Last month I wrote an opinion piece on Entrecard as a whole. I am assuming most of you that are reading this know what Entrecard is, if not, look them up. When Entrecard switched to third party advertisers I was very critical and I voiced my opinion on how I thought it was a wrong move and would hurt the network. Since that point I have not spent a single credit buying ads. My rationale is that it was not that effective for me before the switch and after it would be half as effective as before due to the fact that your ad will only be shown half of the time.
This put me in a difficult spot because I am accumulating credits at a rapid pace and I don’t buy advertising and I will not cash them in for the current price of $1. With the rise in popularity of the marketplace, I thought my problem was solved. I could spend my credits on things that would help my blog grow and gain visibility. The first couple of weeks my experiences in the marketplace were positive. I am now going on record as saying the marketplace SUCKS. I am writing this post to simply vent and rant a little bit over my recent experiences. Just this past week, I ordered 18 “services” (diggs) and only 6 of the orders were fulfilled. That means that I paid for 18, the credits were put into escrow, and I only received one third of what I should have. That is very disappointing and not an encouraging sign for the future of the community. Here is the worst part about the whole thing; there is absolutely no way to get your credits back. The system is technically broken and will not allow you to cancel your order or dispute it once it is placed. My numerous emails to support have gone unanswered. Just another example of mismanagement at this company. I hope they wake up soon before they run a good thing into the ground.
I have vented enough and actually feel a little better know. Let me know what your experience with the Market has been like… What frustrates you about Entrecard?