Points are Pointless?

Eliza Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the card. As I'm checking out, I see that points can only be used on 15% of an order! I realize that this is old news for most people, but really? The ability to use points to offset costs was the reason I joined EF in the first place. With points only accounting for 15% of orders now, I feel like I'll never end up using my gift cards. Totally disappointed. I might as well just use Amazon.
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BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
I'll probably sound real kiss assy by saying this, but a 15% "coupon", which is basically what it amounts to is not a bad deal. Especially when it's on top of any other sales/promotions. Consider this... Pretend you walk in to your favorite retail store, grab exactly what you want, walk up to the cash register and the cashier says "Hey take 15% off for being a loyal customer." It doesn't happen.
I love having the option to reduce my order by 15%.
03/23/2014
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
I understand your disappointment, but yeah, that's how it is now. Fortunately, we can still use the 15% and of course, the best deal is to use the 30% buyout option. That way you get 30% off the order, as long as you write reviews on the items. And you can still take 15% off that order in points. now that is a deal, especially for items that normally can't be discounted like that, such as Fun Factory.

What happened was that too may people scammed the system and there was not enough oversight to curb the abuse. Unfortunately, all the people who did nothing wrong got caught up in the aftermath and lost out on a great system. Everyone wishes they made the redemption of the points for more than 15%, but it is better than nothing.

Another thing you may not know is that the return policy has changed as well. You can only return defective or damaged items and you only have 30 days now to do it. The actions that gain you points have also changed, but you probably already noticed that.
03/23/2014
PadoruLover PadoruLover
I actually didn't know about that. Thanks for the heads up.
03/23/2014
Lvstoplay Lvstoplay
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Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
I know how you feel. I have about $50 available, but it's gonna take me forever to spend it. I just graduated from college and my husband is still in school, so our money is limited. I wish I could use my points for at least 50% of my purchase.
03/27/2014
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I am torn on the subject. I totally understand why they had to do it, but it does suck, haha. Especially when what I want is out of my price range.

However, I'm just glad that they didn't take it away from us completely and I'm sure they are working behind the scenes on newer ways to keep us happy.
03/27/2014
MyDolceVita MyDolceVita
I'm actually with you on this. I wasn't aware and redeemed all of my points (only $23 worth, but still..) and it only covered a few bucks of a purchase I was GOING to make but decided not to after I felt like I was screwed out of my points that I actually worked pretty hard to earn.. Speaking of points, do we even get those anymore?? Anything I've done on this site recently hasn't earned me any points. I tried reading up on the forums but still am not finding a real answer.

-- Except JUST now when I replied to this post.. What the heck?
04/04/2014
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by MyDolceVita
I'm actually with you on this. I wasn't aware and redeemed all of my points (only $23 worth, but still..) and it only covered a few bucks of a purchase I was GOING to make but decided not to after I felt like I was screwed out of my points ...
Go to your dashboard to see which activities still earn points.
04/07/2014
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by MyDolceVita
I'm actually with you on this. I wasn't aware and redeemed all of my points (only $23 worth, but still..) and it only covered a few bucks of a purchase I was GOING to make but decided not to after I felt like I was screwed out of my points ...
We do, yes. There is still a limit on what we can get on the forums. I think it's still 1 point for up to 10 replies a day, though.
04/07/2014
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I honestly feel like I'd rather them make it harder to earn points and let us use the gift cards to cover the full amount of what's on the card than have it to where we can only use them for 15%. I only ever bought sex toys because I could use my points to cover some of the cost. Now I'd rather just use the Hitachi I already own and use baby oil as lube to save the money.
08/22/2014
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
Perhaps with the Review Program relaunch, it would be nice to offer a different incentive to the reviewers but especially the editors. They really only have a few people doing all of the work for little compensation.
08/22/2014
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
I am with the OP on this one. I have been gone for two years due to some major medical problems that left me hospitalized for a long time (that's a very long and depressing story), but I was excited to join EF once again.

I came back and this place is unrecognizable to me. I'm extremely disappointed with how the points program works and how you can only use 15% of them to cover the purchase. I have medical bills coming out of my ass, so 15% won't do much for me. SSI checks aren't very big, so I now can't get any devices to help me relax and cope with my shitty life and medical problems.

