Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Why I Wasn't Served A Summons?

One interesting thing I noticed is that Winn and Sims paid $22 to serve my summon to appear in court (mine must have been a deal because they paid $45 for a different one to be served). The company that they paid to do it is based in Los Angeles (I'm in San Diego), which is a 216 mile round-trip between their location and the location I was supposed to be served papers at.

Now lets do the math here... Cheap gas is at least $2/gallon around here, but let's call it $1.80 to be nice. And figure an average car probably gets around 20 miles per gallon. So hypothetically 11 gallons of gas could have been required to properly serve me (which works out to roughly $20 in gas). Now, if there was absolutely no traffic it would be a 4 hour round-trip, but we are talking about Los Angeles here, so 6 hours round-trip is a more realistic estimate. Not even taking into expenses like wear and tear on the vehicle, that leaves about $0.33 per hour that this company made to serve me papers (of course, they also need to pay their employee out of that sum of money as well).

I'll assume that a someone that was intelligent enough to go through law school would realize that for $22, it probably was never actually going to happen. In fact, I would bet money that if I asked an unemployed homeless guy (that happened to have a car) to drop something off for me in Los Angeles for $22, he would laugh at me.

It's quite possible that Winn and Sims just thought it was their lucky day, and got a deal of a lifetime. Personally, I think Crystal Jackson at Executive Attorney Services screwed Winn and Sims (they were out $22 and I never got served any papers).

Saturday, September 11, 2004

All Sorts Of Good Domains

Winn and Sims went on a tear and bought all sorts of good domains. Maybe they are expanding and would like to have a unique domain for each office location or something.

probably others too...

They already own, and I'm going to give them, so their collection should be complete soon. :)

Someone should also tell Kel-tek (the company they outsource their IT needs to) that there are places that are much cheaper than Network Solutions for registering domains. 10 domains for 5 years each at Network Solutions works out to $999.50 for a bunch of useless domains. You could have gotten those same domains for the same terms for $347.50 through Omnis. Oh well... {shrug}

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Winn And Sims Better Business Bureau Record

It seems I'm not the only one that has complaints about Winn and Sims as a company. They seem to have an unsatisfactory standing with the Better Business Bureau. In fact, they have the lowest possible rating with the Better Business Bureau (a rating of "F").
...F means that we strongly question the company’s reliability for reasons such as that they have failed to respond to complaints, their advertising is grossly misleading, they are not in compliance with the law’s licensing or registration requirements, their complaints contain especially serious allegations, or the company’s industry is known to us for its fraudulent business practices.

For the record, I did not do anything with the Better Business Bureau regarding Winn and Sims (or anyone for that matter). Personally, I think it's a waste of time. But I still think it's interesting that others have followed through with it.