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  1. LightningUsagi says:

    Happy Hunger Games, everyone! XD

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      My daughter was so excited about it that I bought tickets 2 weeks ago for the AMC IMax showing near me for Sat night.

      Buying tickets was almost a Consumerist post. Mother in Law gave us gift cards for AMC theatres. Being the man that I am, I tried using them without reading the fine print. No, they were good for opening weekends, special events, IMax, 3D etc. Problem was you can’t use AMC branded gift cards to purchase tickets online for AMC theatres.

      I actually went to the theatre to buy the tickets there to make sure they were not sold out. The cashier looked at me like I was a crazy old geezer who could not figure out this whole internet fad and how to buy the tickets online. I had to show him the fine print to prove I was not crazy.

      Looking at the 2 closest theatres to me ( sprawling 18 and 13 screen complexes) it looks like the Hunger games is showing on a total of up to 12 out of the 31 combined screens.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I hate to admit this, but I just found out today what Hunger Games is. I asked a young lady in my office. I had no idea. I hope our library has the book (or books) because the premise sounds intriguing!

  2. Dallas_shopper says:

    Got great feedback from an interview earlier in the week and am now waiting for them to make a decision. Of course, since I’m a pessimist, I think they are just stringing me along before rejecting me.

    • axhandler1 says:

      You know, being a pessimist can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your thoughts can directly impact your physical reality, so focus on what you want to happen, not what you don’t want to happen. Good luck with the offer!

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        Thanks, though I don’t think what I think at this point is going to influence their decision. They used words like “awesome” and “stellar” to describe me, but so far no job offer yet.

        • Coffee says:

          Those things can take a long time, depending on the organization that’s hiring. Sometimes HR will find that they don’t have a sufficient candidate pool and they’ll interview more people. Sometimes it just takes a long time. I applied for one position, interviewed, and was offered it three months later after they got through the entire process. I guess I’m saying that there’s no point in lamenting over it until you actually know that you didn’t get the position, because there are myriad things that can slow down the process.

          • Dallas_shopper says:

            I was supposed to get an answer today, but the other candidate they’re interviewing had to reschedule. I was the first candidate interviewed and they like me best so far, but they don’t want to hire the first person they interview without interviewing anyone else. Ugh.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Good luck! *crosses fingers and toes; does not fall because she is sitting on the couch*

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Keeping good thoughts for you!

  3. "I Like Potatoes" says:

    I’ve been reading Consumerist for 2 years so you would think I would know this but….I’m looking for a new family phone plan (currently have AT&T that does not include data but would like to add data) and I would like to know who you have had good experiences with or what you would recommend. Thanks – I value your input.

    • Coffee says:

      How many people will be on the plan?

      • "I Like Potatoes" says:

        It’s just my husband and I and one more phone – so three total and we’ll probably have to add a fourth in about 2 years. We don’t talk much or text much and I don’t anticipate needing much data although with a teenage daughter, that might be wishful thinking.

  4. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    RUN, HAMMY! RUN!!

    Helloooo everyone.

    Typically my weekends are fairly boring, but this one weekend a year that I have a work obligation it seems like I’ve been invited to go do everything but that. At the same time as the work thing. WTF.

    It’s already hot here in Houston, and that makes me sad. I want winter back.

    • axhandler1 says:

      It’s supposed to hit 80 degrees today in New Jersey. In March. This weather is a bit ridiculous.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Ugh… How hot does it get there in the summer? We’re looking at 100+ sooner rather than later : (

        • chizu says:

          We did get a few 100+ days last year. It can get humid. But I’d say normally 80 something 90 during a typical summer day? Hitting the mid 90s is not anything unusual.

          But I think it’s absolutely gorgeous today in Jersey, though it is pretty confusing as I wasn’t expecting full bloom from bulbs (daffodils had been in bloom for over a week now) and it really threw my planting schedule off. (Since the back of my head is still thinking, it’s only March, it’s still early!)

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            Humidity is where we really hurt. 80% is low for us : (

            Stupid Houston built on a swamp. What a scam.

