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This was additionally reported [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/beermoney/feedback/6pq1h3/be_careful_with_decluttr/), however I simply needed to share my expertise with you all. TL;DR Decluttr will refuse to buy your gadgets as soon as you’ve got already despatched them, blame different firms, and when these different firms name them on their BS, they will all of a sudden give you half value to your system.
I just lately bought a brand new telephone and needed to promote my 64GB iPhone 6s Plus. I initially bought it unlocked at full value, and, as properly all telephones I purchase, it was in a case with a display protector the complete time I had it, so it was in impeccable situation. I used to be occupied with Gazelle or someplace else, however Decluttr provided $50 greater than them for it (and next-day fee!) so it appeared like a no brainer to ship to them.
Once they acquired my gadgets, I acquired an e-mail 2 days later saying they could not purchase again my telephone as a result of they ran a CheckMEND report on it and that report marked the telephone as misplaced or stolen, and that in addition they would not even return the system to me on condition that. This appeared fairly ridiculous to me, so I assumed they made an error working the system ID or one thing. Per their instruction, I took the CheckMEND report ID and pulled up the report myself–no pink flags! There was a small warning signal subsequent to at least one indicator that stated “One other establishment might have beforehand had monetary curiosity on this system, however that curiosity has expired.” That appeared to make sense and appeared like one thing that may very well be on any telephone. It definitely was not a pink flag (these are very apparent on a CheckMEND report), so I wrote again to Decluttr to ask them to make clear or run the report once more.
I acquired the identical precise canned reply again. So, annoyed, I contacted CheckMEND for his or her assist. They assured me that there was no logical purpose for any third occasion to make use of the flag on this report as a purpose to say the telephone is marked as misplaced or stolen. They principally stated “Companies can do enterprise nonetheless they need, in order that they *can* say they are not going to purchase based mostly on this historic flag if they need, however they’d nonetheless should return it; most locations do not function like this and what they’re saying this flag means definitely is not true.” They suggested me to ahead their e-mail to Decluttr, which I did.
I acquired *the identical* canned reply as a reply–Oops! We will not course of your system as a result of it is flagged as misplaced or stolen, and many others. I work in customer support, so at this level I knew precisely what was happening. And whereas I completely hate having to do that, it was clear I wanted to make use of one other methodology to get to them, so I began contacting them on Twitter. I allow them to know that if they do not acknowledge their mistake, I’d be contacting all consumer-protecting companies attainable, in addition to contemplating authorized motion. Voila–an earnest reply on Twitter and magically I used to be receiving reputable, non-canned-answer emails. Once more, I hate doing this and DO NOT advocate it as a result of complaining about customer support on Twitter is a fast approach to get a very unhealthy status with that firm, however at this level I did not care to ever do enterprise with them once more, and anybody who’s sincere and works in customer support will inform you that regardless that we hate it, after we *do* discover we have made a mistake, we rush fairly quick to make it proper. However I digress.
Nonetheless, even after the Twitter trade, the non-canned-answers had been saying the identical thing–your CheckMEND report says it is misplaced or stolen so we’re not paying you and we’re not returning the system. I contacted CheckMEND once more to ask them if there was ANYTHING they may do, regardless that I knew this wasn’t their downside. CheckMEND was sort sufficient to contact Decluttr immediately, and right here was their reply:
> Whats up Decluttr enquiries,
>Now we have been contacted by your buyer [redacted] relating to IMEI [redacted]. They’ve stated that you just contemplate the IMEI to be telephone networked blocked. Please notice no telephone community block has been detected in opposition to IMEI [redacted]. You may view this by coming into the certificates ID [redacted] on the following hyperlink:
>Now we have discovered one info file on this system indicating prior historical past of earlier possession/monetary curiosity in it. That is historic info solely and not an lively flag.
>As there are not any lively information on the system we’d not anticipate it to be rejected on account of the CheckMEND report. Chilly you recheck the IMEI or make clear your choice to reject it?
