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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:45 am 
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Have you all had any luck purchasing cell phone batteries? I bought one a while back for my aging Note 2 that said and looked like OEM but with a slightly different code, but it wasn't much of an improvement over the 4-year old OEM.

Bought a powerbear one for Anam's Galaxy S5. Hopefully an improvement since she's down to like a couple of hours of life on the original one.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:31 pm 
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Had already purchased a 2-puck black display case from Amazon. Wanted a 2nd.

Purchased a 2-puck black display case temporarily out of stock on Amazon. 6 months pass and nothing. So they cancel the order. Even though the case is available from the company that makes them, as a 3rd party seller. Just way more expensive so I guess they can't get it at the listed price. So change the fucking price?

Purchased a 3-puck red display case. Then it goes temporarily out of stock. Arrives, one side is all busted. Return it. Then, it goes from temporarily out of stock to 1 in stock. So I buy it and say to Anam watch it be the same fucking busted one. We'll see what happens.


This happened with a bluetooth speaker I bought "certified refurbished" on Amazon......it had a strange buzz and I noticed one dude had commented on it in the reviews...I told him I got the same one and after that 2 more people commented they had received the buzzing one and returned it. Must have found some frequency deaf bloke to finally take it. That's Amazon QA right there....and why I don't buy anything "refurbished" from them anymore. Their partner site is WOOT and that place is a dumping ground for failed/defective products.


Yeah I'm generally wary of buying refurb.

It's coming from somewhere in PA rather than the amazon warehouse around here so that's a good sign at least.


It came and it wasn't busted up!

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:26 pm 
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Bought glasses on the internet, a company called Zenni. Dirt cheap, but I know so many people who use them and love their product. Got mine in the mail and they're tight: specifically the lenses are kinda big and the ear holder thingies are too straight, meaning they jam into my temples. Website recommends heating them in water or with a hair dryer and bending them till they fit. Lenses are nice, though.

Anyways, not sure they were worth the trouble.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:05 am 
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Rolled up to my Airbnb at 11 pm tonight. Covered in pubes and bugs. Place hadn't been cleaned in a while. On the phone with Airbnb and got my refund within the hour, but it also meant having to leave the place and finding another room to stay in. So not great.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:53 am 
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Rolled up to my Airbnb at 11 pm tonight. Covered in pubes and bugs. Place hadn't been cleaned in a while. On the phone with Airbnb and got my refund within the hour, but it also meant having to leave the place and finding another room to stay in. So not great.


Fuuuck, that sucks dude.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:21 am 
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My Airbnb experience wasn't as bad as this one, but this gives a good idea of what's happened to the website: taken over by scammers and the company doesn't give a shit.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k7 ... -on-airbnb

I'm sure I'll have to use it again at some point, but if I have the option of taking a hotel, I will going forward.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
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After years of futile resistance, more and more Montreal concerts are starting to fall under the spectre of Ticketmaster. What a garbage website that intentionally uses obfuscation to trick into paying more for tickets. Not sure how the rest of you have managed for so long. Will definitely be buying my tickets at the venues from now on.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
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E.L. wrote:
After years of futile resistance, more and more Montreal concerts are starting to fall under the spectre of Ticketmaster. What a garbage website that intentionally uses obfuscation to trick into paying more for tickets. Not sure how the rest of you have managed for so long. Will definitely be buying my tickets at the venues from now on.


We don't have a choice. :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
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E.L. wrote:
After years of futile resistance, more and more Montreal concerts are starting to fall under the spectre of Ticketmaster. What a garbage website that intentionally uses obfuscation to trick into paying more for tickets. Not sure how the rest of you have managed for so long. Will definitely be buying my tickets at the venues from now on.


Holy fuck this, fuck ticketmaster. Tried to get tickets to Alanis Morrisette for my wife, 2 of her friends and I. There's like 4 different fucking presales, nothing available. Get queued up for the general sale. Get into the room and the cheapest lawns are like $170 each. What the fuck. Take a closer look. They're fucking re-sales. The general release sale is showing the fucking resales at the top. I figure out how to exclude the resales and see the regular price down to $80. Click on it, wait, then it tells me they aren't available anymore. Repeat this like 10 times while they STILL FUCKING SHOW UP in the search results. Then, they disappear. Just garbage.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
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So my wife and I are on a legacy 4+ year old cell phone plan with Rogers where we have unlimited everything and 2GB of shared data. We both work from home, so we never even use 2GB of shared data.

Wife's plan pricing was for when she was actually paying for the phone($85/month, my additional line is $40), but because of pricing changes, there are 0 savings whenever I have called them to switch to a newer monthly plan.

Rogers MINIMUM fucking plan starts at 10GB for $75. Additional line is $60 now. So $10 more for data we'll never use and no phone.

Yesterday I got an email about switching to 5GB for $45 per month. Well!

I call them up, they say that's for additional lines and I still have to pay for the $75 main line. So $120 per month for 15GB shared data that I will never use. I basically refuse that answer repeatedly that that is the cheapest plan they can offer. That's only 5 dollars cheaper than my current plan, which was even paying for a phone. I point out that their discount company FIDO has 2 4 6 8 and 10GB plans and I should be able to get something smaller than the 10+5. I've been with Rogers for so long.

FINALLY the second person I talked to was eventually like "Well if we unshare the lines, you can pay $45/month each for 2GB of data each." Well holy fucking shit! $35/month savings with 2GB each instead of shared! Done! This isn't shown on the website.

Fucking cell phone companies.

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 Post subject: Re: CONSUMER AWARENESS
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:00 am 
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There's this...

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IME Oct 18 show postponed until "the new year". Boourns.


Fishy...


Oh yeah so this. The show was eventually cancelled and the ticket company refunded the cost of the ticket but not the service charges6/ticket so $12 bucks. I tweeted at them, the venue and IME saying that's fucking bullshit that the fans who bought the tickets are the ones who are eating the service charge costs for a cancellation that they had nothing to do with. On top of the fee I had to eat for the AirBnB cancellation. The total amount was $20 so it's not breaking the bank or anything but it's the fucking point. The fans are getting screwed for no reason. 750 tickets x $6 service charge = $4500 for no show.

A few days later, get a full refund saying that the venue is covering the service charge refund. So I doubled the refund and made a donation to a local food bank because I literally told my wife its about the principle not the amount.

Fucking complain if you think you're getting screwed.



Bought some toys from a site for the kids for xmas. Currency on the site is Canadian. Says that prices converted to US on checkout. Well, prices were charged in US, not converted to US. I email them and ask what's going on. They just say it's charged in US. I say well your website literally says it's shown in selected currency and then converted at checkout. They offer 10% discount. I say charge me the correct amount. They issue refund correction. Toys are on a boat from China, it appears.

How do you have a fucking ecommerce website that shows the local currency but doesn't actually convert the prices to that currency??? Good lord.

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