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If I were an advertiser, I'd much rather pay someone to astroturf Reddit than buy advertising space on Reddit itself. It seems like a much better investment.

I spent a huge amount of ad money on reddit for literally no conversions and a handful of clicks. These were ads that were hugely effective on lots of other sites.

Spending your money to advertise on reddit is less effective than simply flushing it down the toilet.

You underestimate reddit's abuse defenses.

And you overestimate the crowd's intelligence if you think this doesn't happen on a regular basis (quite successfully, I might add).

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