>Whereas it’s as much as yourselves what gadgets you’ll settle for please notice that an amber Assetwatch file alone wouldn’t forestall the gadgets authorized sale or be grounds for quarantine. Nor wouldn’t it be essential to refer the trade-in buyer to Checkmend help as rejecting an merchandise with solely an amber file detected in opposition to it’s purely at your discretion. If you don’t want to settle for this merchandise on the market you could return it to the client to allow them to try resale elsewhere.
Abruptly Decluttr modified their tune:
>Order quantity: [redacted]
>As you already know, we examine each system we obtain in opposition to the Nationwide CheckMEND register.
>Right now, we’ve been licensed to supply [$125.50] as a result of block on the system. Your unique provide was [$251.00].
>Alternatively, we are able to now return your system freed from cost.
>Please tell us which possibility would swimsuit you greatest.
>We stay up for your response and apologize once more for the delays in processing your order.
So scummy all the way in which round. Had I not pursued this aggressively, I’d have successfully had my telephone stolen from me. Once I did pursue it aggressively, they all of a sudden decrease their value to half, regardless of the a number of proofs I offered them (together with my Apple receipt) that I paid full value (round $1000) for this device–no one owns it however me.
So, please watch out with Decluttr. If one thing appears too good to be true, it most likely is.
As an beginner photographer, I’ve pushed my household insane with all of the concepts I’ve provide you with and requested them to be part of. Once they see me gathering objects for a shot there’s plenty of eye-rolling and “Can’t you get another person to do it?”
They’re typically good with serving to me out, however typically when the inventive juices begin flowing I’m impatient to attempt to get the scene whereas it’s recent in my thoughts. The best reply is to place myself within the shot and see if I can pull it off. It could possibly get tough to execute, however self-timers, distant triggers and a tripod have been my good friend. Listed below are a couple of of my pics on your consideration.
Melancholy impacts hundreds of thousands of us, and whereas we’re slowly opening up about psychological well being points and starting to banish the stigma that surrounds them, it’s critically necessary to maintain open the dialog to foster understanding and empathy for many who could also be struggling.
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Within the fall of 2016, nation singer Meghan Linsey got here ahead on social media with a sexual assault allegation towards an unnamed trade heavyweight. Disgusted by Donald Trump’s angle towards girls — particularly, his remark that he would “seize ’em by the pussy” — Linsey wrote of her own experience with groping. The Voice star mentioned that, in 2010, “a really highly effective man within the music enterprise grabbed up my skirt. He was groping me and proceeded to attempt to decide me up by my ass on a bus in entrance of a number of essential folks.” She rejected him, and the subsequent night time he instructed her he might drop her into the center of the ocean the place she’d by no means be heard from once more, she recalled in a Fb publish.
When she publicly instructed her story final 12 months, she acquired some assist — but additionally appreciable scorn. Commenters criticized her for not naming the person she mentioned assaulted and threatened her; some questioned her choice to attend six years to say something; and others instructed her that this sort of abuse must be anticipated within the leisure trade. “It was very combined critiques a 12 months in the past, and a part of that was the explanation I didn’t come out with the title,” she mentioned, days earlier than the discharge of her new album, Daring Like a Lion. She declined once more to call him to BuzzFeed Information this November.
Linsey has watched with curiosity because the surge of sexual misconduct allegations towards movie producer Harvey Weinstein prompts public allegations towards a collection of highly effective males, lots of whom work in different industries. However she’s undecided whether or not that can occur for nation.
“I hope that individuals begin to open their eyes to it and see what’s happening.”
“Nation music is so hush-hush about every little thing,” she mentioned. “It’s a lot tougher to talk out.”
Linsey was insistent that, though nation music has largely averted the fallout of the Weinstein revelations, it does have an issue with harassment and assault. In line with her, there are abusers within the trade whose misdeeds are open secrets and techniques. She pointed to Kirt Webster, the highly effective nation music publicist whose purchasers included Dolly Parton: Simply this week, Austin Rick, his former shopper, publicly alleged that Webster molested and sexually assaulted him. Webster denied the allegations, however his agency, Webster Public Relations, was promptly renamed, and a spokesperson introduced Webster had gone on go away.
