Monday, July 06, 2009

That's beautiful... You get to this site which tells you all the crap about how great their service is, but once you click anywhere on the site, you get:

This is a Protected Page!
Join Us Now and Save 50%
The cost to join will be going up!
Get it now at the reduced price!

Just beautiful! What the idiots! All that crap and no way to join for those who, by some accident and childhood trauma, are ready to join!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Wells Fargo online services...

Well, it's rather arrogance and stupidity... Here is what they force their customers to agree. No clue that they may be unwilling to give up paper trail. Red color is stressed by me. Simply put, forget about paper trail or we'll cut your online access.

Anyway, what do I want? These are the guys who used their customers Social Security Number as a login ID. If somebody does not know, that's one of the huge IT security blunders...

E-Sign Consent
On June 30, 2000, Congress enacted the Electronic
(Comment: What Congress got to do with their wish to cut expenses?)
Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign Act) to ensure the legality of electronic contracts. Before obtaining products or services electronically through Wells Fargo Online® or Wells Fargo Business Online® services (collectively "Online Banking"), you must read and indicate your acceptance of the terms outlined below.

In this consent, "we," "us," "our" and "Wells Fargo" are used to refer to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., its current and future affiliates whose account(s) and/or service(s) are obtained through Online Banking.

  1. Except for online statements, which requires an additional enrollment, all of the disclosures, records and other information being provided to you may, at Wells Fargo’s sole discretion, be in electronic form. Information provided in electronic form will not be distributed in paper unless you contact the customer service unit responsible for the particular product or service you are obtaining, and request a paper version of a particular document. You may be subject to a fee for such request unless prohibited by applicable law. Please refer to the applicable agreement for the fee that may apply. Please see your account statement for information about the appropriate contact. For deposit accounts, in those instances where you request a paper version of the Account Agreement, Fee and Information Schedule, Addenda, or Privacy Policy, the paper version will be mailed to you at no cost.
  2. Your consent covers all of your transactions relating to the product or service that you agree to obtain electronically.
  3. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time and at no cost to you. Please be aware, however, that withdrawal of consent may result in the termination of your access to Online Banking. If you have enrolled in the Online Statement Service, the termination will cause paper statements to be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service.
  4. If you wish to withdraw your consent, you must contact the customer service unit responsible for the particular product or service you are obtaining. Please
    see your account statement for information about the appropriate contact.
  5. In order to ensure that we are able to provide you with important notices and other information from time to time, you must update us with any change in email address. You may change the email address on record for you by going to the Account Services page and clicking "Add/Change Email Address."
  6. The following link includes the hardware and software requirements for access to and retention of the information being provided to you in electronic form: Hardware and Software Requirements. (Note: If you click on the Hardware and Software Requirements link, be sure to use your back button to come back to this page and complete this E-Sign Consent.)
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    consent will terminate your use of the product or service that you have agreed
    to obtain electronically.

Please indicate your consent to the above terms by clicking on the "I Agree" button below. By providing your consent, you also confirm that you are able to access all of the disclosures, records and other information provided to you in electronic form.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bowker's First Chapter

Bowker is the company that owns ISBN numbers in USA. Also, they pretend to be experts in book sales... I just got their advertising:

Exhibit your book with First Chapter!
Be the first on line to have your book's First Chapter viewed by bookstore, library, distributor, and consumer book buyers with our valued program!
The First Chapter, Premier Annotations, and BookWire Reviews programs offer you a way to diversify your selling abilities and easily reach a wide range of potential book buyers. We are now offering a special combination package for just $999, a savings of over $400!

Let's see... First, they think that I am a complete idiot and use "savings of over $400" - a marketing ploy any five yearold American does not fall for anymore. Sure, I am already hurrying up... Now, let's see. An income from a book sale is at best a few dollars. If you sell a book through Amazon Adavntage, it's about 3-5 dollars -- at best. Now, I should sell $999/3 = 333 book to merely cover this advertising costs before I will see any profit at all... Errr...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Barnes&Nobles email Advertising

I am a member of their... B&N Savings something... anyway, I have a piece of plastic and they give me 10% off everything or almost everything. As a part of the catch, they are sending me their marketing offers by email. Well, that's not that bad. Say, yesterday they've sent me a coupon for 15% OFF for anything in the store on top of my 10% discount. I ignore such stuff from most merchants, but with the bookstore I can get some expensive book that I wanted really cheaper. The funny problem is that I cannot click on their link! Yes, right, they've sent a link "Get the store coupon" and forgot to put the actual link in!!!

To be completely honest, they probably did, they were just ignorant enough to think that it will work. And, of course, it does not. Arghhh! Really stupid!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mercury Coffee Co.

Almost every morning I see the green sign on the way saying "Mercury Coffee Co." It's probably just a small store, not really a corporation, but the name got me stunned the first time I've seen it.

You see, "mercury" is another name for quicksilver, a deadly poisonois heavy metal. Coincidentally, one big problem with decaffinated coffee is that removal of caffein is usually achieved by the process which pollutes coffee beans with much deadlier chemicals.

With this in mind, "Mercury Coffee Co." gets a certain shade of some grave humor, which is not quite appetizing...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

A really good service as a domain name registar. They also try to provide hosting, I tried, it sucks, but that's ok. Anyway, their primary service is great.

Of course, even in a good company there is some corporate nitwit who would force something stupid. So, here it is. I own a domain .com (let's not quote the actual domain, as it it irrelevant to the topic). They add to my control panel .info. I did not asked for that. I was never interested in it. They added it. Fine, their "live support" does not actually work well -- yeterday I waited for half an hour for somebody to pick it up, anyway. Now, .info is going to expire, so they start to spam me with reminders: ".INFO IS GOING TO EXPIRE!!!!! DON'T LET IT GO!!!!" they bombard me for almost a month now.

Guys, it's not my domain, I never wanted it... Fine, I filed an email support ticket to stop that, and today they send TWO REMINDERS IN ONE DAY! Oh, bliss of corporate stupidity... they probably thinks thay really care about the customer...

Friday, September 09, 2005

Dell order fullfillment

Just got this message from Dell:

Dear Valued Customer,We have reviewed your order. Although we had anticipated being able to ship your order sooner, we are experiencing an unexpected delay with your order NNNNNNNNN and will not be able to ship this order and any associated orders until on or before 09-16-2005.
· You will receive an Order Shipped email when this order has shipped.What’s Next?No action is required to proceed with the new date, however, if you do not wish to wait, you may cancel your order.· If you wish to cancel your order or if you have any questions, please click here

If I am so "valued", how about free expedite shipping as a token of real apology? And if you cannot afford that, how about not lying about when you will ship it? I could have bought it cheaper in other place.

Just letting the steam out...

Speaking seriously, this message looks like a joyous scream "Gotcha!" rather than an apology...

Added on 9-14-05: The notebook successfully arrived, they shipped it on time without any delays. So, I guess, the actual order fulfillment is not bad at all. Which leaves me wondering why did they sent that email in the first place...