Thought for the day ” What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end”
” You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out” (Warren Buffett).
Having just written about the problems with Cyberphoto and the difficulties in getting money back from them, suddenly, after writing on the internet, the money was repaid. Once again, the internet has shown that it is a powerful tool.
Today’s photos were both taken with the Panasonic FZ-150 camera. The first photo is of leaf cutter ants in Colombia, and the second photo (out of the archives) shows a lake and mountain scene from Norway. You have to look very closely at these photos to see that they were not taken with an expensive DSLR, just a normal ‘bridge’ camera. Leaf-cutter ants form very complex societies and live in underground nests that be up to 30m wide and can go as deep as 6m. The colony is divided into different castes based on size, with different castes carrying out different tasks. The largest ants can be up to 16mm long. They cultivate fungi in their nests, and collect leaves to feed the fungi. Adult ants feed on the leaf sap, and also use the fungus to feed ant larvae. Apart from humans, it is very unusual for any other creatures to cultivate their own food. The ants also operate an efficient waste management system from their nests.
and a photo from the archives…..early morning reflections in Haglebu, Norway………
Thought for the day…” If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future” (Winston Churchill).
” Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever” (Walt Disney)
We all make mistakes, that is only human. But what is wrong, and perhaps even criminal, is when companies make mistakes then are unwilling to put them right. The latest example is by a Swedish based company called Cyberphoto, who trade online around Scandinavia. Having ordered a new camera from them, I was told that it was on its way to me. First mistake, as it was not. So Cyberphoto had raised my expectations that I would soon receive my shiny new camera, but it was not to be. When it did finally arrive, I saw that Cyberphoto had charged my card twice for the purchase. I returned the camera due to the poor lens quality (Sony A6000, but the Sony 55-210mm kit lens was just too low a quality for the camera) but I am still waiting on Cyberphoto to refund my money. It would not be so bad if Cyberphoto replied to emails promptly, but that seems to be too much for them. So, at the moment, they have both my money and the camera. And they seem to have gone very quiet too.
Making a mistake is not the problem, we all do that. But what is wrong is when a company fails to put things right promptly. Do Cyberphoto think that I would ever order from them again?? Indeed, unless they refund all my money very quickly then they are going to find a court summons landing on their doorstep. Having been to court before (only as a plaintiff I must add) then I am not afraid to do it again, but it is a sad state of affairs when you have to do this. But the way that this company is behaving, then it deserves to end up in court. And they may well do. Let the buyer beware. And in this case, let Cyberphoto beware, because this particular consumer many just bite back, and bite back hard.
And today’s photo….some Austin Healey cars seen here in Wanaka, New Zealand.
And another photo out of the archives….rope stall in a market in Mozambique….
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