It's a jungle out there: Customers growl about BlueHippo.com

Maybe it's a fluke. Maybe it's a few (thousand) disgruntled people across the country who have managed to catch the attention of the media. But maybe there's something there.

BlueHippo.com is an online retail store that specializes in selling computers and plasma TVs to people with bad credit. As it says on its website, "BlueHippo was founded in 2003 to provide an effective alternative for people with limited financing options due to less than perfect credit or no credit at all."

The web site looks professional and friendly. I can't blame anyone for trusting the people there, and I'm sure there have been some customers over the years -- maybe a lot of them -- who have been very pleased with the service BlueHippo.com provides.

But. (You knew a "but" was coming.)