- Report: #443589
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Direct TV
Direct TVDirect TV.com Nationwide U.S.A.
Direct TV REFUSES TO OFFER FIXED RATES to CURRENT CUSTOMERS - BUT contracts w/ VERIZON, DIRECTstarTV, etc to offer YR/2yr CONTRACT ONLY TO NEW customers for $'s LESS! Greenwood Village Colorado
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With the economy the way it is, it's time the Corporate games STOP! Its time someone slaps your hand and files a class action lawsuit!!! Strangely enough, you offer $50 incentives to bring in new customers -- WHY? -- I know!! You snag them in and hold them hostage at the service rate YOUR SUITS upstairs DECIDE once their 'introductory locked in rate' expires -- BUT, dare to leave for the competition and decide to return at a later date, one unknowingly returns with the label "Pre-Existing" Customer -- and no longer qualifies for anything but double the rate the new "year/double year locked-in contracts" offered via the internet and elsewhere pay!!
YES! As an honest, fast paying consumer who has consistently been on your books for nearly 8 years straight -- I've seen my original 'package deal' double in price!! YET ironically, the SAME price I originally agreed to pay for the 150+ channel package nearly 8 years ago is STILL OFFERED TODAY!!! BUT -- funny thing -- I CAN'T PURCHASE IT and LOCK IN THE RATE that is offered all over the internet-- WHY IS THAT??? -- BECAUSE I'm AN EXISTING CUSTOMER paying for a different labeled package that is no longer offered to new customers!!! Yet, when I asked about changing to the 'NEW' package that is offered -- I couldn't believe it --it is offered for a non-locked in rate at $3 more!!! YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS??? WHAT are you thinking???!!!
I get it -- repackage it at the rate 10 years ago -- call it something different to your current customers who have no choice but to pay what you tell them to pay (in my case double!!) and no one will be none the wiser!! THEN, contract that newly designed package with nearly the same number of channels out to Verizon, DirectStarTV, etc and let them offer locked in rates to their consumers, while the village idiots continue to pay for those $50 incentive checks sent to the growing DirectTV database of existing customers!!!
Hmmmm... I'm no village idiot... but I'd say that's what we refer to as PRICE FIXING.... And the last time I looked, that was illegal!!!
Its high time DIRECT TV offers the SAME "ONE and TWO YEAR LOCKED-IN RATES" to EXISTING CUSTOMERS!!
Time to stop direct tv from price fixing
Television Land, California
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/14/2009 06:13 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Direct-TV/nationwide/Direct-TV-REFUSES-TO-OFFER-FIXED-RATES-to-CURRENT-CUSTOMERS-BUT-contracts-w-VERIZON-DI-443589. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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