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Had my own international business for over 20 years and worked for major corporations for another 10. Traveled to over 80 countries and lived in more than 30 for at least 6 months to 8 years (aside from the USA).

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These are my own personal opinion. Having traveled to half the countries in the world, I have developed standards that may be higher than those of the average consumer, regardless of where they are. I have bought from street vendors, bazaars, warehouses, farms, roadway stands, but mostly on line; so I have developed preferences that others may not agree with. However, when MAJOR corporations get involved in trying to sell me something, I demand the best. This is what they promise.

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Love computers, technology, and new products/software. However I also enjoy most individual sports.

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Speedy Fixer

3/26/18

The website was recommended by one of the online "gurus" to solve my problem with the installation of Windows 10 Updates. However instead of helping, it made things worse. Originally I only got 1 error message from Microsoft, but after installing Speedyfixer, I now have 2. I contacted their seller: Click Bank and all they did was say that there will be no further charges for future extensions of the trial period. (Like I would try to buy anything from them again.) They did not even offer a refund of the program that I paid for even though it did not work as promised.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

3/15/18

I'm far from being a wine connoisseur, but I know what I like. However, bitter, acidic, tasteless, bland, flavorless, and plain wines are not in the category of my favorite wines. YET, Wine Spectator continues to give high rankings to these "junk" wines that I pour out after a couple of sips. Some of the cheap, bulk packaged wines taste a lot better that those that Wine Spectator has rated 89 and over. I no longer trust anything rate by Wine Spectator. The Wine Advocate and some of the lesser known but professional critics are better indicators of great wines.

Kiplinger

Kiplinger

3/15/18

I have been using the magazine's advice for many years but several years ago I decided to go with some of the Pro-Active ONLINE "Guru's" and got burned several times. Going back to my saved issues of Kiplinger's I found that had I followed the writers and experts featured in Kiplinger's, I would have done a lot better in my portfolios. Mind you - NO ONE, including such famous investors as Warren Buffett, have been right every time, all the time. It's an impossibility. But following advise from Kiplinger's writers and contributors; AND using some common sense, will help you more than MOST of the ONLINE fakes, frauds, and swindlers.

Tophatter

Tophatter

2/6/18

The items sold on this site are available on a number of Chinese web sites at a fraction of the cost that you will end up paying if you win the bid.
The other problem is that the "collectibles" are pure junk that nobody wants. Who needs silver or gold clad anything? The amount of silver or gold that ca be recovered from these "Treasures" is so minuscule that no one would even try to do so. The postage is worth more than the silver or gold that is plated onto these items. Another problem is that the "silver" dollars that they are selling are fakes that have been plated in silver and make it look like they are the real thing.
As for the jewelry - you are better off buying costume jewelry at any "dollar" store.
If you go to Chinese web sites you can buy literally hundreds of thousands of watches that are far better and cheaper than you will probably find on this site.
If you read and do your homework about these auctions:
You're welcome!!!

Overstock.com

Overstock.com

8/15/15

Yes, there are some bargains at this well established site, but unfortunately they are few and far between. I have not found anything recently that I would consider purchasing. The prices are just too high for most products. For home design type products which are not easily comparable, they do have a fine selection; however, how many sheets or bath towels does one need?

