It’s 10pm on Tuesday night, and I should really be going to bed. I have to get an early start tomorrow, and I need my beauty sleep if I’m going to be the sexiest chip guy in all of the land. I can’t go walking around with bags under my eyes and whatnot. Stop checking out my ass, I’m not an object.
Anyhoo, as I’ve said before, us personal finance bloggers are really predictable sometimes. (It was also said, quite well, by Mochi, one of my internet girlfriends) I’ve been vocal about calling out bad content before, but never has the content been terrible AND stolen. I can almost respect someone who puts out their own bad content, since even writing poorly is STILL FREAKIN WRITING. But I draw the line at blatantly stealing someone else’s content.
Because I am a glutton for punishment, I continue to read Finance Fox. It mostly amuses me, but I probably shouldn’t laugh, since the spelling and grammar errors are cruel and unusual punishment against the English language. It is terrible in every way, and if I could I would kill it with a flamethrower.
It all started with this tweet:
— Cait Flanders (@blondeonabudget) February 25, 2013
What Cait pointed out was there was a bunch of very similar content between the two posts in question, one from last year written by Krystal from Give Me Back My Five Bucks and one written just a few weeks ago by Eddie Kadic from Finance Fox. I’m not going to go into the similarities between the two posts highlighted in the tweet, I’ll let you guys go nuts. There’s a bonus prize if you can spot the blatant plagiarism between the two pieces. (Note: there is not actually a bonus prize) We have our own spot-the-plagiarism game that we have to focus on.
First, a screenshot from Ramit’s site, dated January 8th:
I thought this was a very interesting coincidence, but I basically just shrugged it off. It was just one joke. We’ve all repeated funny jokes that we’ve heard, what’s the big deal?
Just an hour ago, Eddie Kadic churned out a new blog post, titled Ever Wonder Why You’re Really In Debt? (You’re going to want to click on that really quick, I have a feeling it’ll be down soon.) I was suspicious, so I decided to see if I could find any “similar” posts out there. So I Googled “why you’re in debt.” The 7th result was a piece by Marc and Angel Hack Life, called This Is Why You’re In Debt. I didn’t time myself, but I bet it took me 15 seconds, mostly because I was distracted by the 2nd result. DAMN YOU, GAIL VAZ-OXLADE. (Not really, she’s okay.)
Anyway, let’s try to spot the similarities between Eddie’s piece and Marc and Angel’s. It’s the worst matching game ever.
Here’s Marc and Angel on having a get rich quick mentality:
And Eddie’s take on the same subject:
Hey, you gotta give him credit. Taking out that extra .09 was pretty clever, don’t you think? Did you know you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the lottery? I’m not sure Eddie does, since Marc and Angel came up with it first.
Here’s Marc and Angel on bad habits:
And Eddie on the same subject:
Hey, I don’t know why I’d ever think that was plagiarized. He added ’emotional’ to the discomfort. That makes it totally different.
This is fun, let’s keep the party rolling. Here’s Marc and Angel on wasting time:
And again, here’s the Edmiester on the same topic. Man, what a coincidence! I’m not sure why he poo-pooed buying a lottery ticket earlier, because he is on a luck roll.
Did you guys know that “time is money?” And that it’s “the greatest constituent/possession in life?”
I’ll give him credit. At least most of that paragraph is original. But wait, there’s even more. This is a Las Vegas buffet of crap. It just never ends.
Hey Marc and Angel, what do you think about status symbols?
And Eddie, what are your feelings? Are they very similar?
WHOA GUYS THEY’RE ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME. OMG I AM SO SURPRISED. (faints onto the fainting couch)
Eddie was trying to make an effort to switch things up a little, but he obviously got bored, so he just took whole sentences. What the hell, right?
Hey Marc and Angel, what do you think of life’s simple pleasures?
Interesting. I wonder what Eddie thinks. If it’s very similar, you all owe me $50.
WHOO! I’M RICH, BABY!
You can all send your cheques to:
Secret Canadian Air Force Base
Hey, I gotta be careful. I think a certain finance blogger will be mad at me. Ladies, I accept used underpants as a substitution.
Oh hell, how about one more? Marc and Angel, how do you think divorce affects your finances?
No pressure, but if Eddie gets this one right, he aces the plagiarism quiz. Come on Eddie, you can do it….
HE NAILED IT YOU GUYS!
Divorce absolutely destroys the finances of both parties involved. I agree Eddie. I so agree. I agree even more with Marc and Angel, since they said it 3 years ago, but hey. I like your version too. Wait, that’s a lie, you terrible, terrible little man.
Here’s the hilarious part. This is from Eddie’s about page:
He’s a real person. All the thoughts, comments, and ideas he shares are from him. And by Marc and Angel. And Ramit. And Krystal from Give Me Back My Five Bucks. Yeah, but except for all the stuff he plagiarized, it totally came from him.
Eddie, here’s my message to you. You are a sack of garbage. Other bloggers are working hard to create content that people want to read. They’re pouring their heart and soul into their craft. They created that. It belongs to them. It’s not just sitting there for you to pass off as your own content. This isn’t the first time you’ve stolen someone else’s work either, and I sure hope it isn’t the last.
You’re a discrace. Shut your blog down. And if the Yakezie network has any morals at all, they’ll kick your sorry ass out of their network. You should be ashamed of yourself.
And other bloggers, I have one request. Never acknowledge Eddie’s presence ever again. He deserves no link love, no support of any kind. If there’s a cardinal rule in blogging, he’s broken it. For shame.