Here's Something You May Have Never Considered
Keep all of your valuables in a box or a can out in the garage. If theives or
the Secret Service rob you, they usually attack the master bedroom and/or the computer room.
Staples Easy Rebates = Staples Sleazy Rebates
I had read the reviews across the internet. Staples Easy Rebate program was a farce.
I thought that some media attention would have made Staple's fix their fraudulent attacks on their customers.
I was wrong. Staples Easy Sleazy Rebate program sucked me in. They have an army of form letters that
they use fight their customers over rebate denial. Staples is fraudulently denying promised rebates to its
customers. One of the most common denials is, "According to our records you returned the product. If you want the rebate you
must prove that a) you didn't return it, b)didn't exchange it, or c) didn't price match it." Say what?
I guess it comes down to this. Will Americans fight for their rights or let businesses continue to defraud them with their
phony and often unfulfilled rebate programs?
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Proof of Junk Concepts at Best Buy
In September of 2004 I walked into my local Best Buy. I was not surprised by what I found.
There were several rows of tables selling electronic garbage as "pre-opened packages". This is all junk that
people bought and returned. And it fully confirmed my reviews below. There was a row of cordless phones. All
except for one that was GE (I bought one of those once and threw it away in 3 months). The rest were Panasonic.
The other row was computer printers. About 75% were Epson with the remaining ones being from HP and Lexmark.
Apparently, even the manufacturers don't want them back. And since Best Buy's practice is to fight you tooth and nail
on returns these items probably represent some pretty angry customers.
Using credit cards for online or phone orders?
Many credit card issuers are now offerring "one-time" or "single-use" card numbers. How
does it work? Simply call your card company and request a "one-time" card number. Then go online or make
your phone transaction. Once used, the number is expired and cannot be used again by anyone who may steal
your information. This will also prevent companies that attempt to bill you for services or items they
have hidden in the fine print of their customer agreements.
Cellphones in the Checkout
With the increasing use of camera phones, be extra careful that the person next in line
isn't taking a picture of the credit card you are presenting to the cashier while they fiddle with or
appear to be in the middle of a call.
MAIL-IN REBATES: This offer is subject to change or cancellation at
any time without notice.
That's the exact wording in the fine print of many mail-in rebate offers. They lure the consumer in, then WHAM.
Either way, you still pay sales tax on the full purchase price before rebates.
F$%$g Ant problems?
Don't stock up on pesticides that may harm your pets or yourself. This really works. Get
one of those $5 garden hose attached fertilizer sprayers and fill it with dish soap. The blue
soaps seem to work better. Don't spend a lot on it either. Buy either the gallon jug at Costco or the bottles
of cheap soap at 99 cent stores or what have you in your area. Fill your sprayer and spray the infected areas.
It kills ants on contact like you wouldn't believe. It also kills spiders and other undesirable insects. For
leafy plants you should rinse afterwards. Most grasses don't mind it. Roses don't like anything, even
water, on their leaves. Dish soaps are generally low in PH and don't exacerbate excessive
PH balance problems. For spot spraying, just mix a 1 to 10 solution in a household spray bottle. This
also disrupts ant trails because ants navigate by scent and the soap covers it up causing them to get lost.
This isn't a long term solution like some poisons but with a little diligence, ants only have two
choices, die or relocate.
Got Algae in the Birdbath?
Then throw in your two cents worth. Literally. I put a few pennies into the birdbath to try
it out and was surprised. The algae turned red and released it's grip. Every time a filled it after that
more and more of it just peeled off and was easily washed out. The water stayed so much cleaner and algae
growth became a thing of the past.
10 years ago, I bought a casio watch. It still works great. But I year ago I bought a
new one. This one ended up in the trash. It could not keep time. It acted as if it was haunted. The
databank was constantly corrupted. It was hard to use it's functions. The calculator gave totally
erroneous info. It scrambled whatever info was stored into it. Looks like Casio has
chosen to cheap out. As a consumer, I do not plan to buy another Casio product ever again.
This watch was a true WMD, Weapon of Mass Dysfunction. Time is valuable but this watch never knew
what time was or time zone it was in.
Kiwi Gear, Leather & Sheepskin - Exceptional Quality, Exceptional Prices
Save your cash and get the best.
Boots, gloves, slippers, mittens, rugs, hats etc. from New Zealand.
Forget the department store Ughs and the department store prices.
For unsurpassed quality you can get the best at Kiwi Gear located at:
1221 S. Pacific Coast Hwy in Redondo Beach, CA.
Incredible quality at half the price.
If you are not in southern Cal. visit them online at:
You won't be dissappointed.
Upgrading Your Plumbing?
Several years ago I upgraded some of the faucets in my house with Kohlers purported
top-of-the-line. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. Reliability, durability
and quality of components seemed to be lacking. In-store parts availability was also
non-existant and the retailers said it would take a week just to get a parts list.
So I called Kohler directly (I tried EVERYWHERE beforehand, no one could seem to come
up with Kohler parts) and they were prompt, professional and identified the part I needed and
offered to send it to me free with one short phone call. Wow!. And
I received it within a month. In this case, the manufacturer actually offered better
service than the retailer. Replacing the part turned out to be quite a chore. It would
have been easier to just replace the whole thing. Meanwhile, Moen fills every parts store
with tons of parts. Is that because their stuff breaks even more? Something to ponder.