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Consumers BEWARE of BBB Better Business Bureau
Businesses BEWARE of BBB Better Business Bureau

I have opened many businesses. I have thousands of extremely satisfied consumers buying my products/services month after month year after year. I have only been contacted by BBB on two occasions.

In both of my company??s first contact, BBB solicited thousands of dollars of money for memberships. Both times coincidentally, I received a second call almost simultaneously stating that there was a consumer (baseless) complaint filed against me. Both times I and the complainants themselves proved the complainants were not really consumers. Both times I refused to give BBB money. Both times the BBB posted the erroneous alleged consumer complaint and posted a negative rating against my good businesses related to individuals who were NOT actually even paying consumers of mine confirmed by the complainants themselves.

The first non-consumer complaint was actually a job applicant NOT a consumer. The complainant himself even admitted to BBB he was an independent contractor or (disgruntled job applicant) who solicited a job from me that did not work out. No money was paid to my business for services or product from this contractor. He was NOT my consumer. (As evidence I even submitted a copy of a voice mail the contractor left for me which caught him in a lie.) Ultimately, I did not buy a BBB membership. Coincidentally, BBB responded by posting the fictitious alleged complaint and a negative score.

The second fictitious alleged complaint was from someone who is NOT a paying consumer. They actually happened to be responsible for bringing a disturbance that threatened to damage my business and police dispatch. The complainant themselves admitted to BBB they signed a contract to purchase services and products from my business and admitted they did NOT pay me. They admitted they had my property and did not return it. They admitted to BBB their payment bounced. They still have my property and they still have not paid me and I have not pursued them. They cost my business hundreds of dollars. They used BBB as a vehicle hoping to induce me to relinquish all my rights to pursue them in the court of law. Ultimately, I did not buy a BBB membership. Coincidentally, BBB responded by posting the fictitious alleged complaint and a negative score.

Would you want to base buying decisions on reports of NON-CONSUMERS who are disgruntled because they did not get employment? Or NON-CONSUMERS are just using the BBB as a vehicle to get something free or a competitor trying do some damage? Or worse, would you want consumer recommendations of only those companies who line the pockets of BBB?

Consumers trust in BBB to guide them to find the company with the best business practices. Are consumers getting valuable advice or is there a violation of ??Dual Agency?? BBB purports to be agents of consumers protecting them from bad business practices but BBB takes money from the businesses! Can it be another name for payoff??s? Does BBB soliciting thousands of dollars from businesses who worry about BBB retaliation resemble extortion? BBB is a private for profit business. I tried to file a complaint against BBB. They won??t let me.

Correct me if I am wrong, but if they are all franchiesed private businesses and have collectively 1,000,000 companies registered (could be more) and are charging approx $1000 per year for each. (some companies pay much more than $1000) That is $1 Billion dollars per year that the BBB is collecting in fees. How much profit is the BBB really making?

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Consumers BEWARE of BBB Better Business Bureau
Businesses BEWARE of BBB Better Business Bureau

I have opened many businesses. I have thousands of extremely satisfied consumers buying my products/services month after month year after year. I have only been contacted by BBB on two occasions.

In both of my company??s first contact, BBB solicited thousands of dollars of money for memberships. Both times coincidentally, I received a second call almost simultaneously stating that there was a consumer (baseless) complaint filed against me. Both times I and the complainants themselves proved the complainants were not really consumers. Both times I refused to give BBB money. Both times the BBB posted the erroneous alleged consumer complaint and posted a negative rating against my good businesses related to individuals who were NOT actually even paying consumers of mine confirmed by the complainants themselves.

The first non-consumer complaint was actually a job applicant NOT a consumer. The complainant himself even admitted to BBB he was an independent contractor or (disgruntled job applicant) who solicited a job from me that did not work out. No money was paid to my business for services or product from this contractor. He was NOT my consumer. (As evidence I even submitted a copy of a voice mail the contractor left for me which caught him in a lie.) Ultimately, I did not buy a BBB membership. Coincidentally, BBB responded by posting the fictitious alleged complaint and a negative score.