The Neat Company

The Neat Company

8/15/15

I have been a Neat user for over 10 years (don't ask me why I like to be frustrated and angry - I just hate to give up). During that period of time Neat had 2 major changes in their software. I can't exactly recall when the first major change started but it was around the time they introduced the Cloud Service and "Sync". The sync was a disaster. The problem was that if your kept some of your old files in the computer as back up, Sync would find them and they would sync the old files and destroy your new ones. That's when I stopped using their cloud service.
The second major change was when they got rid of their strange, cryptic, and confusing file extensions such as .nbak, .nwdb,. nwcab, .nrx, etc. and started using PDF. That's when they dumped their old system into a "Legacy" program (they should have called it "prehistoric trash") and went into the new system that has NO RELATIONSHIP whatsoever to their old system. I've sent dozens of e-mails, tech-support messages, and even signed up (and paid for) their special "Neat Care" that was supposed to provide one with fast responses (acually, after one month, I never received even one response from this "Neat Care" department.).
Don't ever sign up for this "Neat Care" it's just money down the drain.
Anyway, no one at Neat was ever able to tell me if I could somehow combine my old files and the new PDF files into one comprehensive and complete record that I could use in case of any future IRS audits.
I just can't get that out of them no matter how many ways I ask.
I therefore assume that this cannot be done and you will have to keep 2 sets of files. One for Neat (old) and one for Neat (new).
Heaven forbid if they should ever change to another iteration of their system.
As for the program itself, it's the only one that does offer relatively "fair" sales receipts recognition which no other company has. This is why I use it.
However the recognition software is far, far from even a "good" category. It still requires hand corrections on almost every receipt. Also it does NOT remember mistakes. I have one vendor (local store) from which we have some 200 receipts yearly. No matter how many times we've corrected the store name, Neat just keeps using "avenue" as the store name. The strange part is that it does so with even famous world-wide stores.
It also does not recognize tax categories for particular vendors no matter how many time you change them.
When I received my new scanner and downloaded the new version of NEAT with the PDF extensions, I somehow received a Canadian Version of the program. This is strange since nothing in my orders ever mentioned Canada nor were there any Canadian addresses, or even transactions. So all the Tax Categories are now based on a Canadian tax system. How will that help me?
There are many more such issues but these can be relatively easily be corrected albeit with a lot of TIME and PATIENCE.
Last but not least I can't understand why Neat eliminated the "combine" feature that enabled the user to combine a couple of receipts (as you get in restaurants) into one entry. Or even combine a two page receipt into one. Why this change?

Staples

Staples

7/18/15

Closing stores is the only good thing that they are doing now. The rest are the same problems as those facing Office Depot.

OfficeDepot

OfficeDepot

7/18/15

The big question is "how long"? How long do they plan to stay alive? Today I went to one of their stores and all I could buy was a Scotch Tape holder because the blade on mine went bad and I did not want to pay shipping charges from an on-line store even though the prices were half that of Office Depot.
There was a time when I spent a fortune at Office Depot, and now I can't find anything at all of "value". They gobbled up Office Max, and Reliable Office Supplies, and who knows or cares whatever other store; and still there is not a bargain to be found. Even their "bargain basement" equivalent department has nothing that was worth buying.
What a shame! But what can you say for a store that still sells software for Windows 98se, Windows 2000, and Windows XP?
When I can buy the best pens in the world directly from China (shipping included) for less than $0.10, why would I pay $1 to $5 for the same thing at Office Depot? Yes, I'll wait 2 weeks for delivery!
What they should do is get rid of all their high priced equipment and furniture and become a "Big Lots" type of discount store. Or - just sell to their corporate clients - on line.
Just my thoughts!

Seagate

Seagate

7/18/15

I never expected to be "taken" by a corporate/computer peripherals giant like Seagate but I was wrong. Anyway,it looks like I've again "been taken" by corporate "double-speak" in a Seagate advertisement that insinuated that if I bought one of their mega-storage units (called Central), I would also be protected via mirror-like storage on their cloud service. Boy was I wrong. And of course, you don't realize this until a problem happens. Which of course it did.
I did not expect that from Seagate. As a huge corporation I thought you were beyond taking "change" away from thier clients. But I guess every penny helps when you are spending billions on acquisitions. So where else to get the funds but from their stupid, ignorant, non-legalese educated existing clients.
What you (and in this case Seagate) do is make an exceptional offer for a piece of obsolete (or soon to be obsolete) equipment; wrap it up in a lot of goobledygook concerning protection in the cloud; and sell it to your best idiot clients.
Unfortunately, I'm now stuck with another piece of Seagate garbage that I will have to get rid of somehow.
I've no use for yet another hard drive no matter how large it is, when I'm trying to consolidate the 30-40 or so hard drives that I already have from my old computers.
What a joke! And again it's being played over and over again on unsuspecting and gullible clients of this mega-monster.
If you have other choices - use them.

Kayak

Kayak

5/31/15

This was the best travel service out there. But now that they got bought out, I hope they stay that way. However, if history and past experience is any indicator, most big companies buy the smaller "great" companies to either drive them into the ground and wipe out the competition, OR to skin them alive, take out the best parts, and dump the remainder. The big company will NEVER try to remake itself in the image of the smaller, better, company.

Travelzoo

Travelzoo

5/18/15

Why would anyone go to a site that has the word "zoo" in it. All it does is reminds me of how we (humans) are treated by the travel industry but especially the airlines. Bad enough that they treat us like animals, but why would I want to be reminded of it.
My other objection is that I've never, never, never found a bargain on "tz" (I don't even want to use the entire word). Where do they get their offers?
With so many other alternatives, how do they survive?

