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Vortex2



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:48 pm    Post subject: DODGY TAX AVOIDERS message??? Reply with quote

When I used the word Am.zon in a post, the preview changed that to DODGY TAX AVOIDERS !!!

Has my PC been hacked, or has the Powerswitch website been 'enhanced'?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The company name to which you refer is auto-edited so as to discourage use of same, or inadvertent promotion.

Many members feel strongly about the tax avoiding antics of that firm and wish to avoid recommending them.

IIRC, I made the alteration, at the request of Kenneal.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also happens on my Linux PC.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, OK.

Gave me a heart attack!

Any other surprises of a similar nature lurking?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vortex2 wrote:
Also happens on my Linux PC.


Yes, it is a feature of this site and not related to what device or what software you use to access the site.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vortex2 wrote:
Ah, OK.

Gave me a heart attack!

Any other surprises of a similar nature lurking?


Yes, but they are words that you probably wont use regularly. Certain words linked to regular spam will be auto edited to "WEARE DODGY" Or to similar terms.
Certain rude words are also auto edited.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a spate of spamming from people providing the furniture for the room where people cook so the name of that room was made one to avoid if possible to save admins the chore of deleting dozens of posts every day. For some reason we don't suffer from that problem much at the moment and its not usually a problem to get around it when mention of that room is necessary.

I hate the company which has usurped the name of the Great South American river and it annoys me intensely when people on a largely ethical site such as this use it. I never use it myself and neither do my family who live with us. It took quite a bit of nagging but we have now achieved a dodgy tax avoider free household.

Some people on the site say that we admins use our powers too much. I think that we are as fair as we can be but if you think otherwise we are open to public criticism or through a PM conversation.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that the large river was named after the mail order company Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had thread about alternative online booksellers and of course there are still some real shops around.

The Ethical Consumer website should still have a list of tax-paying book companies.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that company still only sold books it wouldn't be such a problem. The bastards have taken over the whole market!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
If that company still only sold books it wouldn't be such a problem. The bastards have taken over the whole market!!


I don't really know what the fuss is with this company. I have bought one book from this company a long time ago and the postage was outrageous. There are far better second-hand and new book websites if anyone wants to know let me know. The company is a non-entity here in Australia - supposedly it has a website here but when you look for something on it it is never available.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beware when it does arrive because all those shops and websites that you now use will gradually disappear. Not paying any tax is a huge competitive advantage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, I avoid them.
I do not regard this as an absolute prohibition, but would only buy from the tax avoiders as a very last resort.

I doubt that I have spent more than £100 with them, in total ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back to the Dodgy Tax Avoiders and Australia.

I am not certain they could make money in Australia. Australia is a sovereign country with fairly strict visa requirements and no open door to many no doubt willing workers from foreign countries to work in their warehouses, errrr fulfilment centres, unlike, for example, the UK with Eastern European workers. Therefore the company would have to pay a very "generous" minimum wage (AU$19, I think, which is one third of my hourly rate BTW) controlled by a sovereign parliament. In addition GST (Australia's VAT) would be charged on the goods.
How much tax could be avoided by basing their head office overseas is debatable. The Australian government is trying to crack down on companies paying little tax but I don't know the success of it.

I don't see them coming any time soon. Cost of postage is another issue and long distances.
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