Monthly Archives: December 2011

10 Effective Ways to Complain About a Company Online

Why does it seem like prices keep going up and customer service keeps going down?  In this economy we want to make sure that every dime we spend is warranted.  Everywhere you go the prices are higher and you are getting less for your money.  Are we just doomed to be a victim of this trend or is there something we can do about it?  Or maybe you’re okay spending the money for an item, but when you get it home the quality is bad or the item arrives broken.  Can you do anything about it?  Yes you can!  While some of us enjoy going toe to toe with people at the store I understand that others don’t like conflict, but also don’t want to be a victim or more importantly they want to prevent the same thing from happening to other people.  Check out 10 effective ways to complain about a company online.

  1. Go to the company website: The first thing you need to do is go to the company website and write Customer Service a letter explaining what happened.  Don’t go in expecting a lot, but if you received rude service they will probably apologize and offer you some sort of discount to entice you back in.  If there is no Customer service, write to the manager or CEO.  Direct your complaint to whoever is listed on the site and let them know specifically what happened, when it happened, and where it happened.  Many times problems can be resolved without a lot of fuss.         
  2. https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complaints/file-a-complaint/get-started: Write your Better Business Bureau.  This used to mean taking out pen and paper and snail mailing it to them, but not anymore.  You can go online to this site and fill out a complaint about a company.  Depending on what the complaint is will determine where you go from there.
  3. https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/: The Federal Trade Commission will investigate a company if they know about wrong doing.  In order for them to know people need to file a complaint with them.  These complaints often bring forth a pattern that tips off the FTC to do an investigation.  This will help you and anyone else who has been scammed by a company.  Go to this website and there’s a button you can click on and fill out your complaint.  It’s as easy as that.  You don’t have to provide a lot of personal information either, but if you don’t then it may limit the amount of investigating they can do.
  4. http://www.ripoffreport.com/: Not only is this a good site to post your complaint on, it’s a good site to check out before you go and spend money at businesses.  Any problems that people have had are listed here. This site prides itself on the fact that they will not remove complaining posts from their site even if threatened.  While that might not be good if someone chose to complain about a competitor of theirs and the complaint is full of false information, it is good in light of deep pocket companies that think they can buy and bully people into doing what they want.
  5. [email protected];: This is the e-mail address to use to file your complaint with the U.S. Consumer Fraud department.  This is the place to send complaints about spam and frauds on the Internet. 
  6. www.Yelp.com: A new comer in the realm of online complaint sites.  They are doing a lot of advertising right now so you may have heard of this one.  Similar to Rip Off Report, Yelp posts complaints about products and companies both for service and for goods.  They too claim they will not take down a post for any reason.
  7. Planetfeedback: Similar again to Yelp and Rip Off Report this is a site that you can post your complaint and then other people can weigh in on what you are complaining about.  Sometimes they will agree with you, but often they don’t and try to point out another point of view. 
  8. Google your attorney general: If you Google your state you will be able to find an e-mail address for your attorney general.  Once you have an e-mail address sit down and write a concise letter that includes the details of what happened.  If the attorney general gets several letters on the same subject they are more likely to launch an investigation.
  9. http://www.pissedconsumer.com/: If you don’t get satisfaction from one of these sites try another one.  Here is yet another site that you can post a complaint about a company on.  No telling which one of these sites someone will read it so if you truly are trying to warn people about a rip off you may want to post your experience on all of them.
  10. http://www.howtocomplain.com/: This site is different than the others in that you are not just venting on this site in order to “get it off your chest” or to warn others away from that business.  If you want a resolution to your situation try this site because you complain THROUGH this site and they make sure that your complaint gets to where it needs to go.  They have a success rate of 76% of the people who complain through this site get a response.  Of those who got a response they claim that 86% were happy or satisfied with the end results.  It’s definitely worth a try.

 

10 Video Games Kids Love That Are Totally Inappropriate

Video games have become a prime source of entertainment for kids and a source of anxiety for many parents. They not only worry about the amount of time their children spend playing the games, but also the content. Even though these games are merely videos and fantasy, they’ve become very realistic in their depiction of violence, blood and gore. Kids may think its fun killing and maiming, but parents should be concerned about the affects these games could have on them. There are many video games kids love that are totally inappropriate for them to play.

  1. Grand Theft Auto – This game lets kids play the role of a criminal who commits a range of unlawful acts from auto theft to bank robbery and assassinations. Even though this game is extremely popular, Grand Theft Auto promotes a totally inappropriate role model for young children.
  2. Gears of War – This immensely popular video game has sold millions of copies and achieved awards for its detailed visuals. For just this reason, the graphic videos in this game should give parents pause. Even though the quest of the Delta Squad may be noble, the gore in Gears of War isn’t appropriate for young children.
  3. Dead Rising – Chopping up zombies is the main activity in the video game Dead Rising. Although it’s won many awards, the graphic violence glorified in this game is not something impressionable kids should be exposed to.
  4. Aliens vs. Predator – Set in a futuristic science-fiction world inhabited by aliens and predators, this violent video game is made for adults and not intended to be used by children of any ages. Unfortunately, that’s what makes it so attractive to kids.
  5. God of War – The massive blood orgies in this video game should be evident by the picture of the hero Kratos on the cover. This may be a great game for adults, but definitely not appropriate for kids.
  6. Resident Evil – Zombies abound in this survival horror video game. The blood and frightening imagery in Resident Evil may be popular with kids, but their parents may have a different opinion.
  7. Metal Gear Solid – Sneaking around slitting throats isn’t exactly a suitable activity for young impressionable kids. Parents should pass up Metal Gear Solid for their children’s Playstation game collection.
  8. Legacy of Kain – This series of video games was developed for adults and not intended for young children. Legacy of Kain depicts vampires killing each other in various settings and scenarios that are both complex and gory.
  9. Devil May Cry – This hack and slash video game may be popular, but Devil May Cry is not appropriate for kids. Playing a happy-go-lucky demon hunter gallivanting around killing all sorts of creepy-crawlies spawned from the depths of Hell isn’t the best role model for children.
  10. F.E.A.R. – Even thought the paranormal presence in this video game is a little girl, F.E.A.R. is not suitable for children. First Encounter Assault Recon uses a wide array of firearms and could give your kids nightmares.

Parents should make the ultimate decision on what video games their kids play and closely monitor them. Many of these sophisticated games are developed for adults and could have harmful affects on impressionable youngsters. Pay close attention to ratings and don’t succumb to pouting and pleading. There are plenty of games that are both fun and educational for kids to choose from.