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They are All Scams and They Need to be Exposed!

As the recession presses forward many things like Customer Service, Honesty, Integrity and Hard Work are being thrown out the window.

Unfortunately, many people are resorting to thievery to make a living.  These people go by different names, but at their core – they are all the same.

Call them what you wish;  Robber, Bandit, Bad guy, One who steals, Criminal, Crook, One who is crooked, Swindler, Pickpocket, Raider, Scammer or Con-artist they all make life difficult for the ‘good guys’.  

The biggest threat to each of us is the BIG COMPANIES who prey on their innocent client base.  Often times people don’t have the capital to stand up for themselves and fight against massive Corporations.  

Bob Frick, Senior Editor of Kiplinger.com wrote, “Hard times breed both criminals and victims. People who are on the moral margin to begin with may turn to crime to make ends meet, says David Perry, of Trend Micro, an Internet-security firm. And people who wouldn’t ordinarily fall for some outrageous swindle, he says, might take a chance in the hope of offsetting losses in their stock portfolios. Perry says that starting a year ago there was a “fantastic upturn” in financial scams. That’s about when the slide into the bear market began. (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, January 2009)

Writer Merideth Farkas explains her experience with bad customer service, “In an economy where there’s lots of competition for a smaller and smaller number of dollars, good customer service becomes an issue of survival. While product is important, customer service can make the difference between creating a life-long customer and losing a loyal customer. I’m sure we’ve all heard those wonderful stories about Zappos refunding customers for shoes long after the final return date and Nordstrom refunding a customer for his snow tires (or was it chains?), an item they do not actually sell. It’s good experiences like that which make us loyal, even if their prices aren’t necessarily the lowest. I’ve had some great customer service experiences that have permanently wedded me to those companies or service people. I still get my hair cut by the same person (in FLORIDA!) who I’ve been going to for years. But just as good customer service can make people fiercely loyal, bad customer service can lose much more than a single sale.”  (From:  http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2009/01/02/a-lesson-in-bad-customer-service-pottery-barn-kids/)

The invention of the Internet has made many things we do each day easier and more convenient.  Never before has it been so easy to start a business and offer products / services nationwide and even worldwide.  Unfortunately the convenience of the internet is shared by both the “good guys” and scammers.

A few thoughts came to mind when we decided to create, ComplaintExpress.com

Thought #1:
Free classified websites like Craigslist, Kijiji, Backpage, USFreeAds and others have made it possible for virtually anyone to advertise their product and/or service free of charge.  These websites are great resources for business owners.  Unfortunately, even the scammers and con-artists have access to these websites.  

Thought #2:
At first glance anyone can appear to be a large, well funded business.  Hidden behind the facade of “Virtual Offices”, “Virtual Answering Services”, “Virtual Secretaries” and similar services; it is no wonder that so many people get conned and scammed on a daily basis.  
Thought #3:
There are well known companies, which are house-hold names, who steal from consumers on a daily basis.  This theft is disguised behind an endless barrage of deceit, lies and greed

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Thought #4:
Victims need to end their silence.  It is important that the victims of scams and fraud share their experience with ALL.  If scammers are going to be put behind bars, if companies are going to be shut down, if justice is ever going to be served it is essential that victims share their experience.

Conclusion:
The only way we can stop the scammers is if we band together.  Everyone needs to know about the fraudster who lied and deceived you.  The Government, Consumer Protection Agencies, Merchant Account providers, Merchant Service Providers and others need to be notified.

ComplaintExpress.com is a one of a kind company which was created to help those who have been scammed. 

Seattle Luxury Real Estate - Seattle Luxury Homes

Scenic Seattle luxury homes have attracted affluent Americans who want something a little artsy, a little edgy, but very outdoorsy and calming. The surrounding waters of Puget Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union, in combination with the 922,651 acres of forestland at Olympic National Park, provide unsurpassed tranquility and natural beauty. Residents of Seattle luxury real estate take every advantage of their green pastures, towering pines, sandy beaches and idyllic waterfront trails by progressively walking, biking, kayaking and hiking. The train system, bike lanes, ferry system and easily accessible marinas provide alternate routes of travel around the city.

Baby boomers know Seattle as Money Magazine’s “Best City in the West” (1996), Fortune’s “Best City for Work and Family” (1996) and a hub for entrepreneurship, small businesses and technology. Because of its reputation as the home of Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee, Bill Gates and grunge music, many young professionals gravitate toward Seattle luxury homes too. People here very much believe in maintaining a sense of community, philanthropy and environmental-friendliness, which makes Seattle luxury real estate that much more intriguing.

