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Rages Against Various Machines - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Rages Against Various Machines
Going in chronological order rather than raginess:

I met with our gastroenterologist yesterday.  After mulling it over, I've decided to pass on the colonoscopy at this point.  He confirmed the randomness and outright unfairness in the current US system of rules for screenings. Basically, if you have no history and a prior clear test, anything short of ten years is considered diagnostic and thus high-deductible patients ::waves:: get to pay for the whole thing.  There are two alternatives that are cheaper and less invasive: one new (a "virtual" one using CT technology, but insurers consider it too new and unproven), one rather old and clunky (TMI, but the word "barium" is involved).  On the whole, I'll save my money and take my chances.

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First thing this morning, my calendar reminded me it was time for an Amazon order- Orphan Black season 4 released today!

Sort of.

I'd stuffed an odd lot of things into my cart, waiting for this so I could use Amazon-branded credit card points that would also post today (you can't use them on pre-orders).  Included were a washable vacuum filter and some funky pastas Eleanor wanted; the latter had to be reordered because the original supplier ran out, and something else I wanted went up $60 in price and I had to re-order that at the lower price, as well. But worst of all was the news from Clone Club. Yes, I could have the latest series for a mere 18 bucks- but only if I was a member of Amazon Prime.

This has been an increasingly annoying bugaboo with them for months now.  Used to be, even free-shipping items arrived here way before the promised 5-8 business day estimate. These days?  Amazon doesn't even prepare a super-saver order for shipping for at least a week; THEN, though, it almost always gets here in the same two days after they finally get around to shipping it.

For the sake of the clones, I compromised. Prime can now be pay-as-you-go at $10.99 a month, 25 percent more than if you go all-in for the $99 a year, but we don't order enough for that difference to be much of a difference. So basically, the Prime month and the Amazon credit card points canceled each other out- and we'll have the whole bloody lot by Thursday.

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And last but least in customer service:

New Bank's mortgage sent out the payoffs of our old bills on Friday.

Old Mortgage's payoff posted Saturday. For three or four brief shining days, we own our home free and clear.

Old Car's payoff posted last night. It was a few dollars short because they didn't get it until yesterday, but we had a $5.00 cushion in an associated savings account, so we're cool with them as well.

That leaves Old Credit Card Bank- which apparently sent our money into the ether. Or Cleveland- makes sense, since that's where they used to be headquartered.  As of this morning, OCCB was still saying they'd received no payoff- and worse, they were harassing Eleanor to make a payment to them because the minimum payment was due Saturday.

This we knew.  So much so that I went into an OCCB branch on Friday with said minimum payment, despite New Bank having already cut a check for the full payoff- and they couldn't take it.  Due to the hack, they changed the account number, and the branch had no access to the new account number. Nor do we; because of the fraud, if they told us, they'd have to kill us. But they will, supposedly, overnight a new card to us containing said number so we can straighten it out tomorrow.

We'll see. Not to name names or anything, but they haven't been the best of corporate Shitizens up until now:P
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platypus From: platypus Date: July 19th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
They had a lower price on something for Amazon Prime? I do have Prime (it's amazing how many household items I end up buying when I know they'll get here in a couple of days) but I didn't know it had any benefits like that.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: July 19th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any price is better than "not for sale." This is the first time I've seen them restricting sale of physical merch to Prime customers. The Prime price was way off list (although I've heard they're getting away from showing "list price" anyway), but since they aren't selling it to Amazon Peons yet, there's no way to compare.
yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: July 20th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
i think there was some special amazon prime day or weekend or week or something that just happened where they were giving lots of specials just for members or something.
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