Cash4Gold Apparently Threatening Bloggers With Defamation

from the that'll-work dept

Despite getting plenty of attention for its Superbowl ad that felt more like a late-night-TV cable ad, Cash4Gold hasn’t really been having a very good month. The company was caught when a representative (the company claims he was “acting independently”) offered cash to a blogger if he would take down a negative review. Then some sites, including Consumerist republished a list of “10 confessions” from a former employee, who described what appears to be somewhat questionable practices by the company — allowing it to live up to the letter of what it promises people, but not quite the spirit. The company, not surprisingly, denies all of this, and says you can’t trust a disgruntled former employee.

However, now it appears to be accusing folks who reposted even part of the Consumerist post with defamation. Allen Harkleroad writes in to let us know that after he wrote about the Consumerist article — basically linking to Consumerist and including just the opening paragraph of the original article, the company had its PR firm threaten him with defamation. You know that’s going to backfire.

What’s especially odd about this, however, is that on the company’s own blog they have reposted the same content in an attempt to refute it. That is the best way to respond to it. Threatening defamation charges is only going to serve to draw more negative attention to the company. Why wouldn’t the PR people direct bloggers to the company’s response instead?

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Jesse says:

It’s somewhat unfortunate, but I think today defamation has become a tool more largely used by those who really deserve the “defamation” in the first place (i.e. because it is true). I know that that is a troubling statement, and it IS your legal right to sue if you think you are being defamed, but I am just noting what I see.

I think these days, people see defamation as just bad form. If it isn’t true, I think that generally most of the public will realize that and there is really no need for a defamation lawsuit. I think defamation made a lot of sense when publishing rights were held by a few and those sources were trusted as fact, but today I think most people have an ounce of skepticism when they read something on the net. I think it is possibly time to rethink the utility of defamation.

david (user link) says:

payment to bloggers

ive seen and heard that happening more than once, but the big problem is when the blog article is under the control of one party and the reponse/comment is the negative element you want removed other people will carry on the dicussion and quote on that statement so it will spread like wildfire…

paying off a blogger is a means to an end for some companies who dont offer quality, but just because they pay to remove the article doesnt mean its not being linked/quoted on another blog…

Bradley Stewart (profile) says:

Just how much old gold do people have laying around anyway?

For me this Company is just another of series of tedious adds. It did start me thinking just how much gold do people have laying around anyway? Hey Jimmy how many times have I told you to pick up your bycycle and all that old gold in the driveway? Every night when I come home from work I keep triping over all that stuff.

cash for gold (user link) says:

cash for gold

Not only do we here at Cash for Gold U.S.A want you to enjoy selling your gold online as well as selling you precious forms of jewelry, but we want you to be safe and protected while you are doing it. When you deal with us we want you to avoid a cash for gold scam altogether! As we have stated before in various writings, many people and companies want to give you the same great service as us but many of the fall very short of the mark.

frenkstayl (profile) says:

gold coin

The most important piece of information for determining the price of a piece of sterling silver jewelry is the price per gram of the silver. This is the fundamental raw material cost of a piece of sterling silver jewelry due to the fact that silver is considered a precious metal. For instance, the price for silver is $9.5 per ounce, the price per gram is determined by dividing the price per ounce by 31.5, which is 30 cents. Therefore, the cost for the raw material for a 5 gram wedding band ring is roughly $1.5. Some might wonder why people would pay $30 for a silver wedding ring when the silver only cost $1.5. The followings will explain the difference.
gold coins

frenkstayl (profile) says:

gold coin

The most important piece of information for determining the price of a piece of sterling silver jewelry is the price per gram of the silver. This is the fundamental raw material cost of a piece of sterling silver jewelry due to the fact that silver is considered a precious metal. For instance, the price for silver is $9.5 per ounce, the price per gram is determined by dividing the price per ounce by 31.5, which is 30 cents. Therefore, the cost for the raw material for a 5 gram wedding band ring is roughly $1.5. Some might wonder why people would pay $30 for a silver wedding ring when the silver only cost $1.5. The followings will explain the difference.
gold coins

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