The second fictitious alleged complaint was from someone who is NOT a paying consumer. They actually happened to be responsible for bringing a disturbance that threatened to damage my business and police dispatch. The complainant themselves admitted to BBB they signed a contract to purchase services and products from my business and admitted they did NOT pay me. They admitted they had my property and did not return it. They admitted to BBB their payment bounced. They still have my property and they still have not paid me and I have not pursued them. They cost my business hundreds of dollars. They used BBB as a vehicle hoping to induce me to relinquish all my rights to pursue them in the court of law. Ultimately, I did not buy a BBB membership. Coincidentally, BBB responded by posting the fictitious alleged complaint and a negative score.

Would you want to base buying decisions on reports of NON-CONSUMERS who are disgruntled because they did not get employment? Or NON-CONSUMERS are just using the BBB as a vehicle to get something free or a competitor trying do some damage? Or worse, would you want consumer recommendations of only those companies who line the pockets of BBB?

Consumers trust in BBB to guide them to find the company with the best business practices. Are consumers getting valuable advice or is there a violation of ??Dual Agency?? BBB purports to be agents of consumers protecting them from bad business practices but BBB takes money from the businesses! Can it be another name for payoff??s? Does BBB soliciting thousands of dollars from businesses who worry about BBB retaliation resemble extortion? BBB is a private for profit business. I tried to file a complaint against BBB. They won??t let me.

Correct me if I am wrong, but if they are all franchiesed private businesses and have collectively 1,000,000 companies registered (could be more) and are charging approx $1000 per year for each. (some companies pay much more than $1000) That is $1 Billion dollars per year that the BBB is collecting in fees. How much profit is the BBB really making?

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HY Supplies Inc in Darien IL......DO NOT do any business with this company. I placed an order for $177.00, never received my product. After a month I asked the company yo refund my money since they never sent out my order. They have not yet refunded my credit card. I called them at least 10 times to try to get refunded and they continue to tell me they will take care of it "today". They are liars and unprofessional

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HY Supplies Inc in Darien IL......DO NOT do any business with this company. I placed an order for $177.00, never received my product. After a month I asked the company yo refund my money since they never sent out my order. They have not yet refunded my credit card. I called them at least 10 times to try to get refunded and they continue to tell me they will take care of it "today". They are liars and unprofessional

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Awful, will hold you hostage, they will make up false credit reviews on your business then make you pay only to have them tell you that it was a mistake. They will not be around for long, the Internet will end their joke of a business model. Here is their model, we've been around for nine years so I hear it every year "Dear Mr. X we have had 6 inquiries about your business in the last 6 months but we didn't know what to tell them about your business. If I join will you give me the inquiries? No we can't do that, you just have to join." Every year the same schpiel the same crap. You stink BBB and you need to change your ways fast, fast, fast.

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Awful, will hold you hostage, they will make up false credit reviews on your business then make you pay only to have them tell you that it was a mistake. They will not be around for long, the Internet will end their joke of a business model. Here is their model, we've been around for nine years so I hear it every year "Dear Mr. X we have had 6 inquiries about your business in the last 6 months but we didn't know what to tell them about your business. If I join will you give me the inquiries? No we can't do that, you just have to join." Every year the same schpiel the same crap. You stink BBB and you need to change your ways fast, fast, fast.

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I'm writing to inform you that the FIESTA MARKET, in bolingbrook,IL.Are selling pre-packaged meat with a spice or some sort of marinate pork. Which is fine, but it don't have the ingredients listed.My son felt ill after eating some of that meat, and I went to see if they put any cumming in their because he is allergic to it. I stop going to this place, because every time I went in there I had to go get the store manager because they wouldn't take your order for the meat counter, as if my business isn't wanted. HISPANIC ONLY!

