BetterHelp review – it’s not cheap counseling

March 18th, 2024
Posted in Random

Despite being promoted by lots of YouTube influencers, it’s not really cheap.

  • You get billed every 4 weeks, not by session. Even though they say it’s $90-$100 a week, they bill you every 4 weeks regardless of any cancellations by the counselor, holidays etc (which means you lose that week’s session). A year of sessions, will cost you $4,680-5,200.
  • They don’t accept insurance.

You are really better off finding someone else that can do remote sessions in your state for less or even looking for counselors outside the US. It can take awhile to find someone international that speaks English, but now days with virtual sessions, there is no reason to pay more for someone local.

I think their target market are people that don’t have insurance, their insurance won’t cover counseling or the deductible is too high (like they would have to spend $5,000-10,000 before it would kick in).

OfferUp Sell & Ship Nationwide is Broken

March 11th, 2024
Posted in Web Apps

Recently I decided to try to sell nationwide and got an offer. I clicked to accept the offer multiple times yet the message stayed there asking me to approve it. However it gave me a shipping label and code to mail it, so I mailed it. Later on the seller asked if I was going to accept the offer and I told them I already mailed it. I proceeded to message OfferUp, which only has a automated phone number and email address. About 2-3 days later they got back to me and I explained the situation and gave them the shipping information I gave them and they said it wasn’t a valid label. I had the latest app downloaded and shipped my item but they weren’t going to reimburse me for the loss.

Obviously there app has bugs that they haven’t fixed. Combine that with their slow response time and I cannot recommend anyone to use the app. Not only that, but they now show ads on the app. Obviously if they used the app themselves they could figure out why not many use it anymore. You are better off selling on Marketplace or Mercari.

Reducing LinkedIn Recruiter Spam

January 18th, 2022
Posted in Web

One way to prevent yourself from getting lots of recruiter emails on LinkedIn is to change your location to a city that is fairly remote and isn’t near a big city. You can always update your city again, when you are looking for a job or are open to jobs. Despite LinkedIn having a setting showing whether you are open to new opportunities or not, you will get lots of emails and such about opportunities even if you say you are not currently working. I’ve found this to be the most effective method and it’s a quick change.

Car Theft Prevention Solutions

January 5th, 2022
Posted in Random

Some possible deterrents.

While nothing is 100% effective, the name of the game is to make it harder, slower, noisier and more expensive for auto thieves to commit the crime.

  • If you have a garage, keep your car in your garage, it’s more valuable than the other junk you store in there.
  • Do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle, empty it out as much as possible, even your insurance card, should be in your wallet. Items like jumper cables can be put near the spare tire
  • Install a fuel pump switch. When turned off each time you park, no one can drive your vehicle away. Keep the switch hidden somewhere.
  • You could also get a starter or ignition disabler or fuse cut-off.
  • Do not leave your vehicle running idle to warm up, stay inside of it
  • Etch your VIN # on all windows (there are kits to do this cheaply)
  • You could pay for a monitoring system that follows your car by GPS, so in the event it is stolen it can be tracked and found (although there might be a monthly fee for this kind of service)
  • Use lug nut locks to deter tire/rim theft
  • Get license plate security screws (some thieves are stealing license plates to commit other crimes and avoid being tracked)
  • Etch your VIN or license plate # on your catalytic converters.
  • Spray paint your catalytic converter with bright high temp paint
  • Install a skid plate or large cover to the bottom of your vehicle to prevent catalytic converter theft.
  • Use aftermarket products like straps or wire cages to make it harder for your catalytic converter to be cut off
  • On an incline, leave your car in park with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction to make it hard to tow.
  • Get a key signal blocking case to prevent thieves from amplifying its signal. Companies have started selling these cases to help car owners protect their keys. These cases will completely block your key’s signal so thieves cannot use it to unlock your car wirelessly.
  • Check your car’s manual to see if you can turn the keys keyless feature off. Turning the key off makes it impossible for thieves to amplify the key’s signal.
  • Steering wheel locks, brake pedal locks, theft deterrent decals and/or blinking led light on the dash can possibly deter non-professional thieves
  • Park your vehicle up front & under lighting as much as possible. Parking in a far spot in the parking lot, dark area or on the side of the building, just makes it easier for someone to go unnoticed stealing.
  • Make sure you have a working car alarm, especially one that can activate when the vehicle is jacked up on one side.
  • Install a secondary car alarm in your car for extra protection. Secondary car alarms have a wide range of capabilities. The best on the market is able to tell you if your car doors are open or closed
  • Upgrade your horn to one that is louder so when the alarm goes off, it will be much louder than usual.
  • Install a CCTV (security) camera and motion detection lights at your house.
  • Roll up your windows and lock the doors (this should go without saying)

Don’t wait until your vehicle is stolen, take these measures as soon as possible.

Kohl’s wont let you use Rewards Cash to get items for free

December 29th, 2021
Posted in Household

I earned Kohl’s Cash based on rewards from shopping. I tried adding different items to my cart, but if the price I pay is $0. It says the item is no longer in stock. Yet if I go back to the product page and refresh that item, pick the same color, size, etc, it shows it in stock. So clearly the system will not allow you to use your Kohl’s Cash to get an item or multiple items for free. I had done this before 2 years ago, but now they won’t let you.

Stop Using Calendly for Appointment Setups

December 10th, 2021
Posted in Web

Calendly is used by many people to setup calendar appointments easily, but I’ve found it never sends the email out. I’ve even checked the spam folder. I’ve had this happen with several people trying to use this service. It’s just unreliable and could cost you money.

TurboTax Newsletters & Marketing Emails Are Unsubscribable Spam

July 17th, 2021
Posted in Random, Web

I’ve unsubscribed to TurboTax multiple times this year and they keep sending newsletters. Now to unsubscribe you have to login. Why? Why is Intuit still bugging me throughout the year? I don’t want your marketing garbage. The only reason I even use TurboTax is because you’ve lobbied the government to make the tax process as complicated as possible so you have a product to sell.

eBay doesn’t work with HEIC files

May 29th, 2021
Posted in Random

Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp are all on the ball. What is with eBay? Surely someone has taken a photo with their iPhone and needs to upload it to eBay. And why can’t they handle large image files? All these other sites don’t have a problem and resize it for you so you don’t end up TV wallpaper size images on the site.

OfferUp failings

April 5th, 2021
Posted in Web

OfferUp has several issues with it that have been ignored by the developers. Buying out LetGo might of seemed to help them, but honestly they will end up dying out in a few years I’m sure of it.

Issues with OfferUp

  • Scam Bots – annoying and drives people away
  • Annoying notifications I don’t care about
  • Items that were posted 1 or 2 yrs ago are still in the feed and show up in results. I understand some people might want to keep selling something, but they should have to renew a post after a given time.
  • Can only post from the app. LetGo used to let you post from the web also, which made it easier to cross post items.

LetGo I think failed for these reasons:

  • Only local sales
  • Monetized only off of promotions
  • The auto-response of “Yes, it’s available!” seemed like you were shouting if you used it, because of the exclamation mark. It made you seem too eager to sell things, so I never used it.
  • Notifications you could not turn off

OfferUp has some improvements over LetGo

  • Monetizes off of promotions & ads
  • Ability to sell & ship items to buyers

I think its a matter of time before Mercari crushes them unless they fix their app and prevent scam bots.