I posted this once but for some reason it did not post.
Nationwide Reader service is a telemarketing company.
They called me and told me that there was a "special deal" available to me because I was a visa card holder.
Once I got on the line with the salesman, who was very good, he offered me what appeared to be an amazing deal.
The salesman explained that for 62.40 I could pay for 16 months of service and receive five years of magazine subscriptions.
I agreed, and what proceeded was a series of questions where he asked me to explain aspects of the deal while I was being recorded.
The pitch is deliberately misleading, and designed to fool consumers into thinking the deal is amazing.
However, when I received my "confirmation letter" a week later, the total charge was set to be 998.40, not 62.40.
Yes, the service was actually 62.40 a month, not 62.40 total. What seemed like an amazing deal was actually a horrific rip off.
And of course, the salesman failed to mention this over the phone, and even made a point to imply (though never directly say) that the service really did cost 62.40.
When I called them to cancel the service, they attempted to charge me a 300.00 cancellation fee, because they were "already beholden to their publishers."
This is further proof the service is deliberately misleading, they offer a cancellation fee, which they refer to as a "settlement." If the terms of the deal were clear from the beginning this settlement would be unnecessary. They offer this part of the deal as a trap, since they of course want to record you when you say you'll take it, thereby eliminating the ability for you to contest the original fee.
The pitch is misleading, the service is misrepresented, and the price is implied to be about 1/12 what it actually is.
Nationwide Reader Service is a SCAM, do not patronize this company.
Isla Vista, California