing BlockDeals.org we’ve considered the impact to the Steemit community and have included a custom tag, ‘blockdeals’, to ensure Steemit.inc can filter out our third party content if required.

But that said, the engagement in comments alone is expected to easily surpass the average 2.5 comments Steemit currently commands per post.

The amount of time people will spend saving a few dollars and then talking about it is amazing, and once the word gets out, Steem will also enjoy a far wider reach than from just the creatives and writers currently in the Steem Ecosystem.

It’s time to grow and really take advantage of this incredible opportunity we've been gifted by our founders at Steemit Inc. Thanks @ned and @dan for setting the wheels in motion and for believing in the bigger picture for the Steem Blockchain.

Finally, Block Deals will be open-source and future communications will be managed via the Utopian-io open source platform.

Join Us - We’re Already Live!


Yes, Block Deals is already live, and this ‘Minimal Viable Product’ is just a taste of what’s to come. 

Best of all you can get paid to post deals, and earn a little more by curating the good ones. 

And just like Steemit you’ll also get paid when people upvote your comments. So active community participation is encouraged and rewarding.

We Need Your Support


The way we disrupt the Deals Industry is by creating communities that are rewarded for their action and support of other community members while posting and sharing the deals they love.

And although individually we are only small players in the Steem Ecosystem we have grand plans to rapidly accelerate the Steem brand through this initiative. 

So while we find our feet, we’d appreciate any delegations of Steem Power you can spare to the @blockdeals account so we can ensure the Block Deals Community is suitably rewarded for their efforts.

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Checking your deals. A project like this is very healthful to the community. Looking forward to it by the way nice project

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you put very similar comments on every trending post

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There seems to be a bit of a problem with that all over steemit. Do they gain an advantage by posting comments that obviously look like cut and paste?
I like comments that discuss the concept being offered. Do people gain by commenting even inane comments on trending posts? I have read alot of posts this morning discusiing this very thing. though the comments mentioned were just "great post" and things like that..

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some of them seem to get backing but that is probably because they have more than one account. so they are gaining from there own reward pools from multiple accounts the only other thing they gain is towards there reputation. this was not cut and paste they are actually different just basically the same formula of 'good idea' essentially. hope that answer's your questions

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yeah i get you. "Quantity over Quality" at play. I'm still yet to work out what things like the "reward pool" are! I'm still trying to work out if its worth me powering up when my vote power is deligated? Any advice??

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Voting power is for Steem users, delegation is for investors in my opinion. Ye steemit is very confusing I'm no expert. Steem has a way to come before it can challenge other platform's. I think reward pool is from the blixkchain what you get paid

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Ya I feel there is some manipulation of one has more power and with less your votes and post don't get much going.

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The more power you have the more your vote is worth.

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So while it says my vote is delegated powering up is useless??

Very Exciting and promising project ! Checked your website blockdeals.org ..

  • currently you cover US, Australia and UK. I hope you can extend to more coverage area across Europ and Asia .
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    No iOS or android app yet. It is very essential to spread out .. consider it asap!
    All support ✊ and best wishes 👍🏼❤️
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We only have a small team, but the ability to post deals from around the world is there. The idea is the community posts deals from around the world. We'll soon find out where the most popular countries are and focus on them. This is only Day 1 :-P

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Thanks @josteem! You can already post deals from anywhere in the world however we'll be including buttons soon for many other countries to improve search-ability.

And the app idea is definitely something that we have flagged for the future. :)

It's early days for Block Deals however we have a fantastic team to support this project.

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@blockdeals first of all thanks for providing healthful project to the community, I am an iOS App developer and i see your website and it seems a promising project. If you thinking of coming up with an app of your project. Then i will helps you out in this. I will make app for you.

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Thanks for the offer mate. You can find us on the PAL discord server if you want to chat. Most of us have the same Steemit username as our discord name.

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Great whenever you need me just give me a shout..

What a fantastic idea! Will follow this with a lot of interest!

