seems like even celebrities are
not immune to dot-com troubles.
Goldberg and her high-profile pitches for a type of Internet
currency known as Flooz could not save the company as it went
under last month. Its dot-com death is just another example
of the kind of problems some folks are having with cybershopping
presume Whoopi still hasn't been paid, since she took a stake
in the company for part of her compensation. Many customers
are angry with her, but give her credit: her Web site, Whoopi.com
is running a discussion board where people can react to the
end of Flooz: http://pub29.ezboard.com/fwhoopifrm22
another Internet currency, went under last month. As did CyberRebate.com,
a site which sold household goods at up to 10 times the price
and promised consumers it would refund the full purchase price
in 14 weeks (they made money on the interest on your cash).
So people were buying $100 DVDs and $200 toasters in the hopes
of making a profit. Sigh.
are some thoughts on this spate of problems:
DON'T DO GIMMICKY SHOPPING:
There are just too many risks with these schemes. Be careful!
CHECK WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY: Unless there has been
some fraud (and there has been no proof of fraud in these
cases), it may be tough to get your credit card to help. Still,
no harm asking.
CHECK BANKRUPTCY COURT: See http://www.nyeb.uscourts.gov
-- it has info about the CyberRebate.com case.
SOME GIFT CERTIFICATES STILL WORK: I still use Amazon.com's
electronic certificates, cautiously: http://www.amazon.com/gift-certificates
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