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Phil N.

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29 Reviews by Phil

I found these guys with an internet search, as I needed some background info on a potential client. They had some "deal" going where you could pay a minimum amount, but if you didn't cancel within a specific time you got hit with the full monthly fee. I think it was like 7 days or something. So, I signed up. Big mistake! I used the service, received pretty basic information. I cancelled the service within 24 hours. To my surprise, my account was billed 3 times to the tune of over $50 bucks! Avoid these guys, unless of course, you enjoy supporting the CEO's lavish life style...
Anybody been subjected to the changes at Hulu? The interface is more confusing and difficult to use than before, and advertisements - lots more advertisements, and for longer duration. Which is undoubtedly the cause of the "upgrade." They must think if they change up the interface enough, nobody will notice the increased advertising. I didn't see my bill decrease, though. Ugh! Hulu is definitely helping their competition. The new Hulu is absolutely horrible!
I ordered a couple of the 3d type shirts they offer on their site. The pictures of them were kinda cool, but to be honest, my expectations were low, as they are made in China.

I ordered:
1) Mens 3D Swirl Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt XL &
1) New Fashion Concave and Convex Lattice 3D Printed Men's Short Sleeve T-shirt XL

First there's no way they would fit anybody in the US who wears L or XL - I ordered XL large to be safe... They would probably fit a small - maybe.

The shirts themselves were made of some sort of semi-stretchy material, and the print designs were crappy - nothing like the photos, and definitely not something I'd wear.

I mean you get what you pay for, so there's that. I chalked it off as a bad decision, and put the shirts in the Goodwill. Maybe somebody has a small kid, who would think they were cool...?

Tip for consumers: My intent was to provide a heads-up for future shoppers, & not to secure a refund. I felt a refund was not warranted, as I had taken a chance & ordered the products knowing the quality could be 'iffy.' However, they did refund my costs in full, & approved of my donating the products rather than returning them. The refund was processed quickly. They also said they would be reviewing the quality of the products. Hopefully, they do and future customers will have a better experience.

CustomerService R. – DressLily Rep
Dear Phil N.,

We regret to hear that you are having sizing issues.

On all our DressLily product pages, below the product description, we offer a clearly marked size chart to help our customers choose the correct size.

Also ur products are quality checked before being sent out to our customers. We strive to give our customers the best quality at the lowest prices.

Please see more details on our refund and returns policy here: http://www.dresslily.com/m-article-id-80.htm.

We have sent you a message via our Support Center. Please kindly login to your account and reply to us there.

We look forward to your reply,

DressLily Customer Support Team
I read that if you wanted to compare automotive insurance rate, try this service. Supposedly, it not just a data gathering site, but would actually provide quotes. I input my info, and about 10 different companies popped with potential quotes. Of those, only one gave and actual quote. All this rest listed the exact same coverage and amounts, and if you wanted more details you had to click on "Quote". Well, then that takes you to that particular insurance company's site, where you have to input all your info again. You are able to change the amount of coverage on The Zebra, which affects the broad quotes - and I was able to improve the coverage, and increase the price, as expected. But - the price I was given, with the closest approximate coverage, was $100 more per month than I'm currently paying. I have yet to find any auto insurance company who has been able to beat USAA's prices and coverage.
This site does background checks on people. Marketing itself as the best and most thorough.

Not so much

I joined the site with one of their trial plans, where I paid a nominal fee to have access to their site for a short period of time.

I did a search of myself. What I found was mis-information, and no way to correct it. Much like the credit repositories, they throw out a net and gather all this info on individuals and then it's up to the individual to find it and correct it. But, to correct it, you have to buy a premium membership. So, obviously, accuracy is not that important.

What MyLife does is assign a score to you - the higher the score the better quality person you are? - I guess?!

So, my score was pretty decent, but it was getting knocked down by my "sleezy" associations, I guess. So, I looked at who they were associating me with, and I believe only one was accurate. Almost all were neighbors. Of the neighbors listed, two are dead, and have been dead for a while, one I have never heard of and doesn't live on my street, one I wave to occasionally, and the rest I don't interact with at all. Yet, these folks are being used as associates of mine, and affecting my score'!

