Scott complains about the strangest things

My review of the Macbook Pro Apple don’t want you to read.

I recently made the switch to Apple. I am a life long PC user that decided to make the switch to Apple after my frustration with Windows’s short comings… I think it’s important to point out for the purpose of this review I had an Iphone once an really didn’t care for it much, but went ahead an purchased this Macbook Pro because I was looking for something better.

Unlike the swarm of reviews posted online of “how great” the Macbook is, if you are thinking of switching from PC to Apple this is the review I wish I had read before I threw my money in the trash. I think this is a review anyone wanting to make the switch from PC should read.

Macbook Pro Vs Lenovo

My main concern switching to Apple was basically would I be able to move around in the same manner as the PC without too much of a learning curve. The answer is “yes” I went on Youtube and watched some video tutorials on the Macbook Pro and with some basic help I started to pick-it up very quickly.

Why I decided to try Macbook Pro is simple. Windows has gone sideways with lots of holes in their operating system and no real clue of what they are doing… PC’s are poor quality in general. However Things seem to be rapidly improving in the hardware but with Windows it seem to only be getting worse.

What did I find? I was very unlucky, I got a Macbook Pro with issues out of the box. I was even more unlucky by making the mistake of buying it a Fry’s Electronics rather than a Apple store that turned out being a mistake too. If you are going to buy an Apple goto a Apple Store.

The Macbook Pro mic had issues with many of other services like Google Voice, Screen O Matic, YouTube. The so called “genius’s” had no clue or I think they ignored these issues as valid. I found that or at least it felt like Apple only was worried about its working with it’s products. There is many documented issues with the Mic on the Macbook pro using services like Google Voice.

So what happened? In less that 2 months of ownership Apple took the Macbook in for repair to replace the mic to likely install refurbished parts; a class action case they recently lost in court, something i’m not too happy about being this is brand new Macbook Read more about the case here. Only to get the Macbook back the issue un resolved. When I took the Macbook the issue was not addressed or tested.

I can go into details of crap support I received from not one but two Apple-Customer Relations Senior Advisors but I wont. Needless to say because I still somehow ended up with this Macbook. Apple support is lots of pats on the back and im sorry but no results.

My conclusion is there was a few features on the Macbook that stood out to me. One was the Battery life, the other was no real threat of viruses. That part was kind-of nice. The OS system seems more secure, but really this also turned out to work against me. I really couldn’t rap my mind around Apple’s OS file system.. But from using the product for a few months I would say the Macbook was mostly fluff and just another computer brand like Samsung, or Lenovo or whatever.. I did find Apple is a great machine for novice computer users needing help and someone to call when it breaks, Apple seems great for that sort of thing. I was able to get Apple Support but no real help to fix my issues, but with the inflated price tag support is what you seem to be paying for; Apple over all seem like a great big over priced illusion. At the end of the day I ended up taking in the ass, had to sell it on Craigslist to some broke fanboy and pony up for a another business Laptop.

 

Scott reviews US Bank

The US Bank Visit:
So I went in to US Bank, I needed a sheet of checks to give to my insurance guy so they can debt my account. The teller was very nice and gave them to me. She then offered this helpful little piece of info; she stated “Each temporary check that comes through your account has an additional cost of two dollar.” Hmmmm…. WTF!!!!! Heads-up to all you US Bank user – If you need temp checks look out for the cost that comes later…Nothing is free anymore, we are just getting raped for every dollar we make, Banks are in junk-fee heaven.

Oh here’s another good one. Recently we moved. We needed to change our account information. Of course I called them up and was told that not only do they need to talk to me they needed to talk to my wife, ARE YOU KIDDING! Let me tell you something US Bank user – joint account means nothing anymore. What happen to the go old days where banks were banks, not these dictating, control freaks that tell you how to do your banking business.

