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Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #3345 on: December 15, 2012, 07:38:46 PM »
I dropped the Netgear and went to an Apple Time Machine Router.  I purposely purchased that model of Netgear because it was the most powerful router that supposedly could also have an external hard drive attached as well for network storage.  Well after I purchased a 3TB hard drive, I come to find out that max external hard drive size was 1TB.  After going round and round with them I said forget it and went and got the apple time machine router.  I hooked up my 3TB hard drive and have been happy ever since.

FYI Netgear has a 1 time $19 service option.  They won't tell you about it, but it is available if you ever have to call them and you are beyond your warranty period.  Just ignore the $79 package offer

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« Reply #3346 on: December 15, 2012, 09:01:47 PM »
Note to self: Stick with Linksys - I've always had great service, and never been charged for it. :-)
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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« Reply #3347 on: December 15, 2012, 09:17:18 PM »
Note to self: Stick with Linksys - I've always had great service, and never been charged for it. :-)

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« Reply #3348 on: December 15, 2012, 09:19:23 PM »
Good thing I shouldn't need a new one for a while. :-) (knock on wood)
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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« Reply #3349 on: December 15, 2012, 09:28:44 PM »
Netgear. Never buying another router from them again. Paid $150 for one on April 25, 2011. It is 1 year and 8 months old and it just died. Total brick. No power surge, nothing.

If I had bought the same router after July 1, 2011 I would have gotten a replacement because they come with a lifetime warranty now. But nope, I bought it two months earlier and so I'm out of luck. $150 for something that lasted less than 2 years!
Never again.

My nice new Belkin router cost me less than $100 and is working nicely, right out of the box.
They got me as well. I bought an expensive router in March of this year, and it died in July after the three-month warranty was up. Their customer service wanted to charge $80 just to talk to me to help troubleshoot it, with no promise of getting it working. No way. Funny, I replaced my Netgear router with a Belkin router as well. So far so good.

DLink does it to me. Every single one fried or not working out of the box. The only ones that have ever worked their little fans to the nub are Netgear and Belkin.

I have a theory that everyone has a nemesis is everything, especially technology. Never had a problem with Toshiba laptops but all Apple products and software do not work for me at all, ipad, itunes, iphone, all nada. Dell commits hara kiri as soon as I get my hands on it, same with Kingston. Sansa products will work for me until the end of time and any rechargeable battery other than uniross fries for me within a few weeks. Considering a lot of computer parts all come from the same manufacturer it is rather bizarre.

It's the same with power tools. Give me a name brand and I will manage to blow it up within 3 uses while the 50$ el cheapo for sale crud will work stupendously for years for me. This also works for cars, give me an older, early 90's one and it will run even if it's left with just 4 wheels and an engine. Put me in a brand new car something happens within a few hours. It's not all electrical it can be someone hitting me in the new car in a parking lot.


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« Reply #3350 on: December 15, 2012, 09:32:51 PM »
Good thing I shouldn't need a new one for a while. :-) (knock on wood)

Oh, definitely.  :)  But I'll never buy another one, I'll tell you that.  Thankfully, my DLink has been going strong for years.
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« Reply #3351 on: December 15, 2012, 11:28:17 PM »
I had a Linksys router that upped and died on me within 3 months, and the customer service gave me a hard time about replacing it giving me BS reason after another. So I got a D-Link which worked much better and I was glad I had replaced it when I heard about the Cisco Cloud thing. But it didn't tick me off too much since I'd gotten the Linksys for cheap off Newegg.

The one that did cheese me off and made me swear to never buy from them again (even more so than Craig Electronics with the tablet I purchased from them) was MSI. I build my own computers and a couple years ago felt the need to build a new, better machine than the one I had at the time. Which still runs, despite my mother's ability to fry computers.

Since I had a little extra cash to burn, I got one of the top of the line motherboards from MSI that had all the bells and whistles I was looking for. Which refused to do anything other than go to BIOS. It'd let me go into the BIOS to get the settings done to my specification, it detected all the RAM, and the processor with no problem, as well as the hard drive and other miscellaneous stuff. But beyond the BIOS? Nada.

When I tried to install Win 7, it kept saying the infuriating message about hitting the key to continue, wouldn't acknowledge any key I hit. So I spent over a week running every possible scenario in order to get the thing going. Installed win 7 on the new drive by hooking it up to my old computer. Still gave me the message about hitting a key to continue to the installation.

During all of this, I kept calling their tech support and not getting through to anyone. Finally I did, run through the list of everything I'd done and they say to flash the BIOS. Which according to the warranty that came with the motherboard would render said warranty null and void. I mention that I don't want to void the warranty, the board is defective, can I just get a replacement? I'm told, no, it'll be fine, we'll note it in the system so if it doesn't work, we'll replace it then.

Flashing the BIOS didn't resolve any of the issues, and even though the guy's note was in there, the returns people didn't care, I voided my warranty.

Furious, and really wanting my shiny new toy, went to CompUSA where I got an Asus motherboard that while didn't have all of the bells and whistles, it was compatible with my processor and RAM. Within an hour of getting home I had my new machine up and running. It took that long because the heatsink that I had for my processor is a royal pain to latch and unlatch. ;)


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« Reply #3352 on: December 16, 2012, 09:39:51 AM »
There's a good chance I'm never shopping at Wilson's Leathers again, which is a shame because they have some really good deals, but I'm tired of playing is-it-on-sale-or-isn't-it.

I went last week, and found a hat that I was interested in buying for my brother for Christmas. It was in a display that indicated that it would be discounted to about $25. The other side of the sign indicated that a hat of this hat's original price would be discounted to about $30, but this hat was definitely on the side that indicated it would be discounted to about $25, and there were numerous other hats of the same style with it (i.e., it did not appear to have been placed on the more highly discounted side in error). Nonetheless, when I went to check out it rung up at $30, and the clerk was disinclined to honor the posted price. So I put it down and left the store.

I had a coupon at home from a previous visit that was 60% off the entire store, +20% off and +20% off again on select styles. So I went back with that, and of course the hat wasn't one of the select styles. Annoying, but I knew there was a possibility of that happening, so I wasn't too upset.

Today was the straw that broke the camels back though. I received an email that they were having an early bird special today, 9 AM to 11 AM, wherein you could take an extra 30% off the entire store including clearance. I printed the email and went back for the third time. While there, I noticed another hat that I also wanted to purchase, and with the extra 30% it would only be $10. I grabbed both hats, and when I checked out the total was higher than it should have been. I inquired, and was told that the second hat was not included in the extra 30% off. I even took out my email printout and showed the clerk where it said an extra 30% off the entire store, but she refused to honor it. I bought the first hat, since it was ringing up with the extra 30% off and I had really had my heart set on it, but that is probably going to be the last purchase I will ever make from them.



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« Reply #3353 on: December 18, 2012, 02:51:36 AM »
Cheese Wheelz Pizza here in Windsor. I had been having a craving for a panzerotti, and thought I would try this place just down the street from me. I went to pick it up, and got home, dug in, the bacon was mostly fatty, and still oinking (as DH likes to put it), and there was no lid on the marinara sauce that came with it, so I called them to let them know, all they had to say was that they were busy, and as for the sauce cup, there were no lids. No apology or offer for credit for future order (I've had that offered many times - not that I'm a chronic complainer - when something goes wrong with an order at other restaurants), and they didn't even seem to care. I will not go back there ever again after that!

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« Reply #3354 on: December 18, 2012, 10:06:07 AM »
I can't say that I'll never shop there again, especially since I still have a gift certificate balance, but I will probably be frequenting my favorite thrift store a lot less.

We went this past weekend. I was standing in the housewares section looking at dishes. A few feet away from me, out of my arm's reach and untouched by me, a stack of stuff that had been piled up and shoved onto a shelf fell over. In that stuff was a ceramic bowl of some sort (out of place, because I was standing in the wood/metal/plastic area). An employee came over saying "oh dear, oh my goodness" over and over again and I helped her clean it up. She came back a few minutes later and said, with the attitude of someone doing me a huge favor, that they weren't going to charge me for it but I needed to be careful, and if I broke anything that cost more than $10 they would charge me for it. (Note: I've been going to this store for at least 14 years--the first time I remember going was when I was 16--and have never broken anything. I've also never seen this woman before so I assume she was new. And, not that she could know this, but if I had broken it I would have apologized and offered to pay for it.)

I said "OK, but I didn't knock it over. It just fell off the shelf."

She said "yeah, but if something breaks and they see you standing by it, they'll charge you for it, so just be careful."

