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17Aug/07Off

Interesting Find

So this morning, I was contemplating signing up for Amazon Prime since the holiday shopping season is a mere three months away and because I just moved to a new house that's kind of out in the middle of nowhere.

In doing some research about the general satisfaction about the service, I came across an amazing find on the BusinessWeek website, of all places.

The article/post itself isn't so interesting or amazing in any sense, rather, it's the comments left by the readers that are amazing and utterly baffling.

Who would have thought that the readers of BusinessWeek are such giant retards who have no concept of how the Interwebs work?  Nay, who would have thought that they were so dense as to not have any concept of how customer service works?

As evidence, I present some of the comments to the article:

I had no idea that it would cost me 79 dollars to join the shipping club and would not have joined if I did. I don't order that much and don't care if it took longer.
I would like to cancel my membership and get a refund for that amount. The one purchase I made took longer then two day's anyway. It was not even paid for or shipped till 8 o2. I have not even receive any imformation about the club yet.
Than You
Donald TenEyck

Hey Donald, this is BusinessWeek, not the Amazon customer service page...get a clue!  I'm pretty sure that Jeff Bezos is not going to call you and apologize.

I have just received a charge on my Visa bill
for $79.00. I did not authorize this and will not
pay it. Please cancel "MY MEMBERSHIP" and I will expect confirmation from you immediately. I notice that I am not the only one that has unknowingly been charged. What a rip off. Please credit my account now. And then lose my email
address
Bonnie Smuffer

Is it really possible for people to be this dense and stupid and yet have access to the Internet?

And it goes on and on...the stupidity really reaches critical mass in this posting.  Of course, it's fully possible that it's just comment spam, but check out these two postings by "Jaques Laporte":

Hi AMAZON.COM
I have just received a charge on my Amex bill for $79.00.
>PRIME SHIPPING CLUB.
>Free Standard Shipping for eligible items shipped to P.O. boxes in the continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. >territories, possessions and protectorates) and APO/FPO addresses with U.S. zip codes.
Note that I do not live in the continental USA.
I did not authorize this and will not pay it. AMEX will be notified.
Please cancel my so-called membership and refund me.
I don't want to spoil my relation with Amazon, but until total refund, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED to bill directly my credit cards.
Take notice please that I currently have no payment methods in your system.
Best regards.
Jacques Laporte.

Posted by: Jacques Laporte at January 3, 2007 06:56 AM

And then:

I must confess that the refund was fast (2 days).
All's well that ends well.

Posted by: J. Laporte at January 5, 2007 12:38 PM

Amazing to think that there are such a large quantity of people with this level of stupidity...

Posted by Charles Chen

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