You know banks are just not that useful anymore…

My review of Sprint service

About 4 days ago, I got a new EVO slider from Sprint. These touch screen phones are beyond me and I gotta tell ya… I am not really impressed with the consumer experience up to this point. However, what is interesting about this story is… My wife and I have been Sprint customers for about seven years! But after going though the entire consumer experience, I think I can shed a little light on this whole “Sprint’s unlimited bull-shit.” and “We’re cheaper than the other guy.”

I went to Radio Shack to get my phone, the guy at Radio Shack was not very helpful. So today, I called sprint to get the low-down on what I got myself into. What I found out was very-very interesting.

I found out, I have the unlimited 450 plan. I asked the Sprint rep, so everything is “unlimited?” The Sprint support said (I am quoting him) “Well…it’s not technically unlimited.” The first thing that popped into my mind, how fucking misleading is this?

I know what you are thinking… is all this foul language necessary? I think it is…

Ok, wait… it gets better!! I get transferred to the retention department because after four days and all these silly fees I am ready to quit Sprint.

I have a question? Why is it so hard for companies to just be straightforward with their pricing? I am really sick of these companies smearing their lies and misleading advertisements all over God’s creation. In the meantime, your getting horse fucked for a two year contract.

As promised, it gets even stranger. The Sprint operator proceeds tell me that there is a $5 a month fee, for a what they call a “spending limit fee.” are you fucking serious? If your hell-bent on fucking your customers with hidden cost, at least have the decency to come up with a better name.

I picked Sprint, for it’s competitive rates, but clearly I didn’t make the right choice. I told the Sprint phone rep, I think it is time for an IPhone. What was really funny, the idiot phone rep wittingly blurts-out, “At&t charges a fee for its data service!” One company calls it a “data charge”, the other calls it “spending limit fee”. I look at junk fees all the same, they are deceitful and misleading ways to build-in hidden cost.

The benifits of selling your website on Flippa vs. eBay.

Recently – Selling websites on the web has become very problematic. “Just-how-much” is a website worth these days? I personally build websites and then turn-around and sell them to people that want to be in business on the web. This is a very tricky market, to sell your website you need to reach real buyers. I have sold websites on eBay, but I have only listed websites for sale on Flippa, never actually sold any. I will share my experience and what I think are the pros-and-cons of selling websites on eBay versus Flippa and give you some valuable tips for saving money and getting even more money for your website!

I was reading is article I found – I think it was the USA Today, it said any website or domain name in 5 years could be worth 500x times what it’s worth right now.

The number one problem you face when looking to get a good price for your website, is the mound of horse-shit scam websites that promise large returns for no investment. This is what buyers that are looking to buy websites have to wade though when looking to buy. Stupid and ridiculous domains priced for 1 million, affiliate websites scams, all kind of scams.

The other problem – It is difficult to sell a website to just anyone, most people are a little intimated or simply have no idea what they are even looking at. I don’t think either eBay or Flippa really offer the “optimal selling experience” for selling websites. Ideally  you want to list your website where you will attract the most potential buyers. Buyer beware!

Flippa – They boast making something like 10 million in sales, to be honest I found this very hard to believe. I didn’t feel like that many of the listings on Flippa ended in a actual sale of the website. All I seen was a bunch of junk websites and maybe 2-10 real offerings. The websites I listed on Flippa, I feel really didn’t attract much attention. …and it was over priced, but again when I listed my sites for sale it was about 12 months ago. 😉 Last I heard it was even higher now, with some “success fee” bullshit. read more about dat chit

eBay – has the traffic and the following, brought you lots and lots of potential buyers, also you can list the website for sale in the niche category you are looking to target. Example: Remote Control Cars. I think eBay brings a stronger buyer base to the table than Flippa does, and at a reasonable cost.

*** SCOTTY – FUN FACT***: You can also buy traffic for your listing, or what you could do instead – Make a single sales page with blogger, or even a page on the website that your selling, then set up AdWords account and bid on keywords against Flippa, targeting keywords like; buy websites, website investments, website business, web business. This will allow you to go-directly to the horses mouth for real website buyers not just a bunch of lookie-losers.

