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Not worth the money-cheaper to hire a tutor
Posted by Ttorson on 07/21/2009
This product is definitely not worth the $400 cost to the consumer. Do not waste your money. Hire a tutor from your local shool if your kid needs help. If your kid needs help getting organized, buy him or her a notebook for $5. You'll save $400.

     
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Simple Way to An A
Posted by KerBer on 07/06/2009
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA -- Don't order this product unless you want to lose your money! My 74 year old mother saw an ad on the TV for A Simple Way to Make an A. The ad said there was a 30 day trial period and you only have to pay for the shipping. She ordered the product for my 12 year old son.

Once it arrived I reviewed it with her and told her to return it since I had already paid for a summer school study skills class. She called the return number for a week and never got a live person on the other end of the phone. She's retired so I can assure you she didn't call just once a day, she sat for hours hitting redial. She was afraid of missing her return window so she called customer service and was told she had to get a special number in order to return the product. What kind of scam is this?

You can't just return it, you have to get a special number and of course the number you call to get this magic return number just rings - she never got an answer at that number. Afraid of missing the return window she sent the product back and the company refused to accept it twice because it was missing the RMA number. My mother put a stop payment on her credit card but continues to be harassed by people from the company. The company has a record of her phone call to customer service so they know she was trying to return the product but they have told her "too bad".

She will gladly return the product that they refused TWICE but the company doesn't want it back. They just want to keep billing her. Buy this and you will be sorry!!! The product doesn't offer much more than a notebook and the return policy traps you!!!
     
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Product Return
Posted by Dtshopper703 on 07/03/2009
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased this product but it took so long to arrive that I had actually forgotten about the purchase and had already purchased another software. I refused the package when it arrived but I received a letter that they were trying to debit my account anyway. When I called to ask why (luckily for me my bank had issued me another card because a merchant had informed them that the card may have been compromised). They stated that since the product did not have a RMA number they did not know it was my return. How is that possible when the package has my name on it? No one even mentioned the need for an RMA number when I made the purchase because they assume that every one will open the package and read the instructions. Then they tried to force me to pay a $15 restocking fee for a product that I never even opened. Two weeks later they start sending me collection notices for the entire amount of the product that they have in their possession. What type of business is this anyway? Stay away from this company. The software cannot be worth the poor customer service.
     
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Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2009-07-03:
Write a letter of dispute to the collections agency in certified mail. You should not have to pay them for a product that they sent way too late to be of any usefulness, and that you no longer have.
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Simple My ***
Posted by Simplemyass on 06/19/2009
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA -- What a rip off system. My wife and I, concerned about our sons reading abilities decided that we would try The Simple Way to an A System.

What a mistake!!

It is the most convoluted, difficult and unhelpful you can imagine! We returned it just as the instructions called for: Calling for an RMA (return merchendise Authorization) number, insured it and sent it off. A few days later it was back at my door with stamps all over it saying we didn't write the RMA number on the box. I guess it was too much trouble to flip the box over and see the number big as day!

This was over a year ago and we are still fighting to get them to take it back and stop collection action against us.

DON'T ORDER THIS !!!!

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-19:
Admin, you gonna make this OP change their nic?
Posted by old fart on 2009-06-19:
OOOHHH Naughty naughty screen name!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-19:
Now no one tattle tale.
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Fraud
Posted by Shoie on 04/09/2009
These people are a bunch of crooks we are trying to return it nothing has been open and they won't accept it back because it's past the 30 days they just want people's money they don't care about helping children or their parents bank accounts.
     
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Not Worth The Money... They Do Not Honor Their Agreement
Posted by Purelife on 03/30/2009
When attempted to return, per agreement via phone order, was told a RA (return authorization) would be sent...however, it was never sent. I have tried to contact this company per phone with no success. Wants to sell product, with no service. When received, product was not what it had promised to be.

IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE IN THEIR PROMISES AND APPROACH.
     
