Clairidge 2007-11-09 20:18:28
Amazon.com and I seem to have parted company due to no fault of my own.
The page ‘greets’ me properly, my ISP is not blocking their mail, but
I can not buy anything used off their new product pages, or rather, I
CAN ‘buy’ it, complete the transaction, but then they send me no mail
confirmation, and it is not recorded as a sale on my record. When I go
back to nonbuy it again, same thing happens EXCEPT that I am told it is
sold…..of course, it is, to ME….only it’s not.
I HAD their USA Customer Service 1-800 number months ago but deleted it,
arrogant of me and stupid too. No search of their site, no matter how
meticulous, will unearth it, nor do they have an email address that
will directly accept mail.
Now that half.com has been made WebTv incompatible, I have no way of
buying anything…..but snakes.
Can anyone help? If anyone knows this phone number, please write me
offlist. I will phone them till my fingers are stumps; they have about
$4000 of my money over years and all of my love. 🙂
If you have that number……please?
Josh 2007-11-09 20:19:21
Phone toll-free in the US and Canada: (800) 201-7575
Phone from outside the US and Canada: (206) 346-2992 or (206)-266-2992
Fax: (206) 266-2950
Clairidge 2007-11-09 20:19:24
Thanks, Josh. Not that they were able to resolve the problem, not
all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, but at least I got to
b**** at them for an hour. The fact that they are all 3000 miles
from each other makes half that hour holdon time, but it was
hopeless…..I wonder what I get for ‘stumping’ Amazon, besides not
being able to use my account anymore?
Anyway, I’m grateful.
Cindy 2007-11-09 20:19:48
I’ve had weird things like that happen a couple times, and it turned out to
be a problem with my internet settings. I don’t know what the problem was
though, as husband is the geek. Maybe fr0glet or somebody here can help
Fr0glet 2007-11-09 20:46:10
Wish I knew anything about WebTV, but I sure don’t. Never even seen a
unit in person. Maybe it’s a corrupted cookie or something.
Jenn 2007-11-09 20:46:27
My husband could take a quick look at your account at work tomorrow, if
you want. He doubts he could spot anything, though. He says your call
should have triggered the creation of a “trouble ticket” and a group
should be investigating. His group doesn’t work on that kind of bug,
but he’d at least be able to check to make sure the ticket has been created.
Email me if you’d like him to take a look.
Clairidge 2007-11-09 21:22:39
Thanks all, no, for once it wasn’t WebTv but Amazon. That one
webpage of theirs that I was trying to order from was
malfunctioning…..and six letters and one hour on the phone later,
they told me so.
This morning, they’d fixed it, and I got…..confirmations on all four
of the identical items they’d told me to click on.
They can’t cancel the orders, as they are from the ‘used’ list,
private sellers, so they advised me to plead with the individual
sellers to cancel the shipment.
It was only overnight, they’d have had to be standing outside of the
Post Office to mail the CD off….but only two agreed.
Well, so I’ll have duplicates, and a nice apology from Amazon. Hot
Thanks for all the concern. Nice to absolve MSN TV for once, if
Jenn, tell your husband to Stand Down the Guard. 🙂
You guys are great.
Metalreptile 2007-11-09 21:23:09
Is your WEBTV a “Classic” or a “Plus” unit? I went to Half.com, and
everything seems to work fine for me. I didn’t actually buy anything
though. Never have from there. I have a Sony “Plus” now….I did have
the “Classic” but it was so slow, and a lot of pages were too big for it
to use. Especially on eBay, to which I am addicted….lol. A friend gave
me the “Plus” and I haven’t had an eBay problem since.
Also, another thing that will make ton of difference in your WEBTV
surfing capabilities, is the number that your unit dials. Check with
WEBTV, and get a number with the least amount of use, that is local for
you. That made a world of difference in mine. Once you get a good
number, have it locked in so it won’t change for any reason.
1-800-GO-WEBTV can help you with all of this.
I love my WEBTV, but I still gotta join the modern world & get a
computer one of these days!
Zetekitoxin 2007-11-09 21:43:49
I’ve been trying to use eBay, but I always get outbid at the very
last second. I’ll be the highest bidder for a few minutes first,
so I know it’s not the automated bid increase thingy where you
can set a max price.
I have even kept two windows open — one to keep track of the
time left and the top bidder (constantly refreshing the screen),
and another with a new bid typed in, just ready to hit send.
I still never win, even if there’s only 1 second left.
How do people get those last second bids in at literally the
last second? Is there a trick?
Clairidge 2007-11-09 21:43:56
I have the upgraded classic, not the original. MAT976 perhaps it is.
I can’t use the Plus, as it will work only on channels not available
in this area. Don’t ask; we tried everything.
I did what half.com ‘told me’ to do. Deleted all my cookies. All
that did was lose me the accounts I have everywhere; it didn’t help me
shop at all.
I no longer care, I’m tired of their ‘technical’ bad assistance and
also half.com’s suggestions that don’t work.
Thanks for caring but I’ll do without. It’s time I learned how.
Clairidge 2007-11-09 21:43:59
The trick on last minute bids who swoop on you is only…..that they’re
crazier than you are, or finger-gymnasts.
Re the last post. I have the ‘best’ connection number for WebTv in
this area, the one with the least users.
It’s just me and half.com, that’s all.
And EBay seems to be hiccuping a little too. 🙂
Lucky I’ve spent a lifetime developing the collections I most wanted;
I have more than enough to live with, if I lived twice my remaining
Still not over that Grammy wake, pardon my glumness. There’s
something about drinking Merlot out of a dead man’s shoe.
