Electric Counterpoint
May 30, 2007 5:35 PM   Subscribe

For months IDT Energy has been accused by Con Edison customers of fraudulant "sales" tactics. The Consumerist decided to hire a journalist to investigate how the company conducts business by getting hired by Midtown Promotions, the company IDT uses to canvas and bully ConEd customers into switching to IDT Energy. Today is Day One in a multi-part series investigating the underhanded practices of an unregulated utility company.
posted by basicchannel (11 comments total)
Not much meat there yet, you might have wanted to wait until the series finished before posting this.
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:48 PM on May 30, 2007

Now that I'm done working for them, I'll you how it went down.

Way to fuck up the moneyshot.
posted by phaedon at 5:58 PM on May 30, 2007

There's an error in the first sentence of the story proper. Do editors no longer exist?

>>Now that I'm done working for them, I'll you how it went down.

Tell me how it went down, I hope.

Not intended as a thread derail, I'm just really surprised.
posted by SaintCynr at 6:00 PM on May 30, 2007

Ah, phaedon, ya got to it while I was typing.

That'll teach me to watch The Usual Suspects while I surf.
posted by SaintCynr at 6:01 PM on May 30, 2007

I'm marking this thread and coming back to it when the series is complete. Looks like it's going to be fascinating, but there's not much to discuss yet.
posted by phooky at 6:22 PM on May 30, 2007

It will be fun to eventually see Cydcor and/or DS-Max go down in flames.
posted by bh at 7:10 PM on May 30, 2007

So, where are the libertarians who will tell me about the invisible hand is going to swoop in and fix all of this?
posted by adipocere at 7:31 PM on May 30, 2007

Sitting in darkened basements, unable to post because Mom couldn't afford the power bill?
posted by trondant at 7:34 PM on May 30, 2007

Yeah. IDT got me to switch over doing this. Then there was a guy who came by on friday just to make sure that we'd switched.

Kinda creeps me out, but the thought was, "why do I care who my supplier is?"
posted by Navelgazer at 8:06 PM on May 30, 2007

Totally believable. IDT took over the late, lamented GEnie and charged all members' charge cards some whacking great fee they made up, to bulk up their cash position (if it wasn't outright fraud it was damned close). Yes, it's the same IDT. Bastards, I have seen that logo here and there and it still rankles.
posted by jet_silver at 8:38 PM on May 30, 2007

Here's the RSS Feed for updates on this story.
posted by basicchannel at 3:10 PM on May 31, 2007

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