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Just trying to help keep others from getting scammed by illegitimate companies. I also leave good reviews of companies I really appreciate ;)

33 Reviews by Brandon

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TruthFinder

TruthFinder

7/13/17

Spent 30 minutes of my life that I will never get back navigating from page to page, confirmation after confirmation, to look at my own record (wanted to see driving record) just to find out at the last step that they want you to join and pay monthly installments to see the info they have. They had my age wrong as well... Don't waste your time!

CodesnBoxes

CodesnBoxes

12/21/18

When you type in "Adobe Illustrator" into Google, this is one of the first things to pop up. Upon investigation, (because the deal seems too good to be true) I have found that most of the comments are fake and many people have been given codes that don't work when entered. It's a shame that Google lets companies like this appear at the top of their search results. I can't imagine how many people that are just trying to save a buck are getting scammed. This website needs to be shut down.

Tip for consumers: Don't let them fool you. Stay far away from this site!

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SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey

5/14/18

I have taken a ton of their surveys over the past 6 months, some short, some unexpectedly long. My take is they lure you in with the chance to win a 100 dollar gift card but I'm really questioning how many people actually win those...

Quora

Quora

5/8/19

Pretentious people giving long-winded answers to silly questions.

Ex- "Why couldn't the Hulk beat Thanos?" and then someone writes a Novel about their opinion on the matter like they wrote the characters and created the MCU.
Why do I need this sent to me in email? I though it was more for deep conversation, but I rarely see any of that anymore.

If you have a real question, it tends to not get answered.
And a lot of questions I have seen that get more volume seem to be regurgitated questions that have been asked before.

Ex - "What was something that happened to you as a kid that made you never look at the world the same?"
Then a month later, "What was a traumatizing experience that happened to you at a young age that made you look at the world differently?"

After using it for a couple years, all I can say is the site is ultimately an echo-chamber filled with a lot of silly conversation when it's supposed to be intellectual. And it's becoming more and more difficult to find those gems of informative conversation.

Tip for consumers: Have an opinion on Thanos.

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R2odeals.com

R2odeals

9/21/18

Ended up on this website after looking for places to rent in my hometown... The deals they portray are those "too good to be true" listings. They ask you to visit the website for more info after posting only one terrible resolution photo of a single small room to a place like Craigslist. Upon visiting the website, they ask for personal info (which I'm glad I didn't provide) and then when you get to the next page where you expect to see more details, they want you to then sign up for a "7-day free trial". This is nothing short of a legal scam in my books and this website should be shut down.

Tip for consumers: STAY FAR AWAY!

Belk

Belk

11/22/18

Whenever I looked up "PS4 Spiderman bundle black Friday" on Google, this is the first result. When you go to the website it says "In stock" right there. When you go to look at your bag it still says "available". Then, when you get to check out, it's "out of stock".
I was hoping to order from this site to not have to deal with black Friday rushes, but it caused me to miss out on the deal anywhere else because I showed up a half hour after the sales started at my local stores.

Thanks Belk!

Tip for consumers: Use a different site.

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Craigslist, Inc.

Craigslist, Inc.

11/15/18

I've used CL to buy and sell plenty of items at this point. Most people are very flaky, a moderate amount people are decently dependable, and a select few know how make smooth exchanges of goods online. Kind of just the way she roles, but it would be nice if people were taking it more seriously rather than just window shop a lot of the time.

I've browsed for houses to rent a few times and it never seems to work out. Could just be my area though... Housing is tight.
It's important to note that there's a small amount of scams in the housing section*

I've used this website to look for jobs as well and a lot of posts seem to be written without much information or just unprofessionally. The ones that look and sound more professional / informative and articulate are the ones worth looking into of course. And are usually the ones that will get back to you. However, I would recommend using a website like Glassdoor or Indeed for job searches.

Overall, I would say it can be useful. But most of the time it's not.

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Reddit

Reddit

4/27/19

..USED TO. Not too much anymore after periodic overhauls. It seems as though the platform that was once about freedom is now about censorship. A lot of the comment sections (although have always been ridiculous and foremost a center for comedic exchange) now seem to be echo chambers; a bunch of people agreeing with each other with little to no effort put into critical thought. Ex- Sargon of Akkad was recently "quarantined" (censored) and made out to be an alt-right figure. I won't waste time on the details but I used to watch/listen to Sargon and I can't tell you how far from the truth that is. Proof - He has sent gay-interracial porn to Alt-right figureheads for the sake of trolling them. This whole fiasco came about when he declared he was running for office in Britain. Hmmmm.
That's just one example. I could go on for days about issues with the bots, subreddits, reposting, censoring and politics of Reddit. But all I really want to say is, "I used to love it, but barely use it anymore solely because it feels like a platform to push an agenda on, instead of a free and open community.

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Product Report Card

8/27/18

Don't use this site. It's designed so you fill out surveys after survey but rarely accumulate currency. Just a good way to get people to fill out surveys for free.
They are aggressive emails marketers and the business model doesn't seem honest.

Sitejabber

Sitejabber

11/5/18

I wish this website would spread like a wildfire. People need to be able to get a second opinion on websites that just don't seem legit. From hat websites that won't let you leave reviews unless it's positive, to scam real estate websites, Sitejabber has helped me keep other people from making the same mistakes I have, and at the same time, allowed me to avoid websites that already have poor reviews on here.
It can be used for good feedback as well, of course! So leave a site you really trust a good rating :)

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Musician's Friend

Musician's Friend

7/15/17

I have spent thousands of dollars ordering from them because over a decade ago they would always give me the best deal I could find... by far! Now they are affiliated with every other music site so you can't haggle, every site just gives you the same deal a different way. ex- full price plus a case that costs $20, other site says full price with a warranty that costs $20, other site says they will give you $20 dollars off. More of a choose your poison attitude now rather than trying to get you the best deal so they can be the one to make the sell.

Tip for consumers: Call around to try and get the best price you can. If you find a good agent, make sure to get their info and always use them.

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Repostexchange.com

Repostexchange

12/29/18

Update: Had to lower it to 4 stars seeing as people will follow you and repost your songs, just to get you to follow them back and then they unfollow you. I slimy tactic to gain followers. Good thing I use "unfollowspy" so I can recognize these people and unfollow them as well. Not necessarily the company/site's fault, but they could implement something to curb people from using these tactics.

The point of this website is to promote your SoundCloud tracks by reposting other people's tracks, which gives you credits. Then, you use those credits to create campaigns for your own songs. Another option is to buy credits to bypass having to repost other people's tunes. It's up to you.

The thing I appreciate the most is the majority of the people that follow you or repost your music tend to be aspiring artists. It's a great way for the underground community to connect. If they're not other artists, they're promoters. Win-win.

Another thing I appreciate, is that it's authentic- you really have to be careful with SoundCloud promotion because a lot of it is illegitimate. These guys are the real deal, and although the plays and followers don't come in by the masses, they are AUTHENTIC.
With illegitimate promotion you can gain 100+ fake followers a day, but they will dissipate by next week. (Which makes you look unprofessional)
The followers/plays/reposts that come from this site are gradual, and they stick around! (You may even end up collaborating with others from here.)

I had an issue where I was charged for a monthly artist plan that I didn't wish to continue for the time being and I emailed them (you can call them as well) and honestly didn't know what to expect from their support. Ed got back to me ASAP and made it all right. Thanks Ed!
I appreciate quality customer service and the type service they provide. So in my books, they get a 5-star review.

Tip for consumers: Give it a try!

YouTube

YouTube

7/15/17

Since the "adpocolypse" hit, Some of my favorite channels have moved to different services or slowed down on how much YouTube content they produce because they aren't making nearly as much as they used to. I hope this turns around and creators can be properly compensated for the unique, quality content they provide.
I prefer SoundCloud or Spotify and many other streaming services for music because YouTube runs down your phone battery and uses more data.
The amount of content on YouTube is staggering still!

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Fivver

Fivver

12/22/18

A lot of service on her are illegitimate. And there's usually a communication barrier than you have to get through. I would like to be able to update reviews!

Tip for consumers: Be careful what services you choose!

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Twenty20

Twenty20

8/26/18

They lure you in with the offer of 5 free/ royalty-free pictures, but once you sign up, they make it intentionally hard to cancel your subscription... That auto-renews for $149/m in a week. You can't remove your card info as well*
Also, The library is not very impressive and a lot of pictures aren't cleared for commercial use or even actually royalty-free(especially the high-quality ones). Most of the pictures there aren't very large and the quality is sub-par. So for the price of $149/m, I am flabbergasted.

"IT'S A TRAP!"

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OnlineVideoConverter

OnlineVideoConverter

5/9/19

This site used to be pretty straight forward. You always had to watch out for the redirects/pop-ups, but now they are relentless and the converter doesn't even work anymore...

Tip for consumers: Look for another site.

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Unfollowspy.com

Unfollowspy

1/7/19

At first I didn't know what exactly to make of this site or how to use it. Now that I am familiar with it I love it. This way I can monitor my SoundCloud followers and see what A-holes follow people just for a follow back and then unfollow expecting them not to see it.
No respect for cheaters and liars. Much respect for this site!

The only problem I really have with it (even though it's free to use) is that the UI seems a little out-dated and if you stay logged in, when I go back to the site it gives an error page so you have to log out and then log back in. No biggie, but still a small annoyance. Which is why I give it a 4-star rating instead of 5-stars*

I hope this website/service/company succeeds. They are providing a very helpful service!

Tip for consumers: Try it out, it's great!

Adsrsounds.com

Adsrsounds

5/14/18

I love this site. Better prices and selection than their competitors (like primeloops). When you review packages you get discount codes and they also send you links (here and there) to pick up huge packs of sounds for unbelievable prices. I can't recommend them enough, they even have tutorials on the site for how to use certain instruments and hardware*

Webstorejobs.org

Webstorejobs.org

9/20/18

Do not apply for jobs or give any info on this website. It is completely fraudulent! Amazon's real address for jobs is "amazon.jobs" and their starting wages are much lower that what this website represents them as. A red flag is "you can make $500 a day working from home in just a couple hours."

Findlayhats.com

Findlayhats

9/2/18

I had an all around terrible experience with this company. Figured I would leave some reviews on the hats but they never sent me an email to review them and that seems to be the only way to post reviews...(possibly because I made it clear that I was unsatisfied, and they only want 5-star reviews on their website). In the email asking for a rating (of the stickers), it says a one-star review isn't acceptable and to reach out. Even before noticing that, I reached out and asked for replacements because the hats received were sub-par, to say the least... especially for the price: With obvious stitching mess ups and off-centered/ tilted logos and bent bills, etc... I sent pictures and they were happy to replace all of the hats. I sent them back and it took 2 days to get to Findlay and almost 2 weeks to get the replacements. And I live near Portland... When I received the replacements, one of the hats was missing... I looked at the invoice and it said *double checked*. Also, one of the hats they sent back to me was the same one I sent them back. I know this because I took a picture of a glob of glue on the inside top right side of the hidden pocket and when I inspected the hat I compared it to the picture and it was the exact same shape and size... also the bill was still bent the same way it had been when I sent it back. On that note, the bills to all the hats were pretty bent (dip down in the front) probably because they put them in such small boxes. I expressed that when returning them originally but when they sent the replacement hats they decided to cram 3 hats into one box this time... Also the designs on the bills are quite off-centered and bumpy. I was informed that it's because of the sublimation process, however, I have other hats with designs on the bill and they are stitched perfectly and have no bumps/waves/ overhanging material. When asking for replacements, I was told my friend and I would "be taken care of" but the service we received was exactly the opposite. It actually felt spiteful because when you receive a replacement order with one hat completely missing, another being the same one you shipped back, and another being in worse condition that the first one you sent back (in regards to the exact issues you mentioned)... It feels like someone is giving you the bird. In the end, my friend and I both wasted 4 dollars on express shipping and spent almost a month dealing with this terrible service. I'm surprised and super disappointed because the hats in the pictures that people post seem to be way higher quality than the ones we received... both times! 0/10 will never recommend.

Tip for consumers: Buy your hats elsewhere and save money, while at the same time receiving higher quality products.

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