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    danpi Ben's cred: 114
    Posted 9:38 am PST 02/3/07

    The Brix are back. Grab your scumbrellas. Mike M. out of the closet. Scams are back in season. For more info on these PO box actors see http://bensbargains.net/redirect/18214 or http://bensbargains.net/redirect/18677 .

    PS: Be sure to check your wallet before and after.

    PPS: Use fill out papers for a CC dispute.

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    1) I have nothing to do with any host company. My registrar is GoDaddy and my web site is hoted for free by Google. Google is not only free, but their service and reliability is superb. It is baffling why anyone would want to fork over $$ to a M&M and his schills.
    2) PO's and other info are documented on the link.
    3) The annoyance is that Ben's seems to be posting for $$ without filtering for bonafide deals (g bargains). If you deal with someone who won't fork up their real contact info and posts pictures of NASA (figurative) as their facility, why not send money to the Nigerian (if you don't know what I am talking about try googling the "nigerian scam", though there are some newer and better scams, right Mark M?
    4) Sammy AKA Mark M?

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    sammyj53 Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 10:07 am PST 02/3/07

    So #1, which hosting company do you work for?
    OMG! They have a PO box??? Holy crap! Stay far far away!! Anyone with a PO box deserves to be shot!
    So the question is, why do you feel so threatened by Hostbrix, #1? Are they taking your business? Or have PO boxes just dealt you that bad of a hand in life?

    Here's the thing: I'm hosting 2 sites with these guys. Any questions I've had, they've responded to right away. I had some failed tests and warnings on DNSreports.com and they fixed them all within a few hours. I haven't noticed any downtime at all, compared to my previous host which was down, down, down a lot.

    And no, I'm not MarkM's split personality, or another HB employee, or anything like that. I was just looking for some hosting a couple months ago, saw these guys had a promo, saw that MarkM was really helpful on the forums, and figured I'd give it a go. Since I signed up I've had nothing but a pleasant hosting experience.

    I will probably get bombarded with insults now, for absolutely no reason. Anyway, it's a difficult thing to find a decent and cheap host these days, but for now I'm feeling pretty good about my choice.

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    MarkM Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 10:34 am PST 02/3/07

    #2, Thank you for your response.

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    divxfsrv Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 10:37 am PST 02/3/07

    wait.. I am confused now... they don't have PO box, I went to their website and click on CONTACT US and I see this
    Mailing Address
    HostBrix.com
    3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Suite 420
    Studio City, CA 91604
    that.. looks... like... an actual place to me

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    divxfsrv Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 10:40 am PST 02/3/07

    Just one more thing #1, CC dispute isn't all that hard, just call them and tell them what's up (your cc company).
    This remind me of when godaddy try to charge me 2000+ dollars (that's not a typo) cause they claim I've gone over my traffic limit ... very interesting seeing I was hosting a blog... right regardless of what they say, I told them they should have shut down my account rather than expecting me to pay, so I just didn't pay
    guess what, they canceled the charges.

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 10:42 am PST 02/3/07

    Never forget Lead Brix. The issue is not that they have a rental mailbox address. The issue is they refuse to say where they're offices are located other than saying they've got one in the US and one in Canada. They try to hide the fact they're using a rental mailbox as their main address by adding "suite" in place of box. They have in an incredibly limited number of IP addresses that they rent. They hid their domain registration information until finally cracking to the pressure only to list their rental address. Never forget their invalid SSL certificate issues or their crappy phones being down/endless loop of "your wait time is 5 minutes". Never forget that MarkM spams the internet and got busted on it in other forums (see http://www.bensbargains.net/deal/18214/1).

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 10:45 am PST 02/3/07

    #4 it's not a PO Box but a rental mailbox from a place along the lines of a UPS Store or the old Mailboxes Etc. They try to hide that by using suite but the address is merely a box they rent from the Studio City Postal Center which is the only thing located at that address.

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    machrob Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 12:00 pm PST 02/3/07

    WHO CARES if they have a PO box


    99% of your "hosts" out there are reselling their services to you.

    you're mistaken if you think they all have these big secure data centers somewhere.

    It doesnt matter where their offices are located. It's a web business, not a store.

    I run my hosted businesses remotely from wherever my laptop is.

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    MarkM Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 12:06 pm PST 02/3/07

    We are not reselling our web hosting service. We will publish picture of our data center next week on our website. Although, we are a reseller for ENOM. We use them as our registrar services.

