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Comment added at the end of 2015: in the past couple of years, 1200 people have looked at this page. I hope that means I have stopped 1200 people from being treated as I was. If you are cranky with this bunch of shonks, please post the URL for this page somewhere on their website, because they have blocked me from posting or commenting.
And in late March 2016, this entry is getting more than 200 hits a month. That tells me these people are still taking people's money for trash. PLEASE: document your experiences and publish them as I have done. Also, go to online forums where you can post reviews, and either share the URL for this page, or tell your own story, to show that this isn't just the whining of a single crank: it is the outrage of the mob.
After all, in real life, I am a professional writer whose interests are history, technology and science. I don't really have time for stuff like this.
I realise that this will be of small interest to my usual readers, but I am placing this here, so that anybody Googling CameraSky or Android Enjoyed (that's CameraSky or Android Enjoyed) will find it, and be warned not to deal with these totally unreliable idiots. There are also some useful tricks here that you can use when dealing with slippery characters.
CameraSky, you may be able to stop me commenting on your Facebook page, but good luck in blocking THIS! You lied to me repeatedly, you swindled me, you dodged the hard questions, so now it is time for you to take your medicine.
I also understand making misbehaving companies toe the line. I have done this to quite a few corporations over the years, but I will just mention two here: Virgin Australia and the St George Bank. I do not appreciate being messed around with. So CameraSky and Android Enjoyed, who were warned of my habits, can have no complaints when I take them to the cleaners.
They call themselves CameraSky, and if you Google them, you find this website: http://www.camerasky.com.au/ and that page features this: "Call Us Now: NSW (02) 8005 7891 or VIC (03) 9018 5439 10am - 10pm AEST 7 Days a week".
Sounds Australian doesn't it? Notice how they cleverly imply an Australian presence without ever actually saying so? (Image 1).
Incidentally, they managed to register that domain without disclosing any address, which I would have thought was illegal. That evasion is understandable though, if they are trying to pretend that they are Australian.
They also trade as Android Enjoyed, and that company similarly pretends to be located in Australia (Image 2):
Muggins here was prepared to pay a bit more for his camera, in order to use an Australian supplier, and I trusted their promise of delivery in four to seven days, because I was attending an awards ceremony in Perth, where I was collecting a prize, and I wanted a new camera to record it.
I placed the order on about September 4, knowing that I was leaving Sydney on September 15.
At 15:06 on September 4, they sent off confirmation, as you can see here. (Image 3)
Plenty of time, I thought, Sydney isn't a remote area. By Monday 9th, the order was on their records, but on Wednesday 11th, it still hadn't moved. It was just "queued for shipping". I had been onto them the day before to ask what the delay was, but now I was getting annoyed.
OK, this wasn't an expensive item, but any delay was going to cause me problems, and when something causes me problems, I cause problems right back. As you can see :-)
Time was running out, so I made contact again, using their online system. That meant I had records, and I warned them at the start that I was taking screen grabs. Hey, maybe they were just incompetent...
Anyhow, I got the run-around. (Image 4)
Here, below, is how I explained it, nicely, but firmly. (Image 5)
By the 12th, I was definitely smelling a rat, because no tracking number had been provided. (Image 6)
I finally got an answer, which you can see on the left: "your order will be ship today".
Curious: they said (see Image 5) that it had already been shipped the day before!
Clearly, these people were in the dodgy category. You may call them crooks, but I don't. (Image 7)
Well, I was obviously dealing with muppets, so I stopped using the web-based system, and started firing off emails.
Later on the night of the 12th, eight days after the order was placed on a promise of 4-7 days for delivery, I got this email: I have corrected their shoddy typing, but this does not change the meaning, and guys, if you want to take this to court, I am only providing part of the evidence here.
"We are ready to ship your parcel however the last piece of the item for the product that you ordered was found with dented box and to ensure quality, we will not be able to ship it immediately, please let us know if you can wait until we receive the new stocks, it normally takes around 1 week. I understand that this is highly unacceptable. Rest assured that we have applied measures to ensure that this does not happen again. I am looking forward to hear from your very soon. Thank you!"On the 14th, some nameless drone said that he or she had
"...escalated this issue to our management team, unfortunately no one is available on weekends except for customer service. We will notify you by Monday as soon as we get a word from them."
In other words, more obfuscation. Oh, and remember that the time limit had now run out. Well, on September 19, 15 days after the 4-7 day order was placed, they sent me an email to say the items were sent. I questioned the charging of "express delivery", and got this brush-off:
"Please be informed that your order was shipped on September 19 and your tracking number is 218706137215. You have paid for express shipping that means you will receive the item 4-7 working days FROM THE TIME LOT WAS SHIPPED and not form the time you purchased it."In other words, "hello sucker!". Well, the goods arrived on September 23, 19 days into a promised 4-7 day wait. The camera was fine, but there were two outstanding issues, and I taxed them with them.
I will give them one thing: they are good at offering empty apologies and not making any restitution.
Well, I started pushing them for a refund and required an admission concerning the lies I had been told. They tried a new gambit:
Now as the careful observer will note, the claim wasn't made in an email, but in a web-based conversation, one which I had warned them I was recording, right at the start.