Just keep that in mind before you pay for any information.
OK, WOW is no different than any other cable service provider - they know the shell game really well, so they don't really care once you're a customer. They are currently charging me $45 per month, while providing me a whopping 65mbps service, even though their third tier service is $29.99 for 100mbps! And for $49.99 per month I could have 500mbps! When I called to ask about our crappy service, their response was - you have a contract. I said, "So, you're encouraging me to switch service providers - there's nothing you can do?" Their response, "You have a contract. Thank you for trusting WOW." Keep in mind my contract ends in a month... Oh, and I have been with WOW for for over 25 years. They're so focused on the shell game, they place no value on existing cuatomers.
When you join as a base member for $39, you gain access to a lot of good information about the Cannabis Industry. But, to put that knowledge to work for you, you'll have to join other "clubs," where they unveil the secret sauce - so to speak. Many of their reports will tell you about a new company and explain what a great investment it is, and then tell you, to learn how to invest, join our exclusive membership for only $1,500 (or whatever), for the opportunity to snag a windfall practically overnight. It's really just one upsell, after another. There is some good information, but to make it actionable, it's gonna cost you. So, the $39 bucks is an entry fee, used to determine whether you're willing to pay to play.
I was shopping for an impact wrench, and up popped one of those foldable ladders. Something we were considering buying for my pa-n-law. I clicked on it, and it fit the bill, plus it was discounted from $149 to $89 - even better.

I added it to my cart, and proceeded to check out. Road block - I couldn't pick it up, it had to be delivered. I thought that was odd - I didn't even know they delivered, but OK.

In checking out, the request your phone number so they can nag you with offers, I gave 'em my landline (which I never use), and checked out.

I was delivered the next day - Great!

A week later, I checked my phone messages. Crap - Lowes had left a message verifying that I knew the delivery fee would be $59 bucks, for an $89 dollar item and to return their call if I didn't want it.

Then I thought I better check my bank account - they charged me a $94 dollar delivery fee!
Are you kidding me?!

Keep in mind the store it came from is 5.2 miles away, or 12 minutes. That 12 minute delivery equates to an hourly rate of $470 bucks!

For any of the big-box stores who can't figure out why consumers are flocking to Amazon it's because of bullsh** like this. I will never, ever buy anything from Lowes again - never!
Never, ever - ever upload 'search.anysearchmanager.com' or 'anysearchmanager.com' as it is essentially a virus that you can't get rid of without 3rd party help. I accidentally uploaded it, when I uploaded another program, that this damned thing was attached to as an add-on. I absentmindedly was clicking through the upload process when I realized had I just clicked to upload this program. I couldn't stop it, and since then have been unsuccessful it removing it from my computer. I have followed their guidelines - which work only temporarily, and have found other steps to remove it, but have yet to succeed in getting rid of it. It keeps coming back!
We been ordering from Chewy for several years, with no problems - until now. We placed an order - nothing unusual. But, when I checked my back account, they withdrew the funds twice...?! When I called they said, "Oh yeah. Well, the items are being shipped from different locations so, we billed the entire amount and then had to bill for the items separately. But, we'll credit your account today or within a couple of days." Bull$#*!! I placed on order, and authorized one payment. If they ship from different locations and their accounting can't figure it out - well that's their problem. What they are doing is fraudulently accessing and withdrawing money from customer's accounts. Imagine how many customers they have and how many orders they receive daily. Now if they "innocently" bill every account double, that's a $#*!-ton of other people's money they're playing with! Plus, that particular account is a debit account, where I keep a slim amount of funds in case of a breach. Their double dipping, could have caused an over-drawn situation, and a financial penalty from the bank. NOT HAPPY! If this is a common practice, they need class action law suit!
I have had two "deliveries" from these guys, and neither have been received. The first time, I received notification that my package had been delivered. I was home - had been all day, so checked my porch. Nothing... So, I contacted and their response was, "Oh, we show it was delivered and we have proof." I asked what, and they said they had a picture. The proof they had, turned out to be a picture of an empty porch. I was like, if anything, that's proof nothing was delivered, because there's nothing on the porch. I ended up having to go back to the Seller to request a refund due to non-delivery, and left it up to her to figure it out. Fast forward to today. Again, I received notice that my package was ready for pickup - at a location 3 hours away! So, I called. I explained the situation, and was told they could verify that I had gone online and requested that I be able to pickup the package, at their location 3 hours away. I told her, first - I didn't even know that was an option until I heard it on their pre-recording marketing piece that they play when you're on hold. Second, even if I did want to pic it up, I would select a location 3 hours away from me! So, we went round and round for a while, with her repeating numerous time that I had selected to pick it up across the state. Finally, it she agreed she would submit a request for the package to be shipped to my home, and that I'd just have to watch the tracking to see if and/or when it would be shipped to my home. What?! I mean, these guys are idiots! By the way - I never did get the first package, so I'm not holding my breath on the second. I have also reached out they the seller, as I kinda want what I purchased!
The only different, at the time, was that it offered wifi capability, to view the temperature of your home, and adjust settings remotely. Which in theory sounds good, but in practice I never used. Initially, it also provided access to their website, to show usage etc. Which again, was kinda cool. But, I pretty much used it as a thermostat, so when I did decide to begin using the wifi capabilities, I was surprised to learn they had 'updated' the service, so my phone was no longer capable with their app. But, in truth, I'm not one to get the latest and greatest, so my phone was older - iPhone 5s. Ok, so I have to upgrade my phone to use the app, that they sold me on. Errr... Well, I wasn't going to do that. But, then circumstances changed, I got a new phone and decided to begin using their app, once again. Oh, but now I learn, they've made it a paid service. Again, just $1 per month or $10 per year. But I paid a premium for this damned thermostat, and now they feel the need to nickel and dime me?! Nope - not doing it. It's smarmy. All these guys attend the same seminars, where they learn "subscriptions are golden"! Nobody feels that buck or two slipping away every month, and when they implement an increase, you're so busy you don't remember the email they sent you. Before you know it you're paying $5 per month, and you never use those silly features. But the neighborhood hacker, and access it!
I found Instructables.com after searching for a solution to a problem I was trying to solve. After a search online, I found a solution that was reasonably close to what I was trying to achieve and believed it would work. The potential solution even had a link to eBay with a part that I knew I would need. And then I noticed the link to a pdf, that I could download. Cool! I clicked the link and was notified I'd have to upgrade to a premium membership - up until then, I hadn't even noticed I was on Instructables site. The least costly price to upgrade is $15 for 3 months... Errr... But, Ok - I paid the fee. Then downloaded the pdf. Well, the pdf had zero actual instructions - it consisted of step 1, and step 2, with a bunch of poorly taken pictures, with no instruction what-so-ever. And the part that was linked - isn't even used. It was a complete waste of $15 bucks. The only possible redemption might be if a find another 'instructable' with actual instruction - but searching the site has proven to be somewhat of a pain in the azz. So, word of caution - just because the site promotes instructions to various projects, the quality of the instructions you receive is solely dependent on the "teacher," who could be clueless.
The sales price, makes it almost worth it. Of the food choices we tried, only two were what I would consider good - maybe even really good. The others pretty much filled the void. And in saying "filled", I'm being generous. The portions probably satisfy the health industry requirements, but most the guys I know could easily eat two of these meals at one sitting. Plus, if you plan on receiving your meals when they are scheduled, you'll likely be disappointed. Our last box came a day late, and customer service never returned our calls or emails. Not knowing what was going on, we had to go grocery shopping. When the box did arrive, it arrived late in the day. The ice packs in the box were half thawed, and all the meals had condensation in them - which makes me think they sat on the delivery vehicle for quite awhile. Would I pay full price for these meals - absolutely not! Customer service - none responsive.

