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Bin Laden Is Dead! May all of our other enemies meet a similar fate...
May 01, 2011, 10:50:32 PM
Goods For Sale/Trade Forum Rules, Read Before Posting. (Master Threads Wiki) This forum is a free service.

All I ask is:
-Please post an asking price (or percentage if applicable) for an item you are looking to buy or sell.  If you're looking to auction your item I suggest looking into eBay.
-Do not attempt to buy/sell/trade miles, points, or upgrade certificates.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell airline tickets.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell credit card invite offers.
-Do not post commercial advertising.
-Do not bump your post more than once per 72 hour period.
-Do not sell anything illegal.

November 14, 2011, 12:03:00 AM
Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014 Like most good TRs around here, this is long overdue. Unlike most good TRs around here, however, this won't have any useful information in it.

I booked my ticket early, so as to secure a good rate. To pay, I left NYC to find a grocery store at which to buy a VGC using my Freedom card during the grocery store bonus period. I loaded the GC into Bluebird, with which I paid for a money order to pay with PayPal as an eCheck.

The long awaited day arrived! I took an Uber to the airport to pick up my SilverCar, which I had booked using 8 stackable coupon codes. The total cost for the day: -$17.44. Dan had already earned me more than $5.

I parked the car in Manhattan using the Icon discount from DDMS, and got another Uber to the Seminar. I was travelling with my older brother, who would think Noi Due is Chinese, Pardes is where only four have entered, and Mike's is probably a mechanic. But he was hungry, and so he settled for the closest food to the seminar - which was at some hole in the wall whose name now escapes (more than a year later.)

The salad he got looked like it belonged at this kinda table:

I got one of these:

It was good.

Then it was time to hit the seminar! As we arrived, we saw it was crowded. Chairs were being pulled out of everywhere to try accommodate the crowd. We were ready for this; it was time for our secret weapon: Plan B.

We went to the check in rep to show our tickets and explain our preferred seating requests, but alas, he had as much interest in our tickets or PR1 status as Dan has for Spirit miles.

At this point someone shouted out, "Does anyone have any cash? I need coins for the meter." Everyone laughed uproariously - I don't know why.

Before we took our seats we were shown the meal selection, which consisted of items such as these:

Looking for something to wash them down with, I made my way to the drinks table and was met with utter disappointment and horror. The soft drink selection was entirely Be'er Chaim. Angrily, I stormed back to the check in rep, who was still half asleep, and demanded he heat up my Pom BYOK. Instead of heating it up, he stared at me for a second and went back to playing candy crush.

I wasn't looking for short ribs, mac n cheese balls or a BLT, I just wanted a non kosher-brand soda. Is that too much to ask for around here?

My disappointment turned to jubilation as Dan graced the stage, and began to enthrall us with the tale of how he had booked his flight to NYC that very day AFTER the plane had already pulled away from the gate. Something to do with living in Cleveland, he can just meet the plane on the tarmac, or something. Oh, and he avoided the United close-in fee by <CENSORED>

The next few hours were filled with tips, tricks and knowledge, like how to <CENSORED> on Priceline and how to <CENSORED> on <CENSORED>, and then something about Avianca, but I don't understand Spanish.

I was upset that he didn't cover some topics, like RedCard, but I realize that's because Target doesn't have a seminar affiliation program. and he's only in it for the big bucks.

He also neglected to mention the upcoming Etihad glitch, though I got that message on 84 different WhatsApp groups anyway. Dan intimated that it was ok to fly airlines other than ELAL to Israel, which proves his inherent Anti Semitisim, and he also mentioned travelling with his wife - which I found inappropriate.

These misgivings notwithstanding, I truly enjoyed the main portion of the evening, and joined the crowd in asking for an encore. He gladly obliged us, though strangely by bursting into Yesh Tikvah.

It was now time for the Q and A, which is where I got to have an impromptu DO. Something Fishy (I knew it was him - he was 13 feet tall, had a camera around his neck, and a Go Pro mounted on his forehead) was chatting with a couple of guys, and missed a question from the crowd that caused Dan and many others to laugh. He asked me what the joke was, and I managed to repeat it, though hopelessly gushing at the chance to speak to this DDF hero. I was too shy to introduce myself as the 57th Yehuda on the forum, but he wouldn't have recognized the name in any case.

