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Free XBox 360 – The Fine Print

Posted by idawrites on July 3, 2008 in OOPS |

About a week and a half ago, I shared a story about Mark and his attempt at receiving a Free XBox 360 and Halo 3 through an advertisement. In case you missed it, he didn’t end up with the XBox or the Halo 3. What he did end up with was a ton of spam email and bill for coffee, mugs, and mp3s. No big loss and a lesson learned.

Yesterday morning, I did my daily check of our bank balances and transactions. I wasn’t really SURPRISED, but I was aggravated to find another $49.95 charge to our credit card from Seattle’s Best Coffee Company, only 4 days after the original draft of $25 for what we purchased. So, Mark called the bank to dispute the charge. Then he called Seattle’s Best Coffee to see exactly what was up.

I’m sure that this isn’t an uncommon conversation for the coffee company. Mark demanded to know what the extra charges were for. The representative said that the agreement stated that we’d receive a monthly shipment of 2 pounds of coffee (for $50???!!!) unless we cancelled. Well, as you may have guessed, Mark cancelled. We received the coffee yesterday and immediately wrote Return To Sender on the package and dropped it back in the mail.

I do wonder how many more of these charges we’ll see before Mark’s “learning experience” is really finished.

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