This is a short PSA to warn potential buyers: don't buy The Internet is a Playground from David Thorne aka @27bslash6. It's a scam.
I've ordered the book on June 25th. On September 2, I started wondering why I hadn't received anything, and sent out an email to inquire about it. Then another email. Then another email. Then another one. One month later I eventually received a cut and paste response telling they could "file a refund request for me". Like, they have my money, but they cannot refund, they have to "file a request". Rrright. I'll remember to try this one next time I have to pay taxes.
So far, I've sent them 14 emails and a few tweets, without any luck and nothing more than identical proposals to "file a request for refund" (replying "yes please file a request" didn't do anything, of course). No book, no money back. I've eventually contacted Paypal and tried to file a dispute there, but they don't want to hear about failed transactions when they are too old.
Lesson learned: people who seem to be funny assholes are, well, assholes. Next time I'll spend the $28 on a tshirt or a donation.
Update: Related. This shows just how dishonest the guy is.
Another update: there has been some serious backlash on community site Reddit. Lies, fake replies from fake accounts, and replies deleted once proven false by another commentator. David Thorne at its finest.
Funnily enough, David Thorne somehow thinks I'm responsible for it :)
Final update: aaaaaaand I finally received the book, nearly 5 months after my ordering and after all that pathetic mess. Book is small, paper is so cheap that it's not even completely white and you can see through it. Didn't read it but trashcan seems to have liked it. End of this fucked up story.
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