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I’m a member of a few Multiply groups and everyday, I get email notices of blog entries. Aside from “For Sale” posts, I often see “Bogus Buyers/Sellers” posts.
As an online seller and buyer, I can relate to a lot online buyers who get scammed by sellers. We work hard to earn money and we end up losing it because of crooks who want to earn quick bucks.
But buyers are partly to blame. Buyers must exercise common sense and prudence when buying online. The old cliche still works. If it’s too good to be true, it must be.
But my beef is really those blog entries ranting against bogus buyers.
If it’s in eBay, fine. When you bid on an item on eBay, it is considered a contract and, just like in any contract, you must honor what’s stated there. Because eBay takes pride in its feedback mechanism, eBay requires that winning bidders pay the sellers. And eBay has a resolution center for sellers with buyers who didn’t pay for the items.
But whether you have a non-paying buyer in eBay, Multiply or any other online store, why rant publicly about them? Why bother posting all the private information of the buyer? Why raise hell against those who didn’t push through with the transaction? Why waste a lot of time and effort against that one person.
Sellers, when you rant about your customers, it tells the world what kind of seller you are. It says a lot of what kind of customer service you bring. And as a buyer myself, I wouldn’t buy anything from you. I wouldn’t even inquire lest I be accused of being a bogus buyer.
Here’s the thing. I find it disrespectful of sellers to post the names of their “bogus buyers.” Personally, if a buyer chooses not to buy your item, it’s her choice and all you should do is move on. Even if she promised to buy, it’s not a sale until you get the payment.
If the idea of a “bogus buyer” does exist (except in eBay), then I guess it would also be okay for brick-and-mortar store owners to also shout from the top of their lungs if someone enters their stores, try out their wares, and then leave.
Please, sellers, grow up! There are other buyers out there who may be interested in your items. If you rant against a “bogus buyer” for not buying your wares, maybe she was right for not paying you. With an attitude like that, who wants to be your customer?
For all running enthusiasts and aspiring runners, registration for Unilab’s Run United for Wellness is now open. To register, just visit the Run United for Wellness website.
Here’s the Run United poster for other details:
It’s goodbye to SMART BRO.
After two years filled with irritation, incompetent customer service reps, and thousands of payment, we have ended our contract with SMART BRO and decided not to renew it anymore.
I’ve posted an entry about our dilemma with SMART BRO (see story) and it hasn’t changed since then. A few months ago, my husband got a SUN Broadband and we find that SUN offers more value for our money with its plan.
At P800 monthly, the plan provides us unlimited access to the Internet. Sure, there are days that its connection is down but at least, I don’t fear that when I receive the billing statement, I would be charged with thousands in connection I have never used.
And because of SUN, we have stopped using our SMART BRO in the last three months. We just waited for the contract to expire so we can finally have it disconnected.
Here’s a side note to this. I posted my SMART Bro dilemma in one of the Yahoogroups I belong to. One of the members, a SMART employee, was kind enough to ask permission if she can forward my concerns to their Interactive Social Media Services Group.
A few days after, I received an email from Ashley John Villaroman. In a nutshell, he wanted to find a resolution to our dilemma and, in the process, convince us not to end the contract.
But I was hell-bent on ending the contract. My husband and I feel that we didn’t get our money’s worth with the plan. I thanked Ashley John for his email and told him that we’re not changing our minds. But because I want SMART BRO’s service to improve, I emailed him all my concerns.
We have four major issues with SMART BRO: incompetent CSRs, SMART Connect being not updated, absurd charging and intermittent connection, and its brand manager Ava Espanola, who simply doesn’t care.
The funny thing is that after I sent my email, I never heard from him again. Hahaha! He probably didn’t expect a mouthful from me. But I guess I’ve made my case why SMART BRO is not worth renewing.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate SMART. I have been a loyal SMART Gold postpaid user for the last eight years. And because of SMART, I have never bought a cell phone in the last eight years. I just keep renewing my SMART Gold contract every two years and I receive a new cell phone every time.
But SMART Bro is a different matter altogether. So, goodbye to SMART BRO and good riddance!
This is a very timely Christmas TVC from Unilab. The TVC talks about how life for all Filipinos would still move forward despite the tragedies that we experienced this year.
