Wagglepop gets greedy with category ads.

{mosimage}Ray Romeo (Karen Morrow/Andrew Pittino) is trying to milk his new sellers for as much as he can by offering them the chance to pay a minimum of $88.50 a month for “category flagship” ads on a site that currently has a Google Page Rank of “3”.

He makes promises of “up to 70,000 unique visitors” for those ads, but those are for the entire site, assuming those numbers are accurate. They would not be “per category”.

Ray’s trying to cash in quick with his influx of new sellers ignorant enough to join his Wagglepop.com site since the eBay fees. But he certainly won’t stand for non-payment, he remove 40 sellers from his site recently for non-payment.

Isn’t this the sort of thing eBay sellers bitched about years ago when ads from competitors would show up on a seller’s listing?


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“What’s Goof Ball Steve Demello Up To?” You Ask?

Steve Demello was a bad seed at a bad company ezboard.com, now Yuku.com. Remember when all that forum post data was lost at ezboard, and they couldn’t get it back, although they claimed to have terabytes of backups?  CRAZY STUFF. Even their paid forum customers were out of luck.

Instead of fixing things, they started over with Yuku, which has had its own share of problems. Boards and users that were globally banned on ezboard are now freed from their chains with Yuku!

You’d see Steve on the EZBoard “update” center do everything but explain the disaster he was in command of. Of course, nobody would receive any refunds for the downtime that mess caused, and Steve already had a history of banning board and users without much communication, so many forum administrators just left EZBoard before Yuku’s “improvements” affected their data.

Steve’s now the “Director of Research and Forecasting” at HealthTech. If you didn’t trust him with your forum data, you probably don’t want to trust him with healthcare technology data.

It says in this paragraph that he was the COO of a “major consumer internet company”. I wonder what company that was, EZBoard maybe? According to this page at EZBoard, he’s still the “VP of Operations”. I guess he thinks COO sounds like a better title. His education proves that he’s just a business guy with no technology experience.

Steve DeMello, MBA, Director of Research and Forecasting
Steve brings to HealthTech over 25 years of experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, systems management and consulting. His work includes serving as Senior Vice President of a major Northern California regional health system, President and COO of a home health care company, and principal in national and international consulting practices in health care and computer simulation modeling. Most recently, Steve served as chief operating officer of a major consumer Internet company. He received a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


This page , reporting on Health Tech’s addition of Steve, labels him a “forward-thinking innovator”! You’d think an MBA would be smarter than that. I wonder what they’ll call him if he loses a lot of health care data that can’t be recovered?

Good luck Steve, we still remember ya! Stay away from technology!
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Wagglepop won’t advertise for sellers, begs them to SPAM instead

{mosimage}Ray Romeo must have learned his lesson. He supposedly spent $42,000 of the $75,000 advertising budget on failed advertising plans that nobody saw. Now, he just wants his new sellers to spam for Wagglepop, EVERY DAY! In big black font, he tells his sellers that it is up to THEM to make Wagglepop a success. Less hassle for Ray anyway.


It must be working a little bit. A lot of eBay forums were spammed with Wagglepop half truths, and people bitching and moaning about the latest eBay fees have been taking the bait, and joining Wagglepop. At one time, Ray’s seller count jump from 110 to 190 in about a week. Its currently at 208. Hopefully they don’t listen to Ray and pay him more than a month’s fees to find out that there aren’t any buyers.

From Wagglepop’s “We the People” propoganda…

3. Tell Everyone

Use that address book. Email everyone you can about Wagglepop and ask them to do the same. Tell your barber, your mailman or anyone else you think might be interested.

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