If you haven’t heard about it already, head on over to digg to take a look at this thread (warning the thread as of this writing has well over 770 comments and takes forever to load and makes Firefox gag…incidentally, IE7 happily loads the aforementioned page). It’s an extremely long digg commented post and story and it’s well worth skimming. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you get back.
Good, now that you’re back, I have a few things to say. While I do believe that scam artists like this deserve nothing short of jail time, I have to wonder what this blogger was doing purchasing from these assholes in the first place?
If you take a look at priceritephoto.com, notice the “Review Us” links on the right hand column? I spent 10 seconds perusing the resellerratings one and the bizrate link that THEY provided and guess what? I saw enough in 10 seconds of skimming to keep me from ever parting with my hard earned cash here. This blogger uses the power of the internet to bring this online retailer down (rightfully so!) but neglects to use the same power of the internet to spend 10 minutes researching these scammers before parting with his money.
Am I saying the blogger deserved what he got? Hell no! Am I saying that the scammers deserved what they got? Hell yeah! I’m merely pointing out that one should assume that everyone is out to rip you off. There is so much information available to us as consumers if you use the internet correctly. Research people! He could have avoided all of this heartache by dedicating 10 minutes of his time to research this company. That’s it. 10 minutes.