i have never seen a product with reviews this awful, well, except for the giant bag of sugar-free haribo gummis.
this wasn’t a kickstarter where the fans had overoptimistic expectations.
this was a kickstarter where, i’m going to guess, a factory promised the makers their design was workable, took alllll the money, and then shipped back a fancy looking band with speakers taken from the rejects bin from the production line that makes free airplane headsets.
@bx2a5z@Kidsandliz Meh’s not going to learn - Meh’s customers have to learn to avoid outright garbage at any discount cost. They get a warehouse full of garbage at pennies on the pound, they’ll profit if people pay more than a few bucks for each one.
@alacrity Wow I didn’t know that this tech was tried before. Should have figured, it doesn’t need any tech that was not available at the time. I am sure the military pored tons of money into this back during the cold war. Underwater coms, coms that leave your ears open for listening in general… Obviously they couldn’t get it to work, I have never seen anything like it from my military days.
Reading the comments on Kickstarter…this is something you’d buy for that special person…the one you really really despise. Maybe buy one for your favorite politician and hope he uses it?? I can just see everyone at the next “state of the union” address wearing one these.
What I don’t understand is why meh buys things with such horrific reviews and or is not useable because no support, website is gone, no way to download the needed app, etc… That just makes no financial sense to me. And because this has happened enough times recently it makes it harder for me to trust that whatever is being sold is at least usable, even if it is only 2 or 3 stars. Why not at least have your buyers read reviews before they get something? Cheap and non-working is putting a match to our money and your reputation.
I believe the context is “why bother with stuff that’s known to be complete shit?”
Yes @narfcake that is exactly what I meant. Thank you. And @TheMeerkat there has been several products recently that fall into that category. It makes absolutely no sense to me, on many levels, that meh even buys stuff that falls into the total shit and doesn’t even work category. If we can discover these issues within 5 minutes of searching, so can they. It makes no financial sense - even if they got them cheap. It makes no reputational sense as there used to be standards - admittedly generally on the lower side - but standards none the less. Why even sell things known to be DOA, lack support to make them work, are snake oil…? @snapster what the heck is going on?
@Kidsandliz my husband used to work for an ebay consignment store in dallas (back when that was a thing) and people would bring pallets of unsold merchandise from wholesalers to sell online. So if meh buys a pallet of this crap for say, $100 and sells even 10 of them, they’ve made a profit.
@ivannabc Yeah but it isn’t all about profit either. Reputation is attached to this as well and reputation, once lost, is harder to get back.
Also selling crap like this, bricked items, etc. reduces impulse sales (which I am reasonably part of their plan is, to some degree, to get - especially with low cost items) due to the work now involved to find out if buying is actually putting a match to your money or not.
Of course they have a decent customer service department so in that regards you are safe if you make the effort to complain rather than vote with your wallet and not come back - but continuing to sell stuff like this is going to increase the load on them and increase costs that way. And piss off customers when they have to spend the time to deal with it (or decide not to and just absorb the loss).
And because their write ups often have little to do with reality anyway involve literary license, it is hard to know when they are serious that something is crap or are just joking around because it is funny and it is actually just mediocre and thus value, all things considered, for the money.
@ivannabc@Kidsandliz They may also have a deal where a company dumps this stuff and they don’t actually pay anything. “Whatever sells, you get this much from it and we get this much.” And the website is literally “Meh,” so for the most part, it’s pretty much what you expect. It has worked enough that people just check what they have to sell everyday. And while their write-ups are often joking and sarcastic, they have some where they straight-up say it doesn’t work, and this was one of them, along with the Crash supplement thing, at least from recent memory.
From what I can tell, this thing was born in fraudulence and died in fraudulence. You seem to think it’s cute to sell this $25 bottle of pig turds as long as you’re up-front about it. It’s not. It stinks. Like pig turds.
Oof after reading the kickstarter reviews it sounds like a terrible quality wearable party speaker. But hey, if you want to be where the music is at for the party just make this the music and people will follow! Or leave immediately realizing how lame the party is haha
I hope meh only did this as a consignment deal, is being paid for the web exposure, is compensated for the meh brand hit, is receiving a 50% discount on Omaha steaks, all employees received a 20 minute lap dance with tequila shots and is just honoring their loss playing rock- paper - scissors?
They sat in silence the rest of the flight. Joshua had promised proof that not only was Jessie alive, the others were as well. Carla slept, the first time in weeks without Crash.
The plane landed in Brisbane at 5:30 the next morning. Joshua led the way out of the terminal and into a waiting black G63. The driver took them north, away from town, parking at the beach in the town of Woorim. Joshua led them out onto the sand, finally stopping at the water’s edge. The driver pulled a giant black amplifier from the trunk and brought it along.
