JB Dollar Stretcher Magazine is all over Ohio and in Detroit, MI. It's a direct-mail advertising magazine that claims to have the highest readership of any other print publication in their circulation areas. After doing some research I've discovered this is NOT accurate. Plus, the statistics and survey results they base these claims on is from 1998! I must say, a lot has changed in 10 years...maybe they should consider updating their information before making such claims to clients.
The sales people are told (by the higher-ups) to lie to potential customers when filling out contracts. They have this section on the contracts called the "buy-out" if a customer doesn't complete their contract. In actuality, the company never makes a client pay that price. It's a scare tactic to get them to complete their contract. But, conveniently, the sales people "forget" to mention that. Instead the sales people tell clients they will be charged this outrageous amount if they dont complete the contract. I must say, I was quite angry when I found out that I could have canceled early, since my ad didnt work at all, without having to worry about that buy-out on my contract. (So if youre reading this and youre currently advertising with them, and its not working and not worth your money, then cancel early. Forget about the buy-out price, they dont charge you that.) Trust me; Ive heard this from a few sales reps and two vice presidents of the company. If you dont believe me, just try it and see what happens. If they decide to charge you the buy-out, just dont cancel your contract early.
Lastly, the corporate office treats their employees horribly. While the owners pay their employees low pay to do A LOT of work, they go on vacations every other month. Hmmmm maybe if the owners werent so d**n greedy they could afford to pay their employees (who make ALL the money for them to take these vacations) what they deserve. The employees have to drive all over the place, and hope to make sales (otherwise they dont get paid) and the company doesnt even refund their mileage! Plus, they make their employees pay for their postage to mail out sales kits to potential customers! So if youve gotten a sales kit in the mail from a sales rep, keep in mind that that sales rep paid for that out of their pocket. And also keep in mind that they mail out probably 10-20 of these a week!
Talk about a rip-off! Trust me, there are much better places to invest your advertising dollars. So look elsewhere and stay away from this company! Unless you want to support a company who has bad business practices and lies and uses old statistics and survey information to make themselves look good. Thats up to you.