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Bo Xilai
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Bo Xilai

Total misrepresentation.

It should be viewed as a violation of journalistic integrity.

Deception
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Deception

Who needs to use a marketing agency when you can actually use the mainstream media to spread your subtle message as news, for free:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1hqhafnfMY
Having fake buyers on CNY is slightly creative.

We have to give full credit to Cam Good and his Yellow Helicopter. That was probably more creative.

Which real estate marketer/flogger deserves the Scammy Award?

Groundhog
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Groundhog

Heres the other one about a “White Rock Investor,” was highlighted on VREE in the spring. So we have 3 documented cases of this fraud now.

http://vreaa.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/global-tv-promotes-re-yet-again-realtors-like-it-because-they-want-to-get-their-realtors-their-clients-sorry-the-best-deal-they-can/

“In the Global clip, Ms Fluet is portrayed as a ‘White Rock Investor’, yet in an article in ‘The Province’ [‘Two homes are better than one’, 17 Oct 2010], it is revealed that she is a ‘sales representative’ selling condos for Cam Good’s ‘The Key’ marketing group, the same people behind this promotion.
Global TV continues to promote RE in the guise of ‘News’, and is disingenuous in the way it presents information to its viewers.
– vreaa”

And her linked in profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tara-fluet/1a/347/7b6

specuskeptic
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I guess to be fair, she never claimed to have bought the place. This whole thing still reeeks though…

Many Franks
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Many Franks

This thread is walking a very fine line between exposing dirty marketing tricks made possible by lazy or complicit media on one hand, and nascent stalking/cyberbullying on the other. Please be careful, folks, especially when you’re taking stuff from people’s facebook profiles and photos — even if those are publicly visible.

I’d love to see this kind of marketing/news chimera called out in public, but it’s not necessary to lose the moral high ground in the process.

Girlbear
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Girlbear

@Many Franks

I agree. Ummm, errrr, no one here knows for sure that is her. Like I said, if you think it is, call the big boy and ask him – he can take it. Checking out a 22 year old’s FB page and also making comments referring to her as hotty Amanda is getting a little creepy, non?

Groundhog
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Groundhog

Does anyone have any documentation of the helicopter fraud? I’d like to write up a formal complaint specifying these 3 instances.

YLTNboomerang
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Gordholio, get on CRTC for this one. The whole used/new home sales industry in corrupt!

Show Me The Number
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Show Me The Number

Her LinkedIn profile indicates she is an administrative assistant at MAC. The woman probably came into the office that day and was told she got an acting gig.

Is “Chris Lee”, if that is her real name, working for MAC as well?

HAM Solo
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HAM Solo

I find it more funny than anything else. In fact the whole local RE scene is kind of like a long-running episode of SCTV. Cheesy websites, ridiculous bus panel advertising, phony data, housewives turned “stagers” and even “professors” of real estate.

To be honest, I don’t even begrudge them their ill-gotten gains. They’ll only blow their money on overpriced status display. Easy come, easy go. We each only get one life and their real punishment is in spending their whole existence as mindless pumper pimps and hoes.

yvr2zrh
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Sorry for my ignorance – – but again – – has the wool been pulled over people’s eyes? Are we saying that the young Chinese Girl waiting for her parents to buy her the condo (and by the way – she was on all 3 networks as the same “buyer”) is actually a condo marketer with MAC?

Anyhow – – this is complete B.S. – – how can the news be so completely clueless? Where is it that the news actually challenges these people?

specuskeptic
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Good points MF & GB. No conclusions being jumped to here. Why didn’t CTV do this basic work in the first place? No stalking here. Don;t want people to know? Don’t post in a PUBLIC place!

