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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.
Not even electronichotdeal is aggressive enough to match Etailz.
Just got amazon to match the $430 price they had while etailz offer of $399. Just linked them my cancelled order number and they matched it. Took less than 5 minutes.
Sounds like nobody else had to go through the ordeal that I did to get the $423 price. It serves me right though since I contacted Amazon in the middle of the night which means da da da.... I had to deal with India.
I hate outsourced CS, especially from India, terribly hard to understand their accents. Philippines is not as bad.
But Etailoz does not ship, electronichotdeal does, and still as a drop ship from Best Buy, because of some people on this forum calling electronichotdeal a scam I called Best Buy with their order number and asked them to check if there was any type of problem with that Best Buy order number, they looked it up and said it was paid for and not by credit card, bank xfer, and I will have no problem with that sale, it was not any type of scam. But if you look at BB stock, down 25% yesterday, maybe they don't know what happening anyways.
Even worse, the scammers are potentially using stolen bank account info to do ACH transfers out of unsuspecting victim's accounts. These are illegitimate sites. The money paid to Best Buy is dirty, whatever the source.
I don't know you tatergator1 but I sure do know Best Buy, so your saying Best Buy is being scammed, you know this for sure but Best Buy is a baby in the woods, you should offer your services to Best Buy, as you could save them a ton of money as this sight is selling a lot more than TiVos. You seem to have such an easy answer, how does Best Buy miss this, their fraud dept. must have heard about the big retail customer thief (if this transition is part of this) and not question all this new business coming from this and other so called (by you) scam sights. I will leave the possibility open that PayPal, Best Buy, and myself are being taking, OR Best Buy is trying to dump inventory in a way that does not make Best Buy look any worse than they already are (BBY stock is now down about 35% in two days).
The undisputed facts are:
I payed PayPal, a legitimate money receiver
I received my product from Best Buy, a legitimate Co that would not send my a stolen product.
People purchase from E-Bay all the time and the buyer has no knowledge where the product came from (in most cases).
I could see your point if I went to the back of a Best Buy store and paid say a Lenny $300 cash and he came back with my TiVo from the Best Buy stock room.
You are paying $319 to an online "business" which, in turn pays the full retail of $399 to Best Buy to drop ship it to you.
This "business" website uses an "About Us" description taken directly from another online electronics retailer, even forgetting to change one of the references to "electronichotdeal."
This same item has been offered for the same price at least two other short-lived online businesses: sophiamart and electronicmegasale.
Those two other sites used the exact same e-commerce website template sold by bigcommerce.com.
The current site, electronichotdeal, uses a different template from the same company.
If it looks like a duck and walks/quacks/flies like a duck, it is a duck.
As an aside, I actually do have some insight into Best Buy's loss prevention as I recently sat on a Jury for an identity theft trial. The incidents occurred 3 years ago and was just making it to trial, but in 2010/2011, the Best Buy stores in my geographical region had some of the worst video surveillance in terms of quality and usefulness. Ironically, a nearby Target Store's surveillance using an antiquated VHS system was 10 times better.
I've said my piece.
Was the jury sequestered at a Holiday Inn Express?
I suppose I deserved that a little. (Put's soap box away.)
I know that is your position and I respect that, but your not answering my question, how do you know about this so called scam and PayPal and Best Buy do not ?? Are you just more carful about Web sights that you have no business with, and PayPal/Best Buy are not ??
Can I say 100% this is a scam. No. 99%, Probably. It's likely Paypal and Best Buy are well aware of the tactics of said sites, it's just hard to kill it and track in real time. Why do these sites only last a few weeks? PayPal caught on and terminated their account? IIRC, another member Googled sophiamart and found several complaints from people who never received anything after paying.
My guess is the Best Buy orders are individually placed using a different stolen ID each time. Just like a parent ordering a new tech gadget for a college student, they put in all the stolen payment info to the BB site, and use your shipping address, like it was a gift.
I would never order anything from one of those sites. Never. Regardless of assurances from payment processors that would make me whole if it were a fraud.
Little in life is certain. I don't know the precise mechanics. However, everything about this stinks, badly.
In a small attempt to get this thread back on track, I will say that I just picked up a Roamio Basic for our master bedroom to replace our Premiere 4 XL. I price matched to the $149 Amazon Price, used a $100 giftcard I got from a Black Friday sale, and got the $50 giftcard with absolutely no issues. Truthfully the manager who had to emerge from a strange door at the front of the store looked annoyed at having been bothered to authorize the transaction more than anything else.
After using the Roamio Plus in the Living Room, the TP4 was getting really frustrating. Even my wife noticed the difference. I ordered a 2tb WD AVGP drive to swap in before I set it up next week.
Bummed I missed the amazon $430 price for the pro. Hopefully it comes back.
It can take up to 60 days for a consumer or bank to realize something is amiss (and do something about it). Some fraudulent charges are found quickly, but mostly when the banks are liable and will have to eat the cost. ACH charges? Good luck.
eBay is littered with triangulation fraud, too. It's a clever criminal scheme and (usually) not obvious to the consumer until after the purchase. But eBay fraudsters get shut down abruptly because consumers report it, which is inconvenient for larger-scale fraudsters. So they've moved into making cookie-cutter websites that aren't rigorously patrolled. It doesn't make it more legitimate.
If you go to electronichotdeal.com and click on "about us", it states they have been in business in Arizona for 50 years. If you click on "contact us" the address is Long Beach, CA. On scamvoid.com and geolocation.mynetworkisrich.com, the IP address is located in Dallas. scamvoid.com also states that the website was only registered 22 days ago.
That's enough red flags for me to avoid it. I was just about to pull the trigger on a laptop deal but was suspicious because the deal was so much better than elsewhere.
I guess I feel that I should protect myself from being scammed, not PayPal or Best Buy for that matter, every day I get people trying to give me millions of $ (I won a sweepstakes or I am just a good person to leave money to) if I would verify myself with my name, address, SS number, and bank info so they can deposit this money into my account (I think there is a movie now out about this, Nebraska ). If you offer me advice not to give out this information, I would be 100% on your side, but I don't feel I am responsible to check out any Web sight before I purchase, if I like the payment system (and price) I purchase, only once in the last 10 years did I not get delivery, called my CC co. up and they gave me my money back, no hassle. I would not purchase from Amazon.com if payment was only by western Union.
Yeah - holy crap, how can you even argue that site is legitimate? Between the sloppily copied text from Walt's, the "contact us" address in CA (which is actually the address of a strip mall management office: http://www.marketplacelongbeach.com/contact), and all the other shadiness, it's pretty obvious something is amiss. You can choose to be willfully ignorant of all that, and maybe you'll even avoid getting screwed personally, but it is likely that someone is getting the shaft. Is saving a few bucks really worth participating in fraud?
I assume you would also buy from this site.
To lessd and palover, it is worth it to them. Despite all of the obvious red flags and minuscule 'savings', it's not their problem.