It sucks that everyone has to suffer because morons kept abusing the amazing old-school points program. I feel so bleh being here now.
08/22/2014
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
Yeah, I'm with you on the Amazon thing. I've seen some better deals on there, but I still won't completely cut out my activity on EF. I'll attempt to adapt to this new system as best as I can.
08/22/2014
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
Perhaps with the Review Program relaunch, it would be nice to offer a different incentive to the reviewers but especially the editors. They really only have a few people doing all of the work for little compensation.
As one of those editors, I thank you, BlackOrchid, for saying that!!
08/27/2014
That Guy That Guy
Yeah, I guess I'm a little late to the game as well, but now that I do need more stuff, you can bet I'm not getting it here. Discounts are fine if the prices are comparable, but if you're shopping on Amazon, the prices are often better than the discounted price even after I use my points, and I don't need to worry about a minimum order for free shipping. If I hadn't earned the points before this policy was in place, I wouldn't be so peeved (I understand why they changed the policy), but as it is my brand loyalty just went right out the window.
Jan 25, 6:50 pm
That Guy That Guy
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Originally posted by That Guy
Yeah, I guess I'm a little late to the game as well, but now that I do need more stuff, you can bet I'm not getting it here. Discounts are fine if the prices are comparable, but if you're shopping on Amazon, the prices are often better ...
Also, let me just point out how much it irritates me to see the "You Just Earned 5 Points" for posting pop-up now that I know I'll never be using them.
Jan 25, 6:51 pm
svalentine;) svalentine;)
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Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
i joined for this reason also back in 2012..i didn't use the site for quite some time and decided to come back. found a lot of the things you can do to earn points had been taken off.i did not know they also only account for 15% now. that sucks wonder why they decided to cut so much.
Jan 25, 11:03 pm
svalentine;) svalentine;)
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
Jan 28, 4:10 am
Sincerely yours, N Sincerely yours, N
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Originally posted by svalentine;)
i joined for this reason also back in 2012..i didn't use the site for quite some time and decided to come back. found a lot of the things you can do to earn points had been taken off.i did not know they also only account for 15% now. that sucks ...
People were abusing them. : /
Jan 28, 11:38 am
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
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Originally posted by Sincerely yours, N
People were abusing them. : /
I thought I read somewhere that only posting smileys were not allowed and point farming.
Jan 28, 3:01 pm
Inquisitor Inquisitor
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Originally posted by OH&W, Lovebears
I thought I read somewhere that only posting smileys were not allowed and point farming.
Yes, this is true. As far as getting points for posts, now you only get so many before they cut you off for points . If I got a point for every post I either started or participated in, well... I'd have more points .
Jan 28, 5:51 pm
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
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Originally posted by Inquisitor
Yes, this is true. As far as getting points for posts, now you only get so many before they cut you off for points . If I got a point for every post I either started or participated in, well... I'd have more points .
I understand writing reviews and articles are the way to get lots of points. More than one can use though. Ugh, maybe.
Jan 28, 8:04 pm
Inquisitor Inquisitor
"Points are Pointless?" I see what you did there Op., the play on words. Nicely played!

I understand that the points generated in the forum by performing certain tasks can only be redeemed at 15% of their value. I see how this bothers people and I would say that unless you have a large pot of points, you are kind of stuck. It's like, what is the point in spending any time here doing stuff.

Well, just like Oriental Husband said above, if you want more than a point, you will have to do reviews and other high value point tasks.
Jan 29, 3:25 pm
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
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Originally posted by Inquisitor
"Points are Pointless?" I see what you did there Op., the play on words. Nicely played!

I understand that the points generated in the forum by performing certain tasks can only be redeemed at 15% of their value. I see how this ...
Not sure if I understand what you are saying here. I'll send you a m.
Jan 29, 4:28 pm
Rin Rin Rin Rin
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
I've been gone a long while as well. I too am disappointed by the changes. Guess I'll have to figure out how to make it work...
Apr 5, 3:28 pm
Lvstoplay Lvstoplay
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
I haven't been on the site in a while and haven't needed to make any purchases. Today I went to order a new bottle of my favorite lube and planned to use a gift card that I redeemed from my points back in April 2013. I still had $45 on the ...
I will be surprised if I can actually use all my points too, which sucks. I earned them so I feel like I should be allowed to use them. Unfortunately Eden's dealt with the matter of point farming poorly in my opinion. I understand they can't let us get everything free, but if they'd let us use even use our points to cover 30% of our order I'd be much happier. I think that would be fair and work well enough for everyone (the customers and Eden's alike).
Apr 23, 8:36 am
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
I have $20 gift card from last year that I'll never use because I want to buy a $20 item and can only use 15%. It's a shame, it's like a ghost town now. A lot of us have been here a long time.
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