*This is also a good way of selling your website, with less chance of your site being copied by a fake-buyer.

I had my best results selling website – When I self-marketed the website, I was WAYYYY more effective. Or you can look at it this way… The few hundred bucks that you would pay for the “success fee” for selling your website on Flippa, can be used to get more targeted clicks from AdWords, and you might even save a few bucks!

RECOMMEND: Craigslist, AdWords.

*This is how I selling my websites now: http://scottrasher.com/domains-for-sale/

These days I really don’t spend time selling websites, I spend more of my time blogging about stupid shit like this. But I found posting websites for sale on blogs or free classifieds like Craigslist and self marketing, was by-far the best way to sell your websites.

Selling websites FAQ:

Most people buying website don’t have any idea what they are buying.

What you need to guard against is being robed for your intellectual property.

You are not covered under Paypal terms in a transactions a tangible product in not present. Example: files, websites, domains

Fun Facts:

I have sold about 50 websites on eBay and about 100 total.

Other places you can sell your website:

COMING SOON

Craigslist Denver area rentals

I had to make a post about the amount of scams and spam in the rental section of Craigslist in Denver. …it is just killing me, it is almost crazy! http://denver.craigslist.org/apa/

I have been looking for a home to rent for almost 4 months, and over this time I have reached maybe 4 real people with a legitimate rental to offer. I have been contacted buy rent to own scams, brokers, credit report scams, send the money overseas scammers, it is just nuts!

I am a webmaster myself, and I have to be honest, it is shameful to see how thick the level of spam on this site is. It would be difficult to estimate the amount of scam ads or spam on the Craigslist Denver rental thread alone, but if I had to guess, I would say 90% plus.

What I find even more interesting, it is fucking hilarious that Craigslist has implemented all these “new” anti-spam measures on their site to only block real users. Just a fun fact to all this – I have recently tried to post on craigslist and had to verify my phone number to complete the post, and I was unable to do. As it turns-out, my phone number is being used by someone else, and from what I can tell, there is almost nothing I can do about it.

This has to be a real battle for craigslist, it will be interesting to see what happens.

If you are dealing with the same issue please leave your comment, I would love to hear your pain also.

Why is everyone talking about Mesothelioma?

I hate bandwagons and have gotten really tired of the lawyers ads on tv for mesothelioma and frankly all the stupid websites out there jumping on this bandwagon.  So I decided to finally figure out just what the hell mesothelioma is and why everyone is going on and on about it.

So it turns out, Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer and has been linked causally to exposure to asbestos.  I guess this explains why the lawyers ads seem to target construction workers and others who could have been exposed to asbestos.

What the hell is asbestos?  I mean, yeah, it’s like some kind of building material that was used as insulation but what’s so bad about it.  At one time in the United States, if you were building something, it was the number one product for fire retardant and insulation so it would be in walls, ceilings, around pipes, etc.  It hasn’t been used in a new building since around the time that doctors put together that kids that ate lead paint off the wall could become retarded.  So yeah, we get that it’s bad stuff – basically the scientists have worked out that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, a lung disease like severe pneumonia or mesothelioma, malignant lung cancer.

But the point of this article is why everyone is jumping on the mesothelioma bandwagon and I think it’s primarily because of one thing — class action lawsuits.  See, the class action lawsuit has changed the consumer landscape.  There’s so much money out there for the lawyers to grab – think one third of a billion dollars that they will pay every media outlet available to get the 1 in a million shot of someone who can actually link their lung cancer to asbestos.  And of course, with lawyers willing to pay big bucks for a lottery ticket, step in Google Adsense.  I read somewhere that lawyers are paying upwards of $10-$15 per click on mesothelioma ads.  Holy shit batman!!  So this explains why every dick and harry has made some stupid mesothelioma landing page–just hoping that someone will come along and make a click to a lawyer’s ad.  God, don’t you just love this country!

magicJack sucks!

