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Resolved: Flickr - Subscription dispute

Update by user Nov 22, 2020

Company fixed the issue and I have been provided with discount on future orders.

Original review posted by user Oct 23, 2020
In 2007 I joined Flikr through Yahoo.com (at the time) It was guaranteed to be a safe and secure place to store all my precious photographs with unlimited storage accumulated over time. It cost US$19.99 subscription at that time and one could pay 2 years subscription in advance. Roll forward a few years and Yahoo is acquired by a bunch of goons called Verizon (mid 2017 I believe) after which lots of bad things began happening at Yahoo which is yet another story. Some time later Flikr was hived off or acquired by an organization called SMUGMUG and that is where the whole thing has absolutely dissolved into chaos. Immediately annual PRO subscription rates for Flikr doubled They are using Digital River and/or Braintree as payment collectors. The two-year subscription facility was dropped - only one year PRO Membership allowed. I objected but reluctantly paid my 2019/2020 membership as I have almost 12,500 photographs stored on the site. Recently I have received the subscription rates for 2020 and discover that not only have they increased again vastly but apparently because I live in Europe I now have to pay my PRO subscription in Euros which after conversion to US $ indicates yet another 50% price hike. The reason, excuse given is that they now have to charge European Union VAT/IVR on subscriptions. Payment in US$ is not permitted anymore. After a ding *** battle with them, they formally offered me a 30% discount for the annual subscription but insisted that they would add the VAT/IVR to the bill. I accepted their offer of the 30% discount on the annual PRO subscription but insisted that they provide me with a properly constituted tax invoice/receipt when I renewed my subscription. When I went to renew my subscription there was no possible way to apply the 30% discount offered and accepted by me then clean out of the blue I get an unsolicited e-mail from them announcing that my PRO Account has been cancelled! I therefore lose all my precious photographs which are supposed to be retained in a safe and secure environment This has been done in a fit of pique by their employees who are angry that they be questioned. Furthermore, they refuse to acknowledge or respond to any communication from me. My suspicion is that they are refusing to provide me with a proper tax invoice because they are applying foreign tax rates to their subscriptions and not declaring or handing over the tax receipts to the proper authorities thereby committing a criminal offense and in the process price gouging their customers'

User's recommendation: Run away. don't have anything to do with them use other cloud storage facilities such as Dropbox and othersRun away.

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#2242790 Review #2242790 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Flickr Cloud Storage
Pros
  • Ability to swtore precious photographs
Cons
  • Very expensive and growong cost year on year

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SodaStream - Sale of Junk equipment and lack of customer support

Update by user Nov 22, 2020

Still absolutely no reaction from Sodastream. What a bunch of tossers!!!

I have hurled their junk in the trash now. Waste of time and money...

Update by user Oct 23, 2020

No reaction from Sodastream whatsoever

Original review posted by user Oct 23, 2020
So far absolutely Nothing Zilch. nada. Not a peep out of them. They could care less. I have hurled their junk in the trash can and would never ever recommend this pile of *** organization or their products to anyone on the planet.Steer clear. Don't buy their junk

User's recommendation: Steer clear never buy any of their junk.

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ID
#2242607 Review #2242607 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Olhao, Faro
Product
Sodastream Sparkling Water Maker
Pros
  • Its crap
Cons
  • Everything to date
Loss
$140
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution