On a recent visit to Google.com I was offered the opportunity to Get a Sony Viao laptop if I tried out TWO services that ProductTestPanel.com was offering. I have a screenshot of the page, but I see no way to upload it here.
After I subscribed to NetFlix, and cbomc.com I was offered a $1000 Walmart gift certificate if I joined a third. I signed up at FreeCreditReport.com. After doing all of this I went to my account and saw the terms of this offer were different than originally offered. It was not TWO items, now it was SIX. I contacted ProductTestPanel.com and was told that they were clear in their original "contract" that I would be required to subscribe to six services. This is simply not true.
When I first saw the site, I assumed the company was legit because they have a BBB logo on their home page. I noticed others have filed a complaint with the BBB, and yet ProductTestPanel. [continued below]....
.....com still has an "A" rating from the BBB. I question whether the BBB is serious about promoting better businesses and offer consumers any real protection.
I will be able to cancel my netflix and FreeCreditReport.com accounts without any expense. But the Children's Book of the month club (cbomc.com) is being more difficult. Even though I contacted them within an hour of joining their service, and notified them that their marketing partner enticed me to join under false pretenses, their reply so far has been "Although we would like to comply with your request and cancel your account, according to our records your commitment has not been fulfilled."
So I may be returning to file a follow-up on them. It's really sad when a company feels they have to use false advertising to market their products. And it's horrible when a company can lie about what they are offering and yet continue their operation.