BuzzFeed has spent this week locked in a battle over its trustworthiness after dumping extraordinary, unverified claims about Donald Trump’s sexual proclivities.
BuzzFeed also this week published an article claiming to suggest smart ways its readers can save money… which is actually a bunch of sales links designed to make money for the site.
“21 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month” singles out 16 specific products for cash-strapped fans to buy, from food to clothes to cookware.
So far, so altruistic. However, it also notes: “Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.” Ah.
Author Elizabeth Lilly’s piece is based on the (pretty dubious) premise that by paying up for her stuff, you will save cash in the long run.
For example, she claims a $9.99 gadget for airing out your shoes will make them stink less… so you won’t need to replace them… saving you money.
Another of Lilly’s ideas is to bulk buy berries over the internet – starting at $56.25 – so you can spend less on breakfast.
But many were quick to question whether Lilly really had their best interests at heart when putting the piece together, as opposed to their site’s bottom line: