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Gregory C.

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5 Reviews by Gregory

I am guessing some of the reviews here may be posted by competitors. For example, once you're a member there is no way they would cancel your membership. Just throw that review out the window.
I just rented a tesla model 3 for a week. I really got the car, and it really was a tesla, and it was not really expensive. But there are things you do need to be aware of.
First, check the host ratings. Those are critical with any service like this. My host was OK but made a couple of gaffs. In the end I really enjoyed using the service. My host did not charge the car fully and he had recently changed his location and I got a little bit stuck. In the end he accommodated me on the return.

Here's where to beware: Watch the mileage limits. Mine was a "total mileage" limit of 600 miles. I had the car for many days so this did not make sense, but yet I got burned for $450 extra fees. That being said, If I had rented the Tesla from another person, my car would have cost me more (well over $100 a day; mine was less than $80 a day).

Some people are renting dream cars on this site- this is one way to drive a dream car! But in those cases the mileage limit may be really low. Remember to carefully review this and other things and you should do well if not better than using a rental service. For whatever reason, you can't rent a tesla on hertz, avis, or any other car rental company that I can find. You can do it on Turo and you can do it for a reasonable price.
I have seen a lot of search hits into experts-exchange but it always forces you to do a trial or subscription first. I had a "hard to find an answer to" question so I bit the bullet on the trial. The trial was 7 days. Here's what's interesting about my experience:

-The answer to my question was references to external sites
-The billing automatically kicked in after 7 days
-Although the advertising discusses the monthly fee (Almost $20 a month), the fine print is that this is billed "annually" (LOL) as in "Pay for the whole year now".

I realized my trial was over... not with a question if I would like to continue... but with a bill for over $200 US dollars.

I realized that the fine print was "interesting", and being good, asked them to consider changing the billing to monthly. Instead of obliging (what an honest business who wants continued business in the future would do), they would only explain how they trapped me fair and square LOL. See attached photo for dialogue.

If for some reason you think that search hits are real and not SEO and you want to try these guys out, make sure to cancel within 7 days if you trust them with your credit card number; I would not.

I would think a few times about even doing that- remember your email address is also a source of revenue for many businesses. If this is their business practice (trapping your money), think about what would stop them from reselling your email address to spammers. I realize that's probably been done a thousand times already, but it's the principal.
I like what these guys do. They filled a niche where old PS3s that over heated become unusable because of a poorly designed motherboard and cooling system. I purchased a PS3 from this site and was happy.

Unfortunately the trouble started when I purchased service for a different PS3 that had died. As instructed I mailed it to them to have it reballed (made better than new). This is the sequence of events that occurred the second time:

-I sent them a PS3 and $90
-They sent me back one that didn't work although they claimed it did.
-I mailed it back to them again at my expense with a detailed letter enclosed in the box explaining who I am and how to mail it back
-Never heard back so I attempted to contact them for_months_ through ebay, and then through email
-They finally responded because they have a "chat bot" that shows up when you surf to their website!) After explaining I sent them the box (as they requested!) with my personal info and phone number enclosed... then asking them what their intake procedure was... They refused to answer that question AND THEN they refused to look for my PS3 until I produced a tracking number from UPS knowing full well this was extremely hard or unlikely after 6 months. At this point it was obvious to me I had to PROVE they received the box before they would acknowledge receipt OR responsibility.
-Finally I was able to produce the tracking number and prove that it was mailed to them after an hour deliberation with UPS. Only at this point did they say they had my PS3!
-They claimed they would have a look at it right away
-Next they diagnosed it with a blown graphics chip and told me it was $45 and that they could fix it if I wanted. He said "if yes, I will try to have it done today"
-After a couple of days of thinking about this in lieu of the above, Instead of saying ok I responded that I just want the money back for the original repair. I didn't even care about the PS3 or the shipping.

Yet they ignored my email and several after it.

After threatening them for 2 weeks with small claims court (their physical address is listed on the web site in the mailing directions) they FINALLY agreed to paypal me back the money.

This is a person who knows how to do good work... who will swindle you if they can. In some parts of the world I understand this is "everybody". But here in the U.S. this business owner should go to jail.
I was encouraged to use crunchyroll to view the anime I love from anywhere in the world. Maybe once it was ok. Now... it is a nightmare.

Many sites offer a "ad based" or "pay to experience no ads" type of subscription and crunchyroll claims to be one of them.

However, you will soon find that ads are used not occasionally, but incessantly... to force you to subscribe or go insane.

In fact, many of the ads are shown 4 or 5 times in a row. In the case of final fantasy... I just saw EIGHT ads in a row. This not only resulted in an unusually long (and boring!) delay for me, but actually a false charge to the folks who paid for the ad. They may believe the ad is being played to 8 different people when... instead I saw the SAME ad eight times!

The ads only serve one purpose here: to get you to think that if you don't pay for the premium service (that they bait you into accepting even during their registration process!), or suffer the ad bombardment.

I actually almost completed the paid for service once I started going through the crunchyroll.com site because it came up so fast and covered so much of the registration page that_I thought it was the registration for the crunchyroll site_.

I tried coming in through the web site instead of the App and I found even more problems.

The show I had been watching was not listed

There was no obvious search bar although I found it eventually. This lets them easily force you to watch what they are supposed to promote.

And finally once I searched for and found the show I wanted to watch... They showed a bunch of episodes that happen later without even showing the earlier episodes first even though I hadn't watched them yet. Almost hidden to the right side of the screen in a lightly colored background: "resume watching".

Wow, this is seriously a bad site. I am not at all surprised with the 1 star average although I bet my review will make it even more clear to you WHY everyone gives this one star.
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It's not easy to deal with international shipping; Planet Express will help fill the void.

I moved to Tokyo this year only to find that many of my favorite online services only/mostly ship domestically. This includes Amazon, outpost.com, etc.

Creating a "proxy" for your address in the United States and having it shipped overseas is relatively easy with Planet Express. The System is responsive although a bit tricky at times to understand. For instance, pricing on auto-generating customs forms happens "per item" instead of "per shipped package". Note that you can easily take this step yourself through the web interface... Just a word to the wise.

In addition, some items may be tricky to ship correctly and PlanetExpress may or may not know what is inside the box. Domestic Shipping may be much more forgiving than international shipping so it's wise to pay attention to your options such as "adding bubble wrap" when necessary. In my case, I shipped pasta shells that were hard to find over here but some arrived broken.

For the most part, having this service takes the worry away from the problems created by these other companies not facilitating international shipping. The service is friendly and they are very forgiving if you make a mistake. For example, the shipping on the broken pasta was refunded... as was my first mistake with customs. It's a "brave new world" using a proxy service, but Planet Express does a really good job helping newbies come up to speed and they understand when you make mistakes... thus the title of this review.

I wholly recommend them- they are lifesavers as you may soon find out being an expatriate in a strange land where many of the goods and services you are used to are not available.

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