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Thanks @exyle! We’re incredibly excited about this project. :)

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Thank-you and tell your friends. ;-)
We have a lot more to do, but a supportive community is going to make this much easier. :-D

So basically post deals on steemit is what I am getting at? Am I missing something? Thanks.

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You can post any deals you like to our website which has been built on the Steem Block Chain. The site is located here and allows you to get rewarded for posting deals that others can take advantage of.

This sounds brilliant!!

Love seeing more being built on the Steem platform.

Good luck with this project.

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Thanks @furn01! We hope to see you submitting some deals!

this seems like a great idea, will keep my eye on this project

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Thanks! And definitely take a look at the site!

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A very good initiative in steem ecosystem...you have my support-upped and following you guys. Does it mean that www.elyte.tech current whitelist deal can be bargained here? amazing indeed. More success guys.

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If it's a bargain, then yes. A bargain is usually 25%+ off recommended retail, and you can also post coupons.

Great initiative... This is really a wonderful concept.

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Thank-you, and we hope to grow as quickly as we can to bring value to the Steem Blockchain.

This is a hugely valuable addition to the Steem ecosystem. I’m sure a going to Be a massive success.

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Thanks Stephen. We're working hard to make it one. :)

Interesting project with a solid team, I'll delegate 1k to get ya's started :)

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Thanks so much @ausbitbank! We really appreciate you helping us make this a huge success. :)

very exciting and promising project.This is really a wonderful concept.A project like this is very healthful to the community.Best of luck👍

Wow guys, you are doing great job utilising Steem and helping to save people few dollars here and there.

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We do our best. We’d love to see you using Block Deals to save a few dollars as well. 😎

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Oh man, I'm living in Russia :( I would be glad to save a few dollars, but we have rubles here :D

Awesome work guys! ... how do I delegate? I've never done it before - I don't have heaps but would love to support where I can

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Thanks Beck! There are some links at the bottom of the post for delegating. :)

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Haha - I'm a bit slow! Pretty obvious now that you point it out! All done! Good luck!!

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Brilliant. Thanks so much. 😄

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Thank-you very much. All SP donations are really appreciated.

Sweeet, great idea! @tipu upvote this post with 0.1 sbd

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Thanks @cardboard!

Great initiative. Can't wait to see where it goes..... Unfortunately I don't like freeze-dried Maconna coffee!

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Thanks Scooter. Maybe you should find a deal on a coffee you like and share that. 😄

Hey,
Can I please translate this post to Hebrew and share the project with the Israeli community?
Thanks in advance.

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Absolutely. That would be fantastic. :)

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Send us a link once you do :)

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great post upvote :)

very good effort team block deals,
hope you are successful,
but one thing you have to aad more countries, spatially Asian countries you can start with UAE because I think in this country people living in from every nation,
hope you find my suggestion helpful thank you.

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Absolutely, more countries will be added soon. In the mean-time, there is nothing stopping you from submitting deals from any country at all. :)

Sounds like a great idea. i for one am fed up with the mainstream platforms selling my details. i like this alternative that seems to be growing daily!! steem on!!

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Thanks @theaverageman! It's early days yet. We have a big vision for Block Deals and it can only get bigger and better from here!

Wow guys? you' are doing ?great job utilising? Steem and helping to? save people few? dollars here ;and there???

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We’re certainly giving it our best shot. Can’t wait to see you getting involved!

I’m experiencing some problems getting onto the site. Could be that I’m on an iPhone or the internet connection. Anyone else experiencing similar issues? Anything I can do to get around the block?

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Works fine for me from an iPhone. Give it another shot.

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How did you go? Is it working on your phone now?

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Yes. It appears to have been the internet connection I was on.

I am only 5 years old, but I understand it :)

Yet another cool application of the Steem platform. Not having ads should make it clear you are impartial. I wish you much success

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Thanks @stevec. Being honest and transparent is of the utmost importance to us. 😀

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This does look like a pretty great use of the Steemit economy. I'm guessing it is Australia only? Good for sending stuff to relatives then!

My mistake, looks like it is worldwide?