United Airlines

United Airlines

5/18/15

I'm very surprised - they came in dead last in a current national survey, and the items in the survey which brought them in to this dead last position did not even include my most objectionable characteristic of this union of one bad and one good airlines.
My least, least favorite thing about United is their seating. Unless you are under 5'6" tall, you will not be happy. Expect your neighbor directly in front of you to be laying in your lap for a very, very, very long flight (even if it's only 1-1/2 hours or around that).
Who decides these things? Someone from ISIS's hospitality and accommodations group?
They should be tried at the Hague for crimes against humanity.
This is what happens when we allow these mega-mergers. Higher prices, lousy service, more delays, theft of award miles, animal-like treatments and crowding, hunger (not even snacks), fees for everything, and less benefits.
Welcome to the "un-friendly" skies.
Wish I could walk or ride my bike there (but it's just a little too far).

Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure

5/18/15

This is only for the rich. If you are poor (or even average) - this is only good for catching your saliva when you start salivating like Pavlov's dogs.

JetBlue

JetBlue

5/18/15

Once they were great, then they were fantastic, then they were bad, now they are average. The only redeeming quality that they have is great seats. Their awards program is the pits. I no longer bother with it.
Delays? Part of their "service". They like to keep you waiting. Thus they hope to make themselves more desirable.

VerizonFiOS

VerizonFiOS

5/18/15

This review will probably never get posted, but here goes anyway.
If you're in the mood to be ripped-off (and who isn't when there are no real choices), then try Verizon FIOS. Their ads are everywhere and their "sale prices" fluctuate more frequently than bugs get born.
I had just gotten tired of their nonsense in November 2014 and switched to Cablevision (another "winner" of a company). So in early December, I turned in my equipment to Verizon, but the manager at the store in Paramus NJ would not let me leave until he gave me his sales pitch. He sold me on the $79.99 price with a $400.00 bonus debit card from Visa, and other "benefits". Since I was skeptical about switching back to Verizon before a 30 day period, he promised that Verizon was no longer enforcing this waiting period and that I can switch right away.
So - like all fools that go for these "specials", I switched again and by the time I was done "resigning up", I was suddenly up to $140.00 per month, but I had all the Premium shows for my wife and the 50/50mbps internet speed for me with WiFi and everything.
That's when things started to go haywire. The WiFi did not work, the internet speed was nowhere near 50/50, the multi-room DVR service did not work, and the capacity of the DVR was a measly 16Mb which is enough for taping only a few shows.
So I started complaining to Verizon and this is when their entire load of misinformation, fine-print, and inaccuracies started coming into the light. Then I got my first bill and it was $277.11 which is a far cry from the $79.99 originally promised and even the $140.00 with some bells and whistles which I was not getting.
To make a very, very long and difficult story shorter, I'll just get into the highlights of what occurred:
a) After a half dozen phone calls, e-mail complaints, and letters, I received visits from a tech-rep that was not able to help me with the speed and WiFi problems, then I received a visit from another tech rep and the Technical Supervisor who again were only partially able to help by installing "boosters" for the WiFi but who could not help with the internet speed.
b) It turned out that when I signed up, I got "old" equipment which included an "old" router and an "old" VCR. So when I purchased new equipment on my own (a new, fast router and a range extender) things worked a little better but still not up to par.
c) Then suddenly a day or two later, my internet speed (according to Verizon Tests) was over 50/50. Apparently someone at their tech center just cranked up the speed and there I was with a new speed. That's when the WiFi started working also (albeit still very slowly).
d) When I experienced very long delays with my internet pages opening, I decided to investigate further. That's when I found out that Verizon's speed tests are produced by Ookla. This is a Flash based test and found to be not quite an accurate test of internet speed by some experts. When I tested this with HTML5 tests, they turned out to be very, very different from Flash based tests. They also appeared to be a more accurate depiction of speed as compared to Flash tests. Unfortunately, they also showed that the speed I was getting was far, far lower than 50/50 mbps. One of the tests showed speeds as low as 1.6mbps upload. The average test however was 26mbps Download and around 10mbps upload. To me these were better indicators of what I was experiencing. So it appears to me that I've been wasting $50 per month plus taxes and fees for nothing.
e) Verizon had promised me several times to exchange our very low capacity VCR box for one with a higher capacity. Now after almost 5 months, they still have not done it.
f) The Multi-Room function of the VCR works only when "it" wants to. Not when my wife needs it. Another misleading promise from Verizon.
g) As for the $400 Visa Gift Card bonus from Verizon - NEVER GOT IT. And probably never will. Another lie.
h) Activation fees - just what is this? I had just returned our Verizon equipment after almost 2 years of service and all their wiring and main connection equipment was still in place in our basement. So what exactly were they activating? Turning on the switch at their location? For this I was paying $69.99? They did not charge us "installation fees" which consists of plugging in the router and putting up the set top boxes. But they did charge us Activation fees. Why?
f) Incidentally, the taxes and fees are outrageous. They come to over 12% of your monthly bill and on top of it. So the $79.99 monthly fee is suddenly around $90.00 plus your activation, installation, equipment, Regional Sports network, wireless router, etc fees, "plus" taxes, and it's no wonder that the first month's bill came to $277.11. Why is it that Cablevision does not have these taxes and fees? (Not that I'm endorsing Cablevision - they are as big offenders on the truthfulness of their services as is Verizon).
g) Incidentally, I've written to the FCC and guess what? They have asked Verizon to respond. Talk about regulators regulating. What a joke? We pay for these regulators via our taxes, and they do whatever the corporations want. Is this fair? Right? Honest?

End result: after four months of battling with Verizon on each of these issues, very little got resolved. My only other option is the courts. Let's see if they are better than the FCC.

Facebook

Facebook

5/3/15

Got a promotional ad from Facebook about getting a sample of a Joanna Krupa endorsed product called Cellogica (actually sold by a company called Eco Health for $2.48. Never got the sample. But what I did get was a charge on my credit card for $2.48 and ANOTHER charge for $129.95 (less some discounts - probably from Facebook of $34.53). So the charge on my credit card was actually $95.42. However, I never got ANY products. Neither samples nor whatever it was that they were charging me for $95.42. Contacted my credit card company at CitiBank to refuse payment and they were "investigating". Also wrote to Cellogica and they finally responded that they would credit me for the $2.48. Had to write to them again to get another credit for the $95.42.
I don't know who this Joanna Krupa is, but if she's endorsing this company then she is as much to blame as they are. She should have had her attorneys check to see if they are a legitimate seller and not some type of scam operation.
Beware of this company and CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS.
Shame on Facebook for allowing these scams to be promoted.

cleverbridge

cleverbridge

5/3/15

You buy a good software item that is "on sale" and you feel great about the deal. You agree to the terms, get the software and use it. However, a year later, you want better software and you buy that. You may or may not send a cancellation notice to the software company. Meanwhile, your first software item was not billed by the Software company but by one of the many middleman (some mentioned above).
Now you get a bill from this middleman for the FULL price of the software for a renewal. Whether you cancelled with the Software manufacturer or not, makes no difference. The terms that you had with the middlemen are such that you have to cancel with them and with the software manufacturer.
Let's say that you used a gift card for the software and you no longer have the gift card. Sorry! you're still out of luck. These middlemen keep ledgers of all their transactions and they connect the dots and all your purchases are now logged in under your name regardless of how many e-mail addresses you have, or phone numbers, or street addresses.
You are on the hook to them.
But let's say that the manufacturer (or even the middleman himself) is selling the software now at 1/2 the price. So what, you're on the hook for the FULL price (even if you never used the software).
How's that for service?
Most software that comes from other countries does use these middlemen, so those are the ones you should be the most careful about.
Always check off or handwrite a note (DO NOT RENEW AUTOMATICALLY).

Best Buy

Best Buy

4/21/15

When I was still investing, everyone was betting when they will go the way of Radio Shack. It's probably still the same now. How they survive? I have no idea. Now that one can buy from China directly through Alibaba, how can anyone justify paying more for a retina display dual booting octacore processor tablet - with a keyboard for more than $150? Bye Bye Best Buy!!!

iTunes

iTunes

4/21/15

I have one Apple product - an old iPod. Personally I think it sucks.
I hate that circle to get selections. Have yet (after 10 years) to get the selection I want to play. I have big fingers but this thing is especially made to frustrate.
One of these days it's going to be a hockey puck.
As for iTunes, their selections of classical music are very, very poor. So what's the point?

RedBox

RedBox

4/21/15

Selections are horrible. Rarely do you find a current movie. They even recycle 1950 through 1990 movies. Desperate? I think so.

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