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March 24, 2005

Urgent Blegging!

Wanna give me 90 seconds of your time for my birthday?

Folks, I really, really need your help. I mean reeeeally. No, I don’t want any of your money, that isn’t what this is about. I want 90 seconds of your time. Is that possible?

If you look around this blog you will see several blue advertisements. Four on your left, two on your right. They are for spread betting, which is a highly leveraged form of futures trading, something that you should only consider if you are a high net worth individual with money to burn.

However, these people will pay me a commission if you sign up at their site (just click through an ad) to receive their information pack. Or, if you sign up for their free demonstration. (Unless you are a high net worth individual with loads of spare money I would think very hard before you sign up for the actual service.)

The first of these will take you  30 seconds, the second 60 seconds. That’s the 90 seconds I’m asking for.

You do not need to use a credit card, it will cost you nothing, you can do it from any country, they just want your name, phone number and address.

Actually, the demo is very interesting, as they let you play the spread betting market with nominal (another word for fake) money, using real time prices. A good educational experience at the very least.

So far this is just me asking you to click through ads right? Well, it’s a little more than that actually. For the commissions on offer are too high for what they are asking people to do. If you just ask for the information pack, they pay me more than the cost of a beer. A good beer in a decent bar. That’s too high.

If you sign up for the free demo (remember, none of this costs you anything except the 90 seconds) they pay me the price of a decent lunch in the country I live in. That is again too high a price.

What happens in financial markets when prices are out of whack, are a little unreal? People arbitrage. That’s the fancy name for selling what is expensive and buying what is cheap. Now I don’t say that 60 seconds of your time is cheap, and you may well think it is not worth giving that to buy me a decent lunch. But these people have made their prices too high, they’re offering commissions too high for what people are being asked to do.

So, please, could you click through one of the ads and sign up for both? Get the brochure (near the bottom of the page) and sign up for the free demonstration version of their platform, and remember to actually log in with the password they’ll email you. It won’t cost you anything, will take 90 seconds of your time, and will make me a very happy man. Please spread the word around, as far as you can, for there is one more thing about this.

This is the Easter weekend and so the UK, where this company is based, is closed until Tuesday morning. They are not going to approve any more people to carry the ads until then, and by then they will realise that their commissions are too high. This is a once off, a once in a decade opportunity for someone to make money out of prices being out of line. That it happens to be me is just one of those things. It might be you next time.

Please note the site does not work in Firefox/Mozilla, IE is best, I haven’t tried Opera, Safari or any of the others. There’s a bug in their javascript.

Remember, none of this will cost you anything but 90 seconds of your time and you will be moving money from the corporate pockets to mine, where I promise to take very good care of it.

And yes, since you ask, Sunday is my birthday, and you could make it a very happy one by helping to create a blogswarm around this page, getting as many as possible to sign up for these two free offers. Ask for the brochure, sign up for the free demonstration and spread the word.

So there we have it, in nearly a year of blogging my first real attempt at blegging, and it won’t cost any of you a penny. With what I’ve spotted and a few hundred of you, it could be a very happy birthday indeed. Please help.

Update. As of Saturday morning, funds raised are heading north of one month’s mortgage payment. Huge thanks to all of those who have been driving traffic here. Only another three days to go beforethese people return to the office  so crack on everyone.  Just to emphasise, signingup with this advertiser will cost you nothing,  you don’t have to do anything other than either (or both) request the brochure or the demonstration. No credit cards, fees, verification necessary.

Update II. They now no longer pay for sign ups for the demo or the brochure, and cannot offer a service to US citizens at all. Have to wait and see how much, if anything, they decide to actually pay. Thanks to all who contributed and I’ll let you know what and if they do pay in a couple of weeks, when their accounting is done.

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Unfortunately, I can confirm that it doesn't work in Mozilla 1.5 on Linux. Or Konqueror (their registration page froze the app completely - had to be killed). Or Galeon.
I'm out of browsers. As I run Linux, I'm sorry - no IE.

I did try. Happy birthday, anyway.

Posted by: Andy Cooke | Mar 24, 2005 9:30:10 PM

I would prefer the cigars on the top right, but I will give it a a go.

Posted by: Elaib | Mar 25, 2005 8:36:56 AM

Blogger is playing up link will arrive later

Posted by: Elaib | Mar 25, 2005 9:19:53 AM

I'm also a Linux man, (Firefox and Konqueror). But even on a Windows machine, and having located its copy of IE, rather than the default Firefox and Opera, there's still loads of errors on the pages. (The demo runs though).

Is it just me or are they really targetting themselves at naive and unsophisticated users, i.e. IE users?

