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Dogster and Catster Saved?

February 13th 2014 7:37 am
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Everybody's going crazy over the news that Dogster and Catster are being saved after all the turmoil we were put through with the announcement of their closure by the corporate entity. They've done everything they can to drive us away already by not keeping things running like they should - no group messages in the e-mail so you can keep up with groups, no access beyond the first page of the Dogster and Catster Plus Photo Books, not having the servers respond for those who've been scrambling the last several weeks to save pages and stuff (or to even just get in here) - the list could go on if I allowed my dog and cat friends to add their two cents. The corporate entity wants us to believe that their new format will make everybody happy again - as if they finally realized how valuable we are. But it will most likely NOT be the Dogster and Catster we've come to know and love, though my own experience has been more of a love-hate relationship with them. They're pulling the same kind of marketing ploy as the grocery stores - they buy a limited amount of "loss leaders" that they know will sell out within the first couple days of the sale, then when somebody else wants to take advantage of the advertised bargain, the store makes money by making them buy something other than what they really wanted. It's rather like when one of our local camera stores had a closing sale and then reopened under new management. None of this would have happened if Dogster and Catster hadn't sold out to the corporate entity in the first place. Somebody at Facebook said we've been given the 23rd-hour reprieve. That's all well and good on the face of it, but what if they decide to set up the execution apparatus again at some other time?


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