This morning I received two messages. One was letting me know that The Greenville News Best of the Upstate survey was out and that a friend has been voted for.. and another was from a friend reminding me to vote for him. So, I clicked the link and started selecting who to vote for in the 50 categories. The first thing I noticed was that the survey gave you one suggestion for every category, with some categories having two or three suggestions. I went ahead and voted but then decided to circle back to see if it was always the same suggestions, and it was.
I then posted the link on my Facebook and emailed it to a few friends… very quickly I received responses wanting to know why there were suggestions… and here is what was dug up with a little help from a few friends…
- For a sum of apparently $850 you could have yourself or your company suggested.
- Greenville News offers to sell the companies the papers at $0.15 each in order to do all the ballots…they deliver PALLETS of papers to the businesses…and the businesses hire kids for $7/hour to fill out the forms. It’s considered paid circulation, so they can report it to ABC so they look better to ad agencies and so forth!
- At least one real estate company in the Upstate does have their realtors and assistants do this in order to win the award.
Seem like a scam to you? I’m thinking about doing my own poll.. but it won’t included things like “best assistive listening device store”… it will be real things like “Best Bar”, “Best Fast Food”, “Best Massage”, etc… so help me come up with some ideas for categories… and no… $850 can’t buy you an award from me… it probably can’t even get you a compliment to tell you the truth. 🙂