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I agree with you.I feel they are getting me to subscribe to the same magazine way before it expires and I can't remember when it expires so they are getting more subscription out of me for the same magazine,and it is annoying getting those notices in every magazine I get.
P.S I do enjoy the magazine and I would hate to give it up.
Shabby tactis indeed!!! These scum bags must be duping thousands of people into paying way more than they should.
This is exactly why I quite getting readers digest years ago. I loved that little book, but was so tired of constantly being told I was a millionaire. Tired of Constant notices clogging up my mail box.
I will not subscribe to any magazines that stoop to these kinds of low level business practices.
I, too, am getting fed up with the practices of the "once desirable" magazines. We now have to put up with the ads in what was once "no advertising" magazines. Then, the quality of the paper has deteriorated. Now, we are getting multiple notices and subscription offers through the mail and several in each magazine (this alone is such a waste of money). I have cut down on the number of magazines from Reiman that I was subscribing to and am coming very close to cutting again or cancelling altogether. There are enough problems in the world that we don't need these kinds of petty tricks!
I have a great Readers Digest story. My mother-in-law got the magazine for years. When she died, I wrote the company, still kept sending the magazine......I called and they told me it would take 2-3- months but the magazine would stop and they were sorry for my loss. After two years of sending the magazine to her free, we finally got a notice.......that she was being turned over for collection. She never missed paying a bill on time. Needless to say, I would NEVER subscribe to that magazine again!!!!
I have taken Taste of Home for several years but it seems that with each year there is less info about cooking and baking and more advertising. Its now at the point where its just not worth the cost. Now just like everyone else I keep getting these renewal offers in the mail that look more like dunns than a subscription renewal.
Now if I havent replied by now, wouldnt you think just maybe I dont want it anymore? I mean like after 1 year of not replying dont you thnk maybe I dont want it?. No, I didnt forget to renew, Yes, I dont want it. So cease and desist.
Im sure not going to pay postage to inform you I dont want to renew it. I will remain a member on the website of Taste of Home unless that changes for the worst.
I totally agree with 18/19 posts. I just recieved yet another ACCOUNT NOTICE. If you continue to send these I will stop my subscription ASAP. For my Simple and Delicious account, my account is currently paid thru FEB 14. Why would I pay you now? My Taste of Home account is currently paid thru D/J 15. In addition, the Taste of Home books you send me? I have asked repeatedly NOT to send them unless I request them. Currently I have 2 invoices, one for Taste of Home Southern Favorites, which I returned when it arrived. The other is for 2012 Quick Cooking Annual which I hope to return tomorrow since you never include the 'FREE' address label as you state with the books. I like your product, but your customer relation tactics are atrocious.
I definitely agree about the account notices, and agree that it looks like I don't pay my bills.
A while ago I received a cookbook to "preview" that I did not ask to preview. I called TOH and she said that I must have requested it. Of course I did not request it. I found it an inconvenience to have to send the book back, but I did. When I ordered the $5 cookbooks a little while ago I also got a letter saying that I will now get cookbooks to preview. I immediately called TOH and told the lady that I DO NOT WANT TO GET ANY COOKBOOKS TO PREVIEW!! Well, she said that when I get a letter saying a cookbook will be on it's way for me to preview, I have to return that saying that I don't want it. No, I am NOT going to do that. I told her that if I receive any cookbooks that I didn't request I was not going to return them.
This is posted on the Federal Trade Commission website:
If you receive merchandise you didn’t order, federal law says you can consider it a gift. You can’t be forced to pay for the item or return it.
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." -Will Rogers
I also find it annoying to receive these notices that continually say my subscription is running out. Nothing could be further from the truth, I usually have a year before the subscription would expire. We constantly hear from Reiman about keeping their costs down, and how they need to have the advertisements in the magazines to help defray the cost of publication. Well, if they would just stop sending out and printing these little inserts that fall out of their magazines, THEY COULD REALLY CUT THEIR PRODUCTION COSTS!!! I receive several of their publications, my Country Woman has six months to go before it expires. They called my home and spoke with my husband while I was at work, told him the sad tale and so he agreed to renew my sub. Sure enough, a week later or more here comes another reminder........ enough said, they just don't get .
Thanks for the tip from the FTC. I believe if TOH doesn't wise up, my library will be increasing.
Because of this I decided to let my 5 magazine expire, then I chose which ones I wanted to renew, when I called, I paid via credit card. For 5 months I have been receiveing Payment Past Due. I've called twice and ask about this and they tell me this is a promotion, hard to believe a "Payment Past Due" is a promotion. She told me today it may take 3-4 months to stop these offers. I've decided, beginning with the one I got today, to keep until I have several months, then I'm sending them back to them, there should be some way we could get this stopped. I will not take Readers Digest because of problems I had getting the magazine stopped when my parents passed away.Could we not report this to abuse to the elderly????
It is sad how the magazines treat us!! My husband told the post office they could quit all the magazines and advertisements to save them, the clerk said oh no, that is our biggest business. As for Readers Digest, my mother-in-law got it all her life, when she died at 86, I called, wrote two letters and after two years we got a letter with notice that her account was being turned over for collection. She would have been so upset. The reason this continues is because people just get tired of it and pay the bill, so in a way, we are our own worst enemy!!!
We had the same problem with Reader's Digest, as my Dad got older when he received a notice he would send money, we found out that he had almost a 10 yr subscription, when he passed away we contacted them and they were going to refund his remaining subscription, haven't received it yet and he has been gone since 2001. Of course that's not as bad as my daughter who now lives at that address receiving a past due notice in his name from Guidepost for a book he had ordered last year and never paid for. She called them and tried to explain the situation and a couple of months later received a final notice from them. When she called she said he is no longer at this address and gave them his new address Willowmount Cemetry. Hasn't heard anything from them since.
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