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    I was just thinking how boring the web has gotten, especially since tens of thousands of otherwise wealthy and savvy investors stopped pouring billions and billions of dollars into it.

    My favorite dead e-commerce sites are (where):

    Webhouse Club - the Priceline spinoff that allowed you to "bid" on gasoline and groceries. Over the six months the program ran I saved hundreds of dollars. Then it became obvious that there was no underlying bidding process by participating merchants and the savings I was enjoying was really just the redistribution of venture capital directly into consumers pockets (to the tune of $400M). It was fun while it lasted.

    Garden.com - I enjoyed the wealth of gardening information, and the ease with which I could order plants that are generally unavailable in my area. Another great idea who's over-ambitious execution plans doomed it from the start.

    Etoys - Two christmas' ago I save a ton of time (if not money) by ordering virtually every christmas gift from eToys, and having it shipped already wrapped. Its hard to believe they couldn't make this venture work...it was doomed by an almost maniacal belief that they needed to be the world's #1 toy retailer in under five years. Now wasn't that just silly!

    My ecommerce experiences over the past year and a half have been dominated by small purchases from niche web sites employing ready-made shopping cart systems. Nothing wrong with that mind you, but the fun certainly has been drained from much of the online experience.

    Some day I'll fill you all in on my nightmarish nine month experience working for a portal site. Once the therapy sessions have ended....
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    www.freescholarships.com

    Two years ago, this site was alive and well, giving out free daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly scholarships (in increasing amounts) just for surfing their website, as well as providing an auction system where you could use points collected on their website to get anything from Pizza coupons to movie tickets, etc...

    Unfortunately, this site went underground before I ever won anything (except a $10 dominoes gift certificate, which was very nice, I admit!)
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    I miss the early days of the web circa '95 where, with very little effort, you could win pretty much anything off of the internet simply due to the fact that there were a lot less people online.

    I miss AdCritic.

    As for ecommerce sites, I can't say I miss any of them really. We still have online groceries where I am at, so that's nice...though a lot of the country lost that when WebVan and PeaPod went under.
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    Originally posted by homer
    I miss the early days of the web circa '95 where, with very little effort, you could win pretty much anything off of the internet simply due to the fact that there were a lot less people online.

    I miss AdCritic.
    Big ditto.
    As for ecommerce sites, I can't say I miss any of them really. We still have online groceries where I am at, so that's nice...though a lot of the country lost that when WebVan and PeaPod went under.
    They were never in my area in the first place. Of course, there are grocery stores within a few blocks of my house. Isn't eToys technically still around, though? They surely keep sending things to me (I think Amazon might have them).
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    Originally posted by Toby
    Isn't eToys technically still around, though? They surely keep sending things to me (I think Amazon might have them).
    Kay Bee Toys (= KBKids.com) bought eToys' assets. Amazon has a deal with ToysRUs, as the TRU ecommerce site is kaput too.
    I had the best on-line toy shopping experience with ToysRUs; I was so disappointed when they merged the online business with Amazon (I have moral issues over the organizations Amazon supports). Though I did make out like a bandit when eToys closed up.


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    I really can't think of any website I used to frequent that's no longer around that I care about or miss.
    I miss being able to read my local daily paper online, but they still exist, they just switched to a "pay for all content" model which is pretty damn rude for a news organization.
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    Originally posted by Yorick
    Kay Bee Toys (= KBKids.com) bought eToys' assets. Amazon has a deal with ToysRUs, as the TRU ecommerce site is kaput too. [...]
    Ahhh...thanks.
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    I can't think of any dead web sites that I miss..in fact I can't think of any sites that I used to go to that is now dead....

    I think the internet is evolving...teh future is mobile internet. You will see more Venture Capital pouring into the net again..this time in mobile stuff.
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    AdCritic is definitely the one I miss the most. I even downloaded some of my favorites and converted them into gMedia movies I could play on my Clie.
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    Well, it's not one specific site, but I miss all the free porn. Yoosta be, I'd try to do some research for a school project only to be sidetracked into oodles of free porn that was somehow related to potato clocks.

    Remind me, what was adcritic?
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    As an owner of a GEODE, for me it's ..

    http://www.geodiscovery.com/

    It's dead, it died a year ago, it just hasn't gone away yet... more like a zombie at this point..
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    www.advertain.com

    I won a good digital camera AND a TV.

    I got the camera, and they sent a $250 check in place of the TV.

    Amazing luck, but I sure miss them.
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    Originally posted by ****-richardson
    [...] Remind me, what was adcritic?
    It was a site which hosted streaming clips of commercials, ostensibly for review as to their 'art' or humor value.
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    Originally posted by Toby
    It was a site which hosted streaming clips of commercials, ostensibly for review as to their 'art' or humor value.
    Ah, yes. I only visited the site a few times. Never remembered to keep tabs on them. Super Bowl Sunday last year was the last time, IIRC.
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    Originally posted by ****-richardson
    Ah, yes. I only visited the site a few times. Never remembered to keep tabs on them. Super Bowl Sunday last year was the last time, IIRC.
    Actually, that was the main reason I liked them also. I don't watch broadcast TV, so I used them to see what all the hype was about 'around the watercooler'.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...

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