by rjonesy - 8/7/07 6:29 AM
I have done some research on this site in my efforts to find a good price on an 87 or 89 series 61" Samsung LED DLP. I have come up with some disturbing finds and wanted to share them and also here from anyone with first hand experience. First off the site uses the old CNET certified merchant logo, apparently in an effort to thwart CNET from threatening them and making them take it down. I am assuming that this is somehow "legal" and that CNET wishes but can't do anything about it. Also on sites such as nextag, pricegrabber, epinions, etc there are numerous long winded responses about how terrible and fraudulent this website is. Curiously however the average ratings for ValuePlasma.com is always high on these sites. How? you may ask. Well apparently there are hundreds and hundreds of one line responses such as "great store, service, price" that all give the store a 5 Star rating. At first I thought well that makes sense because a happy customer would write just that - something short. But then I noticed ALL of the positive posts are made during normal business hours M-F 9-5. Thus making it apparent that the company is having an employee create usernames and continually review itself as a great company.
This of course is just online research, and so I ask that anyone who has actually used this site please come forward and offer some insite to protect CNet lovers from making a mistake that I almost did.
Note: Using the old adage "if it's too good to be true it probably is" I have chosen to stay away from ValuePlasma.com and go with electroniqueplus.com.