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iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Price: £575.99

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY, 12 Jan. 2014
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Having owned a Roomba previously, I was looking forward to upgrading to the 780 model, but what a mistake that was. The 780 has a problem docking, which other reviews mention, and more often than not I would come home and it was stranded under a couch or simply lying on the floor, battery flat, unable to dock and charge. When first purchased, this problem was occasional and I didn't feel it merited returning the item.

Ten weeks on, however, the docking issue had deteriorated to an unacceptable level, and this is where the real problem lies. The vendor, NETNBUY ES, has a return period of seven days, and suggested I contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer refused to refund me because I didn't buy the Roomba from them. Amazon, despite numerous phone calls & emails, shuffled the issue around their "customer service" department before finally advising me to contact the vendor, which they knew I'd already done. Woefully inadequate, coming from "Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company" (Amazon's words, not mine).

In conclusion, I've bought an item that neither the manufacturer, the vendor nor Amazon are prepared to accept any responsibility for. Following this experience, it'll be paperbacks & DVD's only from Amazon.
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Black - 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet / Pedestal with Locking Drawers, Great Introductory price.
Black - 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet / Pedestal with Locking Drawers, Great Introductory price.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible, 10 Aug. 2012
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I hired a joiner to assemble this cabinet, and it took him and his colleague over two hours to finish the job. In his own words, he "could have fitted a kitchen quicker". Bear in mind that this is a professional joiner, so good luck to the average person constructing this cabinet.

Specifically, the locking system is pretty much impossible to set, and the build quality and finish of the cabinet is cheap (even at the introductory price).

Finally, the laminate finish on the cabinet was torn and damaged in two small areas. Not hugely important, but it all added up to a pretty grim experience.


Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
by Mark, Jr. Kram
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars well written , but a very bitter assessment of Ali, 14 Feb. 2002
In describing Ali's third and most brutal war with Joe Frazier, Kram twists and distorts plain facts and truths to suit his own agenda,which appears to concern itself with exacting some kind of revenge on Ali for an imaginary crime or slight Kram never explains.
Ali is portrayed as a cesspit of human morality, a womaniser ( already well-documented), a figure of no social or cultural impact and, most offensively of all, a coward who refused to fight for his country.
Even amidst the aclaim surrounding his 60th birthday, no sane person would argue that Ali is a saint, but he was a tremendously exciting and enthralling sporting figure who transcended boxing and became an icon and a hero to millions around the world.
Did he achieve this by being a coward, as Kram asserts? Did cowardice see him through his battles with Sonny Liston, George Foreman and, most of all, the American media and Government? I think not. Ali had the heart of a lion, and it must have taken unimaginable courage to surrender his World Championship over his very genuine religious beliefs.
The history Ali ultimately made tells us differently now, but in 1967, nobody expected to see him box again, far less regain his title on that epic night in Zaire.
It seems Kram has elected to interpret Ali's story - and history - very differently from anybody else, as if he is nursing a personal grievance...
Go and buy Thomas Hauser's comprehensive biography, or better still, David Remnick's magnificent King Of The World & Hugh Mcilvanny's On Boxing for writing that does Ali justice. To millions, he'll always be The Greatest.


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