|By Fuat Kircaali||
|March 14, 2013 02:15 PM EDT||
Last September I made the mistake of trusting a local business in Florida and buying three Persian oriental rugs from Nader Amini, the owner of Amini Rug Gallery here in Fort Lauderdale.
Mr. Amini came to my home with a dozen or so Persian rugs and displayed them. He left three of the rugs with me so I could decide which ones I liked, along with an invoice. While writing his invoice he asked me "if he should use a fictional out-of-state address" so I would not have to pay sales tax on the rugs! That was the first time alarm bells went off. I told him that he should itemize each rug and be sure to add the "full sales tax" as he totaled his invoice.
The next day I stopped at his store on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and gave him a check for the total amount before my next overseas trip that same day.
I later realized that he never itemized the price of each rug in his invoice and soon after I found out that he had no intention of telling me what each rug actually cost.
I had lengthy text exchanges with Mr. Nader Amini, the owner of Amini Rug Gallery, trying to find out what I paid for each of the three rugs with no luck. All I knew was he said all three Persian rugs he sold me were very rare, hard to find, unique art works that were actually worth multiple times more than what I paid for them. He said he would mail me an "appraisal certification" for the rugs, but he would never tell me what I paid for them individually.
The following Monday I stopped by "Rugs and Art," another Persian rug store on Route 17 in Paramus, New Jersey. The owner of the store showed me a Tabriz rug, "identical" to one of the three laying in my house, and asked me for $11,000 but said the price was negotiable. When I showed him the other two rugs I bought from Mr. Amini, he said he would ship three Persian rugs comparable in size, origin and quality to my house in Florida and I could send him $15,000 for all of them, but only if I was fully satisfied with his rugs, no questions asked. I realized I paid roughly three times more to Mr. Amini for the same quality and type of Persian rugs.
Five days after my purchase I brought Mr. Amini's three rugs to his store, accompanied by two Fort Lauderdale police officers, but all I got was a police report stating that he refused to take the rugs back and fully refund my money.
A little research on his background revealed that Mr. Nader Amini had conducted similar business practices in other states, had lawsuits filed against him and settled, Better Business Bureau complaints, and newspapers articles documenting his unethical rug business.
I found an independent "rug appraiser," Sharon Kerwick, in Fort Lauderdale through a rug appraisers organization. During my brief phone conversation with Sharon Kerwick she told me that Ms. Kerwick (http://www.kerwick.com) would show the rugs to Mr. Nader Amini of Amini Rug Gallery for her appraisal. When I told her that Mr. Amini was the Persian rug dealer I bought the rugs from for three times the fair market price, she did not say another word and hung up the phone.
Finally last week the rugs were picked up by another appraiser for a thorough DNA inspection in his lab. At the same time, I question whether they were even imported into the country within the parameters of the Iran Sanctions law.
As per certified oriental rug appraiser Sharon Kerwick, Mr. Nader Amini is yet again closing shop in Fort Lauderdale; his store is up for sale, and he is opening a new store in the affluent Bal Harbor section of Miami.
The President of ABC Home and Carpets suggested that I file a lawsuit against Mr. Nader Amini and Amini Rug Gallery before he disappears from the state once again.
So, you want to buy a Persian rug? Be careful who you are buying it from. I find it my civic duty to share my experience to protect "unsuspecting customers" from going through the same experience.
Local newspaper articles and readers' comments reveal problems with Mr. Nader Amini of Amini Rug Gallery.
A simple search reveals settled lawsuits against Mr. Nader Amini of Amini Rug Gallery.
Nader Amini's Amini Rug Gallery on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has plenty of "settled" complaints against him and it is "not" a Better Business Bureau accredited business.
Undocumented Persian Tabriz rug (above) sold by Nader Amini of Amini Rug Gallery on Las Olas Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for $45,000 as a rare, impossible to find elsewhere, priceless antique artwork.
Same rug (above) at "Rugs and Art" Persian rug store on Route 17, in Paramus, New Jersey, with a negotiable asking price of $11,000.
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
Mar. 26, 2017 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 6,503
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
Mar. 26, 2017 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,782
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, explored HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
Mar. 26, 2017 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 10,519
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
Mar. 26, 2017 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 923
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Mar. 26, 2017 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,720
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great dea...
Mar. 26, 2017 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 4,341
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
Mar. 26, 2017 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,366
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Mar. 26, 2017 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,813
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Mar. 26, 2017 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 8,487
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Mar. 26, 2017 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,105
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
Mar. 26, 2017 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 3,550
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,890
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,273
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,096
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
Mar. 26, 2017 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,186