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@  TM2-Megatron : (23 July 2019 - 02:48 PM)

I don't think that's the case in Canada. Bank account debits from outside parties need to be pre-authorized at your branch or via online banking.

@  Benbot : (23 July 2019 - 10:04 AM)

That does sound like fun.

@  Dekafox : (23 July 2019 - 09:35 AM)

Fun note: in the US(at least), by default if someone has your routing number and account number off a check, they can pull as much money out as they want with nothing you can do about it until after the fact.

@  Paladin : (23 July 2019 - 07:23 AM)

anything burns if it gets hot enough.

@  Benbot : (23 July 2019 - 07:12 AM)

That's why you should keep your under-the-bed money in gold and silver--that won't burn!

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 July 2019 - 05:34 AM)


@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 July 2019 - 02:24 AM)

Disparaging the youth has been a pastime for thousands of years. Pretty much every society we have writing from has some version of "kids these days" at some point.

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 July 2019 - 02:21 AM)

Numfar! dance of pain.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 July 2019 - 01:49 AM)

If the USA vanished from Earth prior to millennials (later to be joined by Generation Z) coming of age, would the global community have the same magnitude of disparaging upon youths as a pastime because old boomers are insecure about their inability to handle new technology?

@  Ashley : (23 July 2019 - 12:02 AM)

This wasn't that, this was a "we don't trust banks!" thing

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (22 July 2019 - 11:57 PM)

Well I know when I first got my back pay for disability, some of the paperwork said I couldn't have so much in the bank after 30 days...so I had to take out a huge chunk of cash.

@  Ashley : (22 July 2019 - 11:53 PM)

I know a family who lost thousands of dollars in a house fire because they were literally keeping it under the bed. Don't underestimate the USA's luddism.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (22 July 2019 - 10:39 PM)

The US is filled with people LITERALLY proud of their ignorance of tech. Don't expect the US to be a major power in the next 30 years.

@  Pennpenn : (22 July 2019 - 10:25 PM)

Most people in Australia that I've heard of use electronic transactions for rent (and similar things). I mean, doubtless there are some people who use cash for various reasons of varying levels of ethics, but most require electronic transfers.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 July 2019 - 09:22 PM)

But I don't understand Paladin's premise of "allowing the landlord access to one's bank account". I'm pretty sure I have acquaintances who pay monthly by check or automated bank transfer.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 July 2019 - 09:15 PM)

I know many lower-end restaurants in the USA take cash only as a probable method of tax evasion. Perhaps that is why some landlords do as well. Alternatively, such people demand cash upfront because they have thin profit margins or whatever and are too afraid of spending the time and effort to pursue someone whose check or electronic payment bounced.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 July 2019 - 09:14 PM)

@Nevermore The USA is a place where lots of people can proliferate at being technologically behind. e.g. almost no one accepts or pays by contactless yet despite the inherent security of the process. And by having a population of over 300 million we can generate large quantities of believers in the Luddite fallacy and such.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 July 2019 - 07:59 PM)

I pay by credit card whenever possible for the rewards/points, but utilities don't usually allow that so those I just pay through the online bill payment feature rather than mess around with pre-authorizations

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 July 2019 - 07:57 PM)

Most monthly or whatever payments are done electronically around here, I think. Mine certainly are. Whether by pre-authorized debit, an e-transfer (transfer from one bank account to another), or your bank's online bill payment system/database

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 07:04 PM)

If I overpaid, it may take several months for them to pay me back the difference. If I underpaid, they're very quick with demanding the difference.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 07:03 PM)

Meanwhile, I can write a tax report, but since the employer already deduced the standard legal taxes from my monthly payment, the tax report is also mostly just to let the tax authority determine if I underpaid or overpaid.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 07:02 PM)

Based on my average costs for the year, they will then calculate the estimated monthly costs for the upcoming year.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 07:01 PM)

At the end of the year, the power company will send me an annual invoice which shows if I overpaid or underpaid. If I overpaid, the difference may just be deduced from my December bill.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:59 PM)

I also pay my monthly gas and electricity bills that way.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:59 PM)

It's funny. Here in Germany, many people still pay cash in stores, restaurants etc. (the staff usually asks "cash or wireless?"), but many regular payments are handled wirelessly and automatically.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:57 PM)

Around the same time, I get sent a slip from payroll that lists my gross income, all the deductions and the net income, i.e. the final transaction sum.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:56 PM)

My monthly payment from my employer is wirelessly transferred to my bank account. Taxes, health insurance, unemployment insurance and social security fees are calculated by the payroll department, handled by the employer, and I just get paid the rest after taxes and everything.