Tip for consumers: If you set your expectations low, you may like this service OK. Though I'm not convinced the value received is reflected in the full price. Sale price - maybe.

These are great devices! I have one in each of our vehicles. It is great at helping diagnose a problem and it has saved me several hundred dollars in diagnostic fees alone. I had a sensor go out on our Ford Focus. The dealership would have charged $198 just to diagnose the problem. The OEM part was less than $20 online, and there was a 'How-to' video on YouTube. It took me less than 10 minutes to change out the part.

That's only one incident. Using FI XD, I have successfully diagnosed and made four repairs on 3 different cars. I highly recommend it!

The other thing it does is it gives you a heads-up to what the problem may be. In one instance, the dealership tried to convince me the problem would require over $1,000 in repair costs. Using the information FI XD had provided me, I backed out of that situation, called up a local mechanic, explained the problem and got the repair done for $140 and some change.

Knowledge is power, and this little device helps provide you with more knowledge, so you won't be so easily snowballed!

Finally, my daughter lives several hours away. If she has a problem with her older vehicle, she can use FI XD to get a diagnosis which helps me, help her seek to the best solution.

It's a great investment, that'll pay dividends - you'll get your investment back!
We purchased N&D Quinoa for our cat. We received in a normal amount of time, so all is well. But, between the time I ordered the product and we received, we had a vet appointment. At that appointment, the vet changed the cats diet, and switched him to a completely different product.

So now what. We have the 11 lb. bag of cat food - that wasn't cheap, and can't use it. I sent Farmina and email explaining the situation, and asked if we could return the product. I wasn't expecting much…

To my surprise the only question they asked, was whether the product had been opened - which it had not been.

But what they did next, blew me away! They not only approved the return, they covered the cost of shipping, and … AND, they credited my account immediately! Not a week to 10 days after the return had been received and inspected. But immediately - before I even had a chance to get it packed up, let alone dropped off to the shipper!

