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9/12/2019

What to do if you ordered the set of service for 25 "Looks-Like-Real" Disposable Plates, posted here last month


Back on August 15, I posted what I thought was a killer deal: a set of service for 25 "Looks-Like-Real" disposable plates and silverware priced at $6.60 and free shipping with a promo code.  Literally hundreds of these sets were bought by Daily Cheapskate readers.

Then, after the sales were done, the vendor did something highly, highly unethical.  He changed the description of the set from "TEXXIS Disposable Plastic Dishes Round Plate Tray Wedding Party Supplies Tableware Dish & Tray Dispensers" to "TEXXIS 6pcs Disposable Plastic Dishes Round Plate Tray Wedding Party Supplies Tableware Dish & Tray Dispensers" and instead of sets of service for 25, he has been shipping out sets of 6 salad plates.  So he has swapped in 6 salad plates instead of what we all ordered:  25 dinner plates, 25 salad plates, 25 forks, 25 knives, 25 spoons. Unbelievable and incredibly unethical.

I posted this deal in good faith, and in nearly ten years of publishing deals for Daily Cheapskate, I have never seen a vendor exhibit this level of unethical business behavior. Fortunately, he is an Amazon vendor, so you've got Amazon backing you up.  Amazon has got the Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee, which "protects you when you purchase items sold and fulfilled by a third-party seller." Amazon has got some of the best customer service in the world and will protect you from fraudulent vendors like this one. I want to help any of you who ordered these sets get your money back. Here's what I advise you to do once your order is delivered:

Immediately initiate a return, the reason being "Wrong item was sent."  In the Comments section, write (in your own words) "I ordered a set(s) of service for 25 (125 pieces).  After the order was submitted, the vendor engaged in unethical business practice and changed the description to reflect 6 salad plates, and then shipped me 6 salad plates, versus the service for 25 that I actually ordered. I would like to return this for a full refund, and since the vendor did not send what I ordered, I would like a label to cover the return shipping.  Please note I have the screenshots to prove what I ordered. Thank you."

After you initiate the return, you need to wait to hear from Amazon, who will forward your return request to the vendor. Or, you can speak to an Amazon Customer Service Representative (CSR) via chat immediately.  I always prefer chatting with an Amazon CSR as opposed to calling, because the conversation is recorded and you can request a copy of the transcript before ending the chat.  Ask the CSR where you can email the screenshots that prove that you ordered service for 25 vs the 6 salad plates that you received.

Sometimes that CSR will tell you that you need to contact the vendor and try to work something out with him before the A-to-Z Guarantee refund can kick in.  That's fine, but it will mean a little extra legwork on your part.  The vendor seems to be located in China, and his English is not always intelligible.  He might offer you a discount on the price you paid; I would advise you not to accept it, as it's not worth it for the quantity of plates sent.

Once you are done corresponding with the vendor, I am hoping that you will be approved for a full return and refund.  I recommend being extremely polite and patient with both the Amazon CSR and the vendor.  Do not lose your temper or get emotional.

Here are the screenshots of what you originally ordered:

You can save these to your computer or phone and then forward them to Amazon Customer Service to help reinforce your claim. Hopefully, Amazon will process your refund as soon as possible. From what I've heard so far, most people who ordered this need to correspond with the vendor first and then, after a few back-and-forth volleys, receive a full refund.

8/27/2019

30-count Shuttle Art Permanent Fine Point Markers (like Sharpies) for $9.89 on Amazon



Amazon has got this set of 30-count Shuttle Art Permanent Fine Point Markers for $10.99 - 10% off online coupon = $9.89 with free Prime shipping (33 cents per permanent marker).   4.2 out of 5 stars over 256 customer reviews.

43-count of Tide PODS for $5.60 (13 cents per pac) on Amazon



Amazon has got this 43-count of Tide Simply Clean & Fresh PODS Liquid Detergent Pacs for as low as $5.60 or 13 cents per pac, when you stack a $2.00 off online coupon with Subscribe & Save discounts.

First, "clip" the $2.00 off coupon on the item page. Then the Subscribe & Save discount pricing works out as follows:
If you're unfamiliar with Subscribe & Save deals, or would just like a few tips on how best to use the Subscribe & Save program, read my shpiel on Subscribe & Save strategies here.

8/20/2019

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for $4.99 after a $15 baby registry purchase (which could be ANYTHING, not necessarily baby-related)



Create a Baby Registry and make a first-time purchase from your Baby Registry of $15.00 or more by 8/22/19 and you can purchase an Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation for only $4.99.

