Re: The Big Business of Fake Fans
So many ways to look at this issue.
Is it like the need to get a race car running so you can participate in the race?
Is it plain old fashioned lieing?
Not something I would participate in....though I can see the code to automate this.
The concept applies to unit sales as well...if you have the $ you can shill out purchases of your product to create buzz...then try to re-sell the product you purchased once the buzz gets going....maybe at a marginal loss written off as "publicity expense"....or open a small LLC to buy /sell the product and write off the loss....loads of fake publicity at the cost of $1.00 per download....and neatly tax deductable.
....feel like I need a shower now after describing this.