My company has decided to start running sweepstakes as a way to promote our
business, drive traffic to our websites, and give something back to all
the people that make our company so successful. Our first giveaway
is for an Amazon Kindle Fire, or any other Kindle product and an Amazon
The sweepstakes is easy to enter, you just give us your name
and email address. That's it. The cool page is that for each person you
get to sign up for the sweepstakes, you get an extra entry. So imagine
that 100 people enter the contest, and you're one of them. You have a 1
out of 100 chance of winning, or 1%. But, if you get 10 of your Facebook
pals to sign up, you now have an 11 out of 110 chance of winning, or 10%.
Now, we won't go into the math of what happens when your friends refer
friends, etc. The point is, with little effort you can greatly increase
your odds of winning. To enter the sweepstakes, just visit: http://www.rentacomputer.com/sweepstakes
Last night the charging port on my Dell Studio 1735 went out, so I after
getting a price on fixing it ($449 + installation) I decided it was
time to get a new laptop.
I went and shopped for a Dell XPS 17 model. Because I knew exactly what
I wanted, I started with the base model and then customized it to my
needs. The cost was around $2,100. Next, I started with an upgraded
model which had extras that I didn't really care for. I customized it
to match my needs but it still had things I didn't want. The cost, however,
was only $1700.
How can this be I thought? A laptop with more features that costs less? So
I went back to the base model and I customized it to match EXACTLY what
I had customized on the upgraded model. The cost difference: $508.
You can clearly see that the market value on the items are the exact same,
$2,207.99. But the upgraded model has $528 in discounts while the base
model has only $20 in discounts. Even in my cart, this is what is
I have not written on here in 8 months, mainly due to the fact that I just don't
have much spare time anymore. However, an experience with FTD has left me
with a lot to say and a lot to complain about. Let me start off by
showing you a picture of what I ordered from FTD's website:
This bouquet, called the "Precious Heart" bouquet, looks great in the FTD
photo. I selected the "Best" quality bouquet expecting to receive what is
shown in the photograph. However, this is what I received:
Looks like my order is missing a few flower's, doesn't it? Maybe it looks
like they accidentally made me the lowest quality product (the $42.99
one shown on their website). Nope. That isn't the case. In the item
description on FTD's website they state:
GOOD bouquet includes 11 stems.
BETTER bouquet includes 15 stems.
BEST bouquet includes 19 stems.
How can a company show a picture of an arrangement with AT LEAST 40
flowers (and that's just what I can count on one side!), when they
are only going to send you 19? They clearly have 3 options for this
arrangement, $42.99, $52.99, and $62.99 all with pictures different from
one another. Even the cheapest arrangement shown on their website has more
flowers on it than the "Best" one that I ordered. In fact, it is
impossible to even order a bouquet that would look like the ones
shown in FTD's photographs, as they don't have an option for an
arrangement made of 80 flowers, which is how many I estimate are in the
"Best" quality photo.
I checked other arrangements on their site, thinking that maybe this one
was just a mistake. It was not. Every arrangement on FTD.com is done
the same way, a HUGE arrangement is shown, but in the item description
the number of stems listed is only a fraction of what is depicted.
I have contacted FTD.com and want to hear their side of the story. I
want to see how they can justify showing pictures of arrangements with 80 flowers
but only delivering arrangements with 19 flowers. This is a gross misrepresentation
of the facts and is an example of false advertising at its finest. This
is the type of thing that brings about class action lawsuits, and FTD
may soon have one on its hands if they cannot change their
deceptive marketing behavior.