C1c0 2007-11-09 22:11:58
You simply insert the max. amount of money you’re willing to spend, no
matter how cheap the product is at the moment. E-bay updates the offers
automatically, in steps of 0.50 Euro/Dollars each. By that way you don’t
need to stay there and insert continuously new imports, e-bay does it for
you until the countdown is finished. If there was someone who entered a
higher amount, he’ll buy, if not it’s yours. At least that’s how it works in
Europe, but it should be the same everywhere.
Cindy 2007-11-09 23:08:32
WEBTV!!! Barbara! Didn’t you ever set up your computer???
Cindy 2007-11-09 23:08:37
Connection speed has a lot to do with it. And after some practice you learn
how many seconds to give yourself before you hit the last bid.
Cindy 2007-11-09 23:08:40
Yep, but you bid that max amount like 30 seconds more or less before the bid
ends, depending on your connection speed.
Cindy 2007-11-09 23:24:09
I just remembered I’ve actually had the same thing happen at half.com last
year. I was trying to buy some audio equipment for my husband, and the site
wouldn’t take my credit card. The same day I bought video games for my son,
and it took the same card. I called them three times and got a different
line of bullshit each time. Finally they told me that they don’t take cards
from out-of-country banks, which mine was NOT. I finally gave up, emailed
the guy who was selling the item, he withdrew it from half.com and I bought
it directly from him.
Jenn 2007-11-09 23:25:23
I glad they figured it out, but sorry the sellers are being jerks. :-/
Jenn 2007-11-09 23:26:04
Actually, what you’re probably seeing is someone using a sniping
service. “Sniping” is the word for bidding at the last minute to
prevent the other bidder from bidding again. There are online sniping
services that use computers to submit a bid at literally the last
second. I’ve never used one because I hate sniping. I’ll bid on the
last day then do like Dr. Barbara and watch and wait at the end.
Zetekitoxin 2007-11-09 23:47:23
I had suspected something of this nature. Glad to see I’m not
C1c0 2007-11-09 23:47:32
I generally type it some hours before. If it’s the max I want to spend it
doesn’t matter if I bid earlyer or later.
C1c0 2007-11-09 23:47:35
That’s how I did it first, but I lost some really cool items because someone
else was faster so now I go the ‘secure way’. Of course if possible I try
to watch the end of the auction in case someone does the sniping.
Impx 2007-11-09 23:48:14
It could be fraud. But that is impossible to know unless there is a complete
record of the transaction.
Be wary of some internet sites, they can take your money and run. Often they
pose as sellers of software, they sell you the software, you get it, then
you get more charges because they are taking your credit card details and
using it for their own purposes. I bought a $19 software item last year, and
then two weeks later I copped a $540 charge on my credit card from God knows
where but I got it sorted out before they could milk my credit card. It was
traced back to the software seller, three months later he got caught because
the software seller shut down the “private” website.
Cindy 2007-11-10 00:59:57
Practically every auction I LOOK at is won by sniping. I was bidding on a
vase today and the bid went from $31 to 81 in the last 50 seconds of the
auction. Gets depressing after awhile, so I have learned to snipe too, but
I don’t use software to do it.
Mombu 2007-11-10 01:40:38
Why wait until the last 30 seconds? Your max is your max, is your max,
Whether you enter it 30 hours, 30 minutes, or 30 seconds before the end of
chown -R us /yourbase
Julian hales 2007-11-10 01:40:41
thats stupid then isnt it
Mombu 2007-11-10 01:40:55
I’d escalate like hellfire and damnation on their a****. My brother has
taught me that satisfaction CAN be had – if you’re tenacious enough.
It all depends how badly you want justice, and how much time you’re willing
to devote to it.
“We feel that Goldstein took a preventative measure against yet another
-The Jewish Defense League’s position on Baruch Goldstein, who
who opened fire on unarmed Muslims as they prayed in a Hebron
mosque, killing 30 worshippers and wounding over 150 more.
Fr0glet 2007-11-10 01:49:33
EHEHEHEHHHH~!!~! I am stealing this!
Snakeladysfarm 2007-11-10 01:49:33
There are many problems with internet shopping lately with WebTV.
Another reason why Fr0glet is going to assist me in becoming a true
geek;^) snake lady
“Medicine to produce health has to examine disease” Plutarch
Snakeladysfarm 2007-11-10 01:49:35
I still feel safe using my Sony WebTV Plus unit for usenet. However I
love my new Sony VAIO. I’m learning to burn my own music mixes . I’m
hooked on MoodLogic! snake lady (who always makes sure McAffee & Norten
are operating lol)
“Medicine to produce health has to examine disease” Plutarch
Fr0glet 2007-11-10 03:41:25
Always at the ready snakelady, ask and you shall receive. 🙂
Clairidge 2007-11-10 03:41:25
You know, I really do feel, Jenn and Cindy and all of you who’ve had
this experience or a similar one, that if someone wants something so
bad that they’ll get a sniping service or I have to set up a PC when I
WANT to use my WebTv, then they can have it.
I don’t need anything that badly, and if I do, I’ll buy it if I can.
Most things I buy, I may want, but I don’t need. I think like in
any other areas there are ‘maniac obsessors’, people who play just
because they HAVE to win, and, God bless ’em, let ’em.
I won’t play that game, which is good, because I can’t.