peterl119

Peter L.

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14 Reviews by Peter

5/14/21

I was a member of this site for many years, as I have lived in various countries in Europe, the Middle East and America.
However, when they started removing posts critical of issues occurring in the countries I had been staying for years and was warning new prospective retirees about, I cancelled my membership.
They basically draw a false picture of countries with their site sanitizing any criticism of local conditions.

Their excuse (I quote): The comment was not "balanced". So they wanted me to mislead fellow expats. When something is wrong, it is wrong and merits no couching it.

Tip for consumers:
A social network for expats

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5/9/21
Verified purchase

Shiply is a shipping broker site full of low ball pricing scammer movers who hold goods hostage. Most offered very low prices for our household move of 15000 kgs cargo. Many of the network members are also not really movin companies but sub brokers mediate for partner moving companies who then hire subcontractor drivers. One Hungarian sub broker company we hired for the 1500 kgs household goods cargo move from Spain to the Netherlands only sent a 1050 kgs cargo holding truck instead of the agreed and paid for 1500 kgs. Ultimately we had to pay extra to get the full load moved. The driver was also very late so not per agreed time and delayed our move by a day with of course extra costs. Upon arrival at destination the driver refused to help unload although we had paid extra for his help. Shiply refused to mediate to get a partial refund for that non performance despite that they had received a deposit from us.

Tip for consumers:
stay away from it

Products used:
moving services of network partner sub broker of this moving broker site

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8/26/20

Webwinkelkeur.nl (Webwinkel) t is a misleading quality mark warranty service, that sanitizes its reviews of shops and services so bad reviews get disallowed.
I posted a polite and well documented review of a bad service provider and they refused to keep it posted despite that this was a member that was misleading his clients with excesssive mail forwarding fees that were 4 1/2 times what was customary with pertinent courier services.
So this site doe snot give a true reliable picture of how reliable their members are. Do not trust them.

8/26/20

This is a convenient and responsive fintech / financial service providing debit cards and inexpensive money transfers worldwide. It lets my customers pay me swiftly. We use them a lot. Also convenient to have one's own bank account number for several currencies each in another country. Only disadvantage is they do not offer direct debit.
Off late though they are becoming a bit more bureaucratic, even for people (potential customers) we referred to them and their rates are creeping up. They are also getting a bit slower in processing transfers in certain cases while in others they became faster. Their communication remains very fast.
So I gave them 4 instead of 5 stars because of these kind of slight deficiencies that before did not occur.

8/26/20

This mail forwarding service I have been with a couple of years but they quickly deteriorated. Their invoices started to be erroneous when they switched to new software. The communication about that was often unfriendly, rude, but eventually they then corrected teh invoices. Then a package had a tiny to be forwarded which their calculator showed a reasonable rate as did the courier service site show a reasonable rate.
However when Pripost / Priservices / Priparcel (all same business but contract is with Pripost) notified the package could be forwarded they wanted I pay 4 1/2 times (!) what the courier service would charge.
They also refused to let me have it picked up instead which I had done in the past.
My complaint with them about this only produced more rude reactions and zero solution. Imagine, I or anyone else can print a label with the much lower rate online without any problem and they refused too use that rate. There is no excuse for that.

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8/26/20

I love ordering from Amazon. This we as a family can live much more independently in a rural setting instead of being dependent on large shopping infrastructure nearby. Saves us time shopping too and we have way more choice. We order from them about 2-3 times a week.

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6/6/20

I was going to hire a lawyer in the area of Benicia but refrained from hiring Ms Siemont after seeing she publicly harasses business people online, all because she does not agree with their political stance. It also shows that she has no idea about the fact that US laws protect individual rights and that she is violating the rights of those people by her public unsubstantiated allegations that inflict unnecessary unjustified damage to their business.

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Kathleen S. – Siemontlaw Rep

You are entitled to your opinion, just like everyone else. Have a good day.

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https://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/letters/cordair-art-gallery/article_3233a0bf-b4ba-5dca-87c5-54e0b126fbd1.html

https://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/letters/i-will-remember-who-followed-the-rules/article_ce1a2f02-7699-53b9-9a9d-5b6065acffbc.html

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2/16/20

I tried contacting EDreams staff on an existing reservation via chat but the employee there had no proper English skills. Like talking to a wall. Coudl not get any help.
Meanwhile I discovered this is the same company as Opodo with offices in London UK but their reps could be anyhere in the world.

2/6/18

We advertised a house/cat sit on this cat/house sitting site so we could go on vacation while knowing our kitties and home were well looked after.
A couple subscribed to the site committed to coming. It turned out their commitment was not worth anything and made us incur hundreds of dollars of extra costs plus even briefly the chance we would have to lose more and cancel our vacation altogether.
The site Nomador advertises how they build trust and how they will take action if anyone does not fulfill his commitment.
In this case the committed couple produced a long series of ultimately evidencing untrustworthiness:
- it started with their photo not being really a photo of themselves at all, but of some stranger that did not look like them,
- then the conversation progressed in such a way that the woman gave the impression she had already booked flights while shortly thereafter again starting to ask questions about alternate flight dates,
- then we pressed about getting a definite flight date with details and suddenly she told us she had urgent bussines at home and had to temporarily fly back and would come later, but her husband would come on teh agreed dates,
- note that these people needed us, as they wanted to do a famous 200 km hike in our area and leave their bags with us which we agreed to,
- then the husband finally committed to give flight details and we agreed to pick him up,
- however, 4 days before arrival and our departure on vacation he suddenly cancelled with the excuse of a death in the family. We have no problem with a misfortune of an unexpected death in the family, but that is not what happened.
Their father (in law) was 90 years old and had a stroke weeks ago, so they knew that high cancellation risk in advance but never disclosed it to use, obviously since would never have accepted their offer then and they would not have been able to do their hike here. They misled us and had us take a huge financial risk that way.
- Upon telling all this to the Nomador site owners, all they did was say 'sorry, we understand your predicament but we ill not take any action against them'. That they lied mattered nothing to them. So Nomador apparently has no real principles of acting against liars and it taht way exposes its listing users to huge financial risks.