            • axhandler1 says:

              Try New Orleans in August. The humidity there is just unbelievable.

              • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                i’d hardly call that humidity. new orleans in the summer is more like rain that just hangs in the air waiting for you walk into it

                • axhandler1 says:

                  That is so close to not even being an exaggeration. My favorite was going to class when it was sunny and beautiful out, not a cloud in the sky, then an hour later you stepped outside and it was downpouring. Learned pretty quick to just carry an umbrella everywhere, no matter what the weather looked like.

                  • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                    being from florida i just learned not to carry an umbrella because getting soaked in the rain was a good way to wash off the sweat and cool off

                    • axhandler1 says:

                      True, true, but good as that feeling was, my backpack wasn’t waterproof, so unless I wanted to buy new books everytime it rained, I was outta luck. And the house I was renting had a pool, so I had other means to cool off on hot summer days. I miss that house. My room was huge, we had a pool and front porch swing, two kitchens, and I paid about $350 per month. The rent is too damn high…in the northeast.

                    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                      these were all the rage in florida about a decade ago [not there anymore, they still might be] and i think it was because of the sheer amount of moisture going on everywhere. rain, humidity, sweat.
                      http://www.inflateus.com/back-packs.htm

                    • axhandler1 says:

                      Lol, as I was typing out my comment above it occurred to me that I should have just bought a waterproof backpack. Although, honestly, I wouldn’t want to wear one of those from the link you posted. They’re pretty hideous. I was thinking more something like this:
                      http://www.zappos.com/the-north-face-base-camp-hot-shot-thorn-green

            • Dallas_shopper says:

              I’ll trade you; I’m in Dallas and I hate it, this town is full of douchebags.

          • axhandler1 says:

            Agreed. Strange as this weather is, I can’t deny that today it is simply gorgeous out :) Can’t wait for work to be over!

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      You had winter? At the worst, it was like 35 degrees in DC. We didn’t get any real snow, and I feel cheated. I wanted snow! Now it’s 80 degrees outside and gorgeous but I missed having a real winter.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Haha.. snow? Really? No.. we don’t get snow here… hardly ever. I guess what I call winter, you would call autumn.

        We call winter “highs cooler than 70s”.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I live in Central PA – we had one snowstorm with about 6 or 7 inches of snow, and then it warmed up to the 40’s and it rained. I didn’t have to shovel one time! Last winter was such a disaster here, I was happy for the reprieve. Plus, when the temps are in the 60’s or higher during the day, the oil furnace didn’t run, and that saved me money.

        I didn’t miss it at all!

        • axhandler1 says:

          You guys didn’t get smashed with that huge blizzard Halloween weekend?

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            Nope! We skated by with about 1 inch of slushy snow! Last winter was so miserable, though. We had snow, followed by rain and then dropping temperatures, usually while I was at work. The transmission went out in my Escape in late January. Of course, within about 2 weeks, over a foot of solid ice formed at the end of my driveway courtesy of the township plow man. I had to use a pick axe and iron pry bar to break it up. The ice and misery lasted until sometime in late March/early April.

            This year, no shoveling, ice picking, falling on my butt trying to drag the garbage can to the road, none of it. I have to say I didn’t mind this winter at all. Plus, I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in fuel oil costs.

    • Jules Noctambule says:

      Spring happened in winter for us this year, and we skipped straight into summer a few weeks ago. Summer heat and humidity plus all the pollen springtime usually offers; I am so unhappy.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Oh isn’t that always the way? It’s like when there are five things you want to watch on TV and they’re all on the same night and you don’t have a DVR. Gah!

      We got warm early too. It got kinda cold again the last couple of days (and very rainy) but now the sun is coming out again. :)

  5. chizu says:

    I was kind of desperate on finding something new to do to keep myself distracted, so I decided to sign up for this relatively expensive jewelry making class in the area… I wanted to take it for the past two years so I’m pretty excited about it and it starts next week. Yes, it’s expensive. I’m not sure if I’ll try to use what I’ll learn to attempt to supplement my income (raw metal is very expensive these days), but I want something fun to do. I had been focusing on everyone but myself lately (the busyness was good though), so it’s time to focus on myself.