Create a Baby Registry and make a purchase (or have a gifter make a purchase) of at least $15.00 from your baby registry between 8/15/19 and 8/22/19. Offer is valid only for the first purchase of at least $15.00 from your registry. Purchase must be processed between 8/15/19 and 8/22/19. Purchases made after the initial $15.00 purchase are not eligible for this offer.  Remember that any item on Amazon can be added to your baby registry so pretty much any $15 Amazon purchase qualifies, as long as you put it in your baby registry first.  After your eligible purchase has been processed, you'll get an email that your Echo Dot discount can now be redeemed and you will be able to buy a Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation for only $4.99 (normally $29.99).

(More info on the perks and advantages of setting up a baby registry on Amazon can be found here.)

8/14/2019

IDISKK Wireless Bluetooth Sports Earbuds for $15.49 (with promo code) on Amazon



Amazon has got these IDISKK Wireless Bluetooth Sports Earbuds priced at $30.99, but enter promo code 50UEXWCV and that price drops by 50% to $15.49 with free Prime shipping. 4.1 out of 5 stars over 25 customer reviews.

Adorable hooded bunny/mouse baby robes for $10.49 (with promo code) on Amazon





Lightweight adult-sized backpack for $6.23 (with promo code) on Amazon



Amazon has got this KUYOU Ultra Lightweight 35L water-resistant Hiking Daypack priced at $10.38, but enter promo code40S5QBEC 40S5QBEC at checkout and that price drops by 40% to $6.23 with free Prime shipping. 4.4 out of 5 stars over 17 customer reviews.


7/31/2019

THREE great deals on 100 oz. Tide on Amazon, starting with 100 oz. Original Tide for $8.97






Amazon has got this 100 oz. Tide HE Turbo Clean Original Scent for $11.97 - $3.00 coupon =  $8.97 with free Prime shipping (9 cents per ounce).


Amazon has also got this 100 oz. Tide Free & Gentle Detergent for $11.99 - $3.00 coupon =  $8.99 with free Prime shipping (9 cents per ounce).





Finally, Amazon has got these two 50 oz. Tide Purclean Detergent for as low as $10.57 shipped (10 cents per ounce) when you stack a $2.00 online coupon with Subscribe & Save discounts.

First "clip" the $3.00 off coupon on the product page. Then, the Subscribe & Save discount pricing works out as follows:
If you're unfamiliar with Subscribe & Save deals, or would just like a few tips on how best to use the Subscribe & Save program, read my shpiel on Subscribe & Save strategies here.

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap 33 oz. refill for $4.16 shipped on Amazon



Amazon has got this 33 oz. Mrs. Meyers Liquid Hand Soap Refill in basil scent for as low as $4.16 with Subscribe & Save discounts.  (This size refill normally goes for around $10 on Amazon.)

Here's how that Subscribe & Save pricing works out:
If you're unfamiliar with Subscribe & Save deals, or would just like a few tips on how best to use the Subscribe & Save program, read my shpiel on Subscribe & Save strategies here.

  • Hard-working, non-drying soap refill for busy hands
  • Hand soap made with essential oils, aloe vera, olive oil, and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients
  • Garden-fresh basil scented hand soap has a cool, crisp scent that is uplifting & grounding
  • Hand soap made with no parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors
  • Mrs Meyer's produces cruelty free hand soaps None of our products are tested on animals

Latest Model Apple Airpods for $135.99 with free shipping from Rakuten (with promo code)



Rakuten has got these latest model Apple Airpods with charging case priced at  $159.99, but enter promo code HND24 at checkout and that price drops to $135.99 with free shipping. Make sure you are logged in to your Rakuten account (or create a new one) in order to the apply the promo code.

LORD & TAYLOR: 15-count Sparkle All Night Lip Gloss set for $9.99 shipped! 67 cents per lip gloss!!



Lord & Taylor has got this 15-count Simple Pleasures Sparkle All Night Lip Gloss set for only $9.99 with free 2-day Shoprunner shipping (67 cents per lip gloss, WOW!)High-end department store lip gloss at way below a drug-store price!!


Lord & Taylor has got free Shoprunner 2-day shipping on select items (if you have an American Express card, you can score a free Shoprunner membership here, or if you have a PayPal account, you can score a free Shoprunner account here.  Or you just can get a free 1-year Shoprunner account here.