BBB Says Cheap Computer Offer Too Good To Be True

B for Bad Offer. This guy is happy with his operating system, but says the RAM is lacking.
  • "B" for Bad Offer. This guy is happy with his operating system, but says the RAM is lacking.

Ruth Sloan, a sweet 83-year-old woman, was flipping through her Plain Dealer recently when she spotted a full page ad that was right up her alley. Sprawled across the page was an offer for laptop computers on the cheap, part of a “new national program,” the copy claimed.

Underneath a grainy shot of a your everyday laptop, the text explained that consumers could get their hands on a limited supply of EZ Books — “Windows powered PCs” perfect for “students, grandparents and small businesses.” The computers ran “$600 in stores,” the text read, but if consumers called before “lines close in 48 hours,” they’d only have to dish out $179 for the hardware. Sloan was sold on what appeared to be a legit offer.

“I had been thinking about getting one so I could keep in touch closer with my cousin in Virginia,” she tells Scene. “I’m 83 and it’s hard for me to read and I can’t do much writing, so I thought this would be a good way.”

But when the delivery hit her doorstep, Sloan says she was stuck with a bunk product.

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