"Once again, we sincerely apologized for all this confsuion, however I cannot find any email from us sent to you last Sept 9 saying we have shipped your order, however rest assured we will do our best to improve our service, we hope you will recieve your parcel very soon. Thank you so much."
You can see that first warning, right here, on the right. (Image 8) Later, there were other warnings.
So I dressed them down, listing what I deem to be their various acts of misleading and deceptive conduct. They had implied that they were Australian, they offered fast service, and they lied about having sent the goods. Also, they had charged me for a warranty, but none was provided.
I got this response:
"We are very sorry for the confusion, please do know that it is not our intention to mislead you. We have our Company Registered in Australia. Operation in Hong Kong for Shipments, Stock and Logistics.Customer service is partly located in Australia, partly in Asia and in Hong Kong. Orders will be processed in Hong Kong's centralized and shipped to customer as Direct Import in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
"Australian phone number we have provided on our website. We only provide that number so our Australian customers will be able to call us locally without an expensive international call rate. And with regards to the refund for your express shipping fee of $36, i will have to check that from our management. Allow me to get back to on you on this tomorrow. Hope you will accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. Thank you!"
On September 29, "Marie" was still checking with management, but the next day, I was sent this jpeg which was held out to be my warranty. (Image 9).
I said to them, surely you don't expect me to accept that: it has no date, no address for return of goods, no identification of the product, no details at all: it isn't worth the paper it isn't printed on (and it wasn't printed in any case, but I was waiting for them to point that out). I wanted to cancel it, right now, but I wasn't about to leave quietly!
I got this in return:
"Please be informed the warranty is card that comes with the product will not apply in Australia, because item ships from overseas, we can only provide you the soft copy of our warranty card and now our Finance Officer is processing your refund for the express shipping cost."So they were paying up on the completely spurious express delivery, but not on the worthless warranty. They fell silent for a couple of weeks, then "Marie" came back with this:
"I have just make a follow up with our Finance team regarding your $29.95 refund. We will get back to you as soon as we received advise from them."Again there was silence until October 22, when I got this email from "Althea":
Your request (2445) has been solved. To reopen this request, reply to this email.I replied to the effect that I would decide when it was solved, and I wasn't asking for the express delivery refund (which, recall, I had in my hot little hands!). I wanted, and expected, a refund on the worthless warranty.
We are sorry but we can't provide you with a refund for express shipping since this is demanded by courier and we can't shoulder that cost.
Then I went to write some corrosive messages on the CameraSky Facebook page, comments were blocked. When I started the same ploy on Android Enjoyed, a pop-up window said that I had been denounced as a spammer and blocked. OK, I WAS repetitive, but I am merely trying to get justice.
So, friends who have read this far, please go to the Facebook page of either CameraSky or Android Enjoyed, and post the URL of this page as a message, just once, in one of their ads. Maybe add a little suggestion that people considering buying there should read my comments on their standards of probity and service before buying themselves a lot of annoyance.
Or if you feel like it, use this link to go to their comment and remind them that the subject is a refund of $29.95 for a worthless warranty. Remind them that they can't hide.
CameraSky and Android Enjoyed, understand this: you have 48 hours from when I post this to pay up, or this post is going to stay here. Say or do anything to annoy me, and it stays here. Fail to admit all of your faults in a detailed list, and it stays here.
The customer is always right, but sometimes, the customer is right on your hammer. When that happens, discretion is the better part of valour.
Postscript, March 2014
Well, the wretches finally, after a great deal of badgering, finally realised that I was determined to trash their brand, refunded the warranty money. They did not meet my requirements that I set as a condition of removing this post. They did hand over the money, but that only reflects credit on me, not them.
There were other tactics I used, like product reviews like this one. Now, today, 28 March, they posted this response:
Hi Mcmanly, we noticed our records show you received your refund, please note the extended warranty is not worthless and that the extended warranty is a shop level extended warranty as described not a manufacturers extended warranty as presumed.Here is how I responded:
My statement stays. Your potential victims need to see it, and be warned by it.And as you can see, I did.
BECAUSE, and only because, I turned up the heat and mounted a full-scale Facebook and web offensive against you and your totally dishonest, fraudulent and worthless warranty, you grudgingly and belatedly gave back my money — and now you think I should be grateful? Dream on!
You people pretend on your website that you are located in Australia, but you are what is called a "grey" retailer, operating out of Hong Kong. I made THAT clear as well.
It wasn't really as if you were cheerily refunding the money you had cheated me out of. The fact that you hope I will now say nice things about you tells me that I was wrong in one respect: I thought you were clever criminals, but I now think you are just stupid and bumbling incompetents.
Now I suggest you go and read my blog entry at http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/rogues-or-incompetents.html
I think I might add a bit more, later today.
Dear CameraSky, quit while you are only slightly behind, or I will come after you again. Take my word for it, you will never be ahead.
On my patch, on my watch, traders do not dictate to customers — and I am watching you now. Think carefully: do you really want to remind me again that you exist?
Postscript April 7:
These characters had my comments pulled. Obviously the truth hurts. I have just replaced those comments with a toned-down version, but you can read the original here.
Postscript September 4, 2014
They are still at their old tricks. In the past few months, I have had four spams. I just went to their Facebook page, and discovered that I am STILL blocked from posting there. I also found that they are still conning people. If you read this, please go to their site and post this link on their Facebook page: