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Money Laundering Via Author Impersonation on Amazon?
Patrick Reames had no idea why Amazon.com sent him a 1099 form saying he’d made almost $24,000 selling books via Createspace, the company’s on-demand publishing arm. That is, until he searched the site for his name and discovered someone has been using it to peddle a $555 book that’s full of nothing but gibberish.
h/t to Andrew Ducker
This is why I will not fuck with Amazon.
Not sure if there is crime involved here, but it looks like it:
OMG. Sure sounds like a crime to me.
And now this happened.
People who commit suicide after their domestic violence crimes come to light – they knew what they were doing was wrong. That’s the part that always gets me. They know it’s wrong, and yet they’re selfish enough to do it anyhow.
Hence when it came to fiction:
or should this be in #DammitKansas
Isn’t this why those high school kids are running for governor?
Public relations nightmare. Not fraud
Thing is, Ticket Bastard has a nigh-monopoly on big-stadium ticketing. So what, other than people abandoning live shows in droves, would make them change?
Legislation? An effective competitor?
On two occasions I have had friends get sick the day we were going to a show, and I’ve been in the position of trying to recoup the ticket price. Both times I was just selling for exactly what I’d paid for it. Once I managed to sell, and once I had security lean on me to make me stop (and yes I was well away from the door).
Then there’s my friend who bought a block of tickets because all these people told her they were going and would pay her, and then changed their minds. She resold 6 tickets to a professional scalper who gave her less than half face value.
And I think that’s what burns me the most about this. The fan who’s been stiffed by friends not paying them before the show and then not showing up – they get leaned on. The professional gougers get cozied up to.
Fuck that shit.
Yeah, I used stubhub to sell tickets once on the day of a sold out show when we had a major storm and were without power (or showers) and another time when I bought tickets to something and then found out my wife hated that band and really didn’t want to go to. Selling 2 or 4 tickets secondhand should be fine. Fans get to see the show they want, the venue sells more concessions, bands sell more merch, etc., vs having empty seats. It’s a win-win-win.
But people buying out blocks of 5 million tickets just to resell at inflated prices? That’s a different thing.
Yeh but it’s piracy that is killing music, not “grossly cartelised and obviously corrupt corporate influences”.
I mean, duh.
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