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PC world , Rip off

retailer Currys PC World has been criticised by Which? for "ripping off customers". Consumer magazine Which? has been listening to consumer complaints about extra fees attached to buying laptops since January 2015. Specifically, customers of Currys PC World have complained that they could only buy pre-setup laptops, so they had to pay more than the ticket price. This pre-setup 'Knowhow' service includes a bootable recovery USB stick but has a fee of £40 attached to it. Sad

if you have been charged this £40 fee you should be able to get it refunded Thumbs_Up

http://hexus.net/business/news/retailers/116297-currys-pc-world-criticised-laptop-setup-fees-rip-off...

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Not the first time they've ripped customers off, back when they were separate companies, Curries demanded you pay for installation of new FreeSat boxes, even if you already had a dish and all you had to do was unplug the dish from a defunct sky box and plug it into the FreeSat box, if you refused the installation, they refused to sell, which was very much a form of extortion...

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No doubt: "Lessons will be learned..."

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@AlaricAdair  Yes Untill next time Cheesy

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and how about the "printer cable"..... ( the one with the old square printer connection)  a couple of years ago, ( and probably still the same or more now )... pc world and currys were selling them at about £11.00   at the same time the pound shops were selling them for    (unsurprisingly)   £1.00.

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I wonder how much they charge for an HDMI cable?
I must have been really bad in a previous life as this was my 3rd ISP in a row that used lithium.
Now you're stuck with me because my new ISP doesn't run a forum Cheesy
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I bought an LCD TV from Currys and the salesman insisted that I needed a good quality HDMI cable (£70).

He explained that a cheaper poor quality cable would seriously degrade the picture on my TV and I wouldn't be getting the best from it.

Needless to say I left the shop with my TV less the HDMI cable.

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The small size of the HDMI plug makes it much more difficult to hand carve, hence the greater expense. They also use a higher quality isotope of copper (Cu 34 rather than Cu 36) in the HMDI cables and the wires are extruded rather than drawn. This lets the electrons flow more easily thus improving the sound quality.

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And the outer sheathing is made from Vantablack which absorbs more external radiation thus ensuring a cleaner signal internally.

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And if you believe all that, you're a bigger mug than what I put my coffee in... Funny

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I do think there is merit in paying a few extra pounds for a higher quality cable. I remember years ago a friend of mine who relied on subtitling was amazed at the visibly obvious difference in the caption quality when I lent him my Monster Scart Lead.

And in proof of pudding mode, swapping the Monster cable back to the original it was screamingly obvious that it genuinely did make a difference.

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With Analogue signals a decent cable makes a difference, with Digital signals, the receiving device hardware is looking for a signal to be On or Off over a certain voltage and current threshold, anything inbetween is ignored, so a cheap Poundland HDMI cable will perform as well as a Currys £70 HDMI cable, heck, I use a set of HDMI cables I got from Banggood, and for the past 3 years they've worked perfectly... Smiley

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@twocvbloke wrote:

And if you believe all that, you're a bigger mug than what I put my coffee in... Funny


Yeah but it all sounded good and lots of poor folk off the street would be are taken in by it.

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It's been the way of the world since folks started to trade and where one is source and the other is a consumer and how to bamboozle them.

In my day (and maybe it still is) it was selling customers that unneeded £30 yearly guarantee for a brand new television they had just bought. So who's the mug here, the one buying or the one selling? Some folks just beg to be conned. 

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I can't see the news a being a massive surprise, though I have used PC World in the past.

As for paying for people to set up my e-mail, I wouldn't trust people I don't know with my passwords.
They may be fine and legit - but I always think of the people who are not.