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Not Worth The Shipping
Posted by Shar0n on 03/19/2009
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Upon ordering this product I had heard the commercial over a period of several months. I decided to order the product to assist my son who is a 'B' - 'C' student and thought maybe there is something to move him up to 'A' - 'B' student status that I am unaware of.

After a good 10 minute talk with the customer service representative to cover specifics about the design of the product. Meaning I want to know if this was something that was could be used right away with my sons homework completion or is it going to involve days or hours of learning a process before the simple way to an 'A' program could be used.

She assured me it was based on NLP, (neurolinguistic programing. Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic learning system identification) and that the simple way to an 'A' could be used with my sons' homework upon receipt, and she added ... HER SON ALSO USES THE PROGRAM AND IT HAS BEEN BENEFICIAL TO HIM.

Only to receive the 8 pound package requiring signature and receiving a 4"_ 3-ring binder with multi-colored 3" X 5" note taking cards, Blank Ruled Agendas, subject dividers, A DVD, and a stack of cello-wrapped instruction.

WELL, this package is entirely what my son uses at school. He notes down the keep words of the topic studied, keeps class agenda, we have already identified that he is a 'VISUAL LEARNER' as his retention model.

They wanted $400.00 for this, then upon calling to return the program after 12 days, unopened cello packaging, I was on hold 1 hour the first day, 20 minutes the second day, 10 minutes this morning.

The representative advised me there was a sale on the product now for $179.00. I advised her I only wanted the RMA# so I could return the product. She then asked if I watched the DVD, I told her no, and then she went into a sales speech, and asked if there was any amount of money I would pay to keep the materials?

I told her 'based on the fact we are already using this very same learning - retention method I did not feel necessity to pay for what I am already doing, AND I understand she was giving me an opportunity to pay THEM, although it was my best decision not to pay for what I already HAVE.

PLEASE know, if you order this product, they will make it extremely difficult to return it. If you give a credit card for payment, which they will direct debit your account. BE PREPARED TO CANCEL YOUR CARD IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID UN-AUTHORIZED DEBITS THAT WILL BE PULLED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT.

Also --- You must follow there strict return product marking on 3 sides of the box for their warehouse to accept your return. Give them the UPS tracking number and send that information to them by mail and email. This will help you with your credit reporting to have a paper trail showing documentation when you received the package, when you returned it and the UPS tracking # along with copy of your paid receipt to return their 8 pound package.

BE SURE TO MAKE electronic archive files of your letter to them along with a copy of this complaint so assist you with your credit correction information should they put you in collection which will be advised to you if the materials are not returned according to the way the package needs to be marked. Have your dates and documentation!!!!

This product attracts your 'kinesthetic" system, because, as a parent you want to do the best for your child, and the way it is advertised you want to believe you and provide more than you are, or you wonder "Can I be doing more to help my child."

If you are having any thoughts similar to this. YOU definitely do not need this product. The very fact that you've taken time to think, "can I be doing more?" is an indication you are already doing what is needed.

     
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How To Get Sucked In
Posted by Roadbuilder on 03/06/2009
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- I read the review from earlier and wanted to post because the same thing happened to me. My wife's account was tagged for another payment after they had already received their merchandise before the alloted time. 2 payments came out and after a phone call it will take 2 weeks to post back. Is this bull? They took my money after the fact and it takes that long to get it back? where is the justice? We need to call the owner and stick it to him! simple way to screw consumers.

I am so po'd about this and I'm sending a notice to the attorney general for Ohio.

     
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Posted by BokiBean on 2009-03-06:
Simple Way into Your Wallet.
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Simple Way 2 An A
Posted by Got As anyway on 02/28/2009
Our child’s grandmother bought this for our daughter from an infomercial. After 3 months dealing with this organization I turned them into the CA Attorney General’s office. There are 2 things wrong with this company. First the material is just a few pads of printed columns with names like class, date, book & chapters to read. Not even close to worth the hundreds they try to soak you for. Next, just try to return the product to get your money back, they make it almost impossible, refusing the box once it gets back to them. I even tried to drive it back to them. At the end we had to cancel the credit card and we are dealing with their collection agency.

