Ripoff Report Verified™ REVIEW:
EDitor’s UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Priority One Clearing Services
for its commitment to excellence in customer service.
Ripoff Report’s discussions with Priority One Clearing Service have uncovered an ongoing commitment by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any complaints or concerns. Priority Once Clearing Service listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
Priority One’s Founder, Dawn Daugherty, explained to us, “Having 23 years in the industry I understand how frustrating it can be as a subscriber and not get the answers they deserve.” She has taken this experience and parlayed it into what she considers to be a state of the art customer service center. She also stated “She personally takes incoming subscriber calls weekly so she can better understand the challenges of her customer service professionals and the subscriber.” As a successful businesswoman, Dawn Daugherty knows it is critical to listen to the subscribers first hand order to better prepare her staff for resolutions.Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business.. The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Justin Rosen during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Priority One Clearing Services, Inc.
Priority One Clearing Services, Inc. is a company specializing in providing brokerage services, working as a middleman between companies who sell magazines and the companies that actually produce the magazines. They process the data as the companies work to sell magazines and obtain subscribers. “We make sure the publishers are being represented properly, the magazine gets processed, and the consumer gets their magazine,” states Justin Rosen, a representative of Priority One Clearing Services.
Because of Priority One Clearing Services’ business model, they do not reach out to potential customers to acquire leads. “We don’t acquire leads, because we don’t sell magazines. The agencies list brokers like BBB and DMA that scrub their leads to make sure there are not people on the Do Not Call list… The guys who are acquiring the leads for the consumers that call us are agencies who are out selling magazines. The way we get that [information] is because the agents or magazine sellers give it to us,” explains Mr. Rosen. Their interaction with the end consumer is limited, but Mr. Rosen explains that since they are the last people to touch the magazine before it gets mailed to the consumer, then the consumer can often contact Priority One Clearing Services regarding issues such as the method of delivery of the magazine, canceling delivery, etc. Priority One Clearing Services Customer Support & Complaint Resolution
Cancelling the subscription, Mr. Rosen explains, is often the cause of complaints received from the consumers. Many times, if the consumer wants to cancel, they generally contact the publisher of the magazine first. Because Priority One works as a middleman between the publisher and the company who sold the subscription, all the publisher can do is refer the consumer to call Priority One. At this point, because Priority One is not the company who actually sold the consumer the subscription and collected payment, they generally have to refer to consumer to a third party, which is the company who actually sold them the magazine subscription. “Sometimes we can cancel it for them and that’s the end of the phone call, and other times we can’t because we have to refer them to yet one more person who took all of their credit card information. We don’t keep any [information] but the name, address, zip code, and magazine,” explains Mr. Rosen.
When dealing with customers who have this particular complain, the team at Priority One works to be able to just cancel the subscription for them, but even if they can’t, “We never tell them we don’t know. We always have an answer for them,” states Mr. Rosen. He says he’s confident in the companies that they do business with and their ability to take care of their customers. “We don’t just say, ‘Here call them and let them take care of you,’ and pass the buck. We know that when we give them a phone number to call someone, they might get a voicemail or they might get an automated attendant because it’s after hours, but they will get their situation resolved,” states Mr. Rosen. He explains that customers’ reactions to this type of situation could go either way. “On any given day, somebody might be really happy that they got a live person to answer the phone, so they’re happy that we told them where it came from… and sometimes they are disappointed or disgruntled because they have to make yet another phone call or they’re not sure how they got the magazine to begin with,” he explains, but says that unfortunately, he generally can’t answer their questions and has to refer them to the company who sold the subscription in the first place. Priority One does have follow-up procedures in place once complaints are resolved, but Mr. Rosen explains that they typically only follow up on bigger issues, such as situations that may involve the BBB.
In response to a complaint posted on Ripoff Report, Mr. Rosen states that, “We don’t sell magazine subscriptions. We process the data. We’re a data processing center, not a sales center.” He explains that the complaints generally revolve around the magazine subscription, which is not something Priority One is responsible for. However, since receiving complaints on Ripoff Report, Priority One has worked to expand their hours so they’re available to assist customers who may call in with questions or concerns. “We have always prided ourselves in the way we serve our customers here, so for me it wasn’t how we handle those calls differently, it was extending our hours,” explains Mr. Rosen.
Mr. Rosen and his team at Priority One Clearing Services recognize the value of working with Ripoff Report and the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program, and the platform it provides for businesses and clients to interact and resolve issues. “I think that Ripoff Report is an interesting platform for people to use to voice and alert people of businesses that need to be reported negatively. I think for us, it’s most important to get our company out there so that people understand really who we are versus being a sales center. The biggest misconception about us is that we’re a sales center and that we charge people’s credit cards. So for us, what is so important to me is to get it out there in a mass way that we are not a sales center. We don’t charge credit cards. And if they just give us an opportunity to help them resolve their customer service issues, we will,” states Mr. Rosen. Priority One Clearing Services / Statements from the staff "
Dawn Daugherty’s personal and business ethics align completely and their experiences working with Priority One and Dawn Daugherty have been nothing but stellar and never any unmet promises. Her commitment to the community, the staff, which she proudly calls 'The Team', the publishers and to customer service is nothing less than outstanding.”