Farmina Pet Foods, is a company that knows what customer service is, and values their customers!
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As I previously mentioned, I received notice that my package was available for pickup, because it couldn't be delivered for some weird reason. So, I rearranged my work schedule so I could get by the USPS to pick up the package. When I approached the counter, I told the attendant that I thought there was a package for me, and gave here the tracking information. She rolled her eyes and said,"I'll go look, but I know it's not here. They do this all the time..." As she walked away. After about a solid 10 minutes or more, she returned to tell me the package was out for delivery. And she basically said, in the future just ignore those messages. The item I was waiting for I needed for work, and had a value of about $200. So, I really didn't want it laying around somewhere. Anyway, that late afternoon the package was delivered to my residence. Why it was flagged as an exception, and stated it was available for pickup remains a mystery...
Package Delivery - Not!
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You know, I know the current administration is gunning for the USPS. But they're not doing themselves any good by accepting payment for delivery of packages, and then not delivering them. Recently, our household has purchased items vis the internet - but from different venders. And we have received notice that the packages are out for delivery, and then the status is changed to: "Delivery Exception, Package available for pickup at the Post Office."

My problem with that is, they have received payment to deliver the packages, and now they have reneged on that promise, and require that we pick these packages up. If you're a vender beware, as the USPS is not honoring their commitment.
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I finally did get my printer to work, so all was good! For a couple of days. I woke Sunday and my WiFi was gone. After some checking, I verified the internet service was fine, but my WiFi was completely gone. I had to start from scratch and reinstall the Orbing. I discovered that the Orbi will only recognize the default WiFi that comes with the device. I had to add my network as a guest network, instead of the primary network. Which is irritating, because I assume that many purchaser of this product received the same Network Name, and password - but for now I'm just happy to have WiFi back. I had to install my WiFi printer using their default info, too. This experience has made me realize why I ought to continue to hard wire my primary devices. WiFi is too unpredictable.
Great Product, unless You want to use a WiFi Printer
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I received a Netgear, Orbi router as a gift, to enhance my WiFi capabilities. And, my WiFi is much better and pretty much everything is working better. Except... My Epson WiFi printer. Even though both my Mac's and the printer show they are on the same network, my computer simply doesn't "see" the printer. I have searched the internet for a solution, to no avail. Looks like I'm going to have to buy a printer, which I find irritating. Because the Orbi was a gift, and I don't have the receipt, I am ineligible for a warranty. The inability of my Mac's to connect with the printer is considered a warranty issue. So, no help from Netgear - unless I buy an extended warranty, of course. I'll continue to try to find an assist on the internet, but I am disappointed I can't get any help from Netgear.
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After having 4 of these cameras in operation for about 10 months, I'm still relatively happy with being able to use them to see what's going on around m home. But, they tend to lose their connection, forcing e to power cycle them. Which makes using them to keep an eye on things when you're away, or recording events impossible. They're inexpensive and super easy to install. But, if they're unreliable all the positives slip away.
Wyze Cam V2 Are Great!
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These little cameras are the best. 1) They're cost effective - $20-30 each, depending on the model you get. 2) Extremely easy to set up. 3) NO subscription needed to use! This is what I have been looking for, for a couple of years. I unpacked mine, and had the first one up and running in minutes - literally. In my case, I had to upload the BlueStacks app, to access the camera's feed on my Mac. I have all my cameras pointing outside, so disengaged some of the features, such as night vision (reflects off the glass) etc. And I have one is set up outside, under a protected eve, since these cameras are designed to be used indoors - and it's working fine. If you want a bit of security, and would like to be able to record events around your home or business, these work great. The quality of the feed, is a heck of a lot better than some of those security camera feeds you see, and they're in color. Keep in mind, the price and no monthly subscription! Generally, you get what you pay for but in this case you're getting a quality product for a reasonable price. And they're continually strive to improve their app! That said, they're not going to compete with your more expensive security cameras, though they're doing a pretty good job of it.
Before you upgrade your Mac's operating system to Catalina, make sure you have all your music backed-up somewhere other than on your Mac. I know, that's typical protocol. But, they maintain that Catalina's switch from iTunes to Apple Music will preserve all your music, whether purchased through Apple or not. My iTunes Library was stripped of anything that had not been purchased through the Apple store. Fortunately, I have my music backed-up in several locations. But, had I not, I would have lost a considerable investment. Oh, and all my Playlists were obliterated, which really pisses me off. Again, I have them backed-up, but the amount of time, energy and effort to transport them back in, is irritating.

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