I don't appreciate being called a scoundrel
Not you, but some of the software that you partner in marketing. Your company is simply a happy partner to scoundrels. And I only say that now, after watching your blasé unconcern about the integrity issues of your partnerships.
On Echinacea -- find me one peer reviewed research ..
Now you sound like simply a lobbyist shill for the pharmaceutical companies.
When even the establishment source, the University of Maryland, says ..
"Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects."
Why would I care about your nonsense challenge, defining everything on your parsed terms. And Alex, do you attack all the unproven and dangerous chemotherapy treatment, that have never passed muster on peer-reviewed trials, or are you simply a hypocrite on a crusade against natural therapies ?
I am not a medical expert
That's obvious. You just pretend to be one for political purposes.
if I'm Visa or TrialPay and you are committed to buying this product
Your analogy fails miserably when you are creating 'partners' for phoney products. You apparently vette one side of the partnership a little bit, the ones who pay you, yet you will take any rogues and scoundrels on the other end. Now we know now your modus operandi.
(One other sad thing about this is that it will ultimately taint the many small and good software companies who are using Trialpay, as well as Trialpay, as well as the various partners.)
we have a clear feedback mechanism (like eBay) by which bad sellers are immediately removed from our system.
Where do you announce those removals ????? I would love to see that list.
And this includes the Registry Cleaner product that vanished, I presume, that you refused to comment upon. Do you take any responsibility for having encouraged the partnerships that trashed and annoyed and stole from folks to begin with ?
the "web of business relationships" was something that the New York Times wrote about us in a piece
Obviously they were not aware of your true attitude towards this web.. $ talks, and only $.
- The partnerships are the advertising partners (Gap, Discover Card, etc) we work with on the other end.
So the partnership is only on one end ? Then you have an ethical responsibility to put that right next to the NYTimes quote on the Trialpay site.
"We do not partner with the vendors, we check nothing, and 'caveat emptor' is our real motto".
Note, however you are contradicting your own literature claims, which specifically talks about merchant partners
More than 3,000 companies use TrialPay as an alternative payment
method, including McAfee, Corel, The Wall Street Journal, Ziff Davis
Publishing, WeatherBug, Plaxo and Skype"
And now we know these partners will include rogueware.
Alex, I started this discussion fairly neutral about Trialpay. Now that I know your real attitude, and how you don't even know your own public claims about partners
, I cannot recommend you to anybody for anything. The real story has come out.
Carol, I agree with you that even the legit registry products can do damage, that is why even the ones from legit companies (ie. they have real contacts, real customer service, refunds, forums, support, no games with the software and billing) should be used with great caution, and the companies should be encouraging their users to use caution.
However there is a whole industry of fly-by-night products (see all the ads for errornuker and regcure and dozens of other shady products), dens of thieves, and they are quickly learning to partner with Trialpay to be linked with respectable partners.
When I began this aspect of the discussion, my real hope was a responsive Trialpay, one that would be attuned to ethical concerns in their marketing partnerships. Then I could use them without much hesitation. After seeing the posts from the CEO, Alex Rampell, I now have learned a lot about the corporate merchandising ethical void, the blindness when it comes to software and system and personal integrity in partnerships.