On a tip-off from people that I trust (and whom I still trust) I attempted to buy a Kindle Touch from a new company called Zappi deals for what seemed like a bargain price. As you may have guessed from the title of my post, this Zappi deal didn’t work out well for me. It didn’t work out well for lots of people.
Many people have been trying to get the message out to warn other people about this company. It seems that, although Zappi deals aren’t good at keeping their end of a bargain, they are very good at taking legal action against people that write bad stuff about them and getting blogs and Twitter accounts taken down.
Which means that I feel the need to make sure that the truth about this company, and their sister company Wow Buys, is out there.
So, what follows is the contents of a blog post published on 01.10.12 by Rob Manuel which is taken, without his consent, from a cached version of his blog. His blog has been locked so that most people can’t access it. I am pretty sure that this is because of legal action taken by Zappi deals.
It’s not my intention to cause Rob Manuel any grief, so Rob, if you are reading this and want me to take this down, then please get in touch. It is my intention to warn other people not to give money to companies called Zappi deals and Wow Buys.
Sorry about the Zappideals sponsored link
First an apology: We’re sorry that we ever took a sponsored link in the B3ta newsletter that mentioned Zappideals. We’re sorry that the good(ish?) name of B3ta is being dragged through the mud and we’re sorry if you have given these people your money.
The background? We occasionally run ads via a company called Bragitup – they got in touch suggesting we run one for Zappideals offering a cheap Kindle. We were a little suspicious about it as it was cheaper than Amazon so we asked Bragitup to check them up. They assured us that the Kindle was a loss leader to generate new customers. This seemed reasonable so we ran the ad.
Then the complaints started trickling in. We sent these to Bragitup who worked tirelessly behind the scenes talking to Zappideals getting messages that the Kindles would be sent, will be sent, are being sent etc.
Bragitup wrote a blog detailing these problems but it got taken down. Why? Well Zappideals threatened legal action against Bragitup. They might possibly threaten legal action against this so we’re writing it carefully – there’s several things we’d like to say about them which we’ll refrain from. So imagine the kind of stuff we’d like to say. We bet you can do it.
And still the complaints come. Daily. Opening the B3ta mail is depressing. Going on Twitter is horrible. We’re sorry we ever heard of these people. You’re sorry. Our dead cat Rocky is sorry.
One thing – we haven’t profited from this – on the unlikely chance we ever get paid for the advertising (and the chance would seem slim) the money will go to charity.
Comments are closed on this because we know it’ll take minutes before legally actionable stuff will appear from angry people and it’ll then be used to close this post down removing our chance to apologise and get a clear message out.