I very seriously doubt that's their actual policy, but I just said "OK" and went about my shopping. When we got out to the car, my husband told me that when he had gone to the bathrooms to rinse off my daughter's pacifier, he heard the woman complaining about me and calling me a liar, saying "there was no one else around and she was just standing there." I've been feeling more meh about this thrift store than usual lately, but that was when my opinion of the place really soured. Yeah, people complain about their customers. But at the very least they should make sure they're doing it out of earshot of other customers. Even if it wasn't my husband that overheard it, another customer doesn't need to hear how an employee is annoyed by someone that's spending money at their store.

That's not the only reason, but it was more or less the last straw. I was already starting to think that, since my house is mostly furnished and this is the good furniture thrift store, that I was ready to move on. The last time I went there someone had decided that hobnail milk glass was super collectible and had raised the prices on things like bud vases and tiny candy dishes to $10-$20. You don't even want to know how much the bigger pieces were. Some of the pieces weren't even actual milk glass, but just cheap lightweight knockoffs with big seams down the side. To compare, I bought two authentic hobnail bud vases there a few months ago for 60 cents each. Milk glass vases on eBay seem to go for up to $5 each. None of this was separated out in any way, it was just all mixed in with the other tchotchkes and housewares. And it was only the hobnail milk glass--the grape/fruit patterned or any other pattern was priced as usual.

They've also got signs up indicating that they're trying to rebrand themselves as a thrift/antiques store. That's fine, but IMO that's going to be tricky at best and business-ending when all your customers feel alienated at worst. So I think from now on I'll just pass them by unless I've got a specific piece of furniture I'm looking for.

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« Reply #3355 on: January 01, 2013, 09:27:01 PM »
Clipped...

I think it took letters to corporate before people got piddly refunds and abject apologies.  Still not enough for the KofC, so now another hotel in another city gets to host Big Event, and the Holiday Inn in Frederick gets to do something rude and anatomically impossible.

Aw come on!  Twiddling your thumbs is neither rude nor anatomically impossible!   ;D  Pretty stupid on the hotel's part, they deserved all the trouble they got into.
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« Reply #3356 on: January 01, 2013, 09:43:28 PM »
Not so much mine, but a former neighbor, and she told me about it. Ashley's Furniture. She told me "Never EVER buy furniture from them!"  I don't remember the whole story as it's been a couple years, but it involved less than satisfactory delivery practices, and on more than one occasion.   

I've avoided the place ever since, as there's other places in town to get furniture from instead.
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« Reply #3357 on: January 01, 2013, 09:58:43 PM »
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a certain ex-WAG
WAG?  In my vernacular, WAG stands for Wild-Arsed Guess, which judging from context is not the intended meaning.

If I may...
It's used in football circles for the Wives and Girldfriends.

I think I recall which WAG it was too... the same one who accidentally misplaced her engagement ring...  :P

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« Reply #3358 on: January 01, 2013, 11:00:54 PM »
Not so much mine, but a former neighbor, and she told me about it. Ashley's Furniture. She told me "Never EVER buy furniture from them!"  I don't remember the whole story as it's been a couple years, but it involved less than satisfactory delivery practices, and on more than one occasion.   

I've avoided the place ever since, as there's other places in town to get furniture from instead.
Ashley Furniture stores are a franchise, so service problems at one store doesn't necessarily mean you'll have problems at another. I bought a sofa from them in October, and it arrived sooner than expected, and they scheduled the delivery at a convenient time and were right on time.

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« Reply #3359 on: January 02, 2013, 03:00:44 AM »
Not so much mine, but a former neighbor, and she told me about it. Ashley's Furniture. She told me "Never EVER buy furniture from them!"  I don't remember the whole story as it's been a couple years, but it involved less than satisfactory delivery practices, and on more than one occasion.   

I've avoided the place ever since, as there's other places in town to get furniture from instead.
Ashley Furniture stores are a franchise, so service problems at one store doesn't necessarily mean you'll have problems at another. I bought a sofa from them in October, and it arrived sooner than expected, and they scheduled the delivery at a convenient time and were right on time.

We had the same experience - then after having our sofa set for a while, discovered the sofa's feet actually aren't connected to the frame whatsoever.  They're literally just glued on to the fabric on the underside of the sofa, which means they fold up at an angle and don't support any weight when the sofa is upright.  I can't tell whether they were supposed to be at the corners and someone put them on wrong or whether it's shoddy design, but our sofa's foam also started disintegrating within two years.  When we replace it (after Bittybartfast is past the "stain the sofa" stage), we're definitely going with someone other than Ashley furniture.  We thought we were getting a deal on a decent sofa at a cheap price - instead we just got a cheap sofa.