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Middle School Magazine Fundraiser
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BOCA RATON, FLORIDA -- I have participated in many fundraisers, both actively and by spending money, when my daughter's were in school. But I have never seen anything like this.

My eldest daughter is 20. Last winter she purchased 2 magazine subscriptions for $35 each (6 magazines each, paid with a check) to help her middle school cousin with their fundraiser. The original agreement was that UNLESS she opted to renew, the services would end after the first 12 months of service.

Within the first couple months, she started getting the renewal cards and letters to extend her service. She read them, then tossed them. The subscriptions are due to expire in December this year.

Today a letter came for her from a collection agency called RPS Worldwide demanding $450. They claim they are collecting for Reader's Direct. She called to talk to them, but had to leave a message.

I am researching this company and will be informing the school board and BOE about this company. They can't really do much as she never signed a contract nor did she give them her social security number. But it annoys me that this company can seriously act this way.
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Principissa on 09/28/2009:
Wow, my son had a fund raiser almost 2 weeks ago and they had those magazine subscriptions. None of our friends and relatives got one and after reading this I'm glad they didn't. Keep us posted on what the BOE and School Board says. I'm curious to know what the PTA will say as well since they are the ones who organize these things.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
Wow. She got six issues for $35? I just paid $56 for 110 issues (Entertainment Weekly). On top of sounding crooked, they sound like a rip off. They can't just renew a subscription without authorization. No magazine does this, at least to my knowledge. School funders are total rip offs. I paid $13 for a small bag of gummy worms.
Skye on 09/28/2009:
Readers Digest is horrible. It's a shame, because they are my favorite magazine. I learned my lesson with them years ago.

They offered me a card that said free gift. I checked off, yes I would like the free gift, and nothing ever arrived. Then they tried to bill me for some books, for $25.99. I told them they needed to send me proof of delivery, since I had never received the "free" books.

Bottom line, I never renewed with them. I pay full price at the grocery store. It's less of a nuisance, then having to deal with them.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
Reader's Digest is now out of business.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
I bet she somehow agreed to a contract..
Principissa on 09/28/2009:
When I read the pamphlet that came with our fundraiser there was nothing in the print (includes fine) that indicated that the purchaser was agreeing to the contract. School fundraisers, while most are good (bake sales, car washes, pancake breakfasts)the rest are overpriced garbage.
GenuineNerd on 09/28/2009:
The name of this company is "Reader's Direct", not Reader's Digest. Sometimes scam companies would operate under similar-sounding names in order to drum up business. I wonder if this company also is the type that recruits teenagers with lures of travel and easy cash, only to put the teens up in third-rate motels and soliciting door-to-door (often without the proper permits), claiming to be from a local school or charity. Often times, money, checks, and/or credit card/bank information is collected, but the magazines are never delivered.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
Sherdy, no it was 6 different magazines, 1 year each, for $35. She bought two, with 12 magazine choices.

Just, I don't believe she did. My daughter is more anal about where her money goes than I am. She is so picky, when she applied for her car loan, she read the ENTIRE contract, word for word. In front of the lender lol, and asked a million questions. She did the same with her credit card application disclosure.

We have done the magazine fundraiser purchase before, just the same way. get the ones we pay for, never renew, be done with it. I don't know if this is a new vendor or what. I am going to research more about them. They do have a lot of complaints.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
Genuine, Reader's Direct is the company that operates the fundraiser. Kind of like a discount company. They buy so many subscriptions and offer them for sale at a discount for the school to raise money. However, I am not familiar with them as they are not the same backer as the ones that were used when my girls were younger.

I am not concerned about her being sued or having her credit affected as she never gave this information, not did she sign a contract. Buying a magazine subscription does not constitute a contract. This company ill learn the hard way about harassment and false representation.
spiderman2 on 09/28/2009:
Sherdy -- Reader's Digest is not out of business, they filed Chapter 11 bankrupty, which is a reorganization plan.
Anonymous on 09/28/2009:
LS. Thanks for the clarification. As for Chapter 11, I heard that, followed by "no more Reader's Digest magazine." I hope I'm wrong. All of those jobs...
fionaflyby21 on 10/03/2009:
LS, Reader's Direct based in Boca Raton has an "F" rating with the BBB. Seems they are involved in other scams including sweeptstakes, etc. Just an FYI. Here is the link at BBB:
Anonymous on 03/13/2010:
Duped, you are right. We are still fighting it.
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