April 18, 2007
Dear CNET members,
When it comes to electronics, nearly everyone has been ripped off once or twice. For me personally, I know I've been taken a few times, and a couple of those times were from those late-night infomercials that just sounded too good to pass up. One example is the Cold Heat soldering iron. I was excited see something like this on TV--what better than a cordless soldering iron that went hot immediately to do the job, then cooled down in an instant when you turned it off? Plus, the commercial said it was simple to use. So I went for it. When I received it I was so excited, and though it did work to a certain degree, it was a huge disappointment to say the least, as it sure didn't work like they showed on TV. I felt like a chump, embarrassed to be suckered into something I knew was too good to be true, so now I'm back to the old-school way of soldering, and I learned my lesson again the hard way. I'm glad to see I'm not alone on this product as I've read a few of our fellow members mentioning the same in the latest Screening Room discussion, Your worst electronics ripoff? This discussion is hot, and many people have already shared with us the miseries of their worst electronics ripoff. So read up on your fellow members' posts, maybe you'll find you have similar experiences. If not, post your own; whether it was misleading advertising, a product that broke right after the warranty expired, or maybe the item just outright stunk, misery loves company, so share your worst with us.
This week's hot topic:
Your worst electronics ripoff?
In the latest Screening Room discussion, we asked our members to tell us what their worst electronic ripoff was. Plenty of people took the opportunity to tell us exactly what those items were.
"White van speaker scam"
"Ok, so this one never happened to me, but it did happen to a friend. There's plenty written about it on Wikipedia and elsewhere, but the main gist is that some guys in a white van will try to sell you some speakers--apparently worth thousands of dollars--for just a few..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member MoskovciakM"Cold Heat soldering iron (as seen on TV)"
"I can't believe I bought something I saw on TV, after swearing to myself I would never do it. But since I was desperate for a holiday gift for my brother-in-law, I pulled a 'Homer Simpson' and bought a pair of Cold Heat soldering irons (as seen on TV). When..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member plewis995"Robo Mower!"
"I bought a Robo Mower that was supposed to be able to mow my lawn on its own. I have a small yard, but the battery runs out about halfway through my backyard. I set up the barrier so that it knows where to go, but it did such a poor job that it got fired after a few tries..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member i,JimbotSpeak up!
When it comes to electronic goods, we've all been taken to the cleaners once or twice. Here's your chance to share with us your worst electronics ripoff. Give us details about the product and why it made you feel like you were taken for a ride. We're all listening.
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