“When you will have an individual like [Webster], everyone form of is aware of, and no person says something,” Linsey mentioned. “Folks do dismiss it, and so they go, 'properly, he’s so essential, he works with all these folks.' I hope that individuals begin to open their eyes to it and see what’s happening. … This enterprise is so small — it’s such a small city.”
For actual change within the nation music trade to occur, she mentioned, “Extra persons are gonna have to start out talking out.”
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She mentioned that after she wrote in 2016 about being groped, a number of girls got here to her and instructed her they’d been harassed or assaulted by the identical man, too. However all these conversations occurred “beneath the desk … a number of girls in nation music really feel like they will’t say something, and so they can’t discuss,” she mentioned. Privately, they instructed her “he’s handsy and grabby and thinks that he can do no matter he needs.”
There’s an expectation within the nation music trade that performers ought to by no means handle something which may provoke their followers: “You’re alleged to sing and shut your mouth,” Linsey defined. As she understands it, that features a code of silence on allegations of sexual harassment or assault. She recalled each her supervisor and the top of her label on the time telling her she mustn’t pursue any motion or make accusations towards the person she mentioned groped and threatened her, as a result of it might be detrimental to her profession. Neither Large Machine Label Group nor Linsey’s supervisor from 2010 responded to BuzzFeed Information’ request for additional remark, though the label denied her account final 12 months, saying that it might “by no means” condone such harassment and would by no means advise an artist to not complain about it.
Linsey shouldn’t be afraid of controversy: She took a knee after singing the nationwide anthem throughout an NFL recreation in September, exhibiting her solidarity with protests towards police brutality confronted disproportionately by black People. On the time, she wrote within the Washington Post, “My choice could damage my profession, nevertheless it was the one alternative for me. This trigger is extra essential than my report gross sales.”
Regardless of her demonstrated moxie, the chance in naming her alleged assailant is just too nice to bear alone, she mentioned. She famous that as influential girls comparable to Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Rose McGowan instructed their tales about Weinstein, it made it appear safer for others to come back ahead. Linsey mentioned, “As girls, you actually really feel like you possibly can’t say something till you get to a spot in your profession the place you’re successful, and also you’re empowered.”
Till girls within the nation music trade band collectively, Linsey believes silence will prevail. “While you’re the one one, it’s onerous,” she mentioned.
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“For me, summer season means music festivals,” says Kirsty James, who's 27. She's registered blind and is a eager festivalgoer, having attended Glastonbury, Boomtown, and Nozstock: The Hidden Valley.
Being in crowds and muddy fields when you may have sight loss isn't at all times straightforward, however James says the environment makes up for it. “The most effective factor for me is that everybody is so pleasant and glad that if I stumble upon somebody, they both don’t care or don’t discover and simply keep it up dancing.
“I often get round with the assistance of my information canine, Bass, however a music competition isn’t actually the place for him so as a substitute I depend on my pals and husband, Tom, to information me, significantly at evening or over uneven floor that every one seems to be flat to me.”
James has Stargardt’s illness and Charles Bonnet syndrome, which means she's completely blind in her central imaginative and prescient with some peripheral imaginative and prescient within the prime left of each eyes. She has no depth notion and can’t see faces or element.
Kirsty James and her husband Tom
However with the 2017 competition season underway, James doesn't really feel like she misses out. She will be able to't see the stage however will get somebody to explain what's taking place, and what the performer is carrying. “The crowds appear like blobs and I can’t distinguish whether or not they’re male or feminine. It doesn’t matter, although. I simply deal with the world I’m in and shut my eyes, really feel the music, and dance. It used to trouble me not with the ability to see the levels, however I’ve now realised I’m there for the music, not what’s taking place onstage.”
Nicki Kelly, 32, one other competition fan, misplaced her sight in 2007 and was identified with optic atrophy and extreme keratoconus. She’s been to a lot of festivals and gigs together with Fusion Competition, Get together within the Park, and Glastonbury, which she attended for the primary time this yr to characterize the Royal Nationwide Institute of Blind Folks (RNIB).
“More often than not my fellow festivalgoers would by no means know that I’ve sight loss,” Kelly tells BuzzFeed Information. “Navigating via the crowds is the place issues get difficult. I at all times go to festivals with a buddy to assist me get round, and as soon as folks see my cane they’re often useful and attempt to transfer out of the way in which. However surely, the worst factor at a competition is rain and unhealthy climate – my cane has bought caught within the mud earlier than.”