The Queen Anne neighborhood is the hub of Seattle luxury real estate, with homes ranging from $200,000 to $1 million. Atop the 520-ft. hill stands a myriad of elegant restored “Queen Anne” Victorian houses situated next to upscale boutiques, five-star restaurants, cozy bistros and tourist destinations like the Space Needle and Kerry Park. For lovers of wrap-around porches, polychromatic paint, rounded turrets and ornamental architecture, the Seattle luxury homes of Queen Anne are prized. Just eleven minutes from downtown, with a stellar view of the blue Puget Sound waters and the downtown skyline, this neighborhood is worth every penny.

Seattle luxury homes can also be found in the University District. The average price tag runs between $400,000 and $600,000 for these Cape Cods, Craftsmans, Art Decos, Neo-Classicals and Tudor Revivals. The preservation effort to maintain this section as a combination of “diverse architecture” and “social heritage” is fierce. Some of the best shopping is down on “The Avenue,” with a plethora of diverse shops like Shiga’s Imports and Five Doors Up shoes, as well as the massive U-Village upscale shopping center that houses everything from the Pottery Barn and Aveda to Juicy Couture and H&M. Following an $8 million street project, U-District Seattle luxury real estate increased its value with widened sidewalks, added landscaping, outdoor art, new streetlights and park benches. Large turn-of-the-century homes are right around the corner from the Washington Park Arboretum, the Burke Museum and the Henry Art Museum, which caters to high taste.

Seattle is also nationally recognized for having the highest concentration of LEED-certified eco-friendly buildings. Residents of Seattle luxury homes compost in their backyards, buy eco-friendly furniture at Crate and Barrel, pick up organic sheets and towels at One Earth One Design and purchase Forest Stewardship Council approved lumber at Home Depot. New urbanism designs are taking hold in Seattle luxury real estate, where homeowners can live, work and play all within walking distance from their estates. It’s clear upon first glance that the Seattle vibe is truly unique.

There are many enclaves of Seattle luxury real estate known for natural beauty and proximity to cool shops and tasty restaurant thoroughfare. Seattle luxury homes typically have gorgeous views of Puget Sound, the mountains and the downtown skyline.

Hertzler Systems’ Blog Identifies Best Of Blogosphere

Hertzler Systems Inc., a leading provider of SPC, Operational Intelligence and Manufacturing Intelligence software, announced the launch of a company blog, “The Data Heads.” This blog provides insight into the role of data in empowering business transformation, with topics that range from using Key Process Indicator (KPI) dashboards in supporting organizational change, to applying Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques to drive variation out of any process. The blog is published at www.hertzler.com/blog/dataheads/. 

 

Evan Miller, co-founder of Hertzler Systems recently authored a blog column identifying the best of the blogosphere.

 

Evolving Excellence is hosted by SuperFactory. He has a great post today comparing Intel and AMD’s response to the recession.

 

Curious Cat is worth reading for the title alone. I like this video he posted about Honda’s philosophy.

 

Elegant Solutions looks for simplicity beyond complexity. His recent post about Campbell’s Soup highlights the importance of focus.

 

Gemba Panta RIE has some great content. I appreciate his recent post about rethinking the USPS because it (the post, not USPS) is really outside the box.

 

Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma has some really important ideas about business governance and data systems, and the interaction between Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and other improvement systems.

 

Got Boondoggle? has some really good posts about improving work through Lean, Six Sigma and the elimination of waste. This post about moving towards simplicy connects work life to personal habits.

 

Lean Blog is a collection of thoughts and experiences about Lean. Many of his posts are related to lean implementations in the hospital setting, but others, such as this one about Deming and incentives, are more general interest.

 

Lean Six Sigma Academy posts thought-provoking content about the lean and Six Sigma. For example, this post connects his experience as a customer at the Pottery Barn with his knowledge of Lean.

 

Learning about Lean has the tag of “A journey to respect people and eliminate waste.”  I like that. I also like his simple example that finally explains Kanban in a way that even I can understand it.

 

My Business Musings is a collaborative exchange of ideas and perspectives about business. I’m a guest blogger on the site (If I do say so myself, I’m especially pleased with my last post there “In Gut We Trust”). But I like the other author’s too, including this post about 4 mind-sets and 7 stages of business life.

 

Shmula has some great posts about business and technology. This post about how Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon.com led an impromptu 5 Why problem solving effort is a great example of how leaders should lead.

 

ISixSigma blogs publishes content from several authors. One of these is Gary Cox, with his cartoon strip about Six Sigma practices. This strip is typical – if it wasn’t true, it wouldn’t be funny.

 

The Sales Performance Improvement Forum looks at applying continuous improvement to the sales process. I’ve known Mike Webb for some years, and I appreciate his perspective. Here is a good example of his content on selling in technical environments. .

 

 

About Hertzler Systems Inc.

