- Other Opinion
and Rating Organizations
and information is for the sole use of The Small Businessman and
not intended for use by the media or for any other particular use
other than by the site owner. Listed companies are in alphabetical
order. This is intended to help the Small Businessman assist Client
Companies to improve their business processes and ethics -
not to diminish their sales or sales prospects.
their credit like?
that would sit in judgment of you are also the least qualified to
common abuses are subjectively defined.
Mail - any un requested sales mail that comes to your home
- Spam -
any un requested sales email that comes to your home or business even
if it is through "partners" and third parties.
Calling - any un requested or unwelcome sales calls
to your home.
Support Abuse -
Excessive automated phone systems. Long hold times, rushed support,
impatient support technicians,etc.
Advertising - overstated products, etc.
Credit Reporting- generating errors that are submitted
to credit reporting agencies
that result in your bad credit.
- Avoidance - hiding phone numbers and contact info from consumers.
Response - Snail mail, email and phone messages that
are not answered in a timely manner.
Customer Service and/or Support
Jumping - Making customer jump through so many
hoops that they tend to give up.
gifts that aren't really free because you have to do something
to get it or worse.
checks to get you to use services, etc. Usually a couple of dollars.
or Loan checks with ultra-high interest in fine print.
advertising that is sent with Priority Express or Urgent dated
and open immediately instructions. Exaggerating urgency.
that contain what "feels" like a credit card inside only to
discover a simple loan offer.
property or holding property hostage without ethical reason. Not releasing
held property or deposits in a timely manner. Not giving back interest
on serious amounts of money in accounts kept over 30 days
where customer signs term agreement only to be surprised later at the
term itself or other serious short comings in the product but still
bound by the term or where a company does "email" or "web
posting" changes in the terms with contracts that bind consumers
to those terms, then typically sticking consumer with much higher rate
increases. This also applies to credit card contracts.
that are "living" and constantly changing in favor of the
vendor and at the detriment of the consumer and/or require constant
(more than yearly) rereads and rewritten without pointing out the changes
or comparing changes to exact section in old contract. (typically done
by less than reputable credit card companies including most of the major
CENT Pricing. A company that sells things for $99.99, etc, trying to make
customer think that it is not $100.
- Poor Rebate Policies -
Done in fine print, late checks, no check, hidden company names or
phone numbers, denials of legitimate
Print - Bad news often travels in fine print in order
to hide it from customers who don't take the time to get their
glasses. Most credit card companies are guilty of this tactic as customers
watch ballooning interest rates and finance charges warned about
within the fine print.
the Paws Mean
PROBLEM by GETEM'S SUBJECTIVE STANDARDS. THIS INCLUDES JUNK MAIL,
PHONE SOLICITATIONS, MINOR MISTAKES, CUSTOMER INCONVENIENCES
(NEW) VERY UNETHICAL OR SERIOUS PROBLEM by GETEM'S SUBJECTIVE
STANDARDS. THIS INCLUDES SAFETY ISSUES OR ISSUES THAT COST THE
CONSUMER MORE MONEY THAN EXPECTED
GET'EM RECEIVED A COMMITMENT TO CORRECT (PENDING)
Opt out of the credit reporting agencies tactic of giving
out your personal information to junk mailers and other
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HOME SAFETY VIOLATIONS!
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TO SUBMIT A COMPANY TO THE LIST.
must be emailed to email@example.com with
a complete explanation including as accurate a time and date
as possible with information so that we can contact the company.
TO REMOVE A BAD REMARK.
apologies, disputes and/or statements that your company
is in the process of correcting or has corrected the
situation by either phoning the Small Businessman at
(916) 315-8121 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon correction, remark will be cleared or filed in
the event of return to abusive situation. The Small
Businessman does not charge for corrections, nor does
it accept advertising for this site.
American Business Ethics leave a lot to be desired, and while
some companies are trying to improve their policies and activities,
some Americans seem to have developed a superiority complex that
justifies our international intervention because they feel we
morally superior to all other nations. It is my opinion that
we are not and never have been morally superior to other nations.
If we plan to ever lead the world, we must first clean up our
act at home. We can ill afford to have our largest and most powerful
corporations doing unethical activities in the market place at
home and abroad. It is we the people that have allowed this to
happen through our financing their unethical and sometimes illegal
activities to the extent that we have ignored our own Constitution
and often legalized unethical practices.