    Spring also means gardening time! Now that my lilies are popping up from the ground, it’s a bit too late to attempt to transplant them and not damage them… :( I guess I’d have to wait till fall… But it’s not too late to plant new bulbs! I really want to plant things like Hydrangeas and Camellia in my front yard, but I have a black thumb when it comes to shrubs and they are also expensive…

    I had a heartbreaking bad dream last night. I forced myself to wake up so it couldn’t continue on… What’s the worst dream you’ve had recently?

    • Coffee says:

      Sometimes I dream that my father died. Those are always the worst because they’re terribly lucid, unlike almost all my other dreams.

      • chizu says:

        That is a horrible dream…

        Speaking of death — the cost associated with death is pretty much another nightmare in itself. I recently learned how expensive a funeral is. I mean, I had a rough idea. But when you added everything up, you might as well buy yourself a Beemer rather than have an expensive burial.

        • axhandler1 says:

          Screw that. When I die, I’ll have my relatives dig a hole in the ground and toss me in naked, then take all the money they would’ve spent on a coffin and a wake and such, and just throw an awesome party where everyone celebrates my life by getting hammered and dancing.

          • chizu says:

            I’m trying to urge my parents to write down what they want and just plan it all out so I could follow them to the T. I don’t know and am not familiar with many, many, many traditional rules and taboos. I mean, I don’t even know if I should be wearing white OR black, and what accessory I should be wearing (and what colour). Do they want me to dress in mourning for 100 days? Do they want me to avoid meat for 100 days? What else am I supposed to do? Who am I supposed to notify? I wish funerals are easier on my end, but I know they won’t be. It’s such a tough topic, but I really have to get as much information out of them as possible. :/

            • axhandler1 says:

              I guess I never realized how much thought some people put into it. I mean, my parents both mentioned that they would like to be cremated and buried in the memorial garden at our church. That was about the extent of the planning I was gonna do. I wouldn’t worry so much about the clothing, mourning, and fasting stuff. Nothing says you need to conform to traditions, especially ones as opressive as the ones you mentioned. Besides, do you really think anyone will pull you aside at the funeral and be like “You should have worn white. That was a terrible mistake on your part.” Of course not. And if they do, they’re a jerk. As long as the basic wishes of your parents are followed, the rest doesn’t matter so much.

        • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

          I think I’m going to go for cremation, unless excarnation or composting are viable (and legal) options when I die. I’m not particularly fond of the idea of everyone staring at my corpse – I’ve never thought embalmed bodies looked all that much like the person when they were still alive. For the money they would have spent, I’d rather my family just rent a banquet hall with an open bar.

          • chizu says:

            I was joking with my coworkers that maybe our descendents could sprinkle the ashes in the gardens, so when they harvest the next season, they could go, “Yeah, this squash tastes so awesome is because of your Uncle Bob”.

          • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

            My mom didn’t specify what she wanted, so I had her cremated. Verifying that it was her before the cremation was really jarring, compared to the urn and photos we had at the service. I don’t know why anyone would want their meat jacket pickled and buried as if it’s going to stay intact in the eons to come.

            So, happy Friday everyone!

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i’ve had to look into this and if you are going for cremation and feel that a coffin is a waste, you can request an alternate container. it’s a cardboard box, usually under a couple of hundred bucks. i’ve seen as low as $75.
          my sister and i both want to be part of a coral reef which we feel is taking up less space on land and doing more good in the space it’s in
          http://www.eternalreefs.com/resources/links.html
          as low as $3k if you don’t mind being mixed with other people. even the top price of $7k is better than a land burial

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            I want to donate myself to the Body Farm. That would be cool. Or, if it’s not feasible, cremation and scatter me in the ocean. Or off the summit of Everest, if anyone is going there.

            • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

              My township allows burial on your own property. My neighbor’s niece died very young from ovarian cancer, and she’s buried on their property in a forest opening that she loved. Her grave is marked with a stone just like in a cemetery.