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Bengy, you can list deals, world-wide. Just use the country flag selector when you submit a Bargain. We have only added AUS and USA deals thus far. But deals are everywhere.

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I will try to look up how it works later, I am assuming it doesn't clutter up my own blog page. Or do I need to use a disposable account?

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It will be in your feed, but generally, people only find bargains worthy of sharing occasionally. But if you intend going crazy then, yes, perhaps use another account for your Block Deals posts.

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I just tried one post out, hope it works!

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It worked. :)

We found it. Nice one!

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Okay, good to know! I will check it out, but maybe use a different account!

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Absolutely world wide mate. Right now you can select either USA or Australia but soon you’ll be able to select other countries as well. :)

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Thanks, I tried using worldwide on mine. It is a Steam key after all...

What a cool project! I will definitly check it out!

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Awesome! Can't wait to see you list some deals. :)

well done guys.
Will people eventually be able to put their own products up for sale through this site?
People like @shellyduncan, @bearone and @gohba.handcrafts as well as all the other people who make things. Even @pelimint with his silver.
Something like Exclusive market place or something

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No problem listing products from anywhere on blockdeals.org. As long as you can provide a link to the product, you can list it on the site. :)

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Although, it must be classified as a bargain. ie. decent % off RRP
Or include a discount coupon as we all love a bargain :-D

Great . Steem is growing toofast. I am great full for being part of Steem blockchain. Huge opportunity of Steem blockchain is coming in near future.

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Steem can’t grow fast enough. :)

well done guys.

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Thanks!

Good bargains.....just went looked in the blockdeals.org

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And there will only be more listed as more people get involved. :)

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It looks like to start with the deals are sort of Australia-centric, which I guess would change over time as people find or present deals? And then the amounts listed for each item, are those in STEEM $ or something else? It looks like shipping is in fiat.

Anyway, I like the concept behind all this and I agree, I think it has potential to be big. Good luck and I will check in periodically to see what's going at blockdeals and seeing what I can find. :)

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You’re right, as more people get involved the diversity of deals and their locations will change.

The pricing is in whatever currency the deal is available in.

Definitely keep an eye on the project! And post deals as you come across them. It’s a brilliant way to get rewarded and set to be an amazing community to be a part of.

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So, just out of curiosity, how long have you and your partners been working on this? And was this previously announced or talked about somewhere and I just missed it? I know it didn't come up in any conversations you and I have had (no worries there—no one answers to me here). You've got your gym business and aren't you the driving force behind the Australian online store—T-shirts and the like?

Sounds like you've been busy and going to stay busy, with or without a persona presence on Steem. :)

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We’ve been working on this for a month. This is the first announcement. We wanted to make a big splash so didn’t talk about it anywhere. And yes, it’s all going to keep me very busy.

Thankfully, Steemit is a hobby that I happily devote a lot of my spare time to. The only thing that might be neglected a little in the short term is my personal account.

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And sleep. :)

That's amazing. Just a month? Wow. Is that from concept to launch? Regardless, you've all worked very hard to get to this point and I can see it (because I've been there). Hopefully the users will see the value.

If your personal account is neglected, I will miss the interactions. However, I wish you well in all of your on and off Steemit endeavors. :)

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I’m a little Steemit obsessed so I greatly doubt you’ll see me stop posting or commenting. :D

And I just finished taking some video for another 2 posts so there’s that.

Nice man, I've put a few deals up I found. Good idea!

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Sweet. When we get enough SP you'll also get a sweet upvote for your work. Thanks for posting some awesome deals.

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Thanks @cryptacto! I saw them on there today. Excellent finds. :)

Will you allow companies to trade their wares on your platform? Or will it only be open to private sales?
I am new to steemit and have been following what seems to be an ongoing problem with people gaming the system with bots, useless comments etc. I don't fully understand everything if I'm honest as I'm new. I'm interested to know if you have an outlook on this??

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Thanks for your comment @theaverageman. People can list any product that they find available where it can be considered a deal/ item at a good discount. Products won't be sold directly through the site.

There will be moderators reviewing the products listed which will prevent the ability for a person to automate a bot designed to "game" the system.

