"We reserve the right to use or disclose your personally identifiable information for business reasons in whatever manner desired."
–Buy.com's privacy agreement
Hate to break it to you so bluntly, but it seems sites like Buy.com, Fandango and Orbitz are cramming their sticky fingers up your cash-hole and reaming it out good.
And when you protest, they’ll claim you asked them too!
“WebLoyalty CEO Rick Fernandes said Buy.com–for a fee–enabled his company to charge [Buy.com customers]…
…e-tailers such as Buy.com, Orbitz, Fandango, and hundreds of others have given Web loyalty programs, also known as post-transaction marketers, access to their customers' credit cards. Some online shoppers don't realize that when they enter their e-mail addresses into these ads, they are opting into the programs and authorizing the charges.
Now, I don’t want to hear a bunch of pompous bombast about “personal responsibility” and I don't care to hear anyone’s bullshit about how they personally read every god-damned word on a user agreement page before they click through. It’s a lie and I won’t believe you, so spare me.
The fact is: THESE FUCKING COMPANIES KNOW GOOD AND WELL THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS FLAT-OUT WRONG!
See, when a person is trying to convince someone else of something and deliberately leaves out or tries to hide a small but significant piece of information they know will hurt their cause, that conniving person knows they are being deceptive. They are fully aware of their manipulations and the selfish reasons for them. Period. It’s that simple.
The person is, essentially, a malicious liar.
And he knows it.
And he doesn’t care.
This is precisely what is wrong with Laissez-faire capitalism. This “let the buyer beware” idea – which is the essentially the mission statement of the professional swindler – has made it commonplace for the hapless consumer to be roundly lied to and stolen from. Honesty has been replaced with hubris and logic is overrun by lunacy. Entities with bottomless caches of money use their vast resources to constantly devise new ways to subjugate the common man and rob him of every last penny he possesses.
Honestly, who here truly believes it costs Bank of America anywhere near $35 every time a checking account goes six bucks into the red?
Of course it doesn't. It's thievery. But what are you going to do? Keep your money in your mattress?
Well, for one thing, I’ll never purchase anything from the three sites listed above, but moreover, I’ll simply be buying less stuff online overall. It’s not like I save any money – shipping eats up any savings I might see – so I might as well cater to my instant gratification and buy my stuff locally from an honest, hard-working retailer. You know, one who is happy to sell me a decent product for a reasonable price without attempting to cheat me somehow.
Hell, the guy at my local music store unfailingly drops the price on everything I’m buying! By way of contrast, the stool I ordered from Fender Guitars arrived with a giant fucking boot-print embedded in the box! Whether it was done by Fender or UPS doesn’t matter. Had I got it from Buy.com, I’d be paying $12 a month on top of everything else to some company I’ve never heard of.
So… why should I buy anything online again? So thieving assholes like WebLoyalty CEO Rick Fernandes can pay a fee for the right to scam the shit out of me? No thanks.