No Noise
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No Noise

Is it confirmed that the condo building which the Lee sisters on the news were supposedly interested in purchasing is also being marketed by MAC who Amanda Lee works for? If that’s the case, then whether they are truly purchasing and their parents have travelled from China to put up the $$ is irrelevent (and it doesnt matter whether any of them already owns RE – I’m sure they do). If they are actually buying she’s probably getting a huge insider discount on the unit and/or a huge yearly bonus from the developer/marketer for going on MSM with their CNY RE pumper story.

Many Franks
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Many Franks

@No Noise: Yes, MAC Marketing handles Maddox. See MAC’s page on the project.

gokou3
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gokou3

Agree with Many Franks. For the record, when I said “Check out the pretty public facebook profile”, I used the word “pretty” to mean “quite”, as opposed to the description of Amanda’s beauty or what not.

Also, I do not encourage anyone to dig out anything from her profile other than confirming whether this Amanda on FB who works for MAC is indeed the same person as that interviewed on CTV. After all, she cannot be the “mastermind” if she’s indeed an admin assistant according to her LinkedIn profile.

Naked Official #9000
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Naked Official #9000

@gokou, @disgraced Bo Xilai and others

disloyal cadres,

try to conceal your racist envy!

these honest and loyal cadres are enjoying the plenty provided by themselves and their hard working parents – do not begrudge their harmonious existence – one day perhaps you, too will benefit from the hard work of cadres loyal to the party – back to your “garden suites,” pleb locals – nothing to see here.

604 Receding Gains
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604 Receding Gains

The media is the problem with our Lee sisters (the sisters themselves are simply trying to make a buck and reckon buyers are all dumb). The producers and field reporters who played along with this mirage of offshore buyers knew what they were doing. Of course they did. So here are the possible places to complain (#2 probably is the most effective):

1. Consumer Protection BC.
Email: info@consumerprotectionbc.ca

2. Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
Email Address: complaints@cbsc.ca
(This is a proxy for CRTC.)

3. Canadian Association of Journalists
Box 280
Brantford, ON N3T 5M8

Crikey
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Crikey

I agree that cyber-stalking, etc is totally off limits, but in cases like this the only way to get to the top is by starting at the bottom and putting the pressure/questions on until they give the foundation of info needed to work your way up. You don’t start at the top.

In other words, assuming that the Amanda Lee that works at MAC is the same one in the news stories, there is no reason in my mind to skip asking her the pertinent questions.

You want to ask Cam directly? He’ll say “Amanda who?” and before you know it Amanda will have been well trained to avoid all questions (again, assuming that she is the person everybody thinks she is)

Crikey
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Crikey

Also, regarding writing to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council:
I may have missed it, but can somebody post the original air dates/times/etc that will be needed for complaints? If so, thanks.

Q
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Q

A rent-to-own scheme gone bad. It sounds like the only person who came out ahead was the middle man who arranged the deal.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/08/bc-renttoown.html

patriotz
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Another gem from Ben:

Why a ‘soft landing’ for housing could still hurt the economy

Executive summary: when the size of the RE sector is disproportionately large, there is no such thing as a soft landing.

QNX
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QNX

Hey all,

Let’s get our deceptive marketers straight:

MAC Marketing Solutions is run by CAMeron McNeill

Key Marketing is run by CAM Good

These guys are pretty good at putting these “news” stories in front of the media CAMeras.

thetamax
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thetamax

This trick has been going on a while. Over a year ago the Financial Post had a story about how it was becoming normal for single females to buy a condo (i.e. not waiting for marriage).

They indicated the girl worked in marketing. However, they neglected the finer detail that she worked in CONDO marketing. When they called out Garry Marr on it, the article was revised.

Random guy
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Random guy

They should do a better research before they start acts like this. China people don’t use “lee” as an English translated last name. They use “Li”. All the “lee” last name are used by Hk people and Taiwanese.

Naked Official #9000
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Naked Official #9000

@random guy

Hong Kong and Taiwan are china people!

Hong kong and Taiwan is belong to china!

Your disharmony has been added to your file, disloyal cadre – cease with your splittism!

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