We're certainly conscious of this possibility and will not be tolerating this type of activity.

(oh and welcome to Steemit!)

Great work guys - looking forward to snaring a bargain!

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Thanks @samueldouglas! We're looking forward to seeing you posting some stuff on the site. :)

Fantastic initiative. I've been trying to get a particular friend on here; a real coupon clipper; This is going to be big guys, well done.

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Fantastic Matt! Bring your buddy over to get him/ her involved. :)

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We are in the early stages of development so you'll need to hand hold him through the registration process, but then he can go for it.
Perfect for none content creators.

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Which is what I keep hearing...
"I wouldn't know what to write about"

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Exactly!
And overtime hopefully it'll bring a lot more traffic to Steem. A similar site in the USA enjoys around 10 million visitors a month.
We have developed the code with scalability in mind. ;-)

This is just awesome. resteemed and wish your best of luck!

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Thanks so much @vimukthi :)

You thought of a great idea in it...have to check for better purposes.

Interesting project! ❤

very nice post..........

Checking your deals. A project like this is very healthful to the all community. Looking forward to it by the way nice project.... :)

Wow its interest.
Fantastic initiative. Its good in steem ecosystem.
Its amazing idea. I always following you in your this lovely project.Really you have very good concept. God bless you.

This is a project promising us to [email protected]

What a nice creation,i think bro you are a good creator.carry on dear

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Fantastic.... Am in support of this..... Nice idea

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Thanks mate. You can show even more support by posting deals on blockdeals.org. :)

Great idea. I am so excited about this project.

This project seems a good deal. I think it can be very useful for steem. Don't forget to keep us updated.

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really great

this post is very interesting for me, I am new stemian, I hope you can help me in order to become a successful stemian like you, thank you very much

great..good luck always

This is a great initiative. I'd love to learn more about how this works. More power to your elbow

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It's simple. You find a deal or bargain worth sharing with the community, log in using your steemit posting account and click the 'Submit Deal' button, fill in the details, then click 'Post'
You will need to do this on https://blockdeals.org/

Hi @blockdeals!
This sounds really interesting. I am only new to steemit (9days), but already can see so much value here. Your idea is fantastic, I have resteemed your post, hope others will join.
Have followed you and will sign up asap!

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Fantastic. We’re looking forward to seeing you getting some deals up on the site!

Thank you for your contribution, God bless you.

Truly a beautiful post! Thank you for doing what you do! I look forward to the next one! Thanks for the share!

I resteemed this. A great idea, powered by steem!!!

thanks to let us know. wish your good journey @@ blockdeals team ..

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Thank-you. It's going to be fun.

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i hope also

Steem team is best I believe steam team steem will go up soon just watch and see

Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Links to you site, profile and post were included in the Steem.center wiki pages Steem Ecosystem and Steem Ecosystem: A - L. Thanks and good luck again!

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Thanks guys :)

What a fantastic idea! Will follow this with a lot of interest!
Thank you

I am big into deals I'm actually an ebay affiliate and I specialize in finding people deals which is how I do what I do. if anyone is looking for a deal on anything hit me up!

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Well make sure you list some of the extra juicy ones on Blockdeals.org or is this more of a personal one-on-one service?

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I do both. When it comes to large scale items or I should say high price it's better to try to hunt a deal for an individual because I know they are interested and if I find them the best price it only makes sense that they use my link and we are all helped. I would be glad to share deals on your medium tho I am happy to have a place to share links! one thing tho deals change all the time so I may share a link on Tuesday and it is a great deal but by Monday of the next week the seller might change the deal so I dunno off the top of my head how to handle that. But I would love another marketplace to share deals that I see!

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how would I go about it, putting thins up on blockdeals.org

Wow.....great idea [email protected]

Hi, I am a young Venezuelan, sportsman and I am new to this social network ... I follow your work very closely, and I am delighted with the potential that you show in your publications .... I will follow your post to learn and grow progressively in steemit. .. Congratulation! Keep going on

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Why not post Venezuelan deals, to help your country find bargains in these difficult times.