Believe the hype about magicJack!

I have a really good story for ya! I was at CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) on a Press Pass a few years ago with a friend of mine Scott Smith. ….and I just-so-happen to stumble onto the majicJack booth.

I had been very curious about magicJack, but after reading reviews online about peoples experience with the product I wasn’t ready to buy just yet. I had lots of questions, but despite reading lots of bad things about MagicJack or now MagicTalk, I come away from talking to the owner and the other guy feeling better about the product. When I was able to chat with them I immediately addressed the slew of bad reviews posted online from customers that have used the product.  As a matter of fact, I was given a magicJack for FREE, and loved it. I got home and was SO thrilled with it, I was thinking to myself  “how the hell can this be bad?” I told ten or more of my friends, and they all got one too”. I was preaching the gospel! This is why I was shocked when this happened to me!

Today I renewed my magicJack account and from what I can tell the service now cost more! Don’t forget – up until now, MagicJack had been free for me to use. So, I believe now I want a FULL REFUND AND ALL THESE BULL SHIT CHARGES OFF MY ACCOUNT. Like I said – when I used the product I was going to renew, I loved it. So flash forward to today, now “I’m” a  paying customer. I was charged 6 times on my card. How the hell does this happen. Not only that, now they want $10.00 more dollars, for the same service that from what I can tell was $12.95 not to mention how they handle credit cards, I don’t think so. To be honest, MagicTalk service is  almost the same service you can get from Google Voice for free, and you get a REAL NUMBER. I am not paying for this crap, I will dispute these charges.

To be honest I am sick over this. Tell me what it takes to get what you pay for these days.

screenshot of my bank account, 6 charges from MagicJack, click to see clearly.

Fun Fact: MagicJack is a real phone company, not like other VOIP service/products on the market.

Another Fun Fact: This product is great for people that need to call people from other countries, you just buy the product and send it to anyone you need to call, then you can call them like they where standing in the US. However, I don’t know if this is still the case anymore. I was doing this for awhile for my outsourcing needs, I would send the freelancer I was working with a MagicJack and I could talk to him for free or nearly free anyway.

If you want more details about the company, from other pissed off customers, you can read it here

This is what happened after posting this:


Thank you MagicJack

Christopher’s Dodge World SUCKS!!! Read about my car buying experience with Christopher’s Dodge World in Golden, Colorado

My Christopher’s Dodge World Truck

Beings that blogging is my job, I guess I will blog about what happened to me today when I went out to buy my “new to me – SUV” Chevy Tahoe  at Christopher’s Dodge World 16655 W Colfax Ave. Golden, Colorado – just a smidgen outside of the Denver Metro area.

I give this review with the full understanding that this company is in business to make money, an they would not sell me a car at cost. Please enjoy my review

It certainly was capitalism at it’s finest, and today I was a customer buying a used a car. I had been looking for a new car to drive for some time. We had a 2005 Chevy Malibu 100% paid for. The Chevy Malibu was small and very economical car, it had about 127,000 miles when we traded it in on the Chevy Tahoe, but we where ready for a change. Since we were not able to buy another car for cash, It looked like we where going to have to buy from a dealer or get some financing from our bank and search out cars from private parties. I have some experience with car dealers, and it can be very difficult for anyone to get a decent deal let-alone “good deal.” And it is extra difficult for a stupid fucker like “me” to really know if I got a “good deal” on my SUV or not, but I will share my car buying experience with Christopher’s Dodge World and how I felt about it all said and done.

I think like most people that buy a car from a dealer, it comes to a point that you have make a choice. When you buy a car like a Chevy Malibu and drive it for 7 years, it really isn’t worth very much when your trying to trade it in. As it turns out, in this case it’s not worth much period. When you buy a new or used car you try your best to make a good investment, till a day like today.

