Bay (Lighting and Fans) -
1) Poor designs making installation ridiculously and needlessly
complex for the do-it-yourselfers they sell to. Sure, you
might save a few bucks, but is the frustration really worth
- 1) Short product support (90 days free then $19.95 per incident)
2) Too many issues with Palm and "hotsync" application making
results tenuous at best. Good luck syncing data 3) especially if you
sync to more than one computer or application where data loss is almost
unavoidable. 4) 800 number is unlisted with toll free information.
When a company goes to these extremes to hide from customers are has
so many problems that customer support costs money, then you know
you've been taken for a ride. Handspring, along with Palm and most
computer calander programs are part of a unique club that proposes
to to make peoples workflow easier. Usually, these devices and programs
are so complicated, unstable and unreliable that a user can almost
plan on losing the hours upon hours of data they input into them.
The handspring devices are another "get far less than you paid
for product" way over hyped by the media. Despite the fact that
there are probably those that get what they paid for when the sun
is in alignment with the moon and the earth, most would be far better
off with a paper day planner–even an expensive one. 12/2/02.
Hawaiian Airlines (Typical Modern "Junk" airline - They should rename themselves things like "Tite-Ass-Air" or "Don't Give a Rat's Ass Air. Those names would better reflect modern airline attitudes and the companies they have become under current corporate mis-leadership)- 1) Mileage program has ridiculously long contract. 2) Currently Experiencing High Call Volume excuse to leave customrs on hold. 3)Mileage staff doesn't know confirmation numbers requested when submitting mileage. 4) Uncomfortable seats for long flights. Hard to sleep or sit comfortably. 5) Incredible Inefficiency portrayed in this message after submitting mileage. Due to the high volume of requests, please allow 8-10 weeks for us to research and confirm before credit is to be posted to your account.6) Charges $25 each way for first checked baggage to and from Hawaii. 7) Airlines "quid pro quo" with Homeland Insecurity that doesn't allow you to transfer tickets to other flyers. 10/18/2010.
Hershey Company - If modern great American Companies are into "ripping people off," then Hershey is certainly a "Great American Company. 1) I opened Blockbuster Video box of Hershey's Milk Duds and it was only half full. Can we trus Hershey about ingredients, etc, if they already can't be trusted? No more Hershey's candy for me. 4/20/09.
Hewlett Packard (Another way over-hyped corporation)- The reason HP has so many problems is simple. It is very badly managed, hire's people that are from the Triple T (TV, Texting and Tatoo) generation that are basically incable of solving problems, writing software or handling any other business function. Support goes from bad to terrible on products that simply don't function consistently. The products are never adequately tested.
One has to wonder who is in the driver's seat at HP. One giant leap backwards for the women's movement, I would say as many male Americans look to fortifying the glass ceiling with HP's example. 1)HP drivers have been notoriously flawed causing some Apple OSX Computers to crawl to a virtual freeze even when the device is not being used. HP has apparently been able to market over such calamities. The idea that you could addict people with the often so called "free printer" and then stick them with 2)astronomical ink prices was seriously and successfully used by this company as a tactic for grabbing money from unsuspecting consumers pockets. American corporations are far more adept at scamming we the people, like ghettor robbers taking from their own neighbors, than they are at making anything ingenious that really works or is really cost effective. 3) Inkjet Printer inks tend to dry up if not used consistently causing, you guessed it, a need to purchase some more overpriced ink. 4) Oh, and don't buy the refillers from third parties if the cartridge is already dried up. They most likely won't work. Here's another good place not to own stock if only out of principle. Unfortunately, Epson inks also dry up so maybe another printer company?? 5) 99 cent pricing Proliant Server $1399. etc. 6) Short rebate send in timeline with no exceptions. Tricky Company 12/6/04 7) Problematic software updates causing the following email sent to me on how to correct the problem after trying to update the printer drivers on a Powerbook:
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless Printer - I could write a book about HP's problems and troubles, somebody probably already has. 7) Today's issue regards calling their tech support and finding that they have call scenter problems and then the phone hung up. 8) So I went to website chat and that couldn't handle the Apple Safari Browser demonstrating their programmers' total lack of computer programming skills. 9) The reason I called was that the second printer I bought, because I returned the first one, continues cycling forever and ever never turning all the way on. 10) The last printer burnt through its ink cartridges right after set-up demonstrating HP's desire to rip-off its customers by making them almost immediately go out and buy new ink. 11) Though they advertise that its ink cost are lower than lazer printer ink costs, one has to wonder as it wastes tons of paper and ink going through the setup???? It always seems to want to cycle and setup each time the power is turned off. 12) Online Chat wouldn't work with Apple's Safari. So I went to use their recommended FireFox browser. It wouldn't open until I upgraded the program. I don't recommend this printer or HP as a company any longer. They are a damned if I do and damned if I don't kind of company. Thank God I bought the extended warranty. No doubt I'll be using it again this week. This is one stupid company. 1/23/10
HP Officejet 6500 Wireless Printer - Numerous software conflicts, flaws and other travesties. 13) Phone support problems continue as HP dropped the call twice from the cue. 14)I never seem to get all my registrations into one account.
So I went to website chat and that couldn't handle the Apple Safari Browser demonstrating their programmers' total lack of computer programming skills.
Paws from all comments below...
Michael P. Murphy
DBA The Small Businessman - www.smallbusinessman.com
Technical Site Coordinator and Registrant
Consignment Center (Sacramento CA area) - 1) Repeated
Junk mail 4/3/08
SC)- Repeated Junk mail 9/6/01, Fake sheck11/10/01,etc..
Depot - 1) 99 cent pricing. 2) Poor Accent Lighting
section in Roseville Store constantly out of stock forcing me to
go to Lowes next door. Constantly out of stock and I leave store
seldom filling needs for all areas. (Poor Buyer) 12/4/04. CLICK
HERE SEE SPECIAL ARTICLE
Loan Funding Inc. - 1) Junk mail. 2) False pre-qualification
bait (still requires application i.e. you're not prequalified).
3) Unauthorized use of address for prequalification from credit
Lending, Inc. (Lexington, SC)- (1) When notified of
discrepancy in excrow statements, supervisor, would not speak to
accoutning party giving information of accounting errors. 1/23/02.
(2) Further, would not allow calling party to speak to anyone above
supervisor level (3) Extreme hold time to operator (seemed very
intentional). This is a typical example of the run around
a company needs not have to go through. It also make the missing
money that this situation pertains to, seem suspect. Manager
did call back in hopes of resolving this issue. Issue pending resolution.
(Internet Services) - 1) 99 cent pricing. 2) the
fact that it is an Intuit company (see Intuit) 3) Needed
credit card info in order to try service free for 30 days 4) Online
acceptance contract was so long (31 separate categories), that
I am (or was) still reading when I fell asleep.
It left me thinking that there was probably something extremely
bad for me in it somewhere. 5) Services would not work with
Safari browser on the Mac. 1-5 6/14/2008
(Internet Services) - 1) 99 cent pricing.
2) Unclear instructions 3) Confusing
setup procedures. 4) Inconsistent
3/1/08 Note: Staff called later on 3/1/08 fixed all problems
outside the website design functions.
Bank - a Bank One Company - 1) Junk mail, 2) errors
in bookkeeping, 3) inability to make appropriate adjustments in
a timely manner. 4) Credit destruction.. 5) $2.50 entisement checks
that activate membership in Complete Home program. 6) High Interest
rates in fine print. 7) email spam.
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