WILLIS, TEXAS -- Never received the magazines. Check cleared in March of 2014. I have attempted to contact them without success. I do not doubt the sincerity of the guys they have hitting the bricks, so to speak, but what is really sad about this is the people running this outfit are the ones who are most likely reaping the benefits at the expense of the very ones they are supposedly trying to help. As the bad experiences such as those listed on this site and others pile up the consumer becomes more and more aware of the truly unscrupulous slime balls that are out among us trying to separate us from a hard earned dollar by using others. The end result is mass distrust.
I will never buy from anyone who comes to my door soliciting anything again. My trust and faith in the good of others continues to be tested and those salesmen who are honest and trustworthy are the ones who suffer because I can't tell you apart from the scum. So my door is closed. Thanks a lot Urban Nation for solidifying my cynicism.
WILLIS, TEXAS -- I just had to put something positive about this company on the Internet because there is so much negative and not too many people will take time out to compliment a company or its employees. I just want to say like a lot of people, I was skeptical about someone coming to my door selling magazine subscriptions. But, I took a chance on the young man that came to my door. He was very professional and courteous. I even invited him in for dinner with my family. He told me about his background and how he was changing his life for the better. And that Urban Nation was instrumental in helping him to be a productive member of society and make his own way.
I felt compassion for him and that was the main reason I bought the subscriptions. He explained it would take some months before the subscriptions would arrive. The subscriptions arrived yesterday. I had forgotten about them but, not the young man that sold them. Urban Nation is doing a great service for these young people and for that reason alone, I would buy again from the next salesperson. I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.
WILLIS, TEXAS -- We try to support inner city folks who are trying to make it work, but if the company that backs them can't deliver, we all lose. I purchased 2 magazines over 4 months ago and haven't seen a thing. The phone number on the receipt is disconnected. I won't purchase another thing, so every future salesperson who might be legit loses at our house. I even offered to not purchase and give the guy a donation.... He couldn't take it. Would have felt better about that one!
WILLIS, ARIZONA -- An agent of Urban Nation came down our driveway and asked us to donate money to help provide inner city, poor children with books. We gave $160. When checked online for more info, I found that they were not a charity and the paperwork they gave us was not fully completed. I send certified mail and called numerous time but never got a reply or a call back. We wanted paperwork for the tax write off but as they are not a charity, none is available. We were cheated out of our money and who knows where it went. This company goes after kind hearted people and deceives them. I have filed a complaint with the Tucson Attorney General.
RIP OFF. They get this shady looking salesperson to come to your door and make you think you're doing mankind a favor by helping out this thug looking character subscribing to a magazine that you don't need in the first place. I should've kicked his ** as that was my first inclination. YOU SUCK YOU LOW LIFE. Anyway here it is months later and I haven't seen that dumb Kids Magazine that this crook had me subscribe to. IT WAS FOR THE KIDS YOU **. I hope you're proud of yourself. They ask me everyday "where's my magazine daddy?" I tell them "some crooked guy took our money and you're not getting it."
PLUS this jerk had the nerve to change the amount on my check. Isn't that against the law? If you feel you needed to swindle me out of my $69 then good for you, you obviously need it.
LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS -- I was working out in my front yard and was approached by a young woman claiming to be selling subscriptions to magazines through a company that used the money to help black youth that were down and out, Urban Nation. We spent about 30 minutes talking about where she was from, how she had gotten here, (dropped off by a van with others doing the same thing) the fact that she had family living in Houston (my town is 60 miles from Houston) and I even told her she had the gift of salesmanship and she should apply at the place I work.
She eventually wore me down (very good salesman as I said) and I ended up writing a check for $78 for 4 magazine subscriptions, with one of them being "donated" at her suggestion to a children's place such as a school or hospital unit. This was on 2/8/07. Today is 4/9/07, and so far I have seen nothing. She told me someone from the company would be calling to verify the subscriptions were really something I ordered before they cashed the check. Of course that never happened. So, I am out $78 bucks. If anyone approaches you trying to sell magazines, just say "no thanks." (Unless of course you enjoy just giving your hard earned money away to people you don't know.)
BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN -- If you're reading this, you're probably wondering about the legitimacy of a company called Urban Nation. In short, DON'T GIVE THEIR DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN A PENNY, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO THROW YOUR MONEY AWAY.
For the longer version, here's the story... Although their office is listed in Willis, Texas, a salesman representing them came to my door in Brookfield, Wisconsin, in August, 2006 to sell his magazines. The salesman was upfront with me and told me that this was not a non-for-profit organization but was rather an organization that helps youth and adults get back on their feet by letting them sell their magazines with a large mark-up (with large portion of the mark-up going to the salesperson). After looking at the list of magazines, I purchased six months of Architectural Digest for $53. I figured, if this guy was legitimately trying to get back on his feet, why not... worthy cause.
Well, it's now the end of December 2006, and I haven't seen any magazines from Urban Nation. I've tried repeatedly to call the phone number listed on the receipt and only get an answering machine. I've left several messages, and have threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). I called the BBB, and found out that these guys have 20 complaints filed and unresolved in the last 36 months. So, again, if you want to donate to a worthy cause, give to your favorite charity... If you want to get suckered, give to the salesman from Urban Nation standing on your doorstep.
WILLIS, TEXAS -- This is the 3rd time that I've made the mistake of purchasing magazines door-to-door from this rip-off company. Shame on me! They use street-smart kids to make their sales, and then cash the check and a publication never comes. I'm going to complain to the Utah Division of Consumer Affairs, the Fraud Division of the State Attorney General's Office, and everywhere else that I can. Scam artists who take advantage of young kids to sell and then never any product received.
HONOLULU, HAWAII -- Urban Nation is definitely a scam. A man came to my door, very slick. Told me he was from the south, he had a family he was trying to support. He had come out of the ghetto and was trying to make a life for himself. He was selling magazine subscriptions. Even told me to look on the computer at their website and I called the phone #. He wanted me to purchase over $300 worth of magazines. I ended up giving him a check for $150 for 3 magazines. Haven't seen a single magazine--he came in April 2008. It is now almost September, 2008. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THESE PEOPLE. IT IS A SCAM. I PLAN TO LOOK INTO THIS AND FILE A COMPLAINT.