Me, being a bigger guy (6’4) and the wife wanting a little more room for my family and I, it was time for a SUV. Most of you know – that SUV’s means more money, even with gas prices being so high, it almost seemed crazy to buy a SUV on a day like today!

Before this I had been trying to sell the Malibu and it looked like we where going to get maybe $2500.00-$3300.00 from a cash offer, if we where lucky. The bottom line was, the Malibu was a pile of shit.

SUV’s cost money. I knew if where going to get something nice it was going to cost more, a lot more than my Malibu, more or less a budget automobile, but we weren’t ready to pay $500.00-$700.00 a month to drive some Cadillac or Suburban and pay 25k plus. What we where looking for was a nice-older SUV with low miles, and pray to God something didn’t go wrong in the next few years.

We had been looking at a few different SUV’s, we were not that excited about the price. But today we found what we thought might be the deal for-us, and signed on the dotted line.

I think we are like most people, we want something nice, not totally clear on the fine points on auto sales contract negations. “We are not rich and life comes at you fast!” So it can be hard, you know what I mean? I am a entrepreneur, “owner of this website” and my wife is a executive at her company. We don’t make over 100k a year, so we can be crushed any given minute. We have had some credit issues, but these days who hasn’t.

We were buying a new car for a few reasons:

  • A car really offered us little flexibility.
  • People are driving very aggressive, making a small car less appealing.
  • It was time for something better.

Today I found myself in a strange spot, I wanted this truck. Day one of seeing one of these Chevy Tahoe SUV – I WANTED ONE! Most of us know, these type of SUV’s are almost 60k brand new.

This is the one we found:

The truck has 89,000 miles, decent miles for the year – I guess.

BUT – I really liked the truck! It drove ok – I mean it is an older SUV, and rides really nice. I went to the Christopher’s Dodge World dealership a seen the salesmen and everything looked good. I was fully aware, this was an older vehicle, and this year of truck this might be prone to breakdown, along the same lines as my car I was trading in. As a matter of fact this SUV was older than the car I traded in. In Today’s market, there are some good deals on car repairs, so I was less worried about this.

But this silly stuff is not the reason I decided to write about this.

It was the buying experience, that left me feeling unsettled. The sales man was a cool working guy, I mean, I guess most of what happened until the financing part of the buying experience I was fine with.

At one point it looked like the deal wasn’t going to happen for us, but deep inside I guess a little piece of me wasn’t ready for car payments. Then it came through! WOW, I was shocked! I had waited for about 3 hours sick as a fucking dog, and to be honest I was shocked we got the loan. We don’t have “good credit”, we have what I would call “experienced credit.”

The payment they said was going to be about $340.00 and I was ok with that.

But what was interesting was how this all unfolded. Because we went from not able to get funding for our deal, to now I was being sold products. But not really sold products, it was strange. What was more unsettling, he “the finance man” said that they “The Dealership” had taken profit from our deal to buy 2 points in interest form our loan, but this whole deal was all tied to these products, oil changes, and tire warranty “BUT” none of this would change our payment. But in fact, it would  lower our from 11.9% to 9.9% percentage rate to our loan. This was really a red flag to me, and I can be 100% sure the “Dealership” didn’t do this for “me”. Like I said, they are in business to make money.

None of these products I would ever buy, but we could not have the lower percentage rate without them, which sounds like consumer fraud, but I am not an expert. Keep in mind this is something like you can’t say “no” to? No! Please give me the higher percentage rate, something don’t sound right!

links to law firm: Dealers offering lower percentage rate in lieu rate for costly warranty products: http://www.lyonsandfarrar.com/Consumer%20Law.htm

A fun fact: On our service contact, it says : These products where not offered to me in lieu of financing. In fact it was not in lieu of financing, it was to get a lower percentage rate.