@  Paladin : (22 July 2019 - 06:55 PM)

yes. you're assuming US employers would pay fairly & take fairly.

@  Telly : (22 July 2019 - 06:55 PM)

we dont get paid on a monthly basis, if thats what you mean. i myself get paid every 2 weeks. some are every week. and if im telling you something you already know, just ignore me...

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:54 PM)

Which I assume doesn't work that way in the US either?

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:53 PM)

That way you may time the transaction with your monthly payment from your employer.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:52 PM)

You don't need to give the landlord access to anything. You go to your bank, show the clerk your bank account card, give them the landlord's bank details, tell them the exact amount of the rent and which day of the month the transaction should happen, sign the order, and you're done.

@  Paladin : (22 July 2019 - 06:49 PM)

most Americans wouldn't trust a landlord with access to their bank account.

@  Nevermore : (22 July 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Do people in other countries really still pay their landlords in cash? Here in Germany, it's very common to have the payment as an automated bank transaction on a set day of the month, so if the payment is late, it's either the bank's fault, or there's not enough money on the bank account.

@  Paladin : (22 July 2019 - 05:46 PM)

meanwhile some of us are trying to calculate if they'll have a spare forty bucks at the end of the week for some food...

@  unluckiness : (22 July 2019 - 07:20 AM)

At least I can see where the 600 US bucks is going in this case. The MP line looks more ridiculous by the day.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 July 2019 - 07:09 AM)

It's ridiculous. I'll stick to Armadacron

@  unluckiness : (22 July 2019 - 06:13 AM)

If anything, shipping is going to make the actual toy's price look affordable.

@  Pennpenn : (22 July 2019 - 02:28 AM)

Its like, $550 ish in US money (so probably about $800 for my Australian self) and is taller than TR Fort Max. He's gonna be a hefty boy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 July 2019 - 10:05 PM)

Damn, that Unicron looks big. Not gonna be cheap

@  wonko the sane? : (21 July 2019 - 09:09 PM)

"By the way, your landlord called. Something about being late with the rent."

@  Nevermore : (21 July 2019 - 04:09 PM)

"Hi there, I'm Unicron. Your husband ordered me."

@  unluckiness : (21 July 2019 - 09:04 AM)

"Perhaps I misjudged you. Proceed on your way to the couch."

@  Donocropolis : (21 July 2019 - 07:33 AM)

I'm just afraid of what my wife would do to me if it showed up at our door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 July 2019 - 01:23 AM)

Giant Robot Satan has that effect on people.

@  Ashley : (21 July 2019 - 12:31 AM)

So, I might not be able to get Hasbro Pulse Unicron because my mother is afraid of it

@  Pennpenn : (20 July 2019 - 09:58 PM)

But that's neither here nor there.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2019 - 06:57 PM)

Six of one, half-dozen of the other.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 July 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Both maybe?

@  Benbot : (20 July 2019 - 04:44 PM)

Do you need a criminal lawyer or a criminal, lawyer.


What do you all do about dust?

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#1 Detective Fork

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 03:11 PM

I am envious of some of the Transformers displays I've seen pictured in this forum. My collection is just as big as some of yours but I have less room to display things. I have the Classics out and a few other choice and random items but most of my poor 'bots sit boxed and bagged in the closet. One day, I want to change that; when I have more space, I want to put most of the collection out on shelves. But that brings me to the question of dust...

Do most of you who have collections that are displayed (and not enclosed in cases) take all your figures off the shelf and dust on a regular basis? How many hours does it take? Or do you let them sit there and collect dead skin cells? Some of the collections I've seen on here take up shelves and shelves throughout a whole room and the dusting just seems like a mind-boggling proposition. Even with the small percentage of toys I have displayed, it takes a fair bit of time to dust things off. I've been known to let it go for too long, far too often.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 05:19 PM

Frankly, I'm usually lucky to keep the toys on the shelves...

