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February 11, 2013, 10:50:47 PM

When I call the number on the BFL website, it takes me to a voicemail for Dave McClane, I believe his name is. I guess I don't know enough about the BFL business yet, but it strikes me as odd especially when they talk about "our team" on the jobs page, that their line of contact is a personal voicemail. Why doesn't that "team" have a customer support phone number? If they are so backlogged with e-mails about shipment dates and a misplaced account login URL, are they going to get around to cancellation e-mails before those orders ship?

Given the demand and likely large quantities of orders queued up, I don't see why such a business would operate without a customer service phone number. And some dude named Dave who doesn't answer the phone during business hours -- what's the point?
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February 11, 2013, 11:03:22 PM

Dave is BFL's account manager.
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February 11, 2013, 11:11:04 PM

It might be annoying, but it's not particularly unusual for small companies these days to do the majority of their customer support electronically.  Routing phone calls to voicemail means that you can prioritise call-backs and make them at a time when you don't need to focus on other tasks.  Answering routine phone calls from customers is likely not the most effective use of Dave's time when those questions could easily be answered by Josh on the BFL forums or by an email to Jody.

Phone-based customer support is massively expensive, which is one reason it's often out-sourced by larger companies.

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February 12, 2013, 12:03:55 AM

Their jobs page is an example of how BS I think they are. Anyone looking to actually hire someone would not put honestly say they are looking for an "Engineer" with no other indicator as to what kind of skills. It's the most broad term, they are basically saying "Yeah we hire people!"
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February 12, 2013, 01:28:15 AM

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February 12, 2013, 04:20:57 PM

Holy Crap, Dave knows John Stamos.
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February 12, 2013, 04:22:09 PM

Is that the Awkward Beard Society?
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