Before I finish this TR, I want to say thank you to Dan for the seminar and DD - apart from the glitches I have taken advantage of - Expedia to Vegas,  Delta to LAX, Etihad to JNB (I booked but had to cancel Elal to TLV), My family and I have accrued millions of points which have enabled us to create family reunions and memorable vacations which we most certainly would not have been able to without DD. I seriously cannot thank you enough.

And thanks to all the helpful folk here on DDF for putting up with my questions, and sharing so much knowledge.

July 10, 2015, 01:10:58 AM
Club Carlsons Hotel free night Certificates I have Club Carlson E certificates (3)  and each are good at one free night at any of their properties in the world, not just domestic including top properties in  like NY, PARIS, LONDON. They are good not just in US but anywhere they have property. Value of each of the E certs can be up to $500 or a more depending on room rates They have Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park plaza, Park Inn  and Country inn. My selling rate is $200  for each

Let me know if interested!

February 27, 2016, 02:54:31 PM
Re: Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014
Was I the only one who thought this was a trip report about going to the dentist?

Hopefully it was less painful to read than that.

July 14, 2016, 01:13:14 PM
Re: Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014
Well, hello there. Getting email notifications for this thread, are we?
Wait, you can do that??? I've been hitting refresh on this thread daily for the past year.

July 14, 2016, 02:37:30 PM
Re: New Like feature Why is this necessary altogether (even thumbs)?
Who really cares what everyone thinks about every comment? Why can't we have a simple conversation without the $.02? At most have it just for threads. But for each comment?

August 30, 2016, 09:18:44 AM
Re: BOGO Tuition Scam
An administrator at a Lakewood school told dryly, “It’s called the Bogo Fund, but it might has well be called the Bogus Fund.”

Or the Pogo fund, checks guaranteed to bounce :D

September 04, 2016, 08:34:17 PM
Re: How do I acquire hat tips? Please take all my likes and the rest of you stop giving me likes!!!  >:(
November 21, 2016, 01:45:48 PM
Re: How do I acquire hat tips?
Well now we all know how to get likes...tell everybody not to like your post. 😏
I am not joking around. I know where you all live. STOP WITH THE LIKES!!!  >:( >:( >:(

November 21, 2016, 02:50:28 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread @JTZ - I apologize for the wall of text, but I feel this is important context to provide for the discussion.

Most of us on this forum are visibly Jewish. If we don't have beards and hats, we have kippas and tzitzis, etc. I would be surprised if the number of people here who have had an anti-Semitic experience is less than 100%. The stats show that Jews are on the receiving end of more hate crimes than any other group.

I've gotten middle fingers in Johannesburg, been spat on in Durban, and often walk over a swastika etched into the sidewalk near my in law's home in one of the Mid-Western United States. When I was in Yeshiva in Paris for a year, friends of mine where beaten up (This was almost 15 years ago - now it is MUCH worse).

I was spat on in an airport when I was 13. At least a dozen people saw it. The spitter was more than double my age. No one did or said a thing.
Those fist fights in Paris? Some were on full trains. Again, no one did or said a thing.

I have never reported a hate crime. No one I know ever has - and I know people who have experienced far more violent things then I have.

I live in Brooklyn, a truly liberal and hip city (Hilary Clinton's headquarters). Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti are common occurrences - in alley ways, on subway platforms, and more.  When a group of thugs threw rocks at a school bus filled with little Jewish kids it didn't even make local news. A Chassidic guy was left unconscious under a car one night after a spate of anti-Semitic events - it only made the news when a few hundred of us marched to the precinct the next day.

You know what made news? When a swastika was painted the day after Trump won.

Weird, huh?

That Muslims and Neo-Nazis beat us is to be expected. But, in a sense, you know what is worse? Leftist, liberal self-righteous hypocrites who find it ok to mock, ridicule and antagonize "Ultra-Orthodox Right Wing Fundamentalist" Jews - while throwing fits of rage at every perceived micro-aggression against any other minority or race.

For example:

Gentrification is a big deal. Neither I nor any of my friends can afford to buy a home in our neighborhood. Renting an apt is nigh impossible. But whenever you read or hear about gentrification in Crown Heights, you will find out about Chassidic Landlords (Slumlords) who are mistreating and pushing out the Black community.  Of course lower and middle class blacks are being pushed out. So are the Jews! But it is ok for the media to paint the Chassidic community with the broad anti-Semitic brush of being hook nosed landlords cheating the poor blacks out of their money and homes. In actuality, it is market forces being driven by young artisanal, hipster farm-to-table vegans which are responsible.

