Switch to e-statements and let Australia Post suffer! Auspost

I encourage everyone to switch to E-Statements where possible.  Not for the environmental benefit but rather from a security prospective.

It seems that these days, letter mail is a secondhand service.  Australia post has no guarantee that the delivery of addressed ordinary letter mail will ever get to the correct recipient.  Also, modern individuals do not respect the laws governing opening others mail, with people out there that deliberately steal mail to get personal information.

Every time a company send out a bill or statement, Australia post profits and uses that profit to prop up this prehistoric letter mail service.

Lest do some calculations.  Lets assume that on average our individual has a credit card, savings account, mortgage, water bill/rates, phone, power, gas, shire rates, car registration, insurance.  Lets also assume that not all billers send monthly bills and only big companies have e-billing services.

Average mail for a individual per year:

Credit card = 12
Quarterly bank = 4
Quarterly mortgage = 4
Water consumption = 2
Water rates = 1
Phone/ Internet = 12
Power = 6
Gas = 6
Shire rate = 1
Insurance = 2

Total = 50 letters ~ $26.40 postage per year

Assuming that these big companies send letters out at a discount rate say 52.8 cents per letter. http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/pre-sort-letters.html  The total money made by Auspost is per individual is $26.40.  Multiply that by 1 Million individuals willing to change across to e-statements and their gross loss becomes over $26 Million!  A substantial loss which is most welcome in my opinion.

But who is to say that email is safe?
If you have ever switched across to e-statements, a company usually does not email your bill or statement directly to you.  Rather they will send you a message informing you that it is awaiting payment online.  You then log into their secured site, and view the document there.  Print it out locally or save it to a encrypted thumbdrive.

It’s time to fire Australia Post from your life.

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Never Shop at Amcal Pharmacy Chemist Again, ripping Australians off!

Amcal are ripping Australians off, they are better off dead.

If you are an Aussie and have not realised already, Australia is the land where everyone has to make a buck, every step of the way.

Going into Amcal the other day, I experienced this first hand by getting prescription medicine.  The cost of the medicine was $24.95 and I paid and collected.  Afterwards, I decided to conduct a price check with Chemist Warehouse, simply because they post their prices online.  To my shock their price was only $15.99 pickup.

I complained by calling their customer service hotline to complain (1800 500 760).  I asked them why their prices were almost 50% higher that the competitors.  The lady that took my call immediately got into the defensive and blurted out the following statements:

  • Amcal cannot beat Chemist Warehouse’s prices because Chemist Warehouse buys in bulk.

  • Each Amcal store can only purchase thought the Amcal supplier.

  • Amcal does not mark up any of their prescription medications. (They possibly purchase it at a inflated price from the supplier)

  • Amcal focuses on customer service and that is one of the reasons why their price is higher than competitors, like Chemist Warehouse.  ($9 surcharge is not worth the 20 seconds of face to face contact)

Asking for a refund or even a part refund, they refused.  Their prices are not affordable, and cannot be justified.  I believe that everyone that has been wrongly done by Amcal should complain using the 1800 500 760 number and leave a bad review on their google place page or any other social media outlet.
 endded up telling her to get lost, Im never shopping in another amcal chemist – AGAIN!

A bit of google searching showed that I am not alone.
http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/business/chemists-price-gouging-at-the-local-shopping-centre/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/consumers-ripped-off-by-chemists/story-fn59nokw-1226436186619

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Australia Post Calculator is FAIL on mobile devices cannot enter height

Why cant these fuck’s get it right.

I cannot enter height dimensions for sending a parcel.  If you cannot get you core business right than you should move onto selling cheap rubbish like crap DVD palyers and Set top boxes – oh wait, nevermind

Fuck you Austpost!  Your prices are too high and your retail model is inefficient.  Get rid of the stupid staff and have customers post in their own parcels.  The technology is there to measure / weigh boxes automatically at a point of sale environment.  But knowing the way you guys go about things, you will just fuck it up.

