• Report: #103704

Complaint Review: POETRY.COM INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY

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  • Submitted: Sun, August 15, 2004
  • Updated: Wed, February 23, 2005

  • Reported By:GLENDORA California
POETRY.COM INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY
JEFFREY FRANZ, PUBLICHER, P.O. BOX 704, OWINGS MILLS, Maryland U.S.A.

POETRY.COM INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY RIPPED OFF, LIED, ASURED ME THAT I WAS TO BE THE NEXT POET OF THE YEAR , ITS DAMAGING TO MY SELF-ESTEEM AND NOW I'M GUN-SHY ABOUT MY POETRY OWINGS MILLS Maryland

*Consumer Comment: Yes it's a scam but ...

*Consumer Comment: Yes it's a scam but ...

*Consumer Comment: Yes it's a scam but ...

*Consumer Comment: Yes it's a scam but ...

*Consumer Comment: Unwaranted, unreal, unfair and unbelievable.

*Consumer Comment: How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

*Consumer Comment: How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

*Consumer Comment: How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

*Consumer Comment: How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

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poetry .com told me I was a simi-finalist and that i was to be printed in thier book, and invite me to Disney land in Flordia.

That is if I could afroud to get myself and my two boys thier. then I received another letter stating my poem had been choosen for their boxed cd set and now I was a finalist in the contest, but they need my 600$ enrollment fee asap, and that that they were going to honnar me over the weekend at 2 different events.
I would be receaving a award and a engraved achivment cup.

and if i couldnt attend, how sorry they were, but would mail me my awards and have someone else read my poem for only 300$

But in order to win Cash prize i had to be there. then i got another letter stating i was to be poet of the year. hurry and send my 600$ to inseure my spot. well of caurse i couldnt make it, or buy my awards, but what a sucker i was, i bought 2 books.

this was 2 years ago, 3 weeks ago i receave the first letter from them in 2 yrs, wanting me to smit more poetry to them!!!

i have not wrote any another poems since than, nor have i let anyone read any of my works, they have crushed my inner- knowleage of knowing that I'm a damn good poet and i am gun shy about writing and showing my works now...

Laura
GLENDORA, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/15/2004 01:59 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/POETRYCOM-INTERNATIONAL-LIBRARY-OF-POETRY/OWINGS-MILLS-Maryland-21117/POETRYCOM-INTERNATIONAL-LIBRARY-OF-POETRY-RIPPED-OFF-LIED-ASURED-ME-THAT-I-WAS-TO-BE-103704. 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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#1 Consumer Comment

Yes it's a scam but ...

AUTHOR: Jenn - (U.S.A.)

Ok, yes poetry.com sucks and is a scam, and most people have been scammed by poetry.com. The question is, how stupid are most people that they don't understand that if you have to PAY for awards, or conventions that there must be something that's not legitimate about the situation. It should be common sense that if they are requesting 600.00 for a convention that some kind of scam is involved. Poetry.com is a fraudulent company, and good that people are spreading the word, but again it should be common sense that any company that asks you to PAY to have your poetry published it in some way a scam.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Yes it's a scam but ...

AUTHOR: Jenn - (U.S.A.)

Ok, yes poetry.com sucks and is a scam, and most people have been scammed by poetry.com. The question is, how stupid are most people that they don't understand that if you have to PAY for awards, or conventions that there must be something that's not legitimate about the situation. It should be common sense that if they are requesting 600.00 for a convention that some kind of scam is involved. Poetry.com is a fraudulent company, and good that people are spreading the word, but again it should be common sense that any company that asks you to PAY to have your poetry published it in some way a scam.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Yes it's a scam but ...

AUTHOR: Jenn - (U.S.A.)

Ok, yes poetry.com sucks and is a scam, and most people have been scammed by poetry.com. The question is, how stupid are most people that they don't understand that if you have to PAY for awards, or conventions that there must be something that's not legitimate about the situation. It should be common sense that if they are requesting 600.00 for a convention that some kind of scam is involved. Poetry.com is a fraudulent company, and good that people are spreading the word, but again it should be common sense that any company that asks you to PAY to have your poetry published it in some way a scam.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Yes it's a scam but ...