This anti-Semitic attitude directly contributes to the violent antisemitism I sampled above, just as Al Sharpton’s “diamond merchant” rhetoric led to riots and murder.

This is just one tiny example that I deal with in NYC, one of the largest concentrations of visible Jews on the planet, in the shining pride of Western civilization. In other places, it is far, far worse. (Look at Jeremy Corbyn in the UK for a start, and we can go from there.)

So that's why we don't care about hate crime stats. We know firsthand that they don't even begin to tell the story. That's why we are so skeptical of leftists and the media speaking of hate crimes - we have a long history of them not only ignoring hate crimes committed against us, but agitating and prodding those who do us actual harm.

December 07, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
Re: David Cohen SPG With a name like that you can be anonymous even with saying your name
December 15, 2016, 08:43:33 PM
Re: [02/01 11AM New Poll] DDMS Redesign Branding - Help us choose A Logo

I think  you get what you pay for.

....said no real DDF'er. Please see yourself to the door and hand in your membership card on the way out.

February 01, 2017, 01:22:37 PM
Master Thread of Gift Card Threads It's about time we have a stickied thread with links to all the Buy/Sell Gift Card threads. Check Wiki for links to threads.

It will save time and (hopefully) prevent people from opening a ton of new threads or posting in the wrong thread.
A lot of stores have multiple threads but no Master Thread, those should be combined and renamed.

February 05, 2017, 06:24:12 PM
Re: AMEX Return Protection: Did They Make You Return The Item?
Has this happened with anyone else? Lately I noticed amex wanting receipts and taking over a week to process a claim (whereas it used to be 48 hours or less). Thanks :) (and it's not just me, this happened with some friends of mine too).

The better question is how often are you submitting claims that you know what Amex is "doing lately?"

Perhaps Amex is scrutinizing claims more because people on here and elsewhere have been submitting claims that are perhaps less than genuine.

I may be wrong, but this program is to be used on those rare occasions that you make a purchase that you cannot return; it is not to be used to deliberately buy things you know you wouldn't keep and then submit a clam hoping you'll get to keep the item.

Let's not kill a fantastic benefit, shall we?

March 15, 2017, 02:07:33 PM
Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread! Looks like this wiki could use some updating, maybe I'll try to work on some of it over the next few days.
March 16, 2017, 02:36:56 AM
Re: Best AA Phone Numbers for Help I am sorry that there is so much animosity for not helping out more. You are right that I do not help out as much as I should and could. I am not as involved as I used to be. I was with Dansdeals or from 14 years ago, but the forums never were a major focus of my attention. I have helped people in person including someone that is now very involved in the forums. That being said I will try to help out more in the future.

I called again and explained the situation to a regular CSR, as I find that sometimes the supervisors are meaner and are more invested in the company and a regular nice csr will help more.
I tried to have her sympathize with my situation and asked if she could please help and she did!

April 05, 2017, 04:18:12 PM
Re: Typo in name booked with priceline- not changing need help!

My sister in law will not fly like this if nothing done in next couple of hours we will have to cancel tickets- probably cost over 1500 extra
If you are that nervous that you stand to lose $1500 I have an idea. You can send me $500, and I'll guarantee your flight. Savings of $1000.

April 26, 2017, 01:50:18 AM
Re: Microsoft Office Bundle Pro 2016 for $14.99!!
You could join this. ;) Will get a college student ID card.

Thanks but I don't need another degree :P

May 22, 2017, 10:36:47 AM
Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread
Npgs James st

May 24, 2017, 07:55:05 PM
Re: EK/SU: NYC-MLE $525 RT Or OW with EK MLE-JFK For Only $101!! Wow, DoT FTW!!!
May 25, 2017, 09:54:19 AM
Re: Happy 9th Birthday DDF Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm looking for tickets to Israel for free for Sukkos. I have some chase points and a Southwest free drink coupon.


