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Wirecutter strike and boycott Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday

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  • 7 days ago

  • @williamsmj
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Wirecutter strike and boycott Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday


@coolso 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

Wirecutter is essentially just a glorified, prettified Amazon affiliate link aggregator anyway. I have tried so many of their recommendations - always making sure not to click the affiliate links directly - and been burned or at the very least disappointed more than enough times, that at this point I just use their site as a starting guide, and then make sure not to actually buy their recommended pick if at all possible.

Can we just keep the boycott going in perpetuity?

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@bryan0 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

If a union isn’t threatening to strike, does that mean they’re not negotiating hard enough?

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@bin_bash 7 days

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Looks like they're asking for $300,000 for their 65 workers. That's an average of $4600/person. Does that seem pretty low to anyone else?

https://twitter.com/wirecutterunion/status/14631750942184161...

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@jmuguy 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

Wonder if this is related to Wirecutter going not just behind the NYT paywall but also requiring an extra subscription beyond the base level. I basically stopped visiting after that.

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@ramesh31 7 days

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@ChrisArchitect 7 days

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Hot take: this seems like a very low-traffic period for them as anyone searching BFCM deals will have done the reading before the days? / content written before the days

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@intro-b 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

I think there's still a niche for a Wirecutter-like site. But I don't know what it should look like, and how it should function without invasive affiliate advertising. I like reading high quality reviews of practical goods as well as more specialized things. Right now, I just Google search "name of product" + "reddit" and browse through threads to get a general consensus of a product.

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@hubraumhugo 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

Paywall, strike, declining trustworthiness... I see more and more negative comments about Wirecutter. Could that be an opportunity for a rising competitor?

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@aurizon 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

What are their current wages, and what are they offered, but have declined? I am unable to support or castigate unless I know what side is in error. We have seen the huge loss of first class mail starved the US Postal Service of $$, and now the decline in printed page journalism with the ease of access by all manner of fake news/blogs has starved the news papers of $$ - yet on the other hand there is a hedge fund buying news papers - do they know something I do not know?

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@callmeal 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

Wirecutter is a pay-to-play operation. I stopped heeding their recommendations after I discovered that they were aggressively persuing kickbacks and refusing to review products that do not pay. See https://www.xdesk.com/wirecutter-standing-desk-review-pay-to... for example.

Also note that wirecutter in their response do not deny this but try to weasel out by claiming that the word 'kickback' was misleading.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/our-response-to-nextdesk/

  One valid criticism NextDesk raised was our use of the word “kickback” in our business communications, which is a misleading description of the affiliate business model because it implies an illicit transaction. In our company’s early days, we misused the term to describe a straightforward affiliate relationship, but we have since changed how we talk about the affiliate business, which is one we continue to stand behind.

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@wolverine876 7 days

Replying to @williamsmj 🎙

I'm surprised Consumer Reports isn't enormously popular here. It's not personal, engaging blog-style writing - it seems written to help the broadest possible audience, but it's the most technical research by far:

They have actual domain experts, labs (well-resourced), scientific method, and loads of objective data - e.g., for bicycle helmets, they have human head/body models, put all the helmets on them (I'd guess 50 at least, IIRC), dropped them on their heads (I don't remember how the impacts were constructed), and measured various outcomes. Through their research they discovered new risks, such as the stretch in the chin strap.

And it's in sortable, filterable, dynamic tables. What is not to like?!

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