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Just an average Joe with an intense interest in dogs.
I have no technical expertise but hope that my expressed experiences with sites will be helpful to others. I must admit that I get more from Site Jabber than I am capable of contributing.
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Their products are excellent but their replacement batteries for a cordless phone are WAY out of line. They wanted $21.95 for a replacement battery where I got the same Panasonic battery on Ebay for $7.99. Yes, it was new and still in the original Panasonic packaging, and I did not have to bid on it. The mark-up for their replacement parts are unacceptable, and you can get much better deals with OEM parts on Ebay or Amazon.
First, not all American Express Cards have an annual fee. i.e. If you belong to Costco, you can get an American Express Card for free with rewards, such as, getting 3% back on gas purchases anywhere. The rewards will vary according to the card used, so pick your card carefully. Their customer service is excellent and from AMERICA!
Recently, I had a battle with United Airlines to refund a ticket price due to my sister having cancer and not being able to fly. Her oncologist stated that she should no longer fly. I sent a letter from her doctor to United Airlines and United refused to give back any money despite the fact that they stated they would do so. I fought with United for over a month and then decided to dispute the charge with American Express. American Express asked for my documentation and had the matter settled within 5 days. United gave back 100% of my ticket price.
Not many companies appear to go to bat for their customers or use their resources to help them. Most companies are simply out to get whatever they can from you and forget that YOU are the customer resulting in a loss of business for them. American Express breaks the mold and will do whatever it takes to help their customers. Kudos to American Express.
There has been a tremendous turnaround with Norton. A few years ago, I got rid of Norton due to it's unreliability and poor screening for viruses. Also, it used to be next to impossible to remove the program, and they used to sneak it on your computer when you downloaded something else. They have really turned this company around and I give it the highest ratings. Norton catches almost everything, except malware, and is very reliable. I currently use Malwarebytes (Fantastic program) in conjunction with Norton. I have not had one issue since doing this. Both are constantly catching something, and I would recommend using both. POST NOTE: The difference between using the free Malwarebytes and the Pro version is that the Pro version catches malware as you surf (real time) while the free version is an after the fact scan.
Well, United Airlines does it again. I bought a ticket for my sister to visit because she has cancer and no money. Her doctor now states that she cannot fly, so I attempted to call United to see if I could get a refund under these circumstances. There is NO way to speak with an American, and I was routed to India who was as useful as teats on a bull. The short of it is that I am going to have to swallow the cost of this ticket or pay a $200 re-booking fee which exceeds the cost of the ticket. Every experience I have had with United has been negative, and I should have known better than to ever use them again. Unfortunately, they have the only nonstop flight from the originating city, and my sister cannot handle the change in flights. United has got to be the worst run business I have ever encountered.
UPDATE: October 11, 2013
American Express challenged United after I disputed the charge with them. United gave me back 100% of my ticket price thanks to American Express.
Dispute a charge and provide proper documentation but dispute it through your credit card company that has more power than you.
Great laptop but horrendous customer service (India again) and poor sales persons. I came very close to mailing my $1265 custom laptop back to HP due to the salesperson lying to me and having to purchase additional items to install what they sold me. 1. The salesperson lied about the number of CD/DVD slots I would be getting. They told me 2 and there is only 1. I wanted two for copying CDs/DVDs. 2. He assured me that customer service would NOT be India but the Philippines. It IS India and twice I could not understand them and they could not understand me. 3. The salesperson sold me a "kit" to put a second solid state hard drive in my laptop. When I received it, I realized that I now had to purchase an installation kit. 4. HP does not publish adverse reviews, so do not go to their site for reviews. They cherry pick what they want you to see.
The computer gets 5 stars while sales and customer service gets 0 stars. This averages to 3 stars.
This is just a warning for buy one get one free. Jewel raises the prices so that it appears you are getting a great deal with the 2 for 1 deals. I went to buy pork tenderloin on a 2 for 1 advertisement and noticed that the regular ones, prior to the ad, were selling for $4.99 / lb. During the add, they were selling for $6.99 / lb. The bottom line is know your prices so that you do not fall for this type of advertising scheme.
They might provide a good service but will not leave you alone with email spam and incessant mailings. They will not let you unsubscribe despite the fact that there is a link to do so. I will not deal with a company who constantly sends me spam when I ask them not to do so.
This site allegedly gives you the name and address of the person owning a cell number. Like most of these paid sites, it's mostly nonsense and the information is far from accurate. When you type in the number, you will get partial information until you pay a fee. There are no guarantees for accuracy and you will probably pay for information that is useless. I have found one site, and only one site, that will give you free phone numbers or reverse phone look-up. http://www.whitepages.com/
You may not always get what you need, at the same time, it's totally free.
Most of these sites that you have to pay to get phone numbers and addresses are not reliable or accurate. The site listed above and Google phone book appear to be the only reliable or semi-reliable way to get this type of information. I urge you to think twice before giving your hard earned money to these sites.
Remember, no matter what the information is that you need to get about a person, it is on the Internet somewhere for free. It's a matter of where do you go to get it?
