I waited something similar to be posted today in some forums.
First you friend made you disservice by passing the discount code.
Second you got your money back ( 1 dollar for each combine ).
Why I waited something similar to be posted today ?
Yesterday in TST chat was trader who agreed to TST 150k combine rules
but failed to follow the rules and forcefully demanded is money back that he payed for combine.
If you cool of a bit and think back that bigger mistake was made by your friend
and TST has room to improve by implementing " check if discount code is valid " on combine signup page.
But as you have pass combine once you can do it again for sure.
Fortunately most of FIO users not that TST real deal not scam.
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I read this and thought, that's a bit harsh, they should have at least given you your money back. And then read your next message showing the email where they say, something that you forgot to mention; that they are refunding you your money, and also that you had only paid $2 in total which wasn't mentioned when you were saying how they were happy to take your money.
So you bought two $150K combines costing $375 each, for $1 each. Didn't that price seem suspiciously low? You had a code you shouldn't have had and the error wasn't picked up until your details and account were looked at properly after you submitted the completed Combine.
As Lemons said, if you actually want to get funded then just do one more Combine properly for 10 days and you're done. I don't see that TST have any duty to consider you for funding and have to go through the checks and 'interviews' required when you never actually paid to take their test in the first place.
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I used the same code passed by one of their traders too to buy 3 100k combines. Blew them all then asked them to close them in order not to further charge me. I was informed that the code was abused (by me too) as well and that I am not entitled to any future discount in my account. I was ok with that, what worried me is the wording in their e-mail:
"There is a fee to the Combine because we want our trades to take this seriously and have some personal investment. If you would like to sign up for a Combine in the future, you will need to pay the full monthly cost, you can no longer user promo codes on our site."
I knew instantly that if I had passed any of the 3 combines that they would reject me because I didn't pay the fee and "didn't take it seriously" despite having paid already for a full combine previously.
Just keep it as a warning if you use any discount codes in the future and you don't pay the full fee. At least I expected it, was using it more as a trial but what they did to Novocane sucks - there was no warning whatsoever and they could have disabled the promo as it was running for almost 15 days -, because it seems like they are mostly interested in collecting the fee instead of having a good trader (Novo) funded.
I am sorry about your disappointment, and do not mean this at all negatively.
But whatever the merits of the use of the discount code, which you did not receive from TST, you were not ripped off for the money. You paid two dollars, and you got it back. They were not after your two bucks, and didn't take it, either.
At most, you might have a beef with them about not honoring the discount code, which you apparently did not receive from an authorized source. It would have been better if they had told you they would not honor the code before you put in the time in the Combine, but it seems they did not realize that you were not authorized to have it until they actually looked at your account. This is not your fault, and it is a hole in their procedures, but it does not support the idea that this is a "complete scam" done to just take your money, which they did not do.
I agree with @lemons that there is room for TST to improve their procedures by verifying the code when it is used -- apparently it was a valid code, but they had never offered it to you. That does not mean you were actually harmed. If you had received the discount offer from TST, that would be another matter, but you didn't. TST did not actually ever offer you a discount; you got it from another source. There are discount codes floating around the internet for many things, and if they are not received from authorized channels, that does not mean that they must be accepted as if they had been actually offered to the person who uses it.... as in this case, it had not been.
Again, I'm sorry you put in the time and effort, and had the disappointment you experienced. I just don't see that you were ripped off, or that anyone is operating a scam by not honoring a discount that they did not actually offer to you.
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I just noticed a flurry of BS posts by @N0vocane, obviously to get his post count up, as he actually said in some of them, probably so he could post images. Probably these very images that he was using to complain about how unfairly he was treated.