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Poor: “Company” and the people who run it rip off and scam people, including me! Their products are a joke and not at all what I expected. I spoke to “Employee” about my issues, who was really rude and I am sure they treat all customers this way.
This review contains almost no details, makes general statements about a company’s products and implies that a company and identifiable people are rip-off artists, scammers, and/or rude to all-comers.
Better: I am very dissatisfied with my experience with “Company”. My order of “Product” took 6 weeks to be processed and delivered and I was overcharged by $20. When it arrived it was a different colour to what I ordered, and it failed to perform as specified on the package (e.g. overheated, broke, etc.). I received no response to queries online and was told by staff over the phone that there was nothing they could do to help me. I will not buy from the Company again.
This review sets out specific events that relate to the reviewer’s dissatisfaction, are limited to a particular product type and omits personal details. It would be much less likely to be removed.
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