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marcdc1 (174) 03-29-13  04:46am
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$1 to look at previews?

This seems strange. assparade.com want $1 for age verification before you can see any of their previews. (not that I'm cheap, but I'm not spending a $1 just to see if I might like your content. And while Bangbros is a big company that I'm sure is reputable - I don't know how I feel about this practice.)

About the strange part: Bangbros.com doesn't require $1 on their main site for previews. Even when you access asspardae content form the main bangbros page you aren't asked for a $1 before seeing previews.

My question for the group: What do you think of the practice of charging $1 for previews?

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tangub (155) I didn't have any problem browsing the tour and playing preview videos, I wasn't asked for any kind of age verification.
03-29-13  05:10am

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marcdc1 (174) REPLY TO #1 - tangub :

that's even stranger. the exact url I was directed to is: http://www.assparade.com/t7/?prg=pps&...&cmp=warningpage

I thought it was rather strange that access from the main site had different behavior then the direct url.

Do you see the same thing when you go to the above url?

03-29-13  07:10am

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Marcus (47) REPLY TO #2 - marcdc1 :

Clicking through from the main homepage, I can see thumbnails of the videos, but like you, when I click on them I get a 'you must verify your age for $1' message.

Cynically, I guess that once you have to paid $1 to verify your age, it will probably automatically upgrade you to full membership a day later or something 'for your convenience' - to me it looks like a limited trial by stealth, and I would be surprised if it didn't try and trick you into full membership.

$1 to verify my age is hassle and not something I'd ever do. And if the website is trying to trick people into a recurring membership, then it's not a site I'd ever give my money to.

03-29-13  07:39am

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tangub (155) REPLY TO #2 - marcdc1 :

I saw the age verification thing when visiting from your link there but not when visiting from the PU link. When clicking on the age verification thing it just takes you to a sign up page for the site where you have the option to sign up to the 2 day $1 trial recurring at $39.95 or taking a standard membership for $29.95 not to mention the sneaky pre-checked cross sales in small print at the bottom.

The age verification thing looks like nothing more than a sneaky underhand attempt at selling a subscription. The thing that most surprised me about your comment was seeing the words "Bangbros" and "reputable" in the same sentence.

03-29-13  07:58am

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marcdc1 (174) REPLY TO #4 - tangub :

I guess my ignorance is showing. See that Bangbros is a big and long lasting company I thought their long tenure meant integrity.

As you're comments point out - I seem to be mistaken.

Thanks for your help and thoughts.

03-29-13  08:45am

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marcdc1 (174) REPLY TO #3 - Marcus :

Excellent points. Like I said in my opening remarks. I surprised they do this. I don't think I'm that savvy of a customer (lord knows I've maid plenty of mistakes in my time). It seems to me they'll lose more in bad reputation then they'll ever gain with these practices.
03-29-13  08:47am

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tangub (155) REPLY TO #5 - marcdc1 :

I've no doubt Bangbros have plenty of great porn if you like that sort of thing, I just wouldn't trust them with my credit card number.
03-29-13  09:20am

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Marcus (47) REPLY TO #4 - tangub :

Urgh, it's exactly as I thought! Thank you for digging a bit deeper. Another site to add to my blacklist.
03-29-13  10:00am

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pat362 (373) I don't agree with their method and it's bad business practices in my book but is it really any different then all those 1$ trials that so many sites like to employ?

Both lure you in using a small amount as bait and both hope to cath a sucker in the process. I assume that enough people fall for it and that's why you still see sites do that. If a site thinks it's content is only worth a dollar then why would anyone think it's worth more than a buck?

03-29-13  10:30am

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Marcus (47) REPLY TO #9 - pat362 :

It's not MUCH worse, but for me yes, it is worse. If it's a trial, call it a trial - but I think to pass it off as some 'age verification' fee is pretty dishonest. I agree with your sentiment about trials, though.
03-29-13  11:34am

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pat362 (373) REPLY TO #10 - Marcus :

I think we can both agree that whichever option someone picks. That person will have had at least one dollar stolen from his pocket and if he or she is not carefull than that amount could go up pretty quickly.
03-29-13  06:32pm

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