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Buyer Beware

Today I got an email from a place that I ordered a Raspberry PI from over the weekend, about that ‘the credit card payment for my order has been declined’ ok so rang them up to find out what was going on, while on the phone the lady processed the credit card again couple more times and it was declined both times after confirming details with her. Out of interest I asked her how much the order was and she said $51.40AUD, and she suggest that I contacted my bank to find out what was going on.

Well spoke to the bank and the bank said there was no restrictions on my Visa debit and she refreshed my account to make sure it was showing positive funds, which it was.

So rang the company back (and got different lady from the first time) about my order and said the bank refreshed my account to make sure it was showing positive funds etc. She tried to process the credit card and it declined also gave her the details and the credit card declined again. Out of interest again I asked her how much are you trying to debit and she say $61.80AUD, I am like WTF why has the price gone up since what was invoiced to me over the weekend? (which was $56.05AUD) She reply we hold a reserve amount for postage in case it bulky or have to package a special way, but the order is still only going to cost you $51.40AUD, but you need $61.80AUD in your Visa debit. After some disgruntled words with the lady about them should knowing the weight of item etc they posting and the cost related to it I canceled my order with them.

So moral of the story beware of who you’re dealing with, even big reputable companies have strange ways of dealing with purchases and thanks to Visa Debit system for helping making online purchases little safer.

Science Alive 2012

I have added a gallery of some the pictures I took while I was at Science Alive from Thursday to Sunday at the Wayville Showgrounds. Thursday was setup day for the 3 day event with Friday set a side for the high school children. I was a part for the Electronics and Communication, and Hackerspace stalls.

It was a great event and ran rather smoothly, we had a lot more interest in the Amateur Radio side of things this year compared to last year. and the Reprap 3D printers of hackerspace were a hoot with the public aswell.

This is a quick video of an AR Drone that one of the people part of our stalls bought in.

Still Alive and kicking

Thought is was about time that I wrote a bit of a post even though I not have any how to etc to post.

Well to start of wit I am still alive and kicking, just been busy with what life got to throw at me like packing up and moving into new place and doing renovation stuff. I have still got to get radios and stuff setup and on the air, I am really missing getting up on the 40m band and chasing the DX as the conditions permit.

I have been out doing event stuff like the Scouts RallySA with WICEN at the end July. you can view some the images I took here in my gallery.

This month will be helping out with the Remembrance Day Contest with EARC at the Science Alive event at Wayville showgrounds.

Well this little of what have been up to of late, hope to get settled into the new place soon and get back to normal tinkering with stuff like my WS 122 that I am slowly still been collecting parts for and restoring, you can see the progress to that in my gallery.