I say keep them coming! Based on the IRK counts yesterday though, it makes me wonder. If meh ends up doing two mehrathons per month with fewer irks per mehrathon, will that make more people happy or not.
On one hand there will be more opportunities to get IRKs, but they will sell out even quicker. AND there will be the issue of folks hanging out on the website all day multiple days a month. Which for Meh might be good for traffic and sales; but for the meh-tizans it will get old at some point.
So it really is a balance between keeping the buyers happy and increasing visibility for the site.
@mbersiam I think the run of 50 and even 100 eventually is going to make the folks with slower internet, high latency, etc. give up and not hang out all day (or at all during these) - which would, I’d think, sabotage their goal to get impulse purchases. They ought to try 250 of them to see if that sells out before the page loads for those of us not in deal situations. I am pretty sure 500 doesn’t as I have gotten them before. I only get the ones with less if meh has a glitch, otherwise it is sold out before I can even get the page to finish loading.
Also rewarding VMP’s with no traffic lights, etc, would be nice (although lots of people seem to miss out on them. I used to too but not now. No idea what happened. Heck this last one didn’t even have a VMP hour.). If they do them at erratic, random times, rather than sort of predictable that will increase the odds of more people checking in all day even if there are fewer irks.
@Kidsandliz That is very valid. Am I’m a bit selfish in saying keep them coming because I was finally let into the ink for irks, even though I was able to get IRKs without the ink too.
That being said, I am sure they are able to see their traffic metrics and are able to identify what is best for greater response on the back-end.
It seems like a lot of folks that hang out on the site don’t really post a lot in the forums. (I’m one of them… I’ve been coming to this site for years and have only very recently started posting in the forum.) So the voices that are represented in the forums is a minority of the traffic this site actually gets.
@mbersiam And certainly looking at traffic is a very profit oriented “business thing” and valid. Businesses, after all, are in business to make money. The part that people are reacting to is the “social contract” that meh had established with its forum users. That is what is being thrown out of the truck and left on the side of the road little by little. And of course meh can do what they want. And users can be upset, although they have minimal control over this.
@Kidsandliz@mbersiam absolutely… I’ve had a run of good luck lately… 4/5 possible IRKs… But usually I go 9-12 months or so between IRKs… Working from home half the time has really boosted my chances…
I just don’t have great internet in the office even when I’m a fluid machine and time everything perfectly, I’m still not fast enough when it’s 50irks at a time. No success yesterday with the 50 at a time so broke my run of good luck… Which is fine if it’s people that rarely get them winning instead… Spread the love.
More mehrathons and fewer IRKs per Mehrathon… I know I’m not getting one… And yes, I would become less motivated to try.
I still like checking out everything for sale…but i probably won’t be watching quite as closely.
I don’t like that casemates allows members free shipping. That was supposed to be a VMP thing so much so that if you kickstarted, you got to become a VMP after it was closed.
It’s just an insult to people who gave money to something that, let’s face it, didn’t need funding. But, that’s not meh.
I wish they would put up some things that they didn’t need to buy an entire shipping crate worth. I am sure the buyers have passed over some smaller lots because they don’t feel it is worth the write-up. Please give us more unique weird things.
@KNmeh7 I think meh has gotten more “corporate” over the years. They already said some years back that meh makes them almost no money and I think their priorities have changed a bit as they have become more “traditional business” and spend more time and energy on their fulfillment business (which is maybe where the smashed box, we just have a few of them, items come from) and their selling via TV shows business. And of course that makes sense in that this makes them far more money.
In some respects I think we are, at times, the fire sale dumping ground for things that didn’t sell well enough on their other sites before they “irk them out”. It is sad to see those kinds of changes. It has been an eternity since snapster has posted, that we have had oh shit reports, that we have had contests and other oddities that used to liven up the forums. It is what it is as a business matures and its priorities change. Sadly I think we are seeing some of that here.
Pssh. I’ll be the hipster and say that Meh jumped the shark on July 9, 2014.
But seriously though, I had more fun and bought more things when Meh-rathons only came a few times a year and had the most unusual and out-there stuff. Even if it was in small enough quantities that it likely sold out, it’d keep me coming back throughout the day so I could catch the next cool thing when it launched. If I want to browse deals on a related bunch of items, I’d rather do that on SideDeal and MorningSave.