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 12:40 pm PST 02/3/07

    Nobody cares what your data center looks like. You've already made the claim that you have one in the US and one in Canada. Provide actual city and state/province locations. The only reason for a company to hide their location is to make it difficult for the customer to seek recourse and take action if they get screwed over. No address means no proper report can be filed with the BB or the state's AG.

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    MarkM Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 12:50 pm PST 02/3/07

    we are located in Los Angeles, California.

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    AKM Ben's cred: 53
    Posted 1:04 pm PST 02/3/07

    I signed up a few weeks ago when it was $1 for the first year. I figured what the heck, it's only a dollar.

    No complaints so far. I'm happy. If it stays good, I'm probably going to move my other domain there and renew the one I signed up. And to 'protect' myself online, I always use throw away credit card numbers from MBNA ShopSafe.

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    divxfsrv Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 1:17 pm PST 02/3/07

    #12 lol I want that 1 dollar deal too!! lame I got the 19.95, but hey honestly, it's still a deal.
    MarkM I don't even really care if you are reselling the server, so what, if I really want something bullet-proof I would have my own server manage by my own people, again, I get what I paid for, and the bullet-proof reliability isn't my concern.
    As far as I can see, everything seems to be operational and just fine...

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 2:05 pm PST 02/3/07

    So where's your Canadian location? Or were you just lying when you decided to spit that location out?

    "We do not have any affiliation in politicians, nor any other place in the world except for the United States and Canada."
    -- MarkM, 12:19 pm PST 01/20/07

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    iuffxguy Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 2:20 pm PST 02/3/07

    Guys it is simple. Mark is a guy who, like any of us, has self integrity and wants to defend his business. A lot of company's will result to 'pretending to look busy' and not respond to your emails, or they will be in fact so busy because things are going so wrong that they will not respond. When has it ever been a bad thing that some one responds so promptly to users questions?

    I have been with Hostbrix since their first posting on BB and while the roads were a bit tough at first, I have managed to work through all the glitches and things are now running smooth. Every request, every call, all things were answered extremly prompt. How about this? I asked a question, they responded, it went in my spam folder, and they even followed up 7 days later to ask if things were ok. Bottom line, don't host your next ebay.com idea on this site just yet, but as a personal site, you cannot beat this deal.

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    kels83 Ben's cred: 58
    Posted 3:46 pm PST 02/3/07

    I signed up for the $19.99 first year deal. The checkout was very easy and my site was up and running very quickly. Load speed is OK, depending on the time of day. The cPanel has Fantastico, which is nice. Overall, I like the host compared to prior budget hosts I've used for my personal website.

    I have only one major problem with the service. Their certificate authority issues certificates to hostbrix.com. With the IE7 phishing filter, this gives an certificate error for all https connections (because the certificate is for hostbrix.com instead of my domain). I submitted a support ticket about this and was told that Hostbrix could not do anything about it. My admittedly limited experience is that this is a standard practice for shared hosting services, so all users of IE7 (with phishing filter enabled) will get the same certificate error. I just wanted to share my experiences. If it were not my own site, this error would definitely dissuade me from submitting personal or payment informaton. I consider this to be a result of IE7's phishing software and not of hostbrix service.

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 8:57 pm PST 02/3/07

    #16 it is a problem with HostBrix. They're just in this to resell and make a quick buck so they'll take the easy way out and lie that there's nothing they can do to fix it. That or HostBrix has nobody working for them that actually knows anything about certificates.

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    sammyj53 Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 10:03 pm PST 02/3/07

    Hey ga.y4deals, why do you have so much hatred for Hostbrix? I just don't understand... Did MarkM steal your car or something?
    (Also, to be honest, your user name does not exactly contest to your intelligence.)

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    gay4deals Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 11:04 pm PST 02/3/07

    I would have equal hatred for any person or business that would try and conduct themselves in the same manner as Host Brix to peddle their product. Mark M is also a proven spammer and liar so that only makes the disdain that much greater. And what would you prefer? Perhaps bacon pot pie?

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    sammyj53 Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 11:20 pm PST 02/3/07

    Okay, nevermind. Actually, you're entitled to your opinion, but I think you're pushing it a little far. You're definitely scaring off potential customers (that could potentially be like me and be satisfied with Hostbrix's service), but I guess that's what you want to do? If you haven't been a previous customer that had a really bad experience, you don't really have a place to be talking such trash. Anyway. I can see this is an argument without an end.

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