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Consumer Alert: Do Not buy flowers from Bloomex Inc. / Bunches Direct – 2013

February 15, 2013

Bloomex Review - A horrible experience

Do not buy flowers from Bloomex! Bloomex is a fraudulent company!

 

If you do not want to read the entire article, please just do yourself a favour and do not buy from Bloomex. If they do not deliver your order (which is likely going to happen) they will lie, cheat and steal in order to keep your money. There is no compromise with the company and they are blatantly stealing from consumers. Bloomex is conducting fraud. Someone should start with the filing of a class action lawsuit against this company. Protect yourself and protect others by making them aware of Bloomex.

Has Bloomex stolen your money? Report it here – Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Experienced unacceptable business practices by Bloomex? Report it here – Canadian BBB 


Consumer Alert: Do not buy flowers from Bloomex / Bunches Direct

This is not the first time I have had a run in with this horrible company! But it is the first time that it’s ruined a special occasion – Valentine’s Day 2013 for my significant other (she doesn’t mind – “thought that counts”) but it bothers me that companies like Bloomex can get away with this type of behaviour. The first horrible experience occurred when I ordered directly from bloomex back in September 2012. I swore up and down that I would never order again from Bloomex…However, I was unaware that they handled other florists requests/and have dummy sites setup to fulfill orders. For example: Local Florist – Visit their website (Buyer be aware of the URL as the site may look different than Bloomex but it’s still them).

If I had known this I would never have ordered online from a website other than FTD or Blooms N Roses Flowers & Gifts (highly recommend and have never had an issue). Better yet visit your local flower shop and purchase directly and hand deliver. While this is the ideal solution, clearly in this day and age we cannot always afford the time to do this.

Background of Bloomex Inc.:

Bloomex Inc.
4095 Belgreen Drive Unit 8, Gloucester, ON K1G 3N2
Phone: (613) 228-7673
Fax: (613) 228-7643
http://www.bloomex.ca
http://www.bunchesdirect.ca

Firstly, before reading below please note that this “Bloomex Inc.” company is not BBB accredited.

But for arguments sake take a look at their history - BBB.org

BBB.org Snapshot:

    • 248 complaints filed against business
    • Failure to respond to 196 complaints filed against business.
    • 4 complaints filed against business that were not resolved.
    • Overall complaint history with BBB.
    • Length of time business has taken to resolve complaint(s).
    • Business has failed to resolve underlying cause(s) of a pattern of complaints.

Due to the fact that they’re not accredited they do not need to resolve any issue brought up by BBB. I use this as an example of others’ experiences with the company and why you should be aware. Do not trust this company, do not trust this company with your credit card information, address, phone numbers, etc… Businesses that are run like Bloomex do not usually have many security measures in place to protect you or your privacy.

In addition to BBB.orgCBC Marketplace  had a very interesting episode (A Bloomex Review) on Bloomex back in 2010 and it doesn’t look like the company has changed one bit. The episode was titled – “BUSTED: Bloomex - When you buy from Bloomex, do you get your money’s worth?” Definitely, worth a read and make sure to check out the comments section:

Posted by Butters

“They are a bunch of scam artists! They delivered my girlfriends flowers 3 days late and they will not return my calls and emails for a refund. There is no customer service department at Bloomex. It is just an answering machine that nobody checks. Spread the word; Do not use Bloomex!”

Posted by Bloomex H8r

“As a former Bloomex employee, I can attest to the fact that Bloomex never had adequate stock to fill orders and due to constantly cutting corners Bloomex churns out low-end, sloppy work.

Even more importantly, they underpay their staff and allow warehouse managers to treat other staff poorly, including offenses such as wrongful dismissal.”

Posted by Jeremy Alderton

“They sent the wrong flowers, conveniently already dead, in a smashed vase after the recipient had left for the day. After thirty minutes on the phone they reluctantly reimbursed some of the cost but insisted I pay the delivery fee because that’s their policy. Never again!”

In my case, the flowers never show up or show up one or two days later, last for less than 24hrs, are crushed, and smell like the back of a truck!

Please, for all of you romantics out there that like to surprise your significant other with flowers & gifts stay far far away from Bloomex, Bunches Direct & any online portal that is affiliated with Bloomex. It’s not worth your time, money, or patience. If you have used Bloomex before I am truly sorry.

I will probably never get my money (refund) back from Bloomex and that is a crying shame. These scammers do not deserve my hard earned money or my time.

DO NOT Buy from -

bloomex inc.
4095 Belgreen Drive Unit 8, Gloucester, ON K1G 3N2
Phone: (613) 228-7673
Fax: (613) 228-7643
http://www.bloomex.ca
http://www.bunchesdirect.ca

READ additional issues on: Yelp

or

Local Florist - Visit their website (Btw, there are a ton of Bloomex sites out there so be aware of the URL)

 

DO Buy from -

FTD or Blooms N Roses Flowers & Gifts

 

Jason Wu creates designer cameras for GE…boooo

February 23, 2010

Slaves of fashion rejoice: Jason Wu creates designer cameras for GE

When top designer Jason Wu isn’t busy dressing Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore or Michelle Obama, he’s busy designing cameras. Working with General Imaging and sold under the General Electric (GE) brand, Wu’s products will be called “Created by Jason Wu.” Someone needs to extreme makeover that product name.

The simple point-and-shoot digital cameras will be available with either 4GB ($180) or 8GB ($230) of internal memory. Both models are 12 megapixels with retractable USB connections for transferring data and charging. The Jason Wu touch includes elegant wrist straps and other fashion-forward accesories. The metal cameras are available in white, black, gold, red, yellow, blue and green. The leather colors are white, black or grey.

