When deals go bad
I posted Tuesday about my husband’s luck with turning trash (our old all-season tires) into treasure. But today I’m here to admit that things don’t always go so great, and I’ve got two examples. (Second one here)
After more than a year of participating in various ‘group buys’ (Groupon, TeamBuy, YourCityDeals, WagJag etc) I’ve hit my first bad apple.
In May of this year I completely lost my mind and decided to go in on an offer for summer palette nail polish kit. Not only were there 5 bottles of polish, but other nail-polishing do-dads for the low, low price of $15 (Each bottle of this brand usually sells for around $9). Now, I’m not really sure why I decided to do this. Much like my attempts to style my hair, I am completely incapable of painting my own nails. Sure I get pedicures, but you’ll note I leave the painting to the professionals. So it seems kinda silly to acquire 5 bottles of my very own.
Thank you for contacting us!Due to higher than normal email volume, its taking us a bit longer to respond. We want to thank you for your patience, and we are doing our best to get back to you within 24.Have a wonderful day!
Seems friendly, seems helpful, sounds like their a little bit swamped…wait, 24 what? Hours? Nope. Days? Weeks? Years? Not going to wait that long. So now the team buying site is trying to contact them, and I go back to my account on the vendor’s site, and decide to look up the comments on the product I ordered. Well crap. 30 comments and not one person has received their product. And not one person has gotten a reply when sending a message. Me thinks my toes are going to be woefully unadorned this summer.
This next one is a bit more comical. Hubby and I have been casually looking for a replacement car for a while now. Our 1997 Camry (or as I call it – a smelly death trap) is showing it’s age. Don’t get me wrong, it’s done us well, we bought it in 2000 and almost immediately drove it down to, and all around Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton, back in the day when we could just hop in the car and take off with just a tent and no reservations. Hubby also used it during his stint as a sales guy for an unnamed alarm company. His territory went from about Kemptville to Cobourg.
Whoa, I just Google mapped that, it’s about 275km (170mi) of wide-open highway with a bunch of trees that aren’t buying alarm panels. No wonder he hated that job.
So, newsed cars – we’re looking at’em. Because I like my windows to roll up and my handles to not fall off, and my air conditioning to work. Hubby found one that looked interesting on Kijiji. It was one of three of approximately the same model and vintage, and it was significantly cheaper than the other two. This sort of raised alarm bells for me, but hubby decided to check it out, so he contacted the seller. How many alarm bells does this reply set off for you?
The vehicle is still available for sale, price as stated in the ad $8000.It’s in perfect working order, no wear and tear, no scratches, it wasn’t involved in any accidents.I moved to Spain with my work but I left the vehicle at a shipping company in Thunder Bay, Ontario.All shipping costs and insurance during transportation are included in the price, I won a promotion(1 free shipping). You will also receive all necessary documents in order to finalize the purchase.Email me back if you’re interested and have further questions.
Now here’s an interesting exercise – Google any unique part of that message. See how many times it shows up in discussions about scammers. You’d think they’d check on that before carrying on with the same message. But I guess the Google doesn’t work in Spain.