Umulan man ng pagsubok,
mananatili pa ring matibay ang samahan.
Umalon man ng hamon,
mangingibabaw pa rin ang lakas ng katawan.
Basta lahat tayo’y sama-sama
‘Di matitinag ang Pilipino.
Tuloy pa din ang Pasko
Just a little side topic. This is more of a reminder for myself but please feel free to be inspired by this Bible quote.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
A few weeks have passed ever since tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng hit the country, causing massive damage to many Filipinos. Until now, many are still trying to recover from the magnitude of the damage.
Allow me to provide some perspective. Aside from the environmental lessons, there are financial lessons, as well.
I know a very devastated husband (not mine) who lost his entire FHM Philippines collection. He diligently collected every issue from day 1 and it was all swept away by the flood.
Another husband’s comic collection was also badly damaged. His wife narrated that her husband started his comic collection ever since he was young. When the flood reached their home, they weren’t able to save anything. All was left was the loose pages from the collection.
Other stories I heard include the rock-bottom prices of houses in subdivisions that were badly hit by Ondoy like Provident Village. It seems that in their desperate attempt to just get rid of their houses and to start moving forward, many homeowners are dropping the prices so low. One is even offering her two-storey house for just P1 million.
What is the take-away from all these?
I believe that calamities like these are a wake-up call from God to focus on the more important things like your loved-ones and your own lives. Maybe we have spent way too much time and money in shallow things like collections, a grand home, etc. when we could have pursued more important things. Sure, we all want to live a comfortable life but we also have to realize that these material things should be balanced with spending more time with our family and loved-ones.
I feel so sorry for those collections and houses damaged by the storms. I have my own Archie comics and snowglobe collections and I would probably be just as devastated. But the storms also serve as a wake-up call to me to focus on the more important things in life.
Typhoon Ondoy brought continuous heavy rains in Luzon since Friday afternoon (Sept. 25) that by Saturday morning, the flood has started to rise and many were forced to flee.
Here in Fairview, Quezon City, about 50% of the area was affected with floods. North Fairview, Sitio Ruby (Sapamanai), and West Fairview saw some parts with water rising as high as a house.
Our own area in East Fairview was also affected. We live in a condo compound and by Saturday lunchtime, we saw the waters in a nearby creek spill. Here’s the video I took yesterday when the water outside the compound was still knee-deep.
In just a couple of hours, we saw the water come inside the condo compound. It reached the ground floor and residents there had to transfer to the higher floors.
And this is the video taken from our window. The cars in our street were submerged.
My own parents were stranded in Bulacan after they went to Nueva Ecija yesterday morning to attend a wedding. They left Nueva Ecija by noon because they received info that the nearby dams would release water.
It took them 12 hours to get home because they got stranded in Bocaue, Bulacan. They had to get off the vehicle because the tollway patrol already told passengers to get out. They had to take shelter in the headquarter of the Manila Tollways.
A few days ago, I received an email from an ad agency, inviting me to attend a bloggers’ event. It would have been an ordinary email if the event was about personal finance. But no, it was about another health and wellness event.
Admittedly, from time to time, I talk about health and wellness here in my blog. And when I do, I always start the title with “Side Topic.” This is just to remind myself and the readers that this is just a side note and my main focus remains on personal finance.
But the email invitation for a health and wellness event gives me the impression that I’m also making little noise in that field. The few times that I blogged about health and wellness products may have been enough to earn me invitations to such event.
And I dare ask myself if this is how the site would evolve. That aside from personal finance, will the blog be giving more focus to health and wellness? Or is this just a passing phase?
As a colleague told me over lunch, “Health and wellness ang ibang topics mo pero hindi naman tugma sa blog site mo!”
We’ll see how this goes… And yes, I confirmed my attendance to the event.
We join the Filipino nation in honoring former Philippine President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.
Corazon Cojuangco Aquino is not only an icon of democracy but a great role model for all Filipino women. She is a testament of the greatness any Filipino woman can achieve, the proof that a Filipino woman can make a great name for herself.
Mrs. Aquino will always be remembered not only for what she did to the Filipino nation but also for being a shining example to all Filipino women.