(via Apartment Therapy)
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. My name is Edwin Ross. The home is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the home when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the home so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the home. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the home rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the home because we won't be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the home and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the home if you can promise me & my family that you will sure take very good care of the home for us as if it was your own.
Please if you are ready now to occupy the home kindly provide the information below for record purpose
RENT APPLICATION FORM
________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving_______________________
_____Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
Are you married_______________________
How many people will be living in the home__________________________
Do you have a pet___________________________
Do you have a car___________________________
Move In Date__________________________
1 or 2 Month Rent Payment will be Deposit Down Now Before You Move in?___________________________
Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my home.
TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOME FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME SO THAT I CAN SHIP MY KEYS TO YOU FOR YOU BE ABLE TO GO AND LOOK AT THE INSIDE OR MOVE IN IMMEDIATELY. I WOULD HAVE REALLY LOVE TO SHIP THE KEYS TO SOMEONE IN STATE BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY THERE RIGHT NOW AND I DON'T WANT TO MAKE USE OF ANY THIRD PARTY THAT IS WHY AM HANDLING MY PROPERTY MYSELF..
Monthly Fee: $750
Security Deposit: $500
Available :Available Now for move in.
NB: I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are in this rent.
So pls get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.
Per the suggestion of your representative Pamela, I am emailing you the brief history of our unfortunate experience with Vistaprint. I have provided this information in a timeline below to best illustrate our problems; please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.· February 22, 2010 – Order number XYZ placed (total: $128.24)
· February 23, 2010 – Order number ABC placed (total: $181.45)
· February 26, 2010 – Both orders arrived; printing was incorrect. Spoke with customer service representative who assured us a replacement shipment would be sent, free of charge, to correct the error.
· March 5, 2010 – Both replacement orders arrived; everything looked great.
· March 6, 2010 – We received an email (signed Betsy Johnson) stating the following:
o Dear XXX,· March 11, 2010 – We attempted to place an order, on which we planned to redeem our credit of $128.24. We were informed that we had no credit available, that it had been used on a previous order placed on February 26. The representative we spoke to was very unhelpful, and we hung up, confused and very frustrated.
Please accept my personal apology for the error made on your most recent order. I'm sorry for any inconvenience that it caused you.
To make up for it, we have issued a merchandise credit to your account in the amount of $128.24.
To use the merchandise credit, simply select the "Apply my credit" option during Checkout on your next order. If you would like to go to our site to redeem your credit now, please click here.
Thank you for being a Vistaprint customer. We know that you have many options when it comes to printing companies, and we appreciate your continued trust in us.
Director of Customer Benefits
After calling back and speaking with Pamela, it appears there was a glitch in your system which caused us to believe we had a credit we did not in fact have. She informed us that there should have been two emails, one notifying us of a credit of $128.24 and one notifying us of a credit of $181.45 – but that these emails should have been issued immediately following the order Vistaprint placed on our behalf for the replacement orders on February 26th , and that the credits were not for future use.
As I stated, we never received a second email; and the email we did receive was incredibly misleading. Because we received it over a week after our replacement order was placed, and because it clearly states that we can “use the merchandise credit…on [our] next order”, we believed that we could in fact use this credit on a future order. We then spent three days creating banners for the upcoming SXSW festival in Austin, because we thought we would be using our credit to pay for them. In my understanding, to reflect the true meaning of the credit, the email should have stated something like “We have issued a credit to your account to cover the cost of reprinting your order”.
Additionally, Pamela informed us that we had a credit of $30.64 due to VistaPrint not needing to upload our images a second time (for the reprint) – we were never notified of this credit or of our ability to use it until speaking with Pamela this evening. I placed order number LMN with Pamela at 4:47pm Pacific time this evening, and she confirmed several times that we would have 3-day shipping, with guaranteed delivery on or before Tuesday March 16th. However, when we received our order confirmation email at 5:21pm, it showed 7-day shipping, which would not arrive on time.
I called back immediately, and (after speaking with a rep who could not help us) spoke with George (cc’d on this email), who informed us that there was nothing he could do to ensure our order arrived by the 16th as it was now past 8pm Eastern time. Apparently, after 8pm Eastern time, everything shuts down and nothing about an order can be changed. He offered us a complimentary replacement order, with guaranteed delivery by the 17th, as well as a 50% credit ($85) to our VistaPrint account. He told us that this was absolutely the best that he could do, and that while he was sorry for the trouble, that’s the best he could offer.
Because we need these banners next week, we accepted his offer, and will just hope that they arrive on time.
While we love the variety of options VistaPrint has to offer, we have been very disappointed in your website and service thus far. We would like to continue using VistaPrint for our printing needs, but the inconveniences we have faced so far are causing us to look elsewhere.
Please let me know if there is anything you can do, or if there is anyone else I should be speaking with regarding this matter."
If you have not watched this yet, watch it now.
Alyssa, who makes and decorates some ridiculously awesome cakes (that she should post on her blog more often)
Bria has a gorgeous, not-so-tiny kitchen, and was generous enough to also share some pretty detail photos (including one of the secret photo station that she uses to take pics for her blogs)
Elissa has one of the tiniest kitchens I've seen in person, but she also makes some of the most gorgeous, creative, tasty-looking food ever. She blogs about her culinary adventures, and even shares recipes, and the first time I saw her kitchen I was shocked at her ability to make such ridiculously awesome things in such a small space. She puts me to shame.
Gabe and Kourtney are super eco friendly. Gabe's blog is all about ways you can (and ways he does) go green, including in the kitchen.
Jacqui, who takes gorgeous photos and makes food that makes your heart warm.
Josey, a new blog friend I'm happy to know. I'm so glad you participated!
Julie, who doesn't have a blog/website (I don't think), but whom I've known forever and recently reconnected with in an awesome, internetty, bloggy way.
Junket, also a new blog friend, who is hilarious and just became a West Coast transplant. Welcome to the Awesome Coast, lady. Start cooking!
Kate, who doesn't have a blog, but should totally be writing hilariously about her adventures in Los Angeles relocation and dating, because she has some hilarious stories. Actually, Junket and Kate, you live near each other. You should meet.
Kristen, my former roommate who now lives fabulously in a big ole house in London. Technically she and her boy are housesitting, I suppose, but it sounds pretty rad.
Lisa, the snarkiest (in a good way) chick I know, she doesn't know this, but she is pretty much one of my main sources for political news. So, um, keep sharing stuff in your Reader, Lisa. Also: kitchen stairs? Wow.
Penelope is a relatively new blog buddy, and her posts are just lovely. She is funny and charming and heartwarming and just all around sweet.
Shanna, who, well, if you've read my blog for more than a second, you've probably heard me rave about her. We've been blog friends for about three years, and this girl writes the most beautiful, inspirational, thoughtful posts about (delicious, gorgeous) food. I hope it's ok that I stole these pictures from the post you wrote in response to my original Tiny Kitchens request. I figured you wouldn't mind.
Suzanne shares some of the most ridiculously adorable Etsy finds ever. And pics of her Small Fry, who is supercuteness. And yeah, she's a nice lady and I'm glad we have connected recently via the interwebs.
Finally, major, major props to Tricia, who has cooked in some of the most awful kitchens known to mankind. Because I couldn't get these into the slideshow, check out the before and after photos of one of her old kitchens on her old Flickr account. One thing that I admire about Tricia and her husband is their willingness and ability to completely transform the apartments they rent. I am pretty inclined to say "jeez, I don't own this place, I don't want to put any effort into improving it" (though I did paint my current place); Tricia and Michael have seriously done some awesome things to some not-awesome apartments, and I am in awe of them.