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Old 02-24-2001, 05:01 PM   #1
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How would turning ad sales over to About.com actually increase ClickDough's labor expenses? I always thought a company's labor costs decreased when they outsourced in this fashion. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif

This simply shows that ClickDough is poorly managed, and knows little about their legal rights and obligations. If ClickDough had their lawyers look over this email, it would have never been sent with About.com's name explicitly mentioned. I would be willing to bet the house on the fact that ClickDough will not prevail in court, which will mean that (minus legal expenses) they'll be in a worse financial position once the scuffle is over.

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Old 02-25-2001, 12:05 AM   #2
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Got this in an email this morning from Clickdough.

1. What Happened With About.com?

We entered into our alliance with About.com with a great deal of hope. We believed that allying ourselves with such a major player would significantly improve advertising sales, thus boosting payouts and improving our service. In actuality, turning over sales to About.com actually decreased our advertising sales, and, as a result, we have terminated our alliance.

When we asked About.com to compensate us for the value of the resources that we poured into the relationship, including our labor and equipment purchases, they refused. As a result, we have filed a legal complaint against About.com.

Now, About.com has refused to pay the money owed to ClickDough and its members for the months of November and December. As a result, we will have to reverse the earned balances for November, and pay out no money in December, at least until About.com agrees to pay its rightful obligations. This will lower your accumulated balances, but we have no viable alternative unless About.com pays the promised amounts. If you wish, you may also lodge a complaint against About.com.

We are confident that we shall prevail in our legal action, but it may take some time; until then, we ask people to remain patient.

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Old 02-25-2001, 12:28 AM   #3
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Originally posted by havaloc:
Got this in an email this morning from Clickdough.

1. What Happened With About.com?

We entered into our alliance with About.com with a great deal of hope. We believed that allying ourselves with such a major player would significantly improve advertising sales, thus boosting payouts and improving our service. In actuality, turning over sales to About.com actually decreased our advertising sales, and, as a result, we have terminated our alliance.

When we asked About.com to compensate us for the value of the resources that we poured into the relationship, including our labor and equipment purchases, they refused. As a result, we have filed a legal complaint against About.com.

Now, About.com has refused to pay the money owed to ClickDough and its members for the months of November and December. As a result, we will have to reverse the earned balances for November, and pay out no money in December, at least until About.com agrees to pay its rightful obligations. This will lower your accumulated balances, but we have no viable alternative unless About.com pays the promised amounts. If you wish, you may also lodge a complaint against About.com.

We are confident that we shall prevail in our legal action, but it may take some time; until then, we ask people to remain patient.


Why is it About.com's responsibility to pay for servers and related expenses at another company? That was Clickdough's decision to spend money they apparently didn't have. Clickdough's users can also sue Clickdough for a violation of their contract in the PTS program as Clickdough agreed to pay x if the user did Y.

You should include the entire letter which shows how shady Clickdough actually is. I have a serious problem with a site that says the user must request payment in order to get paid.


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