Brightwood Architecture Please Stop Ripping Off The Architecture Community!

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    YaVaughn Harlston

    I signed the petition.

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    Orion Watkins

    I signed the petition! This is not rightfor Brightwood to be ripping off our up and coming professionals.

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    Jessica Parmenter

    Signed! It's definitely about the money - young professionals can't afford to spend their meager salaries on products that dont offer what has been advertised! However, it's also about valuing our industry, which includes not allowing outside organizations to insult our intelligence.

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    Lukas Argyros (Edited )

    I signed the petition, because I bought the Brightwood material for PPD and PDD and was thoroughly suprised that the format of the sections were not aligned to the content on the actual exams. They did not even make sense in reference to the new 5.0 format and NCARB provided guidelines. 

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    Sara Lanier

    Signed. I’m glad we have someone looking out for our best interest with these study materials. It took a lot of effort to examine the different versions with a fine tooth comb and realize they’re identical.

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    Mayra González González

    Just signed the petition. The ARE tests are evolving, the study materials should also be adapting to the new format. It should be including new content, and help us prepare for the tests. If it’s all the same as the previous versions; then just not worth it to pay it full price.

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    Mayra González González

    Just signed the petition. The Brighthood ARE’s need to be updated! Otherwise their prices are too high.

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    Shannon Sardell

    Signed it! Why isn’t one book enough? As if the process iof licensure isn’t confusing enough, please simplify these materials, it will more helpful to all ARE candidates.

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    Melanie Ray

    Tired of seeing these 3rd party entities profit off the backs of hard working aspiring architects!I want to see the architecture industry taking a bigger lead in providing study resources for it's members! Signed this petition!

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    Haytham Abdelrahman Abdelall (Edited )

    I ordered the 3 professional practice study guides (PcM, PjM & CE) in both format hardcopy and ebook, the 3 books are identical. Realized that I have to pay premium for shipping oversea to return them back. I wasted a lot of money and this really hurts. Signed it !

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    Michael Riscica

    Haytham, 

    When I sent back my study materials, they said they weren't refunding my money until they inspected all the materials to make sure they could sell them to someone else.   Soooooo that took about a month.

    5 angry phone calls later, they finally refunded my money but didn't refund the whole amount. It was $50 short.

    5 more angry phone calls, they claimed they made an "accounting error" and then gave me back my remaining $50.

    Sorry you have to deal with this. Our Profession deserves better.

    Good luck. 

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    Haytham Abdelrahman Abdelall

    Thanks Michael,

    The issue is I need to pay $ 80 for the international shipping in addition, you can't return back the eBook. It's a huge waste of money for me since I purchased both hardcopy and eBook plus the cost of international shipping.

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    Michael Riscica

    Several people have told me that they are interested in pursuing a class action lawsuit against Brightwood. 

    Send me a personal email at mikeriscica@gmail.com and I'll keep you in the loop with what happens. 

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    Kirsten Solberg

    Thanks for watching out for us Michael!  I happily signed the petition and hope Brightwood stops trying to pull the wool over our eyes just to make a quick buck. 

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    William May

    It's fascinating.  I leave the General Discussion forum and look at what I find.  An actual petition for a 3rd party prep company to stop ripping off test candidates.  Ironically, I'm not the one starting such a petition.  And yet, there isn't a call from some of my profound critics for this thread to be closed.

    I commend the authors and those stepping up to be heard without being afraid to deal with the condemnation.

     

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    Seth Wiley

    Signed.

    Thanks!

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