Report: #389502

Complaint Review: National Magazine Exchange

  • Submitted: Sun, November 09, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, September 09, 2010
  • Reported By: Minden Nevada
  • National Magazine Exchange
    16120U.S.19 North

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

National Magazine Exchange should be ashamed of themselves. My mother is 82 years old suffering with Dementia.

This god forsaken company continues to call and convince her to buy more magazines. They have convinced her to by cook books that she will never use because she's in an assisted living facility and they don't have kitchens.
I have talked to this company 3 times and have told them to take her off their list, which they did agree to.
The last time, I had to cancel her credit card so they would have no access to her account.

They have since gotten in touch with her and have acquired her checking account number by what means I don't know.

I am assuming they told her it didn't go thru on her credit card and needed some way to pay for the magazines.

This company needs to be stopped now.

Minden, Nevada
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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

hey angry&stupid and fluffyboy - ya still working there?? LOOSERS!!

AUTHOR: Bill - (USA)

Are you two clowns still shoving mags down grandma's throat?

People DO NOT waste your money on magazines when the economy is doing so badly. You could be the next one's to loose your job.  I am outta NME and much happier now that I am not asked to shove magazines down grandma's throat. Lets vote the idiots out in November 2010 - and you decide who the idiots are.  I know I am not voting for anyone who has been spending billions and trillions of dollars that we do not have.  Ya can't fix the country by spending trilliions borrowed from China on krap like turtle tunnels and studies on the sex lives of fish. 

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#2 UPDATE Employee

No offense but...

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

What does your mother and her illness have to do with the company? Seems to me, as a good daughter you would be taking care of her finances indefinitely is she has dementia. It's only the daughterly thing to do.

We don't know her medical records, her age, and her living conditions. She wanted the magazines and we did not discriminate.

Trust me, I understand your concern and I mean it with the utmost respect when I ask, When you're mother goes out by herself (not sure if she does) but if she does, do you tell her what time to eat and where to spend her money?

If she didn't want the magazines why did she select them and pay for them?

You should not be upset with the company because we have nothing to do with your mothers condition. It is unfortunate, but she chose the magazines and she chose to pay for them.
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#3 UPDATE Employee

Hey John

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

You're really lame, John. You sound pissed cuz they fired you. get a life.
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds


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

Why don't you tell everyone how to call "customer service". Give us the number one more time.

And how come he told NME three times to be taken off your list and still you slime bag scum loons continue to contact.

ba bye loon pie
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#5 UPDATE Employee

Hey Mister

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

Do you have a power of attorney over your mother? If not, you are the one acting illegally. If you do, simply tell the customer service at the national magazine exchange. They won't try to contact her anymore.
But if you do not- you are not legally in a position to dictate what she does or doesn't do. Maybe that doesn't fly with you, but if a court determines she can act out of her own interests, you have to get a grip on reality: maybe she likes the magazines. Even if there's no kitchen where she lives, maybe she likes to know about new recipes and such. I don't have a boat, but I enjoy reading about boating. Please get a life.
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#6 UPDATE Employee

update on Agora marketing and new location

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

for all you that asked for an update on whats going on with new company and location, two words it sucks!! im still an employee because of economy and hard to find a job at this time. Its horrible there, it has been three weeks now since we moved to the new building and you would think everything would be up and running before they brought us all over there. system keeps crashing, transfer doesnt work to get a verifier, have to do manuals,everyone running around like crazy people, im not into the big wigs names but robert moreno I think thats his name has been there everyday early in morning all red faced because how screwed up things are. Its been a mess. seats are too close to each other, too noisey,and way too many lights that hurt your eyes. oh and vickys fat a** is still there and kathy too. One good thing they dont have system set where they can monitor you so I dont waste my time doing rebutalls on people that I know dont want them and move on, also you cant check on how many hrs you need because thats not set up and they have screwed up pay checks since we been there, You dont want to work here!!! Ann
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#7 UPDATE EX-employee responds

What's going on at NME?

