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'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« on: February 20, 2005, 10:05 PM »
OK, I'm LDS and this even creeps me out.

Mormonbid

I despise narrow marketing. Worse, we do it to ourselves. I mean c'mon, no one would put up a JewBay?

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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005, 12:06 AM »
Two more reasons it sucks:

First, no Star Wars toys.

Second, no second wives. Or thirds, or fourths.  >:(
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2005, 12:09 AM »
Forgive my ignorance, but what does 'LDS' stand for?
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2005, 12:16 AM »
Forgive my ignorance, but what does 'LDS' stand for?

Sorry, I got caught up in cultural jargon and abbreviation.

LDS = Latter-Day Saints, as in "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". Pop culture has been unofficially nicknaming us "Mormons" since the 1800's. It's a lot shorter, and easier to say and has no hyphen in it. Even though church leadership has asked media (and members) to refer to us as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" and not Mormons, some of our own genius membership still pulls stupid crap like "Mormonbid".

Ugh.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2005, 01:07 AM »
Oh, OK. Thanks.

So I guess ebay was just a little too secular for their tastes, eh?

Though I do like the expensive furniture currently on the main page.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2005, 01:16 AM »
Not sure if "too secular" ever came up... I saw an interview on the local news where one of the owners said something to the effect the a lot of people didn't trust eBay users (ack! outsiders!) because they were unscrupulous. So naturally, a site exclusively for and by "Mormons" wouldn't have all those pesky problems like disagreement over quality, subjective condition and slow mailing – because we're all such characteristically wholesome people. Oh, but that's not mentioned anywhere on the pious site!?! But it's the raison d'etre!

Utah has one of the highest bankruptcy rates, the gullible are constantly recruited by the many multi-level marketing get rich quick on the ground floor (NuSkin, Amway, Tahitian Noni) entrepreneurial scams or just generally getting screwed by business deals that go sour.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #6 on: March 3, 2005, 02:15 AM »
More:



Creep. Creep.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #7 on: March 3, 2005, 03:36 AM »
So do they demand that all users of this Mormon bid deal are actually Mormon?  Or are non-Mormons allowed to play too?  If it's Mormon only, how do they confirm that?

Cool ad there though...   8)

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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #8 on: March 3, 2005, 04:14 PM »
Can I sell my soul on Mormonbid?

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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #9 on: March 3, 2005, 05:44 PM »
So do they demand that all users of this Mormon bid deal are actually Mormon?  Or are non-Mormons allowed to play too?  If it's Mormon only, how do they confirm that?

Cool ad there though...   8)

There are so few users there right now a group like us could stage a coup and effectively take over the joint as our own personal Star Wars "members only" auction/clearing house.

We would all need to promise to be value-driven (whatever the hell that means) and "clean and familt friendly". So, no slave Leia figures, Jabba's dancers or dirty toys left in the sandbox. Dusty figures might be ok, but ask your Bishop first.

Matt, with over 12 million members worldwide, there is no way for them to check if you're LDS or not. I invite you to register and sell some ****. It'll be our little experiment of how quiclky they excommunicate ban IP's.

List away.

Can I sell my soul on Mormonbid?

Love it. Please do, and use a screen grab of the Simpson's episode where Millhouse is in the boat relaxing while his soul and Bart's soul do the rowing. It would be an instant classic, and mormonbid could use some class.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #10 on: March 3, 2005, 06:39 PM »
OK, I'm LDS and this even creeps me out.

Mormonbid

I despise narrow marketing. Worse, we do it to ourselves. I mean c'mon, no one would put up a JewBay?



OMG[osh]  There actually is a jewbid!  They "stole" my idea! >:( What is the world coming to? Surely, another sign that the end is neigh.
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Re: 'Mormonbid" - creepy eBay alternative
« Reply #11 on: March 4, 2005, 01:22 AM »
Great. Now they're ripping off Google's logo. Turds.

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