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Don’t Buy Optus Prepaid Broadband

It is shit, really shit and I don’t recommend that you buy it, even if it is free.

Too many downloads, going 1-2% then stalling to dialup speed or zero KB/s.

At they same time they are robbing their customers with 10Mb increments.

Other people are pissed too!
http://www.cnet.com.au/optus-prepaid-broadband-data-robbery-339291339.htm

Fuck Optus.
Fuck Optus.
Fuck Optus.

http://www.optus.com.au/home/index.html
optus.com.au/home/index.html 

optus.com.au/store/prepaidwirelessbroadband/modems

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Don’t Buy Optus Prepaid Broadband

It is shit, really shit and I don’t recommend that you buy it, even if it is free.

Too many downloads, going 1-2% then stalling to dialup speed or zero KB/s.

At they same time they are robbing their customers with 10Mb increments.

Other people are pissed too!
http://www.cnet.com.au/optus-prepaid-broadband-data-robbery-339291339.htm

Fuck Optus.
Fuck Optus.
Fuck Optus.

http://www.optus.com.au/home/index.html
optus.com.au/home/index.html 

optus.com.au/store/prepaidwirelessbroadband/modems

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The Jaycar Story, How Australians are being ripped off

In Australia it is customary for businesses to rip off their customers.
This is usually done in a number of ways:
  • Unnecessary increasing prices of products
  • Forcing/conditioning customers to purchase “extended warranties” on products
  • Charging inflated amounts for accessories, which are quietly bundled with the item at point of sale
  • Charging inflated amounts for services such as instillation or commissioning
The pathetic retailer blames their high prices by:
  • Justifying their inflated prices on overheads such as rent and employment of inefficient “customer service” staff
  • Justifying their inflated prices on the geographical isolation that Australia is within
  • Endearing to promote Australian jobs even though the majority of goods sold are manufactured in China
  • Blaming fixed variables such as local taxes put on goods and services
A current example of the price mark-up Australians experience becomes apparent when goods are purchased from a Australian reatiler, Jaycar.
Wholly integrated and operated from New South Whales, Australia; this company also sells the same products to the USA through the American Jaycar online retail website.
Below is two screenshots of a Helicopter toy, one from the AU site and the other from the US site. Exactly the same item, same order number…

As you can see, the US price is $112USD and the AU price is $179AU respectively.
Given that the Australian exchange rate is currently $0.93AU to $1.00USD, there seems to be approximately a $75 difference between the same products being dispatched from the same location.
Given these facts, a point of truth has been realised and it is simply not to shop at Jaycar any-more.
You call yourself a Australian company? You fail, rip off!!!

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The Jaycar Story, How Australians are being ripped off

In Australia it is customary for businesses to rip off their customers.
This is usually done in a number of ways:
  • Unnecessary increasing prices of products
  • Forcing/conditioning customers to purchase “extended warranties” on products
  • Charging inflated amounts for accessories, which are quietly bundled with the item at point of sale
  • Charging inflated amounts for services such as instillation or commissioning
The pathetic retailer blames their high prices by:
  • Justifying their inflated prices on overheads such as rent and employment of inefficient “customer service” staff
  • Justifying their inflated prices on the geographical isolation that Australia is within
  • Endearing to promote Australian jobs even though the majority of goods sold are manufactured in China
  • Blaming fixed variables such as local taxes put on goods and services
A current example of the price mark-up Australians experience becomes apparent when goods are purchased from a Australian reatiler, Jaycar.
Wholly integrated and operated from New South Whales, Australia; this company also sells the same products to the USA through the American Jaycar online retail website.
Below is two screenshots of a Helicopter toy, one from the AU site and the other from the US site. Exactly the same item, same order number…

As you can see, the US price is $112USD and the AU price is $179AU respectively.
Given that the Australian exchange rate is currently $0.93AU to $1.00USD, there seems to be approximately a $75 difference between the same products being dispatched from the same location.
Given these facts, a point of truth has been realised and it is simply not to shop at Jaycar any-more.
You call yourself a Australian company? You fail, rip off!!!

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