The Most Moronic Company Policies I Encountered in 2012
Here are three dumb blunders showing how industries make it easy for us to hate them:
What I want: "Marvel's The Avengers" on DVD with bonus features and a digital copy I can watch on my laptop. The problem: Disney (DIS) says these treats aren't for low-rent scum such as myself that never moved up to Blu-ray. The company released six versions of the movie Sept. 25, but three were Blu-ray only from Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) and Wal-Mart (WMT) , and the only complete package puts bonus features (including deleted scenes and the short movie "Item 47") on a Blu-ray disc I can't watch. The company's solution: "Blu-ray discs give us the ability to add more content with the best viewing quality. Additional bonus can also be found on the digital downloads (iTunes, for example) if he doesn't have a Blu-ray player," Disney said through a public-relations firm. So a $49.99 set would have given me a DVD of the movie and a digital copy but no bonus materials, and the bonus features don't sell on their own at iTunes -- and "Item 47" can't be found at iTunes at all. Or I can buy a two-disc set for $39.99 that has the bonus features but not a digital copy, which is $19.99 at iTunes in high-def or $14.99 in standard. So because I don't have a Blu-ray player, Disney makes me pay either $54.98 or $59.98. My solution: Wait a while and buy a new copy of the two-disc set for as low as $14.39 or a used copy for as low as $10 and use free DVD ripping software such as MakeMKV to create my own digital copy. Free and easy, in fact. The result: The entertainment industry hates pirates, so why encourage piracy? They also turn paying customers into digital freebooters with such tactics as letting digital-copy codes expire even if they've never been used.
What I want: I just want my iPhone to get a Verizon (VZ) signal in my apartment.The problem: It doesn't. Months of lame customer service results in an apologetic executive customer service ninja sending me a free signal booster. (Usually Verizon charges $250 to make their phones work with their own service!) But the signal booster has to be attached to Verizon high-speed Internet, which I don't have.