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  • Submitted: Thu, January 23, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, June 27, 2014

  • Reported By: David Mitchell Jacobs Schwartz — Boulder Colorado
Higher Publishing Online
9975 Wadsworth Parkway, Unit K2 #271 Westminster, Colorado USA

Higher Publishing Online Boulder Coffee News Instead of refunding money, he offered products I don't need. Now, I can't find him to take him to small claims! Westminster Colorado

*Author of original report: May, 2014 Update

*Author of original report: Address correction

*Author of original report: Update on March 17, 2014

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In June, 2013, I was very happy to make the acquaintance of Ryan A. Sparks. He published The Boulder Coffee News in Boulder, CO, and I wanted to advertise with him for 26 weeks. I gave guitar lessons, and I was to be the exclusive guitar teacher in his publication. I paid $940 for the advertisement. My wife even used his company to design a banner for her business.

For three months, I thought things were okay. Sadly, not one student specified that they read The Coffee News. After the flood, the market was so soft that I quit giving guitar lessons. Sadly, students couldn't commit to coming, much like Ryan Sparks did not fulfill his commitments.

On September 11th, he told me that The Boulder Coffee News was ceasing publication and offered me a $595 credit for other stuff from his company, none of which I needed. For example, I don't need business cards, bumper stickers, flyers, nor magnets. I told him so. He said he was putting together a plan to make things right. I said that the only thing that could make things right was a check for $595 I haven't heard from him since.

I have called, emailed, sent Facebook messages. Interestingly, he posted a picture of his chest tattoo. It seems that if he's the registered agent of a business and can afford a tattoo, then he should be able to cut me a check.  I finally wrote on November 19th, 2013 to inform him that I'd be taking him to small claims court. Still, no response. At the courthouse, I made the acquaintance of some helpful people in the consumer protection division of the district attorney's office. Nonetheless, I haven't heard from him, nor has he sent a check.

On January 17th, 2014, I discovered that his Boulder address was a closed box in an UPS store. According to the Colorado Secretary of State, that address is still tied to his business and listed as being in good standing.

On January 20th, I discovered that his address listed on his website is also a similar box, but the store has refused to verify if it's open or closed.

On January 23rd, I submitted a Better Business Bureau complaint and this Rip-Off Report.

What does that $595 represent? For some it's a vacation. For me, it's medical bills or most of one month's rent, or food for a month. It also is roughly half the value of my beloved Martin 000-15S guitar, which I may have to sell in another 6 months, despite working two jobs. Thank you, Ryan A. Sparks!

I doubt that he will read this complaint, though I want my money back. However, I hope that someone in Colorado will read it and not be stung like me. I may eventually write off the $595. If he tries to retaliate, I will post the details here, maybe the local media, etc.


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#1 Author of original report

May, 2014 Update

AUTHOR: Ploni Admoni - ()

I was scheduled to go to small claims court on May 7th, 2014. He called on May 2nd, apologetically saying he wanted to avoid court and to settle the matter. He said that he was willing to work with me on payment. I said that I was the one working with him, and he owed me $595 balance. I didn't even want the interest as I just want him out of my life. He paid me on May 5th, but owes $91.65 for court and sherriff's service fees. I may well take him back to court for 7% interest on the balance, any and all court costs, etc.

There are others like me. If you have a complaint, please contact the Boulder County and Denver County D.A.s, and send a notarized letter to the state attorney general. He needs to stop defrauding people.

I have his correct address and would publish it, but I don't want him to sue me for divulging it.
The addresses at 4800 Baseline and 9975 Wadsworth Pkwy in Westminster are incorrect.

 

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AUTHOR: Ploni Admoni - ()

The correct address of Ryan Sparks is 1269 Marion Street, Apartment 1 Denver, CO 80218-2206. I am sorry for all you went through, especially when caring for your loved one. I wish you every success.

If you wish to reach me or commisserate about our experiences with Higher Publishing, respond to my ad here: Prized guitar for sale because Ryan Sparks ripped me off. I have to sell a guitar to offset my losses from advertising with Boulder Coffee News. Leave your contact information and mention Ripoff Report. Thanks. 

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Update on March 17, 2014

AUTHOR: Ploni Admoni - ()

Since filing the report, I have discovered that all mailing addresses are false. However, a kind soul who was also harmed by Ryan Sparks forwarded me his contact information. Mr. Sparks owes him back pay from another sketchy business. I will not publish that individual's information so as not to damage his reputation. There's probably a long line of creditors. 

My attempts to resolve this issue have included the BBB and the consumer protection division of the Boulder District Attorney. At this point, I'd have to go to Denver to small claims court. I will be raising my initial amount to about $1,500 for the cost of having him served, the amount I would have made as I'd have to take off work, gas, and to cover collection fees. If I have to enforce a judgement, the collection agency would get a cut, and I need to reclaim that money. I have more evidence against him than he could have for a counter-suit. 

I could easily publish his address and phone number. If anyone else has a claim against him, please reach out. 

 

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