I received a Stamps.com solicitation in the mail and, after some deliberation, bought the package with the scale and some coupons that expired before I could straighten out the hiccup with software [incompatible with Mac OS]. I had some nagging feelings, considered sending the stuff back but rationalized the so-called savings.
I did not realize -- i.e. didn't read the fine print -- I was signing up for subsequent monthly charges when I "registered" my account on line with Stamps.com. I also believed the USPS logo up there, thinking they were
connected. Clever marketing, that.
Unfortunately I did not realize that I'd been assessed $15.99 per month on my VISA card until 6 months had passed. I do not remember authorizing that subscription and told the service rep Jay that when I called the toll-free number on my cc statement.
I told Jay that I'd only used the service a couple times for packages [not saving a darn thing, in fact making those packages quite expensive!]. He was smoothly apologetic but wouldn't let me just cancel. He offered perks -- reduction in monthly fee to $9.99/month & more coupons -- but wouldn't reimburse me for my newest payment [since it reflects FUTURE service, they can't reimburse. Funny logic that].
They try to keep you as a customer by offering up these "bargains" or promises of waivers if you'd just continue. If GoInternet.net can be brought down by their shady ways perhaps Stamps.com can also be exposed.
I should've known better. I worked as a telemarketer [for the briefest time allowed by the company so I could collect my only paycheck, essentially giving notice on my first day of work at GoInternet.net in Philadelphia in 2003.
They were fined and shut down eventually].
Scams like this take advantage of peoples trust, hoping you don't read the fine print. Its a totally unnecessary service set up with the intent to bamboozle un- or half-wary folks to signing up for something they dont reallyneed. Im embarrassed, thinking I was fool-proof. All it takes is a distracting
moment and you can get hooked.