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

Does anybody have any information about NME?
Did they move to a new location?
Is anybody left in management?

Ripoff Report is a great forum to catch up. You can be anonymous or tell us who you are. Does anybody know where Sam Salvo is?
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Don't buy the magazine rip offs and don't work at NME. AWFUL place I think.

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

I remember Chuck (a years ago) and Eileen but I did not know you AC or John or Sam Salvo or this Elaine S person. They were using some other name then.

I think NME was a horrible place to work. The cafeteria food was good and you could smoke outside on a nice covered patio (a newer addition). But magazine sales is a horrible job the way they run it and I think management is awful.

I see on the Willis STein web site that they no longer own SDP NME - guess willis Stein is gone now.

I need to find a job soon but I DO NOT want to wrk at NME again.
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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Any updates from anyone about the new ownership? Any new scandals?

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

Are the class clowns gone? Is Brady gone? How about Vicky Stiedel and Kathie Margartondo and Robert Moravek? Is the janitor Chris King still there? How about E. Scanlon - is that a real person? Is it true ........... ?

One thing I liked was that the food in the cafeteria wasn't too bad.
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#10 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Chuck I am watching too. And I miss Florida.

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

Here is some additional information.

NME's sales have decreased to $81 million.
Agora Marketing Solutions (AMS) refers to NME and NPE as "divisions".
Employee count is down to the 900 range.

The principal owner of AMS appears to be Blackstreet (4800 Montgomery Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20814). Blackstreet acquired NME in August 2008 in a debt purchase from Wells Fargo Foothill stating "Following poor financial performance, SDP defaulted on its bank loan and AMS was then able to purchase the debt and subsequently foreclose on SDP".

Blackstreet is concentrating on "... disciplined fiscal policies and flattening of its (NME's) organizational chart..."

That means more cost cutting. Just before the change in ownership Scott Brady the CEO was dropped from the NME web site. Since the Blackstreet acquisition they have added a NEW CFO who's name is Harold Hale. Harold hops around a lot with 4 jobs in 8 years.

Since Blackstreet wants to flatten the organization chart lets update the "who's already gone list".
Is Mike Capito the older CFO now gone?
Is Scott Brady gone? (leader of the Brady Bully Bunch)
little big Bill Hood original owner
DAN Blumenthal, original Willis Stein rep (did Willis boot him?)
Jeffery Fix vp marketing
Thomas Lord the new cio
Dawn Russo vp
Chip Block vice chairman
Jack Linder vp
Leslie Stein a corporate attorney
Jim Shalale OneSwitch GM and his group
Sam Salvo an original vp
Chuck D Union Crusader and Combatant of Evil
Eileen Adams Super Union Crusader and Combatant of Evil
Edna and the list team
The cfo before Capito
The controller Rusty
Pat a Corporate Attorney
Suzanne the original attorney
Ginny VP Operations
Cindy the original CIO
Brady's numerous admin assistants

Aint much left to flatten. Maybe they will get rid of that janitor Chris King. Wonder why Elane Scanlon allows her name to be used on the mailers?

Back at ya Chuck. Take care. PS any idea how an old friend Sam Salvo is doing? Sam has a good heart and he can sing pretty good too.

PS - I wonder what would happen if the ABC (audit bureau of circulation) disallowed advertising circulation credit for the magazines NME gives away free (the bonus mags). Would NME lose the bonus dollar revenue if these are considered unpaid subscriptions? and the advertisers and the consumers wouldn't bare these costs?
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#11 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I promised I'd keep watching...

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

It seems my old friends may be about to abandon their business identity as National Magazine Exchange / Special Data Processing, Inc.

I have been informed that they have formed a new Corporation in the State of Deleware and have registered it here in Florida.

Foreign Profit Corporation
Filing Information
Document Number F08000003574
FEI Number 263170017
Date Filed 09/17/2008
State DE

Principal Address
Mailing Address
Registered Agent Name & Address
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title CHRM
Title P
Title VS
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No Annual Reports Filed
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