I have the same story as everyone else involved with a magazine sales door to door scam.
The kid selling the magazines to me said he was from the local high school. So I purchased a subscription. Later that day I was notified by a friend that the small town I reside in issued a public warning not to purchase from this company because they did not possess the required city permit for selling door to door and they were misrepresenting themselves as local students.
I promptly cancelled my check. Then about 3 months later I received a letter in the mail from a collection agency saying I owed them the subscription price as well as a 30 dollar return check charge.
I have reported this company to every agency I can think of to help me. Apparently, they are stating that I signed a receipt which had the cancellation policy on the back of the sheet I signed. Of course the sales agent neglected to provide me with a copy of the receipt so I was obviously unaware of the cancellation policy. By the way, I finally received a copy of this receipt and you must cancel within 3 days of the sale for the cancellation to be valid. Which essentially I complied with by stopping payment on my check the day after the sale.
I stated that I stopped payment my check the very next day after the sale, but they say a stop payment check is not a valid form of cancellation. So now they have sent me to collections for the money they say I owe.
By the way I never even received the magazine. My order was placed on hold by Great Lakes as soon as they received the stop payment on my check. So I am now being sent to collections for something I never even received.
I refuse to pay them based on the principals of questionable business practices. Believe it or not, I count myself lucky. At least I cancelled my order. Unlike several people I have read about that have never received their order and are still waiting to get their money back after the magazine subscription never arrived.
I will never pay these people for something I never received. I do think that it should be illegal for a company to send you to collections if you never received any goods or services from them. Why should they be able to collect money from me when I never received anything from them?
I have written about 20 letters to Great Lakes, Face to Face, and several Attorney General's offices seeking a resolution to this matter. I will continue my letter writing compaign as long as I have to. I just want them to cancel my order and cease collections on the goods/services I never received. I don't think that is to much to ask for.