Both models will be for sale initially on HSN. Two questions, though. Would you buy a camera based on its external appearance, and would you buy that camera from the Home Shopping Network?

FAIL — Microsoft was aware of IE Zero-Day Flaw Last September

January 24, 2010

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Microsoft was aware months ago of a critical security vulnerability well before hackers exploited it to breach Google, Adobe and other large U.S. companies but did not patch the hole until Thursday.

The software giant had intended to release a patch for the flaw in February — more than four months after learning about it — but had to speed up that plan and roll it out this week in the wake of news that Google and others had been hacked through the flaw, the world’s largest software maker acknowledged Thursday.

Meron Sellen, a security researcher at BugSec, an Israeli firm, quietly reported the vulnerability to Microsoft in September, according tosecurity firm Kaspersky.

Microsoft confirmed it learned of the so-called “zero-day” flaw months ago.

According to Microsoft, “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the logged-on user. If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

The flaw, which primarily affected IE6, allowed hackers to download malware to employee computers to gain access to intellectual property at Google, as well as information connected to Gmail users. It’s unknown what the hackers obtained from some 33 other companies — hi-tech, financial and defense — that were also targeted in the attack.

Although Microsoft recognized the severity of the flaw at the time Sellen reported it, the company held off releasing a patch so it could be included in a cumulative update for IE planned next month, the company said.

A zero-day flaw is a vulnerability for which there is currently no patch. It’s also a flaw that is generally unknown to the software vendor, which gives hackers who may be aware of the flaw a jump on developing malware to exploit it.

It’s unknown if other companies were breached through the flaw prior to the high-profile hacks disclosed last week. Most companies are unwilling to acknowledge a breach, let alone provide public details about how they were hacked.

Google disclosed last week it discovered in mid-December that it had been hacked in an attack originating from China, about three months after Microsoft learned of the vulnerability. Adobe followed Google, announcing it, too, was hacked. Security firm iDefense said it had information that at least 34 companies were breached in the coordinated attack.

On Thursday, meanwhile, Microsoft released a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer that fixes the flaw, as well as seven other security vulnerabilities that would allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a victim’s computer.

“Our investigation into this responsibly reported vulnerability began early September,” Jerry Bryant, senior security program manager for Microsoft, said in a statement. “As part of this investigation we began working on an update to help protect customers. We became aware of the recent attacks in mid-January and as part of our investigation determined the vulnerability being used in these attacks was similar to the one investigated in September.”

Photo: FastJack/Flickr

NVIDIA CEO shoots down talk of Intel-compatible x86 chip, says his home is ‘all Apple’

November 9, 2009



NVIDIA’s feud with Intel may be at an all-time high these days, but it looks like the company isn’t about to go as far as to produce its own Intel-compatible x86 chip, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. That word comes straight from NVIDIA’s always talkative CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who flatly said “no” when asked if there was any truth to the rumors. He further went on to add NVIDIA’s focus is on visual and parallel computing, and on “getting our GPUs into the lowest power platforms we can imagine and driving mobile computing with it” — as it’s now attempting to do with Tegra. In a separate discussion after a talk in Dubai, Huang also interestingly revealed that the computers in his household are “all Apple,” but he naturally didn’t just leave it there — head on past the break for the complete, must-read quote (as reported by Shufflegazine).

Read – CNET News, “Nvidia CEO says ‘no’ to Intel-compatible chip”
Read – Shufflegazine, “NVIDIA CEO, visiting Dubai, says “I’m all Apple”

Google algorithm spots would-be quitters

May 19, 2009

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Google, concerned by the recent departures of several top executives, has developed an algorithm to try to identify which employees are likely to quit, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Journal said the internet search and advertising giant had turned to mathematical formulas because it was “concerned a brain drain could hurt its long-term ability to compete.”

The newspaper said Google examined data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories to try to identify which of its 20,000 employees were most likely to leave the Mountain View, California-based company.

Laszlo Bock, who runs human resources for Google, told the Journal the algorithm helps the company “get inside people’s heads even before they know they might leave.”

The newspaper said Google officials were reluctant to share details of the formula, which is still being tested, but it had already identified employees “who felt underused, a key complaint among those who contemplate leaving.”

Edward Lawler, director of the Centre for Effective Organisations at the University of Southern California, told the Journal Google was “clearly ahead of the curve” in taking a more quantitative approach to personnel decisions.

The Journal quoted current and former Google employees as saying the company is losing talent because some employees feel they can’t make the same impact as the company matures.

Recent departures from Google include Tim Armstrong, a senior vice president, who left in March to head AOL, display-advertising chief David Rosenblatt, and Asia-Pacific and Latin America president Sukhinder Singh Cassidy.

Others who have left recently for start-ups such as Facebook and Twitter include lead designer Doug Bowman, engineering director Steve Horowitz and search-quality chief Santosh Jayaram, the Journal said.

Business Terms Explained – The Real Meaning

November 13, 2008

 

These days we hear the following terms thrown around like they’re going out of style. The real question, what do they “really” mean?

CEO –Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO– Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET — A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER — What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR — Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST — Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION — The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW — The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT — An archaic word no longer in use.

Alarm Clocks – Now with Bacon

August 1, 2008

 

This new home appliance is aptly named the “Bacon Alarm Clock.” It cooks bacon before it wakes you. What you do is place pieces of frozen bacon into it and 10-minutes before the alarm rings it starts cooking the bacon.

Mmmm…waking to the smell of Maple bacon. Canadians rejoice as we now have the alarm clock that we’ve always wanted. Fat Americans can also rejoice about having multiple bypass surgeries before the age of 16.

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