And there’s the rub … they don’t.

Hm. I think it’s pretty common, over here, at least. However, if somebody doesn’t, and the information is available….. it’s kind of on them, not the vendor.

And yet, it never does know; whenever I present myself in the U.K. for any reason, I have to explain where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing for the last two, five, ten years this time — again.

Not sure what this has to do with VENDORS and SERVICE PROVIDERS being anonymous. Kind of a different issue.

But, I agree that since the NHS is a single source, it is weird that they don’t have a master patient record of every treatment they’ve paid for. We have the problem here, too, of course, but that’s because we have privately owned medical provider systems which don’t share information. For obvious reasons.

Yeah and then there’s ‘Like’ pharming, rent-an-audience, rent-a-crowd, bots, you name it — either people don’t believe the reviews because they know they’re fake and go by personal recommendation, or they ignore the reviews and go with their gut, or they decide you can’t relay on the reviews so why worry just buy it and if it doesn’t work get your money back.

There are indeed issues with the systems, but they do provide some guidance; especially if they’re curated, which is probably where that specialty is going. It;s really not hard, if the website decides, to limit one comment per instance to a single IP address, for example. Makes it much harder to game the system.

I hear that malls are having trouble

Amazon is definitely affecting brick and mortar, especially in the high rent mall sector.

local stores take up the slack and people go to their local Tesco/Sainsbury supermarket for food, which will never go out of business.

Well, we have Wal-Mart, which is the same idea.

And I’ve never heard of the Better Business Bureau … what is it, where is it, what’s my local equivalent?

Don’t know. The BBB is a private organization in every major city. It tracks consumer complaints levied against companies in its geography. It’s not a perfect system — — nothing is — — but it’s another level where a consumer can go to see if any complaints have been filed on somebody they care to do business with.

Yeah, right … come to the U.K. where the Police stated officially, years ago now, that they only investigate every second crime and have never investigated financial crime anyway

Well, that is a problem. Here, the police take fraud seriously and will investigate if above certain dollar figures which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Below that dollar figure, the individual can sue the vendor in Small Claims Court, at which a lawyer is neither needed nor expected.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.