              You can’t just dig a hole and toss someone in there, they have to be in a pine box or some sort of casket, down so many feet, etc. but you are allowed to do it.

              Me, I’d like to build my own little mausoleum, with a window and iron gate, and be buried above ground.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      The jewellery class sounds fun. I’ve been wanting to take an artistic type class for a while, and Groupon seems to be full of good options. I haven’t decided what to take though or if I could convince Mr. Aroo to go with me (or maybe a friend, anyway. I don’t drive.) Pottery sounds fun, and there are a couple of BYOB Painting places around here that do classes as well.

      Is the jewellery class about melting down metal and forming it or is it beading or all of the above?

      My dreams seem to center mostly in my own reality, and most recently it was me and Mr. Aroo arguing about something ridiculous. Not very fun or exciting, or even interesting. I hear about people who dream about wild things or flying or stuff like that and I never have dreams like that.

      • chizu says:

        The class is a silversmithing class, I think. I just had to order a couple sheets of silver, silver wires, and some cabochon to make a ring. I had done beading on my own so I could figure out a lot of those (except weaving or any too complicated patterns). I have no idea how to make anything with actual metal (I also want to try out wire wrapping), nor do I have the tools to do it. So going to an art studio and just take it from the pro seems like the best idea.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          That does sound fun! If anything you could just make stuff for yourself. I find that I don’t like much jewellery that is out there these days, so custom stuff would be interesting to me.

          • chizu says:

            I could make beaded earrings very easily — the problem is, I don’t wear earrings. I have virgin ears so I had been making things I can’t wear. So I really wanted to take the silversmithing class because I could finally make something I could wear! I already wear one necklace — so it all comes down to rings and bracelets. Most rings and bracelets out there are way too big for me, so I might as well make something for myself.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              ear cuffs – don’t need piercing and can be much more elaborate than earrings

              • chizu says:

                Good call. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before. Time to look for some earcuffs. :)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        a friend of mine got a groupon deal for 2 months of membership at the local maker shed for the price of one month. i’m so envious and he still hasn’t even gone. they have a laser cutter!!!!

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      My most recent terrible dream: Mitt Romney getting his back waxed. It was only a very small part of my dream, but it was very vivid and I can’t forget it now :/

    • Jules Noctambule says:

      I used to do silversmithing, but the rising cost of metal versus the public perception of what something made of sterling should be ‘worth’ led me into focusing on my millinery and primitive sculptures instead. I still do enameling from time to time, since I’ve always preferred that with copper.

      I’ve been having ‘Handmaid’s Tale’-style dreams lately, where my husband and I are trying to escape an America dominated by religious totalitarianism. Guess I should stop watching coverage of the GOP presidential candidates before bed.

      • chizu says:

        I completely forgot that silver also went up dramatically along with gold. I mean, at $33 ish per oz, it is still one of the more affordable metal. But yeah, people don’t realise how much materials cost and expect less for more. But I just want to take the class for fun — the internet is flooded with handcrafted jewelleries, so I don’t expect to be able to make something that would help me supplement my income. I just want to be able to go “Ha, I could make that, for less!” or simply go “I make my own jewellery at home”.

        • Jules Noctambule says:

          When I started, silver cost around $6/oz, so I’m glad I bought the amount of sheet and wire I did when I did! Even though I can make my own I do buy other people’s work quite often; having skill is one thing, but personal style of creation makes all the difference to me.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Haven’t had any bad dreams lately, thank goodness. I trained myself to wake up out of dreams like that after my ex dumped me because I kept having them and it was making me sick.

      I did dream BF gave me a ring, and it had a giant diamond in it and it fell out and then I couldn’t find it. Gah!

      • chizu says:

        Oh god. That’s… Kind of the dream I had last night. Really broke my heart. ;___;

        God, since no one got me jewelleries (okay, except my mum, but it’s more like hand-me-down which are still awesome), I figure it’s best that I make them myself! But the thought of losing important pieces freaks me out. I had to stop wearing this jade (4mm beads) bracelet for now until I figure out how to restring it with another bracelet…

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          The falling out diamond is why I would never wear an engagement ring with a solitaire that sticks up like that. I’m clumsy and not used to wearing rings, so it would get caught on stuff. I lost a tiger eye out of a ring that way. I’d have to find another alternative.