May 28, 2017, 04:43:32 PM
Re: united $75 work around is finally dead Worked fine over the phone just now.
May 28, 2017, 06:38:07 PM
Re: New American Express Blue Business Plus Card!
Approved through your link! Thank you Dan!
Thank you :)

May 29, 2017, 10:22:54 PM
Re: ZFV Master Thread
Took the train @ ZFV. Nobody asked to see the train ticket at EWR. But didnt check luggage, and went straight to the gate.
Also, if you use the automated kiosk to get your ticket, you need a CC in your name to begin the process.
Thanks for taking the time to post the data point.

June 12, 2017, 10:24:52 AM
Re: jetblue Travel Bank Credit for Sale
Thank you very much,I sent email and they said once issued they cant combine,I will call Thanks!
you cant actually combine it but when you are ready to book you can call them and they will apply the credit from where ever you need them to

June 12, 2017, 05:46:44 PM
Re: Nordic Choice Hotels Status Match Got an email back from Hertz, my PC status will be activated within 48 hours.
June 19, 2017, 09:52:17 AM
Re: Southwest questions
Never even knew they have a feedback form where you can write about a specific steward

Click on send an email on the left.  I just filled this out yesterday for a FA that was super helpful.   It could help his career and make his day and costs me 3 minutes...

June 19, 2017, 06:43:12 PM
Re: Walmart huge in-store pickup discounts
thanks, ill try to quote next time like i did here so its clear what i'm referring to.
Why don't you take all your HOT dishes and go fly a kite somewhere else!

June 26, 2017, 02:56:13 PM
Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes and Businesses in Monsey and KJ
Mind elaborating?
he's referring to the lavish lifestyle I assume
The lavish lifestyle is a given and does not require a conversation with R' Aharon. His vision did not include kollel yungeleit living off a bare pittance of a kollel check. He understood that to have a larger payout it would mean fewer yungeliet as well as more torahdike balei batim supporting them (percentage wise). Those are the basics of it.

June 28, 2017, 12:18:08 PM
Re: IMPORTANT: Photobucket Hosting No Longer Works; You May Need To Update Your TRs Oiy va voy.
July 03, 2017, 10:56:01 AM
Re: The New DDMS! Now I can't fall asleep. Watching for bugs. [ yes, this is a blatant placeholder for likes]. Let's break a record for the most liked post :-)
July 04, 2017, 11:27:17 AM
Re: New Coin Deal
wow, lighten up peeps. was it that I used the word asshole and that's the first it was said in a long time around here, that I threw a grammar curveball, or had intentions of betraying a deal with PFS? bunch of uptight nerds around here  :P
Keep the gravy train rolling my friend, you'll do just fine here.

July 06, 2017, 12:14:16 PM
Re: PSA: Bank of America Estate Unit Mazel tov! Finally!
July 06, 2017, 04:53:33 PM
Re: Tzadaka Master Thread
I personally reached out to friends, family & acquaintances about this campaign (cost me a little bit of my time), and saw the immediate results - they donated!
Have been doing the same. Besides for sending a broadcast whatsapp (which TheChesedFund made easy for me after I completed my contribution), I followed up with personal calls, approaching friends in Shul and on the street, and following up with them to make sure it happens.

I will admit that this campaign created a new level of awareness for me! As I mentioned somewhere around here, I personally favor giving to Yeshivos or anything else that has to do with Jewish Education, and always told myself that for most people its not like that, and a lot more people come together to help in case of a tragedy like this.

This specific story, with whatever details I happen to know, has changed my perspective. While I might not give as much time, money and effort as I have in this case, I don't think that after this one I will be able to easily ignore such campaigns. I might give a small amount (unfortunately there are so many such causes) or a larger one, depending on my ability at the time and how I feel. But I will always try to do it bl"n בסבר פנים יפות, and reject any thoughts of "this is not really needed" or anything of the like.


Please, I can't stress the importance, help out this family in dire need, a lot more money is needed to be raised and this campaign is the only opportunity to help them financially!!

Thank you to all those that have already donated! ממנו יראו וכן יעשו!!
I heard the following story during the Shiva:

A young woman passed away in Montreal, it was a big tragedy, and there was a huge crowd at the levaya (I don't know if this followed an illness or anything else, didn't get those details).

At the Levaya, the young woman's father came to the mike, tried a few times to start speaking, but had great difficulty uttering even one word. He finally managed to muster some emotional strength and said the following: "I am extremely touched by how the entire community came together now. I wish we wouldn't need a tragedy in order to come to each other's help" and then he stepped down.