Kaito opened his backpack and removed a strange, horseshoe-shaped band. “Put this on,” he said, handing it to Carla. She tried to wear it like a hairband, and he showed her the correct, backwards, behind-the-head orientation.
“Now we use the app to talk to your friend.”
“You … wrote an app?”
“Of course I did! Everything has an app. Even Members.”
He opened the app on his phone. It showed an oscilloscope and a text pad.
“Text your friend. You’ll see her answer, and you might even hear it.”
Carla nervously tapped out:
“Jessie? Can you hear me? It’s Carla.”
The oscilloscope drew waves, jagged peaks, and lines, and the amplifier hummed to life. The sound was like the song of a humpback whale.
Carla heard a voice she didn’t think she’d ever hear again. It wasn’t in her ears, it was in her skull, directly in her bones.
When this came up last night I actually had hope that, as a hearing aid wearer, this would actually work for me (home use, not public) since all headphones are either impossible to use, extremely uncomfortable, or cause feedback issues. I didn’t bite after reading about them, but I’m even more disappointed in you now for briefly getting my hopes up.
@PurplePawprints there’s a bunch of different brands out there, so don’t give up. I remember seeing some sunglasses with it built into the temples. Someone linked above a pair of $150 ones that they said were decent.
@sammydog01@RiotDemon Thank you! I’ll start checking them out. I honestly didn’t even know this was a thing until this “deal” so I guess I can’t be too mad at Meh about it anymore since I at least now know this is a possibility.
@therealjrn It’s not so bad, to be honest. I’ve been wearing at least one since I was age 7, and started wearing one in each ear when I was in my early twenties. Hearing aids have come such a long way in the last 30 years. Mine even have bluetooth, but the ones I have only work with Apple devices, which I don’t use. My hearing loss is pretty severe, so I have to wear the “behind the ear” style, but even those are much less noticeable than they used to be. Hearing in loud and crowded situations is still a shit show, but I don’t expect miracles anymore.
@PurplePawprints I’ve worn glasses since ~12 YO. I keep my home quiet, actively defended against outside noises. I also wore braces on my teeth. Dr. Corely had a son who went to HS with me, the son drove a nice Porche.
I don’t know what it was, but it might have been an education in the value of a good education.
I suppose hearing assists are along the same lines. Crap.
I’ve been drinking today so it’s not the best time to be making life changing decisions.
@PurplePawprints@sammydog01 They also make bone conducting hearing aids. A cousin’s kid has one. What is a riot is when she puts the box she wears to pick up sounds and puts that next to her ipod to listen to music.
@therealjrn Go to costco, they’re the cheapest by far of any of the places with a licensed audiologist.
6-month “try as many pairs as you need to” period, no questions asked.
However, the hearing aid companies won’t let Costco sell their “top-of-the-line” models. The Kirkland branded set is the bestest deal by far of any of the hearing aids they sell if it suits your needs.
@PurplePawprints@sammydog01 i got to try the trekz air version today; my boss bought a pair last week. I wasn’t impressed. I mean they sound fine, but it seemed like most of the sound actually came out through the air from speaker type holes in the little pads, and she could hear the music standing near me. They were definitely putting out sound into the world.
Of course, she had her phone turned up pretty loud. When I asked my coworker to say something to me from across the room, I couldn’t hear that he was making a sound even though my ears were completely uncovered.
@djslack@sammydog01 Yeah, I ended up buying this version. I was not impressed for the price. They aren’t as comfortable as I’d hoped, and the band isn’t adjustable so it’s too big in the back. I couldn’t hear the sound well enough unless the volume on my device was turned way up, and then I got horrible vibration. However, I ended up keeping them because if I turn on the telecoil setting on my hearing aid it works (almost) perfectly. So, they might work well enough for someone with great hearing (and might be worth it at a much cheaper price point), and they might work well for someone who wears hearing aids with a telecoil, but on average, I don’t think they meet the claims they make.
@therealjrn True, but if I someday decide I miss the “advantages” of my VMP membership, I can always just send them $5! The icon is nice, I have to admit! I’m guessing the boys at Meh are Trump supporters?
@narfcake@therealjrn Well, yeah. I’m actually old enough to remember when they sold these “bone conduction” speakers or earphones in the ads in the back of comic books, along with the x-ray glasses and rupture belts (ask your grandfather). Crap is crap, whether or not it involves bluetooth or kickstarter.
Kudos to Meh, though, for admitting up front that they don’t work, and more importantly, for knowing that their “community” will buy them anyway!