I get these emails from Entertainment Weekly that say “We Want You Back!” with all of these exclusive offers from them.
What pisses me off about this is that I never had a subscription signed up with that email address. The reason they had that email address is because in 2003 I had to communicate with them for about 5 months trying to get my money back from them.
Basically, back then Media Play would force subscriptions at customers with sales. They’d offer a “free subscription” to customers using a credit card and what this would actually do is sign you up for a free trial with your credit card number and it would then charge that card in a few months without most noticing and continue to charge what turned out to be $40 dollars every 6 months for a subscription to any of the magazines.
Well - I never signed up for anything because I knew it was bullshit, yet somehow my credit card number got associated with another customer and a subscription was shipping to this guy in South Carolina for about 2 years on my dime. This was during a time where most of my money went towards booze and I didnt look at my account like I do in 2011…so it slipped through. When I tried to argue them, they tried to tell me that “everyone has the same story sir once they realize they’ve been charged - theres nothing we can do about the money you lost but we can cancel it now”….no no no….I was going to get that money back.
It took a WHILE but I got SOME of the money back. I still can’t believe I had to go through that bullshit. It was obvious the subscription was going to someone else and that an error had ocurred but they didnt give a shit.
In 2011 I have a subscription to Entertainment Weekly that I get for $7.99 per year…and I always pay by check when its time to renew.
Lessons to be learned here:
- Nothing is ever free.
- Don’t ever sign up for any offers at any cash registers.
- Keep a close eye on your online bank account.
- If you want to subscribe to a Magazine, do some research, there is always a cheaper way than directly through the subscription card.