Not you, of course. Unless you’re one of those jerks that charges for hidden fees.
We have written here, here, here, and here about scummy gimmicks that hide secret charges in their Terms and Conditions. You think you’re signing up for a “free” kit for $3.88 shipping and handling. But then, when you don’t cancel after your 7-day trial, you get hit for a $90 monthly charge for a membership you didn’t know you were signing up for. It’s a practice also sometimes called negative options marketing.
You can try to cancel. You can try to get a refund. You can cry, threaten, and cajole. But if you follow the comments in the posts I linked above, you’ll see that the pimps selling this kind of junk make it very difficult, if not impossible, to meet their refund conditions. Don’t let bad behavior go unpunished.
Here’s one way you can hit those deceptive marketing bastards back. Thanks to alert reader Eugene for posting this:
I got the slam too. what a dirty little trick. I found the right place to let Google know about this evil use of their trademark.
Go here and report the trademark infringement:
I’ve tried it and I got a huge amount of perverse satisfaction by reporting “Google Money Tree” to Google for trademark infringement. If you’ve been bitten, strike back by turning them in. Unfortunately, the link above will only help you report improper use of Google’s trademark. But hey, it’s a start.
Before You Write Us or Comment…
This is for that busybody who is all in a lather right now. You know who you are. Before you write to me and say something stupid and obvious like, “Hey, everyone should read the terms and conditions before signing up for stuff. It’s your own fault if you gut sucked in when you didn’t read what you were signing up for,” just shaddup, alright? Take your bad, self-righteous self out for a massage and a colon cleanse and come back when you’re not so uptight. I’m the only one who gets to lecture around here.