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Is CafePress Opening Shops and Selling Items Without Asking You? Find Out.

Without asking, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress has opened a shop on Irregular Times’ account and started selling items with our pictures on them. First, let me show you what’s happened, with screen captures for purposes of documentation. Then, let me explain why I’m upset about it.

CafePress administration opens a mystery shop on Irregular Times’ [...]

Irregular Wisdom From PayPal’s Programmed Agent

My customer service interaction with “Sarah”, a computer program that is supposed to be cleverly programmed to deliver me appropriate answers to my questions about PayPal:

“You: Sarah, the $400 I was supposed to have received days ago from PayPal never arrived.

Sarah: Are you having an issue: -Printing your shipping label -Finding the [...]

Water Torture: Bureaucratic or Just Business?

If you want to know whether a practice has become regular within an organization, look for the form:

[Partially Declassified Inspector General Report page 219]

At the sight of a CIA form to document certification and recertification in torture techniques (so qualified under 18 USC 2340), some may be tempted to discuss the banality [...]

Documented: CafePress Shop Sales Posted as Marketplace Sales, To CafePress' Benefit. Check Your Reports!

On June 2, 2009, we at Irregular Times withdrew from one of the two ways of selling shirts, bumper stickers and buttons at the online merchandiser CafePress. On June 1, CafePress started charging customers more and (paying its graphic designers less) when purchases were made via their search engine they call the “Marketplace.” We didn’t [...]