          That is, assuming anyone ever gets me one. :P

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I’m going to attempt making soap, with lye solution, when the weather really gets better this summer so I can mix everything and make it outside. Soap making looks interesting, and around here, people sell homemade soap at flea markets and craft fairs.

  6. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    last day of work before vacation. taking my roommate and her kids to play in the mountains and see her grandparents.
    i found a restaurant that we will go to there that has a BBQ pork salad – i love redneck food

    “Pulled Pork BBQ Salad
    Fresh mixed greens tossed in Ranch BBQ dressing topped with our own pulled pork $9.49″

    having my a/c serviced on monday before we leave since it seems really likely now that there may be a coolant leak. the previous homeowners are so awesome and left me the receipts, installation info and the service records for every appliance in the house, including the whirlpool tub and overhead lights. if i’d realized just how valuable that info would be i’d have paid a couple thousand more for the house.

    have a good weekend everybody!

    • axhandler1 says:

      Ooo, that sounds good. Pulled pork is one of my favorites. If you’re looking for a good recipe, try this one: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/perfect-pulled-pork-slow-roasted-seasoned-savory.html

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        oh dear, that gave me a database error. but the title of the link looks delicious. i’ll have to poke around that site and try to find it on my own

        • axhandler1 says:

          I’ve actually tried out multiple recipes from that site, and they have all turned out really well. The pulled pork and the chocolate cake are my favorite though. You really need to try the chocolate cake. It’s ridiculous. And since it’s made with sour cream and Jello pudding mix, it stays moist for about a month.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            i can’t access the site at all. just “database error” – i’ll try later.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Mmm, sounds tasty. Have fun in the mountains! It’s supposed to warm up this weekend. Hopefully that will be true everywhere. :)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i would prefer the cold. it’s supposed to be low 70’s where we are going and that’s just barely cool enough for me

  7. nrich239 says:

    Woot! 3rd week of the new job and it’s freaking awesome. Boss today sends out an email saying that since it’s slow, we can leave in shifts and work from home the rest of the day. I love my new job.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay! I hope I find one that good. Barring that, the government job.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Wow – I could only dream of that. I asked my boss again if I could work from home some days per week if gas gets too much more expensive, but the answer is still no. Never mind we are working remotely in an office 1400 miles from our home company, so it would make no difference if I was in the office 23 miles from my house or actually in my house…I’m still really far away from the home office anyway! So frustrating. She doesn’t have any problems because she lives about 5 miles from the office, and makes more than twice as much as I do. Gas prices just don’t affect her the way they do the rest of us.

  8. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Still unemployed. It rained most of the week too. But I did get the yard mowed and cleaned up a little bit before it did. I also have been cleaning in the house, sorting all my crafts materials, and am anxious to use a bit of this downtime to actually finish some dollhouse projects. Since I’m not planning to move for now, I can keep most of it, and getting it all organized will ensure that if I do, it will be easier to dispose of it.

    I’m about to let DirecTV go, too. Not that I want to, but on unemployment it’s going to be too hard to pay even the reduced bill. I have a digital antenna and a Roku now and have mostly been watching Netflix (on my computer when the DSL doesn’t cooperate with the Roku) anyway, so it’s not a big loss. There is no alternative that I can afford that would allow me to have cable or satellite and Internet; I checked. What I really want is all my channels back. I miss Discovery Health and my medical shows. :(

    I have had one interview and a preliminary one at a second place. Didn’t get the first job, but I didn’t really feel like it would have been a good fit. Law firm with God quotes in the lobby and persistent questioning about past sick time taken, also a poor review on Glassdoor.com. The other place is corporate at a giant retailer; I filled out an app and took some clerical testing. I’m sorry; I can’t 10-key at the speed of light. Pleah. But a couple of weeks ago, I took the state MERIT exam and today I got an email saying I was on the list. Yay!

