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Please expand this topic to include 'CON JOBS'.

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CJay:

--- Quote from: station240 on February 25, 2018, 01:11:40 pm ---No, they are likely working on the principle of "It's only $5, I can't be bothered with a refund". Cheap items rarely get returned as the consumers don't see it worth the time/trouble.
Some big companies use this trick also.

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Back in the day of newspaper small ads for products there was often rumoured to be a particular con job based around refunds, the small ads carried some dubious offer of 'adult' material shipped in discreet packaging with a guarantee of 100% satisfaction or your money back, when the refund arrived it was in the form of a cheque drawn against a bank account with a highly embarrassing name so the recipient would be too embarrassed to present it to their bank.

peteb2:
And there's this crock of shite... they say on their website ..."combination of ultrasonic, electromagnetic and ionic technologies to get rid of rodents from your home. In addition to rodent control, this device also helps control cockroaches as well. The device is easy to use and requires no maintenance from the user – just plug it in to your power point and let it do its job."

Rodents and cockroaches aint gonna give a stuff about ultransonic sounds etc when they know there's food to be had and a warm place raise their babies...

https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-rodent-free/

Brumby:
Yeah, I get a little sceptical about those things as well. 

As far as plugging in one or more of these and expecting the pests to go screaming from the premises in a mass exodus - then that's unrealistic.  I do accept, though, that the marketing for these things paints that picture.

However there is one explanation of them that I feel is plausible... that these things make the environment less comfortable for the pests and that, over time, the pests will find being somewhere else is more pleasant.  How true that is, I don't know, but even if it were, I doubt it would be sufficient to surpass the offering of food and shelter.

rsjsouza:

--- Quote from: peteb2 on March 20, 2018, 01:42:05 am ---And there's this crock of shite... they say on their website ..."combination of ultrasonic, electromagnetic and ionic technologies to get rid of rodents from your home. In addition to rodent control, this device also helps control cockroaches as well. The device is easy to use and requires no maintenance from the user – just plug it in to your power point and let it do its job."

Rodents and cockroaches aint gonna give a stuff about ultransonic sounds etc when they know there's food to be had and a warm place raise their babies...

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Thanks, that's exactly the type of product I was referring two posts above. :D

jmelson:

--- Quote from: CJay on March 16, 2018, 09:09:11 am ---Back in the day of newspaper small ads for products there was often rumoured to be a particular con job based around refunds, the small ads carried some dubious offer of 'adult' material shipped in discreet packaging with a guarantee of 100% satisfaction or your money back, when the refund arrived it was in the form of a cheque drawn against a bank account with a highly embarrassing name so the recipient would be too embarrassed to present it to their bank.

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Some years ago I got one of these scam letters in the mail.  It had a real bank check, with a message that cashing the check was approving the company to enroll you in some program, but you had to write your bank account info on the check.  Well, I knew that passing the check at the bank would NOT get any such info on the check, just an endorsement stamp on the back.  So, I took the check to the bank and deposited it.  A few weeks later I got the check back in the mail, with a request to provide the required info.  I took the check to the bank and DEPOSITED it AGAIN!  I never heard from this outfit again.  Well, that is probably the ONLY time I've ever pulled such a stunt on that type of deal.

Jon

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