Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Voice - Consumer's Voice

Are 4 Corners Alliance legit?

Have you heard of four corners. I understand one can make half million dollars in six months from just $18. Is this possible?

I first heard about 4 Corners Alliance last year. I was suspicious then and nothing has made me change my mind since.

4 Corners Alliance say that their scheme provides "a cutting edge financial education series, arming you with the groundbreaking knowledge you need to reach long term financial security". Sounds good, but a little vague, don’t you think? But I suspect they don’t want you to think too much about that. Instead they want you to think about money.

Their web site says that “you can make $500,000+ in 6 months”. They explain that all you need to do is “1. Join Four Corners Alliance Group for only a one-time payment of $18. 2. Invite 4 friends. 3. Help them refer 4 people. 4. They duplicate process 6 times. 5. You Earn $559,824.”

Doesn’t that sound exactly like a pyramid scheme to you? But perhaps I’m being prejudiced. Maybe there are products at the heart of this scheme? They say that “The products that 4 corners sell is a set of Financial Education Literacy which is downloadable in your back office. This is an automated system, it will sell the products for you once you invite 4 people. All you have to do is sit back and relax.”

As well as being terrible English, that sounds a bit too good to be true to me. Above all there’s the claim that you can miraculously convert $18 to more than $500,000 in just six months. Where do you think that money might come from? How on earth is that possible?

Here’s a simple truth. No scheme can make that sort of money. It’s a lie. 4 Corners Alliance is nothing more than a pyramid scheme. I urge you not to waste your time, effort and money.

My fridge doesn’t work!

I bought a Samsung 660L fridge in 2010 and the warranty was for a period of 5 years, between 2010 and 2015. Throughout the period of the warranty the fridge consistently had a problem. The freezer has always worked just fine but the other side is defective, it does not cool. On several occasions the fridge has been taken for repairs, it would be ok for a few months and present the same problem again. It is now out of the warranty and has presented the same problem making it unfit to use.

Kindly assist.

I suspect you might be out of luck. As you seem to recognize, the warranty has now expired and technically you are therefore not entitled to free support from the supplier of the fridge. I know this isn’t very comforting but what you should have done is to formally reject the fridge during the warranty period as not being “of merchantable quality” as required by Section 13 (1) (a) of the Consumer Protection Regulations. What, you might ask, does “merchantable quality” actually mean? The Regulations define it as “fit for the purposes for which commodities of that kind are usually purchased, as it is reasonable to expect in light of the relevant circumstances”. A fridge is meant to keep things cold and if it doesn’t then it’s not of merchantable quality.

By coincidence I’ve got almost exactly the same fridge and I even bought it from the same store as you. Just a matter of weeks after I bought it the fridge side of it went wrong, just like yours did. We mentioned “merchantable quality” to the store manager and the next day an entirely new replacement fridge was delivered.

Even though your fridge is no longer covered by the warranty I’ve contacted the store manager and asked if you can’t be assisted as a favour to you, given your long-running bad experience. I’ll contact you directly to tell you how they respond.

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