ED Magedson – Founder
America Invents, LLC220 Halleck St. San Francisco, California United States of America
America Invents and Bill Seidel are operating a Bait-and-Switch Scam.
STEP 1- THE BAIT- Promise the client anything. He told me he would build a prototype for my project. He never said anything about me paying for it in addition to his initial fee. In fact when I asked him about this he told me dont worry about that. Well take care of it. When I asked about the minimum financial requirements for clients he said thats just a formality, dont worry about that. I had already told him that I am disabled and have no income. Then he started giving me progress reports about building the prototype for three months.
STEP 2- PRETEND TO WORK ON IT- We have reviewed your product on Wednesday and its great! You have a very clever product that is very well designed. We have a company that has expressed interest in the application. They are not a manufacturer but an appliance company, however they believe it has sizeable potential. He told me by phone that the owner of the appliance company was a friend of his and that the appliance company had a fabrication shop and was going to help with the prototype. He said he was going to tour their fabrication shop. Your baby is in good hands. I thing we have the company to make the prototype. I need more on these heat exchanger plates We will have to figure this out soon and start ordering parts and we need the right parts. We will pin this down and get a good working prototype. I have a great appliance company wants to work with this because they want to test it. I am still holding for some prices and return calls from the companies we have contacted. Everything else you state is on target. Hopefully I can pull the costs together this week and get this prototype under way. When I asked when I would get a prototype he told me I am going to get at least three prototypes to you by the end of the summer of 2008.
STEP 3- CONFUSE THE ISSUES AND STALL- Hes been trying to confuse the issues since, nothing he says makes sense, its all intentionally contradictory and doesnt add up. Five days after the BBB forwarded my complaint to him I received this on
STEP 4- THE SWITCH- Fall back on The Contract. we can make the prototype for you for an additional cost of $11,700. The prototype is the responsibility of the client.
STEP 5- INTIMIDATE CLIENT TO BE QUIET- You agreed to Mediate and/or Arbitrate in
STEP 6- DO IT TO SOMEONE ELSE
America Invents and Bill Seidel are operating a Bait-and-Switch Scam. I didnt give him money to watch me struggle, he said he would build the prototype. After 18 months he has done nothing except practice deception and work his scam. I want my $6300 returned. He has caused me a great loss of development time with his Scam.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/11/2010 08:37 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/America-Invents-LLC/San-Francisco-California-94129/America-Invents-LLC-Bill-Seidel-Bait-and-Switch-Scam-Threates-and-Intimidation-Tactics-t-552325. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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