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Oh, for crying out loud, I'm trying to find a justifiable example here and everyone treats like there isn't, but surely there is because these places are obviously in business.

the reason they exist is because poor stupid people who dont know any better are easy prey to companies who have no ethical objection to exploitation if it turns a profit. anyone with common sense can tell those places are scams, the final price for a junk $400 laptop ends up being like $2000 with the way they structure their pricing... however, ignorant broke people who know nothing about computers or the value/worth of these things just sees "you can own a fancy computer or a PS3 for only 50 dollars a month!" and jump on it without realizing they end up paying 500% of the actual cost by the time they finish.

Those companies are run by scumbags.
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Originally Posted by Artev;13392082 
Those companies are run by scumbags.

So much industry exists for profit and not benefit.
    
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm;13391028 
If this is what it looks like...it is just like that school that tapped into the built in web cam to find a stolen laptop and got into all sorts of trouble. They were spying on every student at the high school...in their bedrooms alot of the time.

I have always disabled the webcam on my laptops...

Yeah I use a iMAc at work and I put a piece of tape over the webcam above the monitor. All my coworkers think I'm crazy but I know how tech savvy our boss is and wouldn't put it past him to spy on us.
    
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oh and... my only first person experience with that type of place is this:

I was going on vacation the next day and someone contacted me with a very lucrative freelance gig that was too good to pass up and my laptop was on the fritz so my fiance went to Aaron's to rent one for the weekend. It cost 40 dollars for 3 days (which... is absurd) and when I actually tried to work on it, it was so terrible spec-wise and bogged down with bloatware that it was totally unusable. I returned it when I got back and demanded my money back. While I was in the store, I looked at the price tag for the laptop she had rented (their "top of the line" system) and the final cost was something like 2600 dollars OR 1800 dollars if you paid for it all up front. This was a laptop with a celeron processor and 256 mbs of ram and a 60 gig hard drive! in 2009!!
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Originally Posted by Artev;13392195 
oh and... my only first person experience with that type of place is this:

I was going on vacation the next day and someone contacted me with a very lucrative freelance gig that was too good to pass up and my laptop was on the fritz so my fiance went to Aaron's to rent one for the weekend. It cost 40 dollars for 3 days (which... is absurd) and when I actually tried to work on it, it was so terrible spec-wise and bogged down with bloatware that it was totally unusable. I returned it when I got back and demanded my money back. While I was in the store, I looked at the price tag for the laptop she had rented (their "top of the line" system) and the final cost was something like 2600 dollars OR 1800 dollars if you paid for it all up front. This was a laptop with a celeron processor and 256 mbs of ram and a 60 gig hard drive! in 2009!!

Your first post was the people who rent are "poor and stupid", then your next post is that your fiance' rented one.
post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;13391192 
I disagree completely.

Unless they signed something which outlined: "by the way, when you rent a computer from us we reserve the right to open up the camera and see what you're doing at any time".

Would it be okay if you rented a bed, with a camera in it, which they could access remotely?

Only if I got my share of the online porn rental profit... LOL!



They prey on the lack of credit of those who have to resort to renting to own.

I disagree. They prey on the lack of intelligence of those who have to resort to renting to own.

My first job out of the military was working at a rent to own store. I was always amazed at the people coming in to rent, thinking it was a great deal. Even when they tell them up front, that after you pay off the purchase, you would be paying more than 3 times the cost of the item 90% still didn't understand until 6 months went by and they were shocked that they still had to pay the rental fee. All of them complained that "they didn't know they were paying 3x the cost" when they clearly initialed and signed the document. I think around 70% of the rentals ended up being repossessed. Make no mistake, this is exactly how the rental companies want it too. They make the money off the item (since it is marked above MSRP), they make money off the rental and they write off damages to the rental equipment and then re-rent it. It is a win win situation only for the rental company because they have all of their bases covered.
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post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;13391374 
If you need a fridge, or your food sits on the kitchen table and goes to waste, then you don't have a choice.

Again, I disagree.
First there are many many charity organizations that would provide someone in that situation a working fridge.

Second, it would be cheaper in the long run to buy a Coleman cooler and keep it packed with ice.


I know. I have been there.
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