Astronomy Magazine DVD Scam
Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:50 PM
Anyway, I know that a company can NOT send you something that you have not asked for and then expect you to pay for it unless say UPS delivered it to the wrong address or something like that. But if you did not solicit them for it it is a GIFT.
So I was a little annoyed until I read the fine print in the box at the bottom of the letter attached to the bill. Quote "Service Guarantee: You are under no obligation to participate in the program. Because you didn't order the DVD, you don't have to participate or send it back and can consider it a free gift."
Hmmm! I guess I will let my subscription expire because I don't deal with companies that are this deceptive.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:45 PM
just consider it a modern day annoyance, like Spam email, and delete it... but keep the magz!!!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:49 PM
And if the staff at Astronomy isn't aware of it they should be. It is illegal to do this. They could face legal action. I just posted this so folks here at CN would know that.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:00 AM
Although a different publisher, Astronomy magazine has been sending unsolicited DVD’s for a several years now. There have been few other threads relating to this problem. In all those threads, I haven’t read any posts that publisher of Astronomy magazine has resorted to using a collection agency; but these threads certainly remind me of the experience I had with Funk & Wagnalls. I don’t subscribe to Astronomy magazine.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:59 AM
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:09 AM
They've done this before.
Yeah, this is nothing new at all. Don't sweat it.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:33 PM
I'm glad S&T has always shown enough respect for their readership that they don't use an irritating trick like this.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:37 AM
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:04 PM
What I didn't like, more than the dumb fake "dun" notices
Ya, whats up with that, what a waste of paper. My last issue is Feb and I start getting them end of Aug!!
Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:24 PM
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:14 PM
Now, I have nothing against Astronomy selling these disks. Some folks like to receive things like this via subscription, and they are for sure very nicely packaged. All I am saying is that I, me, Rod did not find them to be an outstanding value. If you like 'em, more power to you.
Nor do I have anything but good to say about Dave Eicher and the rest of the Astronomy crew. They are professionals turning out an excellent, professional product.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:34 PM
I just sent it back in the white return envelope and havnt
had any problems, ive since changed back to Sky & Telescope.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:08 AM