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Don’t get ripped off!

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Every year you’re exposed to a rip off & many are caught just by doing what seems right …

I’ve long been a believer in the Kaspersky range of PC protection and recommend them to anyone contemplating the purchase of a comprehensive virus/spyware/malware detection suite… dont-pay-retail

BUT

When your initial purchase expires DON’T make the mistake of believing that, as a valued customer, you’ll be offered discounted rates for renewal.

Most Software Retailers are quite happy to rip off existing customers by charging far more for renewals than available elsewhere.

Sure I received the offer of a 30% reduction from retail when renewing my 3-PC 2-Year Anti Virus suite – but after googling ‘Kaspersky Internet Security’, I was able to buy it online retail (from a Genuine re-seller) for $53.50 LESS (And that included $16 for postage).

If you are more adventurous you can even search for your chosen software on eBay & find genuine discounts on products with un-activated licences – this is perfectly legal and can bring HUGE discounts … but be sure it is a legitimate product. (Paying via Credit Card will offer some protection against fraud – Paypal? Not so much – their track-record is poor)

I’ve heard all of the manufacturer’s bleatings about ‘we don’t set the price’ we only suggest a RRP – but I fail to see how a retailer with overheads to consider can sell at a severely discounted price to that of the source.

So Google before renewal!

But beware of rip offs

Of course the internet is rife with unscrupulous sellers all to eager to get your money & details – so don’t just head for the cheapest deal … make sure that the online store is run by a legitimate company & search for any negative consumer reports. It’s also wise to use some form of ‘payment protection’ so that you are not left without recourse if the cheaper price is a rip-off!

Melbourne’s Third-world Airport

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Have you visited Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport – Tullamarine?  It’s the tin-shed off to the left of the other three terminals servicing Tiger Airways. If you have any option – don’t!

I went to Melbourne Airport today to pick-up my daughter who’s returning from a Queensland holiday.  As always, I parked in the multi-story car-park (where you KNOW you’ll be charged a small fortune for the privilege of exposing your vehicle to car-thieves) and sauntered across to wait upon her arrival.  However, T4 isn’t in the main building … it’s half-way back to the city.

Terminal 4

The waiting area for T4 is a car-park … not figuratively, it’s literally a car-park outside a cyclone wire corral. There’s no shelter, no information boards, no staff – there’s nothing! You would be forgiven for thinking the plane had been diverted to Dakar or some equally remote destination.

Now according to Airport Technology, Terminal 4  was originally built in 2000 at a cost of $9 Million and in 2007 had a $5 Million refit. All that money and none of it could be spared for passenger amenities?  Melbourne’s not renowned for its mild sunny July weather, so perhaps a few dollars could have been spared for a roof? Hell, I’ll start a collection and pitch in $5 myself!

I know there will be explanations of ‘It’s Tiger Airways, it’s a budget airline, these are cost-cutting measures’ but honestly, cyclone wire enclosed waiting area? It gives a new meaning to cattle class!

*Update*

I flew recently to Brisbane via Tiger and the amenities have improved greatly … still a walk out onto the tarmac to board your plane & a terrible reputation for cancellations & delays – but getting there!