What a perfect and timely post for this November 2nd Election Day. Everyone should know who “The Rent is Too Damn High” guy is… it’s Jimmy McMillan of course, the candidate running for governor of New York. Put aside any politics and frustrations for the economy, Jimmy McMillan knows how to gain attention and with that attention comes money and power… potentially more than enough money to pay for his rent, which I’m sure is “Too Damn High!”.
Let’s quickly jump to another topic… Penny Auction sites, which are all of the buzz lately. Every place you used to see Acai and other rebill type advertisements, you now see these auction type ad spots filled with “Apple iPod Penny Auctions… Only $1.74” type of ads. These campaigns pay anywhere from $25 to $100 per sign up to affiliates, and are quite the buzz among the affiliate networks. A post was actually released yesterday about how one of these largest auction sites, SwipeAuctions is currently ceasing operations. It’s no surprise, as these ad campaigns are being promoted the same way the rebills and diet pills were, and it’s only a matter of time before lawyers, FTC and complaints start piling up and action has to be taken.
Back to Jimmy McMillan… he just released his own YouTube video of him pushing BidHere.com, which is a penny auction site with the same basis as SwipeAuctions and many other sites. BidHere.com is running a promotion on November 2nd for Election Day called, “Pay Your Rent for Pennies Auction“, so who more fitting than Jimmy McMillan to provide an attention grabbing video? No one…
What’s the bigger attention grabber here? Penny Auctions going mainstream with a “celebrity-like” testimonial… or how awesome Jimmy McMillan is for coming out of no where with his “The Rent is Too Damn High” party and slogan and getting endorsements and even a doll made up of himself! Is Jimmy McMillan… the second coming of Billy Mays? Probably not… but he does have America’s attention for a few moments, let’s see where it goes!