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Red Deer’s Newest Hotel perfect for extended stays!

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When Red Deer based ZH Holdings decided to expand, they opted for a different look and feel from their portfolio of Holiday Inn properties.  The company that oversees the Holiday Inn brand had another ZS Holdings thought would make a perfect fit for Red Deer.  It’s called Staybridge Suites.

At Staybridge Suites, the rooms are perfect for people staying several nights.  All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, so you can prepare your own meals with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher.  The suites all have large workspaces with complimentary high-speed internet, and a 24-hour business centre to help you stay at your best.  On top of that, each suite is designed with a separate seating area so it feels just a little bit more like home.  Staybridge also offers apartment-style suites with separate sleeping and living rooms, ideal for families and groups.

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Staybridge Suites is absolutely loaded with amenities, like storage lockers, free laundry facilities, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a 24-hour convenience store loaded with easy-to-prepare meals, snacks, and anything you may have left at home.  Of course at home you probably don’t have an indoor pool, hot tub and waterslide.  You probably also don’t have a full breakfast buffet every morning.  Staybridge does.  Red Deer’s new Staybridge Suites is more than just a hotel—it’s somewhere you can feel at home.

It’s also brand new.  Please take a minute to watch some highlights of our recent grand opening ceremony, featuring Alberta Premier Jason Kenney!

And enjoy this fun little video which really captures the spirit of Staybridge.

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You’re invited to Phone Experts Grand Re-opening at Parkland Mall on January 30th

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An invitation from our friends at Phone Experts….

Did you know that The Phone Experts are the last locally-owned TELUS Dealer in Red Deer?

Our success is based on simple principles; provide the best products and services in the communications industry by constantly researching and appraising both new and existing suppliers of technology, combined with knowledgeable staff working in the best interest of the customer.

With that in mind, we’re here to invite you to our Grand Re-Opening event at Parkland Mall on January 302020. After years of hailing the same location, we’ve done a complete overhaul and doubled the size of our space – all to serve you better! This all-day event will allow you to take advantage of some great deals, enter draws for sweet prizes, and enjoy your coffee on us!

Red Deer, we’re so appreciative of your ongoing support and continued business with The Phone Experts. We hope to see you at our event and look forward to continuing to serve you for many years to come!

CLICK for more information.  Here’s the address and phone number for easy reference: #219 Parkland Mall (located at 4747-67 Street, Red Deer).

Phone for more information call 403-309-4300.

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Seller BEWARE! Warning for anyone selling online. Red Deer man bombarded by scam artists

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This article is submitted by Tim Lasiuta of Red Deer

Kijiji, navigating scam buyers

It all started with what seemed to be a good idea.

I needed to sell a few items and other than eBay, Kijiji was the next best option.  After all, I had success on precious occasions selling other items and services to help make ends meet in a tough Alberta economy.

Comic books in hand, my ad seemed pretty simple.

“Collectors comics for sale, $1000 in value. Asking $500.  Contact Tim at….”

Not that I expected people to come running out of the electronic bushes to fight over my well cared for comic books and anthologies, but I did not expect what happened over the next 3 days.

I had included my cell phone number so I could at least talk to people about what they might want.  However, with the advent of the global marketplace sellers are exposed to international buyers.

Shortly after posting my ad, I received a response via text asking what seemed to be a legitimate response.

“I want to buy my son a birthday present.  This is a surprise.  What is your firm price?  Why are you selling?  What is your phone number?  What is your paypal account?  What is your address so we can pick them up?”

That all seemed good once I answered the questions and sent pictures of all 70 comic books and 30 hardcovers.

Within a few minutes, I received the following response:

“Okay, sound good.  I will pay you through PayPal, you can easily get money in your PayPal and transfer it into your bank account.  Let me know if you accept my method of payment and I will also contact the shipping company that will come down to your location for pick up after the payment clears to your account.”

It still sounded okay, but not quite normal.  After all, I had sold much through paypal and people just transfer funds as required.

That did not prepare me for what was next though.

I received what seemed to be a PayPal notice for $850 usd.  However, I wanted $500.  And the note included a shipping agent contact stating I had to send $300 to the agent to release the $850!

By this time, I was very suspicious and knew that was a scam.

I continued with the conversation and was assured this was not a scam and the funds really were on hold.  They did want them.

By this point, I gave up on this particular scammer and waited for a legitimate local buyer.

The end was not near however, as 3 more individuals contacted me over the next 2 days to offer the same thing!  All were out of country phone numbers, Colorado, Nevada and Indiana.

Looking back on the transaction, I researched their methods and discovered that the pay to release funds is not new and was based in Nigeria originally.  Now, it seems to come from the United States.

Their pattern can be summed up in four steps.

  1. Contact you saying they cannot come to see the asset in person and ask you questions.
  2. They agree to the price, no matter how large.
  3. They theoretically send you more than you ask for, demanding an advance payment to release the funds.
  4. You will never receive the rest, your paypal account is zero with no option to recover.

The buyers, as it were, hide beneath foreign cell phone numbers and redirected email addresses.  Once you engage them with the $300, you can no longer fight the battle.  Report these individuals IF you can identify them, but otherwise run!I write this cautionary tale so other sellers can be aware of those who prey on potential sellers, no matter where you live.

By the way, there is no happy ending to this story yet.  My comic books are still for sale and I still need to post items to make rent this month.

May you all find real buyers.

Tim Lasiuta

403-396-1773

 

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