My recommendation - these chuckleheads get an easy F.
     
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Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-02-28:
There is no simple way to an A...hard work on the kids and the parents end is what does it. Oh excuse me, our new Hawaiian President is working on more money to send kids to college that don't really need to be there, making a college education a right guaranteed by the government. I apologize.
That being said, all kids ain't gonna make a's, all kids aren't college material. That is just a fact of life.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-28:
These "cram school" programs are completely worthless. Unlike jkshff1, I happen to believe that all kids can go to college if they work hard enough, but using a program like "Simple Way To An A" is not going to help improve their grades. I hope you resolve your problem with the company and work with your child yourself to improve her grades.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2009-02-28:
The entire education system could be reformed overnight with tuition dropping 75% with one simple move.... dump the buildings. 2 way interactive TV classes from home would be a win-win for everybody (except for the thousands of teachers that would no longer be needed) Imagine a 30-40 percent drop in traffic all year round, cost reductions to the states as all of the supporting staff and police would no longer be needed resulting in millions of dollars available to strapped states. I know, we CAN'T let go of tradition.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-02-28:
ok financially, who is going to pick up the trash, fix the plumbing, make a cabinet, start a lawn service a harvard graduate??? (no offense to those honorable occupations)
All kids can attend now, but not all kids are college material, no different than not all kid are gonna be doctors, lawyers, salespeople etc, how hard is that?
Everyone legally residing in the US should be treated equally, that does not mean that everyone is going to have the same abilities.
More socialist propaganda.
Kids, you are not all the number one player on the team, you are not all going to be president, you are not going to have a wonderful life all the time, stuff happens and it ain't all good. Quit expecting that people owe you anything. No one does except your parents, and they only owe you a decent upbringing..it's up to YOU and not the government how your life turns out. You have the RIGHT (and not necessarily the ability) to be and do what you want, provided you are willing to WORK for it, unfortunately, you also have the RIGHT to have STUPID and LAZY written on your forehead, and expecting something for nothing puts you in that last group.
Sorry for the rant I told ya'll this no smoking thing was getting to me.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-28:
jkt, the no smoking may be making you cranky in your opinion, but you hit the nail on the head..again. best answer!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-02-28:
Thanks jbc...just wait till I quit drinking!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-28:
why would you do that??
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-28:
JUstbcuz.... quitting the booze was easy compared to dumping the smokes...
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-02-28:
Not really sure. It's gotta have something to do with the smoking thing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-01:
jkt, I don't think everyone should have the right to go to college if they don't have the grades or ability. What I was trying to say is that every child starts school as "college material," and anyone - parents, teachers or otherwise - telling a young boy or girl that they aren't going to college before they have the chance to prove themselves isn't right. Anyway, I'm Canadian - I am a socialist :)
Posted by wjk898 on 2012-10-20:
JKT is absolutely right. I taught college and granduate levels for 35 years and have never seen so many people paying all that money to go to college when they simply are not college material. I didn't say dumb; I didn't say no talent; I didn't say unmotivated. They could easily make a good living without college if the K-12 programs incorporated vocational skills instead of black history contact sports food nazis and useless time wasting stuff like that.
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Company Went Back On Their Agreement
Posted by Tnick on 02/24/2009
TEXAS -- I ordered this for my child, paying $89.95 per month on my credit card. We received it went thru it and didn't think that it was worth the money for the age of my child. I called to request an RA # to send it back, the gentleman at the company talked to me and said that he would discount it down to a total cost of $120 as opposed to $359.80. I thought about it and said okay. Not once did he tell me that I had to call back and let them know that I was accepting the agreement. They charged my card the first month $89.95, and he said that the next charge would be $30.05. I said fine. I opened my credit card statement and there was another charge on my card for $89.95. I called, and they stated that I was supposed to have called back and told them that I agreed to the agreement to get that discounted price. The supposedly listened to my conversation with the guy and said that I agreed to call them back but I didn't agree to accept the price difference.

How's that for customer service!!! Buyer beware!!! Customer Service isn't for the customer anymore it is for the seller!!
     
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