Friday, August 26, 2005
Anthony Karmis wins $13.08
Anthony Karmis (undergrad: UIUC, grad: UC Santa Barbara) has become the winner of our grand prize - $13.08 - for his first 1-star amazon.com review of McCutcheon's book. We have explained the little scandal over here and some of the initial developments here. The money has been transferred to his paypal.com account.
Anthony's prize is a deserved one. He remains the only person whose 1-star review survived for one week - and the only one that remained on the web until the present. Tens of unwelcome review posted before Anthony's review as well as after it have been erased. The latter category includes, for example, Quix from Columbus, Ohio. There seem to be many witnesses who may confirm that Brian Powell was right and something was wrong - and most likely something is still wrong.
Don't get me wrong: amazon.com is still among my favorite companies and I tend to believe that this incident is an isolated anomaly.
The award was paid mostly from my private money. If you want to contribute for future campaigns (not necessarily similar to this one), click at the "Make a donation" button at the HP keyboard support page, for example.