*screenshot coming soon

I am not 100% sure the reason the payment didn’t go up, but my guess is because the missing percentage points is now replaced with the cost of these products, and these products pay a much better premium than the 2 points from the loan, but again I am not an expert. I feel like we offered these products, for the lower percentage rate, that we also feel like would had lowered our price and our payment.

*And we where asked not to cancel, or please don’t cancel rather. Who is not going to say “YES” to these perks! But remember, your interest rate will not be 9.9%!

Hmmmm, I mean, I need oil changes, but this is all crap.

I looked at the contract, while I was being fucked, figuratively speaking of-course …and thought to myself, “who could understand this shit?” I sat back in my chair and literary asked myself if I wanted to drive this SUV for $340.00 a month, for the next 48 months. How was I supposed to know what all this means, sign here, this means this-and-that we are just some saps that went to community collage, I would be willing to bet some real brain power when into these contracts. I would have never – in one million years had purchased any of these products, they are 100% worthless.

From my non expert opinion buying this SUV at Christopher’s Dodge World cost me and my wife an extra $4500.00-$6000.00 for our buying experience, not including interest, or car repairs it potentially needs for the minor issues, I figure the SUV has from driving it for the last 24 hours, is the truck in good shape? Its a nice truck, for the most part.

In my non expert opinion, the best I can tell Christopher’s Dodge World in Golden, CO basically absorbed my trade and my down payment. Used some tactical accounting methods to get the maximum amount it in products, another common unethical practice typical of car dealerships these days. Like I said, they are in business to make money.  So, enjoy my money!

Is it a nice SUV? It looks very nice. Was it a good deal? PLEASE GOD I Hope so!

Christopher’s Dodge World boast a 4 star dealership, My wife and I give it one star.

Update to this story:

After talking to our sales man and the finance guy, we where thrown out of his office. And we where told to never come back, we are happy to do this.

Don’t worry we will never go back to Christopher’s Dodge World . The only problem is I would not be able to use my worthless products. More is coming….

Related stories about Christopher’s Dodge World and Car dealers.

Car Dealer Scams To Watch Out For – by Yahoo.com

More complaints about Christopher’s Dodge World: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/26990657/detail.html

Here’s what happened to a 20 year old single mother: http://christophersdodgeworld.info

Related reviews about Christopher’s Dodge World

Edmunds – Customers reviews of this dealship http://www.edmunds.com/dealerships/Colorado/Golden/ChristophersDodgeWorld/fullsales-128225.html

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Complain, Complain, Complain….

As a consumer I am getting real sick of paying all these fees with very-very substandard service. I guess other people just don’t feel the same way as I do. Because I just don’t see anyone really putting their foot down. A good example is, just the other day I am on the phone with Sprint almost six hours. Because a customer rep transposed one of my free numbers causing me to have to buy extra minutes for the last three months, that is the truth by the way. Six full hours of my time and they are charging me. I don’t mean to pick on sprint, to be honest their customer service has really improved over the last two years. But something has been lost and we are paying more and getting less for our money and it is called fees.

Fees I plan of pay this month.

Maybe a ATM fee
$3.00 convenience fee for State Farm auto debiting my bank account. Well that seem easy to fix, right? Well, its is a $15.00 dollar fee if I want to send in my check, in my opinion this is a real joke!
US Bank will charge me$2.00 a check, if I write a check to anyone…

So are companies really plotting to get as much money out of you as they can? It certainly seems that way.

Tmobile unlimited plans $49.99

I was watching some TV and on comes this T mobile commercial. I just have one question. If you have unlimited plans starting at $49.99, then what is the plan that would be more than unlimited? You know, I am just not a fan of these deceptive ads that are clearly bait and switch.

Just in case you are not clear on the dictorney  meaning of unlimited, here.

Definition: Not limited; having no bounds; boundless; as, an unlimited expanse of ocean.

Do they think consumers are stupid?  They must sit around in meetings and say things like, “our customers will believe anything we tell them.”  “The more outrageous, the better.”  “Let’s see how far we can go with this.”  Do you feel me?