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Nicholas de Wolff @usdew
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Just for the heck of it, I'm live-tweeting my attempt to purchase a new smartphone: the @oneplus 6T
Not starting marvelously. The company's "extraordinary Black Friday deal is a free $14 car charger! They're really *driving* a big bargain, there.
I got a referral from a colleague, which is supposed to give me $20 off my purchase, but the site won't accept the code. Uh-oh.
On top of that, @oneplus sent me a code for free priority shipping...you guessed it, not accepted!
Should I Be taking all these as dark omens for a bd future experience with the phone itself, or forge ahead?
Talking to @oneplus Live Chat support now...let's see what they say
They just claimed I'm only allowed one voucher per purchase, even though their site has this odd feature that lets you "Check ALL vouchers"..?
Then again, at this point, I'm eager to see if they honor even one voucher, as they have suddenly stopped responding to the chat session!
Still no answer in the chat...odd.
Oh. The @oneplus Live chat rep just dumped the chat (perhaps because I'm live tweeting the experience?)
Despite @Slackermom66 's and others very wise advice to run for the hills, I am getting back in line (number 19 waiting!), just to see how this all continues to unfold. Am decidedly on the fence now, though.
Looks as if we're moving faster this time round: Live chat queue number 15!
Now, I'm number 12!
Number 9...I'm aging fast here.
Seven, and waiting...torture.
(and yes, I am amusing myself by finding relevant images, during the wait!)
"Gemma" just said "hello" I feel like I should be hunting for a picture of Lionel Richie (the 80s folks will get it).
This @oneplus live chatter is not terribly chatty. Not much after "hello", though she was courteous enough to apologize for Rosalyn's sudden departure. That's it, so far...
Gemma just said "hello"...again. I think we've been here before.
Still silence, despite my pinging her three times now. Time for Lionel.
I'm getting sound advice from my @Twitter friends (this one from @FiScottMcGowan)
Interminable...Take your pick of iconic musical references, but we definitely have some sort of Communication Breakdown here.
...just when you thought it couldn't get any more silly, Gemma just came back (hope she had a nice lunch break), and advised me they can not cancel my order.

I have not placed any order, yet.
Cue Simon & Garfunkel
Oops, they did it again! @Oneplus bumped me from the chat a SECOND time. I'm number 51 in line now (3rd go-round). I think it's time to throw in the towel, and see what @Google has to offer...bye @petelau2007 - the dream was bright, but short.
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