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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re: Mecial Cannabis companies (275 comments)

@thejynxed: No need for insults. Needing to throw one on the first sentence is usually an indication that you lack the means to back up your claims normally. This restaurant owner doesn't know what the intent of the grocery store is - for all she knows, they love her business because many local grocery stores do survive just off that (and as someone else just pointed out, most loss leaders actually aren't, and they might be missing a big sales opportunity). Is anything you just repeated about the restrictions of the sale communicated by the store? No, and that's the problem. It's the store's fault.

And let's see, if it were you, you'd also ban kids, right? Because how would you know they are related? I've been conscripted to buy limit 1 eggs before when I was a teen. We were a poor family of 4. Would you interrogate and demand ID from anyone looking young? Can the store not deal with 2 or 3 customers buying the sale item up to the limit they set themselves?

And let's see, you say your corporation bans this kind of thing - how so?
And you ban extreme couponers by policy? Huh? Do extreme couponers have a badge or something? Do you ban use of any coupon? It's funny because except for store-issued coupons, those are all manufacturer's coupons. Read the fine print - the manufacturer will pay the store the face value of the coupon plus 8 cents handling fee! The stores make a killing off these extreme couponers buying overpriced items for the coupon discount. The only thing is that managers may limit them to 4 or 8 so that all the couponers get some rather than one clearing them out. By the way, I did try couponing for a while, but it just wasn't worth the time spent, and the coupons are usually for packaged foods which are not healthy. Also, those extreme couponing videos you see with the dozen carts of stuff for free are fake - it's all been revealed to be totally staged.

I think ... you just have way too much hate for customers. Just make good, clear policies, and you won't need to treat your customers like criminals.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re:Normally (275 comments)

Liable? You mean like the business can take me to court, and I have to defend myself before a judge?

I know what you're getting at, but bringing government bureaucracy into this isn't the answer. People know that a product with few reviews isn't a good representation, and they learn which review sites are more reliable. People have greater trust in reviews from "verified buyers" as marked on many sites like Amazon. Many review sites also do have various safeguards in place to handle situations like you've mentioned (Yelp included), and those review sites gain popularity because of that. I think sometimes businesses are just paranoid about a few bad reviews. Most people don't believe everything on the Internet.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re: Mecial Cannabis companies (275 comments)

Why does the story keep changing? Your original story said very clearly that she would clear store out, so then they put limit signs. Then, she would get the limit, and her kids would get the limit. Do you only have 5 customers or something? How can that clear you out if you put up a reasonable limit? Seems like she was following the rules, and they banned her anyway. I'm sorry, but that's not her fault. It's your store's fault. If they don't want to people buying just the loss leader, then make it clear that you must buy $X dollars worth of stuff in order to get the deal. Every grocery store in my area does this for turkey during Thanksgiving now. Your store harbored hidden expectations, and they just banned people who didn't meet them rather than state them clearly. That's low.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

Amazon and Newegg will now mark reviews as "verified buyer" if they bought the product, and I'm sure it affects the overall rating in some way.

about a week ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Jumunquo User rating are not manipulated (113 comments)

Okay, I got a new hit on Google, it explains the rating system:
http://www.businessinsider.com...

User ratings are not changed. Instead, this is a rating system internal to Amazon. Based on your internal Amazon rating, it will chose how to promote your book. I'm assuming this means advertising on other pages, items in the "featured" section, etc. In other words, Amazon is saying that they will more heavily promote books that make them more money.

To tell you the truth, I'm surprised they don't do that already. I always assumed featured items were paid advertisements (i.e. they get a commission if you click and make a purchase) and/or high-margin items. Anyone know if that's the case with Amazon in the U.S. already?

about three weeks ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

Jumunquo Mad dash down the stairs (64 comments)

Our finance dept is on a different floor, and I say dept, but it used to be only several people, not all of which were always in the office. When they printed something sensitive, they'd immediately make a mad dash down the stairs to the printer room.

They have a printer on their floor now and they are happy, so yea, a robot is pretty overkill.

about three weeks ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Jumunquo Re:The world's most protectionist economy (113 comments)

I don't know if you realize, but your post is all over the place and at times refutes your own points.
1) You say it's not "patriotic duty," and then immediately explain how deep ingrained and important patriotism is to guiding Japanese behavior. Didn't you just agree with the point you were trying to refute?
2) Japan is very safe compared to California. Okay, I don't think anyone disagrees with you. Water is wet. Earth is round.
3) You explain that used books need to be kept expensive so that small publishers can make money easier ... except publishers don't get any money from used book sales. Maybe you meant new books? Also, this is what exactly they mean by protectionist, so you just proved the point.
4) Then you end with the statement - "Japan can do business in Japan however it chooses." See #2.

So as far as I can see, you totally agree with the first post in this thread, except that the first post says this is bad, and you say this is good.

about three weeks ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Jumunquo How are the ratings manipulated? (113 comments)

The summary says:
"Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives preference to publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees)."
This is the main point of the post and yet there are not even a mention of how this rating system manipulation works in the articles linked? Online search just shows sites copying the same line from each other and again w/o explanation. Does anyone know?

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

Jumunquo Re:How to organise a protest (49 comments)

What's the secret message for "remember to bring the anti-tank explosives?"

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Jumunquo Can they just ... (521 comments)

...set up some streaming cameras. I'm sure the nerds on the Internet will write something to count them.

Or are they afraid the videos will go viral. WATCH BIRDS GET ROASTED OMG WTF LOL!!!!

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Jumunquo So your solution is ... (521 comments)

to kill them before the power plant does?

about a month ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Jumunquo Re:Overstating cat's role? (110 comments)

Better than the bum but not as good as the undocumented at Home Depot and more expensive than both.

about a month ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

Jumunquo Clone him (127 comments)

And put his clone on trial.

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Jumunquo Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

Your fellow Americans will turn around and nuke you instead to protect their iPhone addiction.

about 2 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Jumunquo New commenters - read the article! (239 comments)

"UPDATE 17:20, 3 July 2014
So there have been some interesting developments in my encounter with the EU's "Right to be Forgotten" rules.
It is now almost certain that the request for oblivion has come from someone who left a comment about the story.
So only Google searches including his or her name are now impossible.
Which means you can still find the article if you put in the name of Merrill's ousted boss, "Stan O'Neal"."

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Jumunquo Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (681 comments)

True dat. I categorize my apps. Whenever I install a new app, I will go to the start menu and move the shortcut it into the appropriate category folder. Then, I'll delete everything else, incl. the uninstall shortcut, help file shortcuts, and the folder that's holding those. I also use Classic Shell (free third party app) to make my menu like the Win2000/98 style that opens subfolders to the right and goes all the way to the top of the screen.

about 3 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

Jumunquo The real reason (274 comments)

"Tianjin Pipe, for instance, began building its Texas plant after the U.S. imposed sanctions against Chinese-made pipes in 2010, notes Thilo Hanemann, Rhodium's research director."
In reality, it's usually to get around tariffs, contract requirements, or for sales purposes. Chinese labor is still super-cheap compared to the U.S.

about 3 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

Jumunquo Re:4k media? (186 comments)

Yup, despite Google showing it can be done, the cable companies only put in fiber wherever Google puts in fiber just to screw with them. Most ISPs have a 200-300GB cap per month on data, so you'd better not watch more than, like, five 4K movies a month. Media, yea, I hear ya, many Bluray sets now come with DVD AND Bluray discs, and I bet it's because a lot of people don't have Bluray players but want to their purchase to be future-proofed.

about 3 months ago

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