I was planning to take their more expensive paid subscriber membership, but of course passed on that given their support of dishonesty. One's subscriber fee then offers zero protection.

Be very very careful with such sites. It looks like an easy way to arrange for sitters, but in reality you get strangers whose principles you do not know and may not be yours. It does not matter that they check a passport and a bank account statement. Those are not signs of what character these people have.
Also note that such sites make it very easy to hide or manipulate one's reputation with other users. Better get someone you know..

8/12/17

The sales from European warehouses, like Spain, Italy, Germany etc. are misleading. They give the false impression that the phones and other devices are sold in Europe, so within the European Union, and that they would therefore not run the risk of being taxed with VAT and import duties.
However, when one checks the invoice the join with the item, it says as country of both origin AND shipment, CHINA!
Imagine if one buys something in Italy and has it shipped to Spain, what risk and possible trouble that would be when customs officers see that.
The page where one buys the product does not specify that one runs this risk.
They upped the prices though (which are far higher than buying directly from China, as if the taxes were included.
The phones also do not have at least an English user instruction. All is in Chi nese and one just has to guess what to do, as the software is not up to date and will not function unless one figures how to update it.
Obviously this way you can also forget any 'European level' warranties for that price. They do offer at the end some sort of insurance and some sort of return warranty against an extra fee.
Upon asking them, they confirmed that the customer will run the risk of being taxed and they hide behind some small print on a different page, but who would check that if he thinks that it comes from Europe?
If you buy from China itself, you get the same at a far lower price and the same risk!
The page where one buys the product does not specify that one runs this risk.
They upped the prices though (which are far higher than buying directly from China, as if the taxes were included.
The phones also do not have at least an English user instruction. All is in Chinese and one just has to guess what to do, as the software is not up to date and will not function unless one figures how to update it.
Obviously this way you can also forget any 'European level' warranties for that price. They do offer at the end some sort of insurance and some sort of return warranty against an extra fee.
Upon asking them, they confirmed that the customer will run the risk of being taxed and they hide behind some small print on a different page, but who would check that if he thinks that it comes from Europe?
If you buy from China itself, you get the same at a far lower price and the same risk.
Have you read their responses in 'English'? Well it is often even worse when they communicate by email. How can they provide any proper CS if their English is so poor?
It is also strange that this poor 'English' is also displayed by many of their customers giving them 5 star reviews here and elsewhere.

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8/3/17

Bitiba presenta su compania en su sitio de Espana como si estuviera con sus almacenes en Espana pero de verdad (como admitieron mas tarde) hacen los envios desde Alemania (o Holanda o Francia) y nos hicieron esperar 9 dias para dos envios. 4 dias despues de la compra no teniamos ningun codigo de seguimiento ni confirmacion de envio hasta que insistimos de haberlo. Despues nos enviaron un numero de correos express que es solamente numero de informacion ya que mostraba que no fue recibido por correos express y estaba todavia en Barcelona con Bitiba pero no existe Bitiba alla 9solo es una agencia distribuidora sin almacen en el aeropuerto). Tambien me escribieron que los enviaban de fuera del pais. Porque no lo mencionan en su sitio? Nunca hubiera comprado entonces y lo saben sin duda.

8/29/16

I signed up with mail forwarding service Viabox (an Aramex subsidiary) a while ago and also filled out a form to receive mail via USPS. My banks and card companies send mail to me via USPS. Never did I have any problem with any other mail forwarding service with that.

However, in teh last few months Viabox lost several of my credit and debit cards mailed to me. Each time I complained they could not explain what was happening.

Today I gt to write with a Viabox (Aramex) rep (they have no phone) and she tells me that actually Viabox 9Aramex) does not accept mails with credit/debit cards, bank statements or the like from any financial institution. She says it like it is a rule and it is not mentioned anywhere on their site nor in their past emails.

She says that it is to protect me from identity theft and says that their warehouse probably refused my financial mail and it will be sent back to sender.

Well, first of all non of my financial institutions ever got anything sent back.
Secondly, their excuse that it is to protect me begs the question then if they have at all vetted their staff. It sounds like they do not trust their own staff.
Thirdly, if the cards never got sent back then someone working at Viabox (Aramex) likely pocketed them.

5/1/16

Flightright misled us. They took our case, let us wait for weeks, then told us that they basically gave up on our case due to it being under jurisdiction of Spain (which they pretended they covered) and due to them not having enough money to sue in Spain and having had bad test experiences doing so. They called it "we have parked your case" which is a croc. By the way, a competitor got our clams paid out in no time. They have good lawyers in Spain and did not even have to go to court there

4/29/16

The last few weeks they were reporting they had trouble delivering and then suddenly no communications, a report of a bankruptcy and they seem to have disappeared except their site. Lots of us are duped. I lost 50 euro which I deposited to pay for postage. From the Luxemburg company register it looks like they were already bankrupt in December 2015 but never told their customers.

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