DealDey is a clone of the Groupon Service. The first time I saw it, I thought, this is brilliant. Finally, we can get daily deals. I have never been more wrong.
The problem isnt solely with DealDey. They may have a bulk of the problem, but it isnt solely theirs. They (and their customers) do not understand the concept of a a deal-of-the-day. By definition, deal-of-the-day (also called flash sales or one deal a day) is an ecommerce business model in which a website offers a single product for sale for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Potential customers register as members of the deal-a-day websites and receive online offers and invitations by email or social networks. The deal-of-the-day business model works by allowing retailers to market discounted services or products directly to the customers of the deal company, who receives a portion of the retailer’s profit. This allows retailers to build brand loyalty and quickly sell surplus inventory.
The keyword, as highlighted above, is “discounted”. For a product or a service to be a deal, it has to be discounted. Not crippled. Not reduced. Discounted. Which means, a product I would normally buy for N500 would be sold at say N480 (or even less) for a period of time. The reduced price ought to encourage people to notify their friends and help to clear out inventory.
Many deals on DealDey still offer the products at the same selling price as non-deals.
Compared above is a deal on DealDey right now. Samsung Galaxy S4 for N95,000. The selling price on Konga.com is N95,000. The price on Jumia.com is N95,495. Slot is selling at N96,000. The question then arises, where is the deal? Why would I tell people to buy from DealDey when you can buy from Konga and receive points for your purchase which you can use to discount further purchases?
I know many people who consider the MTN “I don port” advert a masterpiece. I tend to agree with them. A masterpiece and a creative coup.
Moving on. The guy wearing green. A lot of people have made reference to the rival network (Etisalat) whom Hafiz Oyetoro worked with as the network MTN made reference to. And I know that the networks, despite wanting subscribers to port, will still want to avoid any legal issues, however irrelevant. Lots of people tend to agree that the cloth was actually yellow but lighting was used to make it look green.
I think (and believe) that the guy in green (actually, green and not a lighting effect) isnt Hafiz.
A couple of days back, I saw an article about theNetNG, google it here.
Yesterday, our primary domain www.thenetng.com was compromised by internet hackers, who criminally gained access to our servers and illegally took possession of our identity.
We are convinced this is a calculated attack by detractors to unsettle and distract us, knowing our third anniversary (April 26) is just around the corner, as well as the inaugural Nigerian Entertainment Conference holding next Friday
This incident occurred in the early morning of Thursday April 18, and the hijackers immediately followed up with an email, announcing their operation and demanding $1,200 ransom to reclaim our property. They have since sent other emails, and made fresh requests, which we are reviewing with our lawyers, registrars and IT team.
It is the first time since we registered the domain in 2009, that such security breach would occur. And even though we considered our readers, advertisers and partners, our management took a firm decision not to engage with the criminals.
After careful considerations, we decided yesterday, that we will not be negotiating with the hijackers, that we will not bow to these cheap internet terrorists. And we will definitely not be paying the requested ransom money ($900 as at their last email).
As a web developer (and hacker of some sorts), this information presented a scenario that a typical Nigerian would describe as having a “k-leg”. I decided to review and see if I could figure out what happened.
First, a hacker can not just take over your domain. Hosting files, yes, domain no. I am not saying it isnt possible, but it isnt common. The only way you can lose your domain in this kind of attack (if that is your lingo of preference) is if you do not renew it. I checked the whois information and the domain history.
The domain was registered in September 14, 2009, which means it expires (should be renewed) September 14 every year. The article made a reference to April 2013. The last update date was May 3 2013. That is a six month difference between the supposed last expiration date and the “hijack” date. Domains usually ave a 90 days period between their expiration and availability to the general populace. Source: http://whois.ws/whois/thenetng.com
The domain history shows the previous and current registrars of the domain. http://whois.ws/domain-history/thenetng.com. It was previously managed by AntiGravity. My suspicion is that there was a fallout between theNetNG and AntiGravity, leading to the non-renewal of the domain. The domain was promptly hijacked.
A fallout (likely), a loss of the domain by AntiGravity? (I don’t think so). Checking the screenshot history of the site using the Wayback Machine showed that after 2009, AntiGravity was no longer the designer/developer of the website. It had been transferred to Unstoppables International.