Lastly, the most accurate information on the Internet is free information. Why? Because the places that you get free information is through government or government regulated agencies or companies. The Freedom of Information Act gives you access to anything about an individual that is available by law.
Lincare used to be a 5 star operation. They were bought out last year and have gone down the toilet since then. Staffing appears to be inadequate, and the individual who delivered my mother's oxygen today both lied and was lazy. He lied about the oxygen machine he was delivering, and he acted as if he was doing me a favor by doing his job. He did not even deliver all the proper supplies for the machine. I hate to go back to Apria Heathcare but at least they are predictable with their incompetence. God help us when Obama Care fully kicks in.
I signed up for their trial period only to find that the so called trial period only lets you view profiles and receive a message. You could not answer the person unless you joined and paid. I became a bit suspicious by this practice because a trial period is supposed to let you try the product or service free with no restrictions. I began to look at reviews and, on average, they could not even get a 2 star rating. There were numerous complaints about fraud, stealing identities, horrendous customer service, and lack of monitoring the site.
Prior to your joining anything, look at the online reviews first and go to more than one site for reviews. Remember, the more reviews, the better information for you. If there are just a few reviews and they are glowing, stay away. Something isn't right.
Finally, there is a totally free credit monitoring agency which allows you to access your credit scores anytime and instantly. They make their money through advertising and offer tempting products ranging from low interest car and house loans to low interest rates on credit cards, some with an introductory rate of 0% interest for a year. Yes, you can migrate your other cards to this no interest 1 year card.
-You can consolidate all your cards on this site so that you can see balances, graphs, and other useful information.
-There are so many features to this free service that I cannot begin to tell you all of them. I urge you to at least visit the site and play around.
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DO NOT buy a Flip Video Camcorder from Cisco. They are discontinuing the product and you will not be able to use FlipShare which is needed to share or upload your videos. Their customer service number is disconnected, so you cannot even get a hold of them I called Cisco corporate headquarters to get support and they gave me the discontinued number. When I informed them of this, they told me, "Have a nice day". So, my $200 camcorder will now become useless. I will never deal with Cisco again.
Whatever you need, it's always sold out or not available. Don't bother even going here as it is a total waste of time. Call customer support and you get India that doesn't give a damn.
** I just found out that "VOLDY.TO" hijacked 1Channel** 1Channel is now called Primewire NOT "VOLDY.TO** VOLDY.TO will put malware on your comuter;
This is a great steaming site with many movies and TV programs of today and yester-year. The streaming can be slow, except for 'potlucker' and 'sockshare' which do not require a download. Lastly, be circumvent with your downloads and plug-ins to view movies. I have found that simply closing the download box and re-clicking the play arrow does the trick without downloads.
Abe's of Maine
This company sold me a 5 year extended warranty for my Samsung LCD TV, and repairs were to be done by www.myrepairtech.com. Now that I need to use it, this company is nowhere to be found. Since Abes of Maine sold me this extended warranty, they should be obligated to have my TV repaired. Not going to happen.
I purchased an extended 5 year warranty, at a substantial price, from www.abesofmaine.com for my Samsung LCD TV, and the repairs were supposed to be performed by www.myrepairtch.com. Now that I need to use it, this company is nowhere to be found and, upon research on the Internet, I found many others with this problem. Avoid this company and, if you buy an extended warranty for anything, make sure that you get in writing that the company who sold you the guaranty (Abes of Maine in this case) will honor the warranty they sold you if the warranty company suddenly disappears.
First, I take issue with any company that installs software on my computer without my permission. Second, it resets my home page and search engines periodically. Third, it is impossible to get off your computer. I tried Revo Uninstaller, and Ask.com jammed it for over 1/2 hour. I tried to uninstall it through Windows Uninstaller (My Computer) and, although you allegedly uninstalled it, it is still there. It shows no traces anywhere on the computer in programs and does not show on the uninstall list. In essence, it is like a plague.
I bought a Roku so that I can watch Netflix from any room. I had already cancelled my DVD orders due to the price increase and the arrogance of the CEO who stated, "The increase is nothing more than a latte". My Roku worked fine with Netflix until recently. Currently, it will not connect, and I know that it is not Roku because everything else on Roku works.
Does Netflix WANT to go out of business? I will now cancel my Netflix streaming and watch their stock continue to plummet. FYI, after the increase, the stock went form over 300 to approximately 60. I no longer want to deal with this ineffective company. There are many alternatives.
Roku worked quite well until the guaranty was up after one year. Currently, I need to reset the unit at least 4 times a week because it fails to connect with my wireless network. As for customer service, we are back to India that refuses to help you unless you purchase a contract with them for at least one year. This is about $90 which exceeds the cost of the unit. No, I would not recommend Roku.
I am very pleased with Costco and find their prices reasonable. Their selection is not good, and there are times when you cannot buy the same product because they keep switching their inventory.
Costco is no bargain for fruits or vegetables. I was extremely disappointed to find that some of their fruit in plastic single serve containers were from China where there are no controls. I called corporate headquarters and they told me that they visit China and inspect the production of fruit. I highly doubt that this is the truth and suggest that you always look for the country of origin for your food.
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