Warning! - Do Not order from Amusement Park Memories

Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:03 PM
http://www.amusementparkmemories.com/

I have been waiting for nearly a month for 2 DVD's I ordered from them and they will not respond to emails.

Paypal has investigated my claim and it looks like I will get refunded, but with Christmas time creeping closer, and people looking to buy coaster related gifts, I just wanted to get the word out not to order from this bogus company.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:40 PM
Thanks for the warning. I hope Paypal can get you your money back but I wouldn't count on it. I got scammed on EBay and Paypal decided the claim in my favor but was unable to recover any funds because the seller emptied their account. Now I always use a credit card to pay through Paypal so I can do a credit card chargeback if neccessary.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007 10:35 PM
Pick up an American Express card. They may seem like they cater only to "rich" folks, but honestly, I have a card that only has a $50/year fee, can carry a balance at a low interest rate, gives me 1% cash back in a 5% interest rate savings account, and any time something like this happens, I just call the 800 number, tell them I didn't get what I paid for, and they immediately refund my money (and consider it their responsibility to recover the funds from the original seller).

I've yet to have them tell me T.S., and I've recovered enough to make it "even" on the yearly fees over the last two years.

Just another Christmas time FYI :)

(and no, Amex did not give me a dime for this, but considering the ringing endorsement, maybe I should call them and ask for something ;) )

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Monday, September 17, 2007 9:35 AM
Thanks for the heads-up, swampfoxer. Kinda reminds me of when Inside Track disappeared years ago (in the middle of peoples' subscriptions) and never responded to emails and messages.

You've been warned...

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Monday, September 17, 2007 9:40 AM
Rob, fyi, the goon Mark Wyatt works in Philly promoting one of the pro-sports. I would also like to ask him for a few bucks.
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Monday, September 17, 2007 11:14 AM
That service isn't exclusive to American Express, pretty much any credit card will do what they call a payback for merchandise that was not received. All if this is a moot point however, as it appears the only form of payment that Amusement Park Memories takes is Paypal.

I don't know much about Amusement Park Memories, but to me, a month is not that long of a time to wait. If they are shipping via Media Mail from the US post office, that alone can take up to three weeks for delivery. Of course, that doesn't explain why they haven't returned your e-mails. I also find it peculiar that they do not provide any contact information other than e-mail.

*** Edited 9/17/2007 5:26:07 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

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Monday, September 17, 2007 1:07 PM
It looks like this website is either a part of or was done by Milepost Productions Inc. It might be worth giving them a call. Their phone number is (330) 244-1946.

Like I said, it's possible they were just the design team, but their info is on the domain's WHOIS information. *** Edited 9/17/2007 5:08:29 PM UTC by GoliathKills***

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Monday, September 17, 2007 1:54 PM

Jeffrey Seifert said:
That service isn't exclusive to American Express, pretty much any credit card will do what they call a payback for merchandise that was not received. All if this is a moot point however, as it appears the only form of payment that Amusement Park Memories takes is Paypal.

That's why when I pay with PayPal I always fund it with a CC.

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Monday, September 17, 2007 4:49 PM
...or you could get an AMEX Blue, it will have a credit limit, but with no annual fee and the same protections...
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Monday, September 17, 2007 6:41 PM
I also have AmEx Blue. I received a charge for a magazine which I had canceled and I did the chargeback right over the web and never heard another peep about it.
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Monday, September 17, 2007 7:43 PM
Yeah, that's why I don't accept AMEX for CB memberships or event tickets. As a merchant, you're pretty much screwed whenever someone screws you unless you want to try and sue the person, in which case you'd need really good proof they ordered what you gave them.
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Monday, September 17, 2007 9:41 PM
AMEX charges you a higher fee, too, don't they?

I seem to remember it being 1% for Discover, 2% for Visa/MC, and 3% for AMEX.

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Monday, September 17, 2007 9:53 PM
I had the Delta Airlines AMEX for a Couple of years. I got rid of it in 2005 after redeeming the points I accrued on it for a pair of Plane Tickets to two ACE Events (Knoxville for the ACE Spring Conference & Milwaukee for Coaster Con XXVIII) After deducting the Fee ($75 a year) I figure I got one Tix for Free and the other for Half-Price.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007 9:42 AM
^^ I'm not sure what the actual numbers are but I know AmEx charges a lot more per transaction. A small business owner I spoke with also told me that it takes days to get payments from AmEx while the other cards pay almost instantly by comparison, which creates a nasty cash flow problem.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007 10:48 AM
Yeah, the last time I looked into it, there was no value in me doing so because I'd never do the volume to make it worth my time. As it is, I'm considering dropping Discover because of the low volume.
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