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    Getting something for free but it isn't really free?

    I wanted to raise the question and hear/read your feedback on something I recently noticed which in my book is false advertising.

    This is the case:
    An advertiser in this forum offers something for free/included in the package if you signup with them.

    But to be able to use this feature you will have to buy additional services from this advertiser......


    Sorry if this sounds cryptic, I have left out the resellers name and specificly what they offered but its needed for the discussion I can post it.


    Ideas, thoughts, suggestions ...

    thank you

    MikHo

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    Last edited by MikHo; 01-22-2008 at 05:41 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikHo View Post
    An advertiser in this forum offers something for free/included in the package if you signup with them but to be able to use this feature you will have to buy additional services from this advertiser
    I think you need to be more precise/detailed about this before wrong assumptions are made.

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    Remember, nothing in this world is FREE. Expect your mother's love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedicational View Post
    I think you need to be more precise/detailed about this before wrong assumptions are made.

    Ok, here is the deal...

    SSL Cert included in package which requires a dedicated IP.

    This IP you need to pay extra for, its NOT included in the package.

    So, either the SSL offer is pretty useless or you cough up some more money.
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    Well think of the normal situation (without offer): you would have to pay for a static IP and the SSL certificate.
    So if you're using the offer, you're getting something for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedicational View Post
    Well think of the normal situation (without offer): you would have to pay for a static IP and the SSL certificate.
    So if you're using the offer, you're getting something for free.

    True, but then I would know what I was paying for...
    In a way I feel like I have been cheated since I cannot use it if I dont give them more money

    Its more a ethical question.
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    the thing that annoys me is when hosts say things like $9.99 a month!!

    and in tiny print (if you pay 12 months in advance)

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    Hi,

    The SSL is still free and you need a dedicated IP for an SSL so I would say it does what it says on the tin.

    Although maybe a:-

    *purchase of a dedicated IP is required

    Would make it clearer and fairer?

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    People, please, stop using the word free, I think you're being naive. The proper word is "included".

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    Quote Originally Posted by toastman View Post
    People, please, stop using the word free, I think you're being naive. The proper word is "included".
    I apologize, english isn'y my native language and sometimes I mix words up.

    you are correct, it should read included, not free.
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    Hehe you don't have to apologize. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful ;p

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    I would see your point if you were paying $20 for the dedicated IP.

    But if its say, $1.50 for the IP and you get the ssl certificate included, thats a pretty nifty deal as ssl certificates go for a minimum of around $18.

    Yes, your paying them more money than you had initially planned, having to add another (paid for) resource to get the bundled product but you are still getting what they advertised, they just "forgot" to mention you had to buy the ip to go along with it.

    Best of luck
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