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Good luck with the job hunting! I’m concentrating on getting rid of stuff that I don’t need, and my Dad’s surgery is on for April 2. Gotta get him through that and up and around before I make any major changes.

      I’m ready to give Comcast the boot. I hardly watch anything on live TV, and I haven’t had Discovery Health for about a year since I scaled down the channel packages. I really missed it at first, but found that after a while, it didn’t matter any more.

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everyone looking for a job.

    • chizu says:

      Good luck on the job hunt! We’re praying that work will get picked up soon. It’s like we have to deal with almost just as much work, but in three days and three days/half the pay. :( People are expecting so much but we only have so many manhours… *sighs*

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Thanks, chizu and lovemypets00! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you guys too, that everything gets worked out soon.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      email me on the roku channel site and i can send you some amazon video on demand credit. i earn it from roku referrals and i always have more than i can watch before they expire.

  9. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    It’s been in the 70’s and +/- 80 all week here in Central PA! So of course, I was at work all week, and this weekend is supposed to be rainy and colder around 60. Boo! But with the last few weeks being much warmer than usual, I won’t have to buy another minimum fuel purchase of 125 gallons of heating oil at more than $4.00/gallon. Strange, I always thought when demand was low, prices came down. Hmm.

    I finished the Federal 1040 last night, and now it’s off to the state and local tax forms. I’m going to have everything done and sent in before Dad’s surgery on April 2. I don’t want the tax man hanging over my shoulder while I’m trying to help my parents.

    I’ve reached out to some friends to help me find a new place. One of them found a small house for rent nearby, and close to my parents house. $2400/month. I’m still laughing as this exceeds my take home pay. She thought it was a little much, too.

    And I just found out today what “The Hunger Games” actually is, so I’m going to see if my library has the book. Boy, do I feel out of the loop!

  10. Jawaka says:

    I have a suggestion about the worst company competition.

    Ilike the competition but I’m not a fan at all with the seeding You guys seem to try to pair similar companies together but in doing so you pair (and eliminate one of) some of the worst companies out there in the first or second rounds? For example, the way your seeding is done we can’t ever see two banks in the final four.

    How about if you just give us all 32 of the nominations before the actual competition and we all get to rank them 1 to 32. You tally up the scores and use the results to determine seeds? Or do it some other way. I just don’t like the way that it’s set up now. Many time I don’t feel that the truly evil companies are getting their due because they’re being voted out earlier than they really should.

  11. hamhock62 says:

    I got scammed. I thought I was smart enough and old enough that it would never happen to me but it did. First a man called me late one afternoon around the first of February and was determined to sell me a website so I could sell the jewelry that I make. He was literally yelling at me and finally convinced me to give him my credit card number so he could charge me $100 for creating a web page and also said this would sign me up as an Amazon Affiliate.

    On the February 7th another loud man from “Superior Marketing” called me and said I had agreed to become an Amazon Affiliate and that I would make at least $54,000 by signing up. I asked “is this a scam?” at which he became very indignant and kept hammering at the $54,000 number. He then asked if I ever shopped on Amazon and I said I bought books but otherwise felt their prices were too high. He kept getting louder and telling me I could invest $18,000 and earn $54,000. He seemed to know just about what amount of credit I had in two credit card accounts. Finally I agreed to sign up.

    After thinking it over I realized that I couldn’t afford $18,000 even if it earned me some money (not $54,000 which I didn’t think possible) so I called Superior Marketing back and told them I couldn’t afford it and wanted to back out. Needless to say, they refused. I called Amazon and they have an Associates program which is basically the same thing but free. The girl at Amazon said it was a scam and she was sorry but Amazon couldn’t do anything about it. I then called both credit card companies and they put a hold on the charges but American Express has advised me that they can’t do anything and will have to accept the charge. I haven’t heard from the other yet but am assuming they will say the same thing.

    I don’t think I’ll ever see my $18,000 but I am forwarding this information to warn other people so they don’t get scammed.

    Penny Hammack