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I'm writing to inform you that the FIESTA MARKET, in bolingbrook,IL.Are selling pre-packaged meat with a spice or some sort of marinate pork. Which is fine, but it don't have the ingredients listed.My son felt ill after eating some of that meat, and I went to see if they put any cumming in their because he is allergic to it. I stop going to this place, because every time I went in there I had to go get the store manager because they wouldn't take your order for the meat counter, as if my business isn't wanted. HISPANIC ONLY!

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I run a service company which goes into peoples homes on over 3000 occasions each year. Needless to say, we run into a few less than sane people in our travels.
We have found that the BBB is more than happy to take a completely unfounded and slanderous "complaint" about our company and publish it on their website as if it were fact. I know from experience that people view this information as if it were fact and some actually use it to justify their own slanderous lies which creates even more fodder for the next nutcase.
Don't get me wrong. We make mistakes and when we do we take full responsibility for them and make them right. But the BBB makes no distinction between right and wrong, passing slanderous false info on to the general public without having to take any responsibility for the consequences of their actions because they are just "passing on the complaint."
If the general public knew what a scam the BBB is, they'd never use their info to make ANY decisions.

I'd like to see one of those consumer reporters on TV do a feature on the BBB. It would be one of the biggest stories of the century when people find out how "not for profit" means that they pay humongous salaries to the owners and disperse all would-be profits before tax time as "bonuses". BBB is one of the most coveted franchises of all time because it's so easy to make money.

I refuse to participate on this scam on business owners and on the American public.

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I run a service company which goes into peoples homes on over 3000 occasions each year. Needless to say, we run into a few less than sane people in our travels.
We have found that the BBB is more than happy to take a completely unfounded and slanderous "complaint" about our company and publish it on their website as if it were fact. I know from experience that people view this information as if it were fact and some actually use it to justify their own slanderous lies which creates even more fodder for the next nutcase.
Don't get me wrong. We make mistakes and when we do we take full responsibility for them and make them right. But the BBB makes no distinction between right and wrong, passing slanderous false info on to the general public without having to take any responsibility for the consequences of their actions because they are just "passing on the complaint."
If the general public knew what a scam the BBB is, they'd never use their info to make ANY decisions.

I'd like to see one of those consumer reporters on TV do a feature on the BBB. It would be one of the biggest stories of the century when people find out how "not for profit" means that they pay humongous salaries to the owners and disperse all would-be profits before tax time as "bonuses". BBB is one of the most coveted franchises of all time because it's so easy to make money.

I refuse to participate on this scam on business owners and on the American public.

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Just out of curiosity, who does this guy think pays for all the services the BBB provides? I don't mind giving them a couple of hundred bucks once a year. They offer lots of good things to consumers and businesses.

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Just out of curiosity, who does this guy think pays for all the services the BBB provides? I don't mind giving them a couple of hundred bucks once a year. They offer lots of good things to consumers and businesses.

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These guys tried to shake me down for hundreds of dollars to be allowed to use the BBB symbol. So in other words if you have the money no matter how bad you are at business, you can use the BBB symbols.

I thought the guy coming to see me was a volunteer or an employee at least who helped companies get some sort of BBB certification. But what I got was a salesman and a hard close. I couldn't get rid of the guy, even after I told him I don't have the income to pay those kind of fees.

A sad day to think the BBB which I thought for years was a consumer protection is not at all what it seems. Heck InsiderPages is better, at least they don't shake business down for money.

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These guys tried to shake me down for hundreds of dollars to be allowed to use the BBB symbol. So in other words if you have the money no matter how bad you are at business, you can use the BBB symbols.

I thought the guy coming to see me was a volunteer or an employee at least who helped companies get some sort of BBB certification. But what I got was a salesman and a hard close. I couldn't get rid of the guy, even after I told him I don't have the income to pay those kind of fees.

A sad day to think the BBB which I thought for years was a consumer protection is not at all what it seems. Heck InsiderPages is better, at least they don't shake business down for money.

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