UPDATE: As if we needed another reason: according to a recent investigation by the LA Times, 62% of all dispensary reviews on Weedmaps are fake.
Originally posted May 22, 2012:
Recently we were informed of a new policy over at Weedmaps (initially via e-sales pitch and later by phone): if we didn’t agree to ditch our own very respected lab The Werc Shop and pay much higher rates to signup with SC Labs, their new partner in crime, they would remove all references to being lab-tested from our listing. They justified this anti-competitive and discriminatory behavior because they, in a flash of omniscience, decided that SC Labs is the only proper lab for cannabis testing. We refused to be blackmailed in this way, so WeedMaps censored our paid listing and deleted 85% of the text that was in our collective’s description. All under the guise of “wanting patients to have safe reliable medicine when someone advertises it on our site.” That’s so noble of them, but censoring our listing because we won’t use their own expensive lab to them is just bad karma. It’s also been going on for awhile apparently*. Boooo.
When I cancelled our paid listing, the aggressive sales rep threatened “you’ll be sorry.” (We’re still not sorry!) Weedmaps is full of old stale listings of collectives that closed down years ago. It does this to make small collective operators think there’s more competition than there actually is, so you feel pressured to pay more for a better listing. We call shenanigans on this bunk practice.
There’s also no moderation of customer reviews, so you might see that a competitor has 99 five star reviews, but when you go read them, it’s the same 5 star review copied and pasted 80 times. This probably happened because Weedmaps has a terrible user interface and the user wasn’t getting feedback that the review was submitted properly, so they kept pushing submit. Or, a dishonest operator just knows how to game the ridiculous system Weedmaps has created.
Please join us and the growing legions of people sourcing and getting their information on medicinal cannabis elsewhere. We really like Leafly.com but there are thousands out there to explore. Or, you can do it the old-fashioned way and google it.
*note: the post we linked to has disappeared, but a helpful visitor has provided us with a Web Archive link to where it is saved.