 

Hertzler Systems provides seamless, accurate data acquisition solutions that drive business transformation. The company provides the leading real-time data acquisition and analytics SPC software, the GainSeeker Suite. This system is best used by lean and progressive companies, connecting with devices and other information systems, collecting data and alarming key personnel when problems arise; this technology allows organizations to analyze data for root cause problems, converting data into knowledge.

 

Hertzler Systems has been a leader in Statistical Process Control, SPC Software and Six Sigma for over twenty years, and serves a diverse customer base in service, transactional and manufacturing environments; clients include BAE Systems, Crown Audio, IDEX Corporation, McCormick & Company, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, Titleist & Footjoy, IDEX Corporation, and TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Worldwide. The company’s software and services enable clients to connect, collect, and analyze data; building a data infrastructure for making data-driven decisions. These capabilities help clients to reduce costs, cycle time and errors, and increase profitability.

 

 

 

Hertzler Systems Inc.

www.hertzler.com

Adrienne DePew

Communications Manager

info@hertzler.com

800.958.2709

 

Professional Marketing Firm for the Manufacturing Community and Manufacturing Journalist to most manufacturing magazines

Hertzler Systems’ Blog Identifies Best Of Blogosphere

Hertzler Systems Inc., a leading provider of SPC, Operational Intelligence and Manufacturing Intelligence software, announced the launch of a company blog, “The Data Heads.” This blog provides insight into the role of data in empowering business transformation, with topics that range from using Key Process Indicator (KPI) dashboards in supporting organizational change, to applying Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques to drive variation out of any process. The blog is published at www.hertzler.com/blog/dataheads/. 

 

Evan Miller, co-founder of Hertzler Systems recently authored a blog column identifying the best of the blogosphere.

 

Evolving Excellence is hosted by SuperFactory. He has a great post today comparing Intel and AMD’s response to the recession.

 

Curious Cat is worth reading for the title alone. I like this video he posted about Honda’s philosophy.

 

Elegant Solutions looks for simplicity beyond complexity. His recent post about Campbell’s Soup highlights the importance of focus.

 

Gemba Panta RIE has some great content. I appreciate his recent post about rethinking the USPS because it (the post, not USPS) is really outside the box.

 

Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma has some really important ideas about business governance and data systems, and the interaction between Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and other improvement systems.

 

Got Boondoggle? has some really good posts about improving work through Lean, Six Sigma and the elimination of waste. This post about moving towards simplicy connects work life to personal habits.

 

Lean Blog is a collection of thoughts and experiences about Lean. Many of his posts are related to lean implementations in the hospital setting, but others, such as this one about Deming and incentives, are more general interest.

 

Lean Six Sigma Academy posts thought-provoking content about the lean and Six Sigma. For example, this post connects his experience as a customer at the Pottery Barn with his knowledge of Lean.

 

Learning about Lean has the tag of “A journey to respect people and eliminate waste.”  I like that. I also like his simple example that finally explains Kanban in a way that even I can understand it.

 

My Business Musings is a collaborative exchange of ideas and perspectives about business. I’m a guest blogger on the site (If I do say so myself, I’m especially pleased with my last post there “In Gut We Trust”). But I like the other author’s too, including this post about 4 mind-sets and 7 stages of business life.

 

Shmula has some great posts about business and technology. This post about how Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon.com led an impromptu 5 Why problem solving effort is a great example of how leaders should lead.

 

ISixSigma blogs publishes content from several authors. One of these is Gary Cox, with his cartoon strip about Six Sigma practices. This strip is typical – if it wasn’t true, it wouldn’t be funny.

 

The Sales Performance Improvement Forum looks at applying continuous improvement to the sales process. I’ve known Mike Webb for some years, and I appreciate his perspective. Here is a good example of his content on selling in technical environments. .

 

 

About Hertzler Systems Inc.

 

Hertzler Systems provides seamless, accurate data acquisition solutions that drive business transformation. The company provides the leading real-time data acquisition and analytics SPC software, the GainSeeker Suite. This system is best used by lean and progressive companies, connecting with devices and other information systems, collecting data and alarming key personnel when problems arise; this technology allows organizations to analyze data for root cause problems, converting data into knowledge.

 

Hertzler Systems has been a leader in Statistical Process Control, SPC Software and Six Sigma for over twenty years, and serves a diverse customer base in service, transactional and manufacturing environments; clients include BAE Systems, Crown Audio, IDEX Corporation, McCormick & Company, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, Titleist & Footjoy, IDEX Corporation, and TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Worldwide. The company’s software and services enable clients to connect, collect, and analyze data; building a data infrastructure for making data-driven decisions. These capabilities help clients to reduce costs, cycle time and errors, and increase profitability.

 

 

 

Hertzler Systems Inc.

www.hertzler.com

Adrienne DePew

Communications Manager

info@hertzler.com

800.958.2709

 

Professional Marketing Firm for the Manufacturing Community and Manufacturing Journalist to most manufacturing magazines