Nicki Kelly and Kirsty James
Bogs could be troublesome. “There are sometimes restricted accessible bathrooms and so typically it’s simpler to get to straightforward bathrooms,” she says. “The bathrooms had been fairly darkish so at Glastonbury it was important to at all times have a torch with me, or my cane to hit the place the pan is, so as to discover my method. Additionally, there have been steps as much as the usual bathrooms that had been troublesome as that they had gaps that my cane would get caught in.”
Kelly camps, and finds it troublesome to not journey over man ropes from different tents. “As soon as I discovered a path to our tent, different folks began to reach and put up their tents which might make my route void after which I wanted assist.”
The viewing platforms at this yr's Glastonbury, which let disabled folks keep away from the massive crowds, had been important. Her favorite second this yr was getting on to the
viewing platform on the West Holts stage to see Solange.
Regardless of constructive experiences, Kelly and James each suppose festivals and music venues might do extra to assist folks with sight loss. “At present it appears as if the main target is on making certain accessibility for wheelchair customers,” Kelly says, “however to be really accessible, festivals and music venues additionally want to think about the wants of individuals with sensory loss and different disabilities.”
“The important thing factor I’ve discovered is to ask for assist – sight loss at a competition could be costly should you don't,” James says. “Struggling to learn the menu at a meals stand, I as soon as paid a tenner for a wrap, however I don't even like wraps – I assumed it was a baguette.”
She'd like festivals to have programmes in accessible codecs, reminiscent of audio, giant print, and braille. “It looks as if a small factor, however an accessible programme would imply that I might see who's on and determine which bands to observe somewhat than counting on suggestions from others.”
Kelly additionally feels lighting in bathrooms and extra info on the place competition workers could be discovered are wanted.
For the primary time this yr, the RNIB teamed up with Glastonbury competition as its official well being charity accomplice. BuzzFeed Information has used picture filters created by the charity to point out what some typical competition scenes would appear like with totally different eye situations.
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Glaucoma happens when your optic nerve is broken by the stress of the fluid inside your eye. It may be brought on by raised eye stress or a weak spot within the nerve. It may have an effect on folks of all ages, however it's most typical in adults. Most sorts of glaucoma don’t have any signs, so an eye fixed take a look at is the one approach to know you may have the situation.
Diabetic retinopathy is essentially the most critical sight situation associated to diabetes, the place tiny blood vessels behind your eye change into blocked and leak. Round 1,000,000 folks within the UK are in danger or affected by it. Folks with kind 1 diabetes are provided screening to choose up early signs.
Age-related macular degeneration, aka AMD, is, because the identify suggests, often present in older folks. It's an eye fixed situation that impacts the central a part of your retina, which is named the macula, and causes adjustments to your central imaginative and prescient.
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Cataracts are when the lens of your eye turns into cloudy, making your sight misty. They’re handled with surgical procedure to have a synthetic lens put in your eye. Although most of us appropriately affiliate cataracts with older folks, some infants are born with cataracts, and kids may also develop them. Folks of their forties and fifties can be identified.
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As cataracts worsen, there's a visual white, milky spot in your eye and extra superior imaginative and prescient loss.
Sally Harvey, RNIB chief govt, says folks ought to have their eyes examined no less than as soon as each two years.
“Eye exams aren’t nearly glasses or contact lenses – they’re additionally a test on the well being of your eyes,” she says. “Circumstances reminiscent of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts could be detected early by your optometrist, which means that remedy could be simpler and decreasing the chance of sight loss.
“Having your eyes examined is just the start, nonetheless. Life-style elements reminiscent of stopping smoking and consuming healthily are all too typically ignored, however could make an actual distinction to your eye well being. And should you’re going to a competition this summer season, be sure to put on sun shades with a CE or British Commonplace mark to guard your eyes.”
For info on how that can assist you take care of your eyes, go to the RNIB’s website. If you happen to’re blind or partially sighted, take a look at the charity's tips for going to a festival this summer.