AUTHOR: Jenn - (U.S.A.)

Ok, yes poetry.com sucks and is a scam, and most people have been scammed by poetry.com. The question is, how stupid are most people that they don't understand that if you have to PAY for awards, or conventions that there must be something that's not legitimate about the situation. It should be common sense that if they are requesting 600.00 for a convention that some kind of scam is involved. Poetry.com is a fraudulent company, and good that people are spreading the word, but again it should be common sense that any company that asks you to PAY to have your poetry published it in some way a scam.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Unwaranted, unreal, unfair and unbelievable.

AUTHOR: Sarah - (U.S.A.)

There are a lot of people here that are hurt. I've noticed some people passing judgement on them about their grammar and whatnot. How petty. As for feeling demoralized and losing self esteem, that is a very subjective reaction and is legitimate for each individual. Why should we have to justify feeling horrible to somebody that is challenging us? Because it makes them feel better about themselves, that's why.

To the others that came to this board for the same reason I did. Poetry.com builds up your self esteem to limits that are out of this realm. When you realize that you have been taken, (and yes, I was one of the suckers that put a deposit on not one but 2 books...and yes, like the others, mine did arrive and was on the first page,) you just have to live and learn and remind yourelf, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." This scam artist of a company going by the name www.poetry.com should be shut down.

I plan on reporting them to the BBB, although that holds no water these days...but at least I will have a paper trail. I am keeping the books, which finally arrived. I am not however, paying them the rest of the money due. Off the record, I plan on making another call next month to let them know the books never arrived. Screw me...I'll screw you right back.

Before receiving the books, I received a threatening letter that they were going to sue me for the balance of the books. I called them to tell them that I had never recieved the books, which was true at the tiem. I informed them that I had put a deposit down, but they hadn't kept their end of the bargain up by providing the books they were now billing and supposedly suing me for. The woman was very nice and told me that the letter had been sent in error. 2 days later, the books were in my mailbox.

I had to laugh though. Sue me for $79.00! Ha! That's a good one. You can't take anyone to court for less than $120 or something to that effect. Either way, I've got the books for a minimal cost (the deposit.) I am going to disregard any more letters asking for full payment. With this website alone, I'd win even if they did take me to court.

I was a sucker. We have all been suckered. I have learned a great lesson from this. This is truly one of the greatest scams in current day history. It's amazing what a little word-smithing can do to keep you barely legal and rolling in the dough from all of us suckers!

Good luck to you all. I hope you make your own decisions based off of my email whether to keep the book for basically the cost of the deposit. I say, don't pay them the remainder. They've already made what it's worth with the deposit, or they wouldn't even send them out. Everything else they've written has been a big fat lie. Why would telling me they'd file a law suit be any different.

I have changed my name to protect my identity...as I know for a fact that employees from www.poetry.com come to this board and defend those scums. I have one question for you. How do you sleep at night knowing that you do nothing but rip people off all day? Go blow smoke up somebody elses #$$!! I've had enough of it.
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#6 Consumer Comment

How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

AUTHOR: Melissa - (U.S.A.)

how did poetry.com damage your self-esteem? And judging by your poor grammar and spelling, which makes your post almost impossible to read, poetry is not your thing.
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#7 Consumer Comment

How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

AUTHOR: Melissa - (U.S.A.)

how did poetry.com damage your self-esteem? And judging by your poor grammar and spelling, which makes your post almost impossible to read, poetry is not your thing.
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#8 Consumer Comment

How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

AUTHOR: Melissa - (U.S.A.)

how did poetry.com damage your self-esteem? And judging by your poor grammar and spelling, which makes your post almost impossible to read, poetry is not your thing.
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#9 Consumer Comment

How can someone with such poor grammar be a writer?

AUTHOR: Melissa - (U.S.A.)

how did poetry.com damage your self-esteem? And judging by your poor grammar and spelling, which makes your post almost impossible to read, poetry is not your thing.
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