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    amazon's response to this is predictable, but we were discussing the same issue eight years ago, and I'm guessing this all started shortly after 1994 when they launched. It reeks of what a lot of companies like Twitter and Facebook are engaging in at this very moment: "yes, we acknowledge we have a problem but don't have a scalable solution, but we want you to know this is our highest priority." In other words, we'll leave you smiling with a good feeling but don't count on the problem getting solved--our profits are more important than your need to be effectively served as a consumer, and solving those problems would impact our bottom line.

    As a business owner I find this kind of approach reprehensible. What a luxury, to create a brand so effective, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, etc. that they can essentially serve as fronts for criminal activity without ever really feeling the brunt of any kind of punishment. eBay even has its own little army of folks right here reporting all the scam ads. Whack-a-mole game with no end that will never be won. And guess why they continue? Because they work. What a mess, the internet. Makes us want to go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    What a mess, the internet. Makes us want to go here.
    Internet is slowly morphing into something ugly and dangerous and these companies just take advantage of this mess. I remember back in '95-'95 when I first got regular access to internet it was much purer and safer place than these days....
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    I've been involved managing the online world since the mid 80's, pre the world wide web. It was never really been that much purer or safer, it was just smaller. It has always been the wild west.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I've been involved managing the online world since the mid 80's, pre the world wide web. It was never really been that much purer or safer, it was just smaller. It has always been the wild west.
    The BBS days were really quite something. Not very sophisticated compared to today, but quite eye opening for a teenage boy!
    Then I remember getting to college and finding out that my department had a thing called e-mail and that I could use it on one of the department machines to contact my professors. It blew my mind when I found out I could also e-mail a friend at another college who was also in Physics. A while after that I played a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) text game on a machine in the computer lab and found out I was playing against someone from Ireland! I just couldn't believe it.

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    I like that some of the members here prefer to use cafe sponsors partly because they are cafe sponsors. I've never yet had a problem dealing with the cafe sponsors whom I've used.

    So far, I haven't ordered anything from Just Strings or from Strings and Beyond - could be due to my specific order sizes, but each time I've ordered strings, I've bargain-shopped by comparing prices, even going so far as to filling the shopping cart at several vendors in order to make sure there would be no last minute surprises. So far, each and every time, the cafe sponsor Elderly Instruments has gotten my business. I like being able to save a few bucks and still use a cafe sponsor.

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    Default Re: Counterfeit D'Addario Strings from Amazon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    It reeks of what a lot of companies like Twitter and Facebook are engaging in at this very moment: "yes, we acknowledge we have a problem but don't have a scalable solution, but we want you to know this is our highest priority." In other words, we'll leave you smiling with a good feeling but don't count on the problem getting solved--our profits are more important than your need to be effectively served as a consumer, and solving those problems would impact our bottom line
    In fairness they’re just following the long established lead and example set by the credit card companies. Reimburse the individual account and spread the hit through the customer base. But above all do not allow the broad extent of the problem & vulnerability to be observable or quantifiable across the system, as that would undermine confidence in the system and damp user confidence & demand.
    While the problem is not seen full scale, the cost of just taking the hits is less than the drop in revenue which could be caused by undermining user confidence. As long as there’s no wider cost, the edge of the corporate carpet will be lifted and the events swept under there. Things like this on here let us see just how lumpy that rug has become.
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    As a Canadian, we don't have a lot of choices, so Just Strings as well as Strings And Beyond have been very helpful in getting products to the Great White North. Always a pleasure to deal with both, and no hassles with customs.

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    Needed strings this past week. Went to my local shop! Felt great to do so.
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    Default Re: Counterfeit D'Addario Strings from Amazon

    Speaking of counterfeits, in Russia there are counterfeit medicines and birth control pills, which obviously don't work. Imagine the moral level of someone who does that.

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    Nothing's new. Back in 1912, my great aunt emigrated from the UK to the US and married a countfeit doctor.

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