Consumer Power – Part II

June 12, 2009 by admncc

I really enjoyed the “Consumer Power – Part I” post and discussion.  The comments were great and some of the stories were very entertaining.  And I think we all learned never to mess with Jenny Georgio-who.  And if you don’t believe me, check out her recent blog post.  She rocks!!!

Now, when originally writing “Consumer Power – Part I,” that post was supposed to be called “Consumer Power.”  The reason I had to make it a two-part series was because I was waiting to hear back from someone.  You see – I had written a paragraph about people who are in the business of being consumer advocates.  I mean those who do it full time.  I did some research and decided to contact Tim Duffy and ask him for some information.  I came across Tim’s web site a few years ago when I was doing some similar research.  So I figured I’d give him some free publicity and mention his site as a part of my post.

Regarding media requests, Tim’s web site says, “We respond to all inquiries.”  Not that I need his permission to mention his name or web site on my blog, but as a professional courtesy, I reached out to him and told him of my intent along with an e-mail.  He NEVER responded!  And he’s a consumer advocate!  Hello, sir, consumers are getting stronger and fighting back and that’s going to hurt your business, so I was trying to help you.  Maybe that explains why his web site has had the “Wanted Corporate Sponsor” link listed for as long as I can remember.  Anyway, do not recommend Tim Duffy’s site.  That’s what he gets for not responding to me several years ago and again this time – and for having me waste my time to make this a two-part series because he allegedly responds to every inquiry.

On another note, our new friend (that I mentioned in “Consumer Power – Part I“), who billed Verizon for his time while on hold, has been in contact with me.  His consumer advocacy skills are an inspiration to us all.  We’ll definitely hear more from him on this blog moving forward.

Oh, and on a completely different note, I was listening to the radio at home this morning and the lead news story was that an African Supreme Court (in Malawi) ruled that Madonna could adopt a young girl.  Then I got into my car, turned on a different radio station and heard the exact same lead news story.  Let me get something straight – this is not news.  There are two things I just care about which the media obviously does – Madonna adopting more children and Angelina Jolie having more children.  Give me a break…

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  1. I am so bored with Madonna and Angelina and their kiddos. It’s definitely not news that should be broadcast on the radio. Sheesh!

  2. The only time I ever want to hear about Angelina Jolie adopting again, on the radio, internet or otherwise is when I’m next in line.

  3. Dan says:

    Christina, what did you mean when you said, “when I’m next line.”

    Jenny’s blog is awesome!

    Don’t worry about that Tim guy. Who cares what he thinks anyway.

  4. Dan says:

    Sorry Christina, I meant, “when I’m next in line.”

  5. I agree with you all about news not being news. Also, I’ve had a bit of a drama of my own on my site. You can go and look at my most recent post. I ended up taking down a post and the one that is up there explains why. I received a lot of hateful comments after just trying to raise a question about how we as a culture are profiting from overexposing ourselves and whether or not that is something we want to support. I would love the feedback.

  6. Jenny says:

    Well once again, thank you very much for the shout out! 🙂 I’m glad that you enjoy my blog and that not everyone is offended by my outspokeness.

    I actually laughed out loud when I read that a consumer advocate would not return your email. Are you serious? Especially given your website name…you’d be one of the first people I’d contact back!

    As for the news that we are hearing (Madonna getting to adopt babies, Angelina having more babies, Britney flashing her wooha all over the world) The sad thing is that we actually honestly LIKE that sort of thing. You may be in the small handful that doesn’t give a flying rats ass but overall the world is soooooooo curious about celebrities that we feel the need to know everything about them. We stalk them on Twitter (I admit I’m a follower of a few), we read about them on Perez Hilton, we scan the magazine covers while standing in line at the grocery store…

    It’s what our society has come to. We don’t care about if a 3rd grade teacher was raped in the parking lot of an elementary school, we want to know if Brad and Angelina are really breaking up!

  7. Wow, Tim dropped the ball big time.

    But more importantly, I wanted to reach out to Neo Con Don and Zig to say…

    Eat it, the Pens have the Stanley Cup and the Wings went home crying! Ha, Ha! (Sorry, it had to be done, you understand – right?)

  8. The Constant Complainer says:

    Jen, you couldn’t be more correct – the Red Wings fans can eat it!!!

  9. Extreme John says:

    Yeah I could give two shits about Angelina and Madonna, hardly news and hardly worth discussion.

    Pretty hysterical that the guy never contacted you back and you roasted him here, I love it. I have been thinking about a few “blogger” folk I wouldn’t mind ripping in a post or two. It always feels better to get it out, the guy may never read it but you never know and if he does hopefully instead of taking it as an insult he will take it as an eye opener.

  10. Zig says:

    Jennifer Juniper Says:

    June 14th, 2009 at 10:15 pm
    Wow, Tim dropped the ball big time.

    “But more importantly, I wanted to reach out to Neo Con Don and Zig to say…Eat it, the Pens have the Stanley Cup and the Wings went home crying! Ha, Ha!”

    Jennifer, I’m fine with saying that one (BLINDLY) supports their home town teams…fair? Why else would someone support Pittspuke if they didn’t have to?

    It had to be said and had to be done. There were too many pittspuke assmunchers on this blog…fair? Besides…PITTSBURGH SUCKS! Good game!

  11. NeoConDon says:

    Does anyone understand what Zig “said”…???

    p.s. I just cheer against pittsubugh teams…it had nothing to do with detroit.

  12. @Dan I meant when I’m next in line for adoption. Let me know if I need to break it down further.

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