IF I see my TF's looking furry...ie, not the beast wars ones...then I take a swiffer cloth and use that to take the dust off them. It doesn't leave residue or guck on them because it's dry, but it's good at catching dust. Other than that, every few months I take them off, dust the shelves, and put them back on in a different arrangement.
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE(Stormrave @ May 17 2007, 06:19 PM) View Post

Frankly, I'm usually lucky to keep the toys on the shelves...

IF I see my TF's looking furry...ie, not the beast wars ones...then I take a swiffer cloth and use that to take the dust off them. It doesn't leave residue or guck on them because it's dry, but it's good at catching dust. Other than that, every few months I take them off, dust the shelves, and put them back on in a different arrangement.

Wow, thread got pinned.

I guess the dusting turns out to be a good way to actually get us to do more than just stare at our toys. Handling them and rearranging is always fun. Still, have you seen the size of some of the displays people have posted on here? Might need to hire a maid. ;-) I picture Rosie from The Jetsons.

Edited by Detective Fork, 17 May 2007 - 06:50 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:05 PM

I don't bother to dust often. When I do (usually around the beginning of spring and the middle of fall; I'm not exactly obsessive about cleaning), I put a fan in the window facing out and take some canned air to my collection. That takes off most of the dust. Anything left, I go after it with a few clean rags and wipe them clean. It takes a while, but it also gives me a chance to decide if Item X is going to stay out or get put away in favor of something else. I got a late start on it this year, and a lot more ended up put away than usual (I'll be posting picks shortly), but the job still gets done.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 10:39 PM

Try those Swifer feather-type dusters. THey get into every nook and cranny.
Also, some companies make polish/wax for diecast cars. It repels dust, but it can only be used on painted surfaces.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 01:13 AM

I usually take each toy down and dust them individually and the shelf itself once every 6 months.

But since I have Doors on my shelves it helps keep em pretty clean as is..

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:21 PM

Drape a bed sheet over on them if you can. Take it off only when you want to enjoy them. It will help some.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 07:23 PM

My figures have a thick protective layer of dust which helps protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 01:57 PM

To be honest, I keep fiddling with all of my displayed figures so much that dust rarely becomes a factor. ^^;

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 02:32 PM

What you gonna do about all that dust?

All that dust upon your bust?

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 07:03 PM

Whatever you do, do NOT get it wet. If any wet dust gets left behind in cracks it will harden into something not unlike concrete, in an obscene way. My recommendation, go to the dollar store and get a cheap toothbrush.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:19 PM

I just throw them away when they get dusty.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 05:51 AM

I put half of my collection in a space under the TV, I can't see my figures anymore but they are all standing and not in storage, something that I hate. Other shelves are to the window's side, so most dust won't go there. Then I only have 2 shelves with my Vector Primes and Magna Jet Convoys, and the one in front of the window needs serious dusting from time to time, the other is less problematic. When I had all my collection on display, it was a real nightmare!

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:33 PM

I ahve allergies and my wife and daughter have a cat. She bought me an air purifier a couple of Christmas's ago to keep down allergens such as pet dander adn dust. Well i was in a resale store and saw another one and decided to get it to place in my office. WORTH EVERY PENNY! My collection pieces that have been on my new shelves the longest, over for well over 8 months, have NO dust. New air cleaner cost about $40 bucks or so at Walmart but the 2 used ones cost me $5 to $10.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:55 AM

Use q-tips for those hard to get places.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 04:34 PM

I use a paintbrush to get all of my figures dusted, and sometimes I use a brush with a little tip to get those hard to reach places.


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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:54 PM

There is no dust on my 20 Transformers.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 07:48 AM

QUOTE(Skullgrin140 @ Sep 21 2008, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use a paintbrush to get all of my figures dusted, and sometimes I use a brush with a little tip to get those hard to reach places.

S'my way of doing it, though generally preceded by blowing off the top layer/excess.


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Posted 13 May 2009 - 02:02 AM

QUOTE(Amphibitron @ Oct 16 2007, 08:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My figures have a thick protective layer of dust which helps protect them from the sun's harmful rays.

Never thought about it like that... I'm never dusting again lol

I use a makeup brush to dust mine, cheep blush applicator has really soft bristles and usually gets into those little nooks and crannies pretty easily.

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