Priority One’s staff says there are amazed that Dawn Daugherty actually helps out on the customer service phones when they are busy. “To have her take calls so that she better understands our challenges and the frustrations that a subscriber may have is truly a sign of her commitment to this company”.
One newer employee stated “I have never worked for a company that cared so much about their staff and their customers. When Dawn says she is committed, she is serious about all areas of the business, she is all in!”
When subscribers use the “live chat” capability they are able to rate the representative they just worked with to resolve their problem. Those are reviewed and representatives are acknowledged for their accolades. Nothing goes unnoticed by Dawn Daugherty when it comes to a subscriber’s satisfaction. STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM PRIORITY ONE CLEARING:
Priority One Clearing recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report’s Investigation Priority One Clearing has made adjustments to the hours of receiving subscriber complaints. It has enable subscribers to contact Priority One outside of normal business hours.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Dawn Daugherty and many of her past and current associates, Ripoff Report is convinced that Priority One Clearing is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total subscriber satisfaction. Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Rip-off Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike. Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program,.. A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. this program works.
As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer .. NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
Priority One Clearing Services, Inc. - Third Party Magazine Seller/Processor without an authentication process to verify that subscription was valid/legal. - Clearwater, Florida
Received via USPS "Outside" magazine that we did not order, solicit, or authorize in any manner. Called Outside's Subscriber Services (800-678-1131) and was told that they could not cancel the subscription because it had been placed by a third party - Priority One Clearing Services, Inc. (727-443-2200) who does not answer their phone. Checked our credit cards and bank account and have not been billed yet.
The received address that this magazine came to is NOT our mailing address. We use caller-ID and voice-mail on our phones and NEVER accept or call back unknown numbers. We look up all unknown numbers to see if they are scam calls and find most are fraudulent. We shred all unsolicited mail without opening first.
All items with our names and addresses are shredded before disposal. We do not allow nor participate in door-to-door sales pitches, surveys, sweepstakes, and etc. All magazines we receive are ordered and paid for on the magazine's secure website. We work in the IT industry and understand that personal information provided to the wrong source can be used for illegal purposes.
Any reputable publication will allow you to cancel an unauthorized subscription by calling them directly or by using their secure website. "Outside" magazine did not do so.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) Inspectors website (https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/MailFraud/fraudschemes/othertypes/UnsolicitedFraud.aspx) states that it is illegal to send merchandise to someone, unless that person has previously ordered or requested it.
These rules are codified in Title 39, United States Code, Section 3009. That section of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 incorporates these protections for American consumers and makes the mailing of unordered merchandise unfair methods of competition and unfair trade practices under the law.
Furthermore, it is illegal for a company that sends you unordered merchandise to follow the mailing with a bill or dunning communication.
If you are aware of violations of the federal law prohibiting the mailing of unordered merchandise, or if you have personally had difficulty with such items - especially if you are sent statements demanding payment for the merchandise - you should contact your local postmaster or the nearest Postal Inspector at (877-876-2455).
Below is the State of Florida's Consumer Protection FAQ (http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/cc08c6e2fa43fdf285256cc90060ae57!OpenDocument):
How to Protect Yourself: Unordered Merchandise
Source: The Florida Attorney General's Office
What are your rights and obligations when you receive merchandise through the mail that you did not order?
You have a legal right to consider it a free gift if a seller sends you any merchandise you did not order.
You are not required to return it and may keep it if you wish.
You have no obligation to notify the seller that you will keep the merchandise, but sending a letter stating your intention to keep the shipment as a free gift is an advisable precaution, which will help you establish later, if necessary, that you did not order the merchandise. You may wish to send the letter by certified mail and keep the return receipt and a copy of the letter. If you ever receive a bill or a letter saying you owe money for unordered merchandise, you can use the same approach, stating in your letter to the company that you never ordered the merchandise, and therefore have a legal right to keep it for free.
If you believe that the unordered merchandise is the result of an honest shipping error, contact the seller and offer to return the merchandise provided the seller pays for postage and handling. Give the seller a specific and reasonable amount of time, perhaps 30 days, in which to pick up the merchandise or arrange to have it returned at no expense to you. Inform the seller that after the specified period of time, you reserve the right to keep the merchandise or to dispose of it as you wish.
Shippers may send merchandise to you which you have not ordered if the merchandise is a free sample and marked as such. Address labels, decorative stamps and other merchandise mailed by charitable organizations asking for contributions may also legally be sent to you without your prior order. In either case, you may keep such shipments as free gifts.
Be especially cautious when you are participating in sweepstakes, or ordering goods advertised as "free," or "trial" or at an unusually low price. Read the fine print to determine if you will be required to make purchases in the future, or to notify the shipper that you do not wish to purchase the merchandise, or continue with the "trial" arrangement. Keep a record of each product you agree to receive on a "free" or "trial" basis, and what your obligations are by doing so.
If you are having difficulty dealing with unordered merchandise problems, attempt to resolve the problem with the company.
If you are unsuccessful, you my contact your local U.S. Postal Inspector, the Division of Consumer Services, Mayo Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800, 1-800-435-7352, the Better Business Bureau in your area, the Direct Marketing Association, 6 East 43rd Street, New York, New York 10017, or the Federal Trade Commission, Correspondence Branch, Washington, D.C. 20580.