PLEASE, let's be kind to each other, let's not wait for tragedies to happen. Let's try to always help, and try to be aware as to where it is needed, with the attitude Rashbi had (שבת לג סע"ב).

July 06, 2017, 05:08:19 PM
Re: Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story A wholesaler received a delivery which included several items he had not ordered (or paid for). He contacted his salesman who told him to keep it! He refused to keep it and sent it back- he didn't pay for it and did not want to keep it.
At the company's trade show the salesman went around introducing him as the most honest guy in the business!

July 06, 2017, 06:43:46 PM
Re: Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story I went through a cash toll in NY a few years back, and got too much change back, maybe $20 or $30 extra, don't remember exactly. At the next toll, I gave it to the person in the tollbooth, and explained to her why. She said that this was the second time that month that "one of you guys" (while looking at my yarmulke) did something like this.
July 06, 2017, 08:53:14 PM
Re: Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story
I don't know people here. And I'm not paskening any shailas.

I will say that I always was under the impression that the ikur chillul/kiddush Hashem is how yidden will see it, not goyim.

I also will say that returning aveidas akum is also not a simple matter from a halachic standpoint, and may be assur.

As such, someone sharing a story that he was machzir aveidas akum, and thinks he made a kiddush HaShem, may in fact be making a chillul HaShem with said story.

Either way, just to remind people, what we "feel" and what halacha requires of us, may be two extremely different things, and we should be careful to keep the goal in mind.

/soap box
go fight it out with ר שמעון בן שטח

July 06, 2017, 10:18:05 PM
Re: The New DDMS! Also, in the comments, your name should stand out more than any others. Maybe a profile picture or logo next to it, or  a different color. 
July 07, 2017, 03:04:07 PM
Re: Amex waiting 6-10 weeks to issue 50% rebate on Business Platinum bookings! All DPs I have seen of bookings made after 6/1 regardless of when card was opened (even after OCT 2016) or if card was upgraded after then are getting only 35%

You need to call/chat to get the 15% owed

July 09, 2017, 12:08:54 AM
Re: Amex waiting 6-10 weeks to issue 50% rebate on Business Platinum bookings! If only the bloggers who kept pushing us with their links "get the card now to lock in 50%!!" would try to pressure amex to fix their on their end....
July 09, 2017, 12:30:57 AM
Re: Amex waiting 6-10 weeks to issue 50% rebate on Business Platinum bookings!
All DPs I have seen of bookings made after 6/1 regardless of when card was opened (even after OCT 2016) or if card was upgraded after then are getting only 35%

You need to call/chat to get the 15% owed
Thank you big news, very annoying to call every time, or chat, for the next year
Add that to there new glitchy site that takes forever and you got a new amex

July 09, 2017, 12:37:54 AM
Re: The New DDMS!
I'm going to change it to a more forum friendly logo at some point.
Lol, is everyone just ignoring this? I dropped in the logo from the main site as a placeholder.... I know it does not fit.

July 11, 2017, 11:07:28 PM
Re: Dan's Deals Resale (Sell For the Price You Paid) It doesn't make sense to allow markups in this thread.

If you want to do a favor or get rid of an item for cost price, post here. Otherwise use the GFST board.

July 20, 2017, 09:05:48 AM
NYC-ZRH nonstop on Delta for $387 RT
July 24, 2017, 09:14:04 AM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread

And do the electric taxis work in the middle of the night?

Saas Fee Night Taxi +41 27 958 77 00 ( 22:00 to 7:00 )

July 25, 2017, 06:34:19 AM
Re: DDFer positive peer review/feedback Bought something from @yelped .

One of these YMMV things, and it didn't go through. He fully refunded me, which I did not ask for, but completely appreciate.
(And called at least a few times on my behalf)

July 31, 2017, 12:59:06 PM
500 free miles and more miles for 1st time app users
August 02, 2017, 12:45:22 AM
Re: airport agents vs phone rep @brodes18
I'm amazed how you stepped in and helped out.


August 08, 2017, 12:06:52 AM
Re: airport agents vs phone rep
I'm amazed how you stepped in and helped out.

+1 this doesn't happen so often here!!
@brodes18 you should stick around here more often!!

August 08, 2017, 12:16:03 AM