Change of Address

I recently received an offer to purchase supportreview.wordpress.com

Name: X
Domain Name (If available): supportreview.net
Describe your web development needs:
Hi Zane,
My friend owns supportreview.net, .org, .biz, and .info. I was helping him set up his sites and domains, and one of things on the agenda is a daily blog. He noticed a blog already at supportreview.wordpress.com that he believes is managed by you. We are wanting to purchase that site (or well, its wordpress login, content, etc) from you. It would be great of a daily blog he is wanting to add into his sites.
Could you email us an asking price, and what prodedure it would require to move the site over to us. We could do a paypal transaction, or whatever you are confortable with.

Also, do you happen to own supportreview.com?

Thanks! Let us know ASAP!

Being a curious sort of fellow I did a whois lookup on supportreview.net to verify that someone was indeed trying to start a business. Sure enough the email address of the domain owner matched that which had email me. Since I do not maintain this blog I figured I had no issue moving to a new address for a reasonable fee. I replied with the following…

Hello X,

No, I do not own supportreview.com

I would be willing to transfer ownership of my supportreview wordpress user for $515.24 (which ends up being $500 after Paypal fee’s).  I will retain the rights to all content currently hosted on supportreview.wordpress.com and will transfer it to a different wordpress.com location.  I will then delete all of my content from the supportreview.wordpress.com location and provide you the username and password for this WordPress account (which will then be completely empty with the default theme installed and available for you to use as you wish).  I will test the login and password prior to sending to you to ensure that it works.  After I email you the working username and password my services will be complete and you will own supportreview.wordpress.com .  I would recommend changing the password to your user.

As part of the terms of transfer you agree to not use my name in any way on this site.  I do not want anyone to make posts that appear to be mine on this site.  Since I have owned this site up until now this is the only risk that I see in selling this to you.

If you agree to the terms of this agreement please reply with confirmation explicitly stating “I agree to the terms in your email” and paypal $515.24 to (email) .  I will transfer my existing site to a different location and send you the working username and password to supportreview.wordpress.com account within 7 days of payment receipt.  Again,  supportreview.wordpress.com will be blank of all content and will have the default theme installed.

Note:  I have to share with you that there are plenty of other blogging platforms out there for you to use.  e.g. blogger.  I am not sure why you are so interested in using wordpress free blogging tool and paying for an existing domain.  It would make more sense to install a copy of wordpress (which is open source) on your own server and make a url such as blog.supportreview.net since you already own supportreview.net.  Let me know if you are interested in using my web development and hosting services to set this up for you.  My prices are very affordable.  http://www.zpwebdevelopment.com/pricing/

Cheers,

–Zane

The next day I had $500 in my paypal account with an email agreeing to the terms. So far so good! I exported my posts, registered a new address, and moved my site.  I cleared the previous user, changed the password and emailed “Brian” the username and password for the site.  I received an email back saying thank you and all is good.

After a few hours I visited the site.  One post.  A remake of a previous post I had made on this site about http://www.simplefilings.com which had been updated from this:

https://customersupportreview.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/simplefilingscom-scam/

to this:

Simplefilings.com was established in 2006.  They have serviced thousands of customers over the last 7 years.  They have provided the following about their services.

We do our  best every day to please our customers, to try to earn their repeat business, and to make whatever service they choose (LLC formation, DBA registration, EIN filing, tax extension, social security card application prep, etc.) simply as easy and trouble-free as possible.

Source:  http://supportreview.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/simplefilingscom-scam/

Well played “X”!  I have updated all links to my previous post.  If you linked to my story please update your links.  Thank you.

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Office Depot Catalog Spam

I just received an Office Depot catalog in the mail that was the size of a phone book. This surprised me because an event that happened a week or two ago. I received a phone call from an Office Depot Rep during work hours on my private phone line while on a conference call. He asked if everything was well with business and wanted to make sure I didn’t need anything from Office Depot (apparently Office Depot is getting desperate). They referred to me by the business name of a startup that I started two years ago that didn’t make it to fruition. I told the Rep kindly that I did not wish to receive any phone calls and that I was busy on another call. After 5 mins of jabber he finally let me go. I was very clear to him that the business was no longer at this address and that I did not wish to receive any phone or mail spam from Office Depot ever again. Apparently the message didn’t transfer because I received the catalog.

So I just walked in from the mailbox, checked the rest of my mail then called the number on the magazine to ask to be removed from whatever distribution list mailed me the catalog. After waiting on the line for about 20 mins someone finally picked up. A woman in a very noisy call center asked how she could help me. I explained the issue. She asked me for my name, phone number and address. I avoided giving her my phone number for a couple mins then decided it might be smart because she may need it in case we get disconnected and it also might help her find my “account”. After giving her the information she repeated 3 or 4 times she asked if I could hold, I said yes each time wondering why she continued to ask. Eventually she asked a final time and the phone went silent. I thought “NO WAY, did she just hang up on me?”. I waited a few seconds for the hope that she just put me on hold. Eventually my phone started making the off the hook noise and now I am pissed. Hence why you are seeing this article!

I just sent a description of the experience as a complaint via their webpage with a link to this site. Lets see how they respond.

Two complaints. One, do not mail any more catalogs to xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx, Charleston SC xxxxx. This is a residential address and the catalog fills my entire mailbox. Send no more.

Second, I just called to make this same request via your 800 number. I gave your rep my phone number and after 20 mins she hung up on me. She had my phone number and did not reply. Please respond. I will be publishing this experience and your response on my blog http://supportreview.wordpress.com/ which averages around 3-4 visits a day. Thank you.

Update 12/30/09: I just received yet another catalog 😦 . I called 800.915.4624 to complain. They told me to send an email to mailoptout@officedepot.com with my Customer ID#, input my address and request to no longer receive catalogs. Jesus H. Christ.