I couldn't help but sneer at their comment "User-friendly site that not only does the business, but also looks the business." This on a site that doesn't work on any browser but IE, and only partially even then?


Tim adds: I don’t think they’ve really thought the whole thing through before they launched the adverts. They were only launched on Thursday, which may be why their prices are so out of whack. I had a few problems registering my self (yes, I did check there were no hidden extras) like having to email them for a password.

And thanks for the birthday present.

Posted by: David Wildgoose | Mar 25, 2005 1:42:44 PM

Oh, and Happy Birthday for Sunday!

Posted by: David Wildgoose | Mar 25, 2005 1:43:49 PM

Opera loads the page, lets you fill the form, then when you try to sign up the javascript poops.

Tim adds: That’s what happens in Firefox. Guess it’s IE only. Thanks for trying.

Posted by: ian | Mar 25, 2005 2:52:41 PM

No problemo. Glad to help improving market efficiency.
Happy birthday to you!

Posted by: Ignacio | Mar 25, 2005 7:07:03 PM

I wouldn't have done it, except The Llama Buthers made me laugh. Hooray! I helped you fleece your sponsor! Death to all golden geese.

Posted by: bokonon42 | Mar 25, 2005 11:23:15 PM

Done. Happy birthday from Manchester, mate.

Posted by: sortapundit | Mar 26, 2005 1:48:28 PM

Done! And on my site as well

Happy Birthday for tomorrow!

Posted by: dave t | Mar 26, 2005 5:23:07 PM

Let me get this straight. You want ME to spend half the morning clicking on blinking banner ads in order to line YOUR pockets? What do I get in return for my labor besides endless reams of SPAM in my emailbox?

The wheels of capitalism are indeed oiled with the blood of the proletariat. But not my blood, bub. Click your own stinking banner ads.

And Happy Birthday.

Tim adds: Fair comment. Thanks for the good wishes.

Posted by: Liberal Larry | Mar 26, 2005 6:19:10 PM

I'd love to help, but my Windows box has gone tits up. I'm strictly Linux at the moment, I'm afraid.

Anyway, many happy returns.

Posted by: David Gillies | Mar 26, 2005 7:15:26 PM

Well happy birthday for tomorrow; hopefully lunch and a pint will be on me.

I just wanted to point out that the "title" option on the sign -up page is a bit skewed - the options being "Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr/Rev'd/Lord". What on earth happened to "Miss"?

Posted by: Zoe | Mar 26, 2005 8:47:21 PM

Done and done, Tim. Frohe Geburtstag.

Posted by: Bill H | Mar 26, 2005 11:22:28 PM

Well that was a cheap and simple bithday present (my time is, indeed, cheap).

Hope you had a splendid time. Alles gute....

Posted by: neil | Mar 27, 2005 10:00:08 PM

Tell you what, Tim. I'll do it if you'll visit my blog and, if you like it, link it and tell your friends. I am a writer whose novel, THE BITCH POSSE, is coming out in May with St. Martin's Press and under the title THE BITCH GODDESS NOTEBOOK with Orion in the UK. I've just recently posted a really nice early review from a London bookseller. Take care and have yourself a nice foccacia or something on me. Yours, Martha

Posted by: Martha O'Connor | Mar 28, 2005 2:47:22 AM

Due to Easter Sunday's many duties, I couldn't post my Happy Birthday message earlier, but...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM! :)

And here, as promised, is my blogpost of today mentioning your blegging request.

Best of luck with that, and Happy Easter.

Cheers,
V.

Posted by: Victoria | Mar 28, 2005 4:44:58 AM

well,
alright,
but could you at least drop by to http://new-art.blogspot.com ?

Posted by: Vvoitek | Mar 30, 2005 3:04:15 PM

Please visit our site
www.transilvaniafoundation.ro
office@transilvaniafoundation.ro
Dr. Ganea Mihai

Posted by: Dr. Ganea Mihai | Mar 28, 2007 4:39:43 AM

Transylvania Foundation
Tecuci Locality, Gh. Petrascu Street , Code 805300,
Galati County, Romania, State registry no. 509/98,
Registration No. 10503093

Dear Madame/Sir,

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With respect and consideration,
Yours
Ganea Mihai, President of Transylvania Foundation
In the spirit of faith, humanity and solidarity we invite you and your
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With utter respect and consideration,

Ganea Mihai, President
Vasile Grigoras, Director of Transylvania Foundation
Web. www.transilvaniafoundation.ro
E-mail. office@transilvaniafoundation.ro

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Posted by: Dr. Ganea Mihai | Mar 28, 2007 4:41:17 AM