Ugh, those 'recommendations' sound pretty lucrative... err expensive, don't you think?
Someone showed the guy a picture (a building) and then he hold a camera and then focus his "energy" into it, and then they took out the negative to develop and the picture that came out was blurry but still you could make out a "shape" of that building.
Paging Mr. Randi, Mr. James Randi you have a phone call on the wooscam line.
When you have a contract, it is not "unordered", it is "failed to fulfill contract"
I think one of the big issues here is that the person receiving the equipment isn't in breach of contract. They aren't the one failing to fulfill a contract, it's the seller that is in that state.
I take it you never had a job that requires you to be available and physically present, but not actively working.
I once spent a week doing nothing because we were installing a monitoring station in the middle of nowhere (literally in the middle of a desert). We needed someone onsite in case something went wrong during testing and getting to and from the site required a helicopter ride. That would get kind of pricy if every 4 hours you had to make 2x 40 minute helicopter flights. Needless to say, I was very thankful for satellite internet access.
Perhaps not for you. I'm currently laid up recovering from a surgery, not allowed out of bed for 2 weeks. The last thing I want to be bothered with is wasting my time trying to figure out how I'm going fix your mistake.
That's not at issue here. Returning the product is the right thing to do. However, threatening legal action to solicite such a return is not the right thing to do.
This was not solicited. Something was solicited, but what was sent was unsolicited. Companies have tried to use techniques like this in the past.
1. Customer orders the base model of a product
2. Company sends the 'deluxe' version of that product
3. Company says you owe us $X more because you got the deluxe version.
Even though the customer ordered a product, the 'deluxe' version was unsolicited.
The game was solicited. The PS Vita was unsolicited.
The line you quoted speaks of reserving the right to keep the merchandise. That right there means that you HAVE the right to keep the merchandise already, and your offer to let them come and pick it up is just a courtesy you are offering to the company.
ie: You don't have to return it, but the FTC is telling you how you might want to go about getting the company to collect it if you wished to return it.
Good thing you returned them. It could have easily been a variant (albeit expensive) of the drop a thumbdrive outside a bank and see if they are dumb enough to plug it in attack.
I used to buy on demand movies all the time. FIOS put an end to that with their horrible interface.
That, and disabling fast forward. If I accidentally hit 'stop' it always forgets where I was in a program and acts like I'm going to sit through 40 minutes of a show just to get back to where I was. Yes NBC, I was going to watch one of your shows but I'm not gonna sit through the first episode 1.8 times just to watch the last 10 mins.
Well. At least I don't need to bother signing up with spotify now. Thanks.
Yes, I'm quite sure you would be fine. Why, in 100 years time, we could probably find your body in remarkable condition.
Good luck with your accreditations. I'd be willing to bet that there are a few 'pedigree' requirements with regard to your faculty. That said, if you make enough news with your 'alternative' you might be able to get people to not care.
Unfortunately for someone like me, any contract I work for the government usually has strict degree/education standards.
Welcome to the world of security clearances. Sure, they tell you, "Don't worry, as long as it's 'managed', it shouldn't disqualify you." Of course, anyone with half a brain realizes 'Yeah, it's going to bite you in the ass.'
Talk to anyone with a security clearance about the fear of going to a psychologist, and they will tell you it's a real thing.
(Not sure if I know of a good solution though. You do want the people to get treatment who need it, but you don't want to just ignore the guys who hear voices either)
Nothing so advanced, based on my experience in a government contracting office usually it boils down to this:
Legal requirements for maintaining paper copies
20+ years of 'this is how we do it'
current state of 'but digitizing papers with signatures on them requires discipline'
Trust me, I'd LOVE to have the contracts in an electronic format. It's damned annoying that every time I want to know what changed from one contract mod to the next that I have to get the contracting office to produce a scanned (but not OCR'd) copy of the signed original and then play 'guess what one line changed' on a 200 page document.