Reading Associates of America Complaint - RAA door to door agents soliciting for magazine subscriptions - FRAUDULENT

Review by Bedo on 2009-03-18
DENVER, COLORADO -- Approached by a young male pleading and begging about helping him out so he can go on a trip in his school. The people who approach you will rapid fire pre-memorized selections to start and are overly charming, they then turn the tables on you with a guilt trip if you don't agree to buy their magazines/books.

When you ask if they will take credit card they will give you an excuse about identity theft and won't take it, if you say check they will say ok but will do so very reluctantly since you can always do a stop check (Will cost you $15), what they will beg you for is cash, and if you don't have any they will ask to go with you to an ATM for withdrawal.

When I asked how much the magazine cost for a year the person said $24, when I brought out my checkbook the price changed to $38 due to a $14 handling fee, (NOTE: by law you can cancel the transaction if its $25 of more not including the handling fee which would come up to $39). SO, to make sure I wasn't able to cancel, the deceptive/manipulative agent of RAA asked for $38 not $39, clever huh.

I then asked for a magazine subscription for one year and the so called student/agent of RAA said I would get it as quickly as possible (Which according to the paper you sign is 120 business days not including weekends which bumps it to like 5-6 months) and will get 2 issues of the same magazine every month. I then asked why I would get 2 issues of the same magazine in a month and he said its just the way it is which is a lie since the magazine I asked for puts out once a month only. I then said no and he said wait, how about 2 different magazine a month for the same price and I said interesting and gave him the check. He also threw in some trash about if I had any issues I could call the number on the paper and someone would help me out, after repeated calls, no one answered, voice mail left, no response.

Come to find out the magazine I ordered was OUT OF PRINT and is now distributed only in digital format, I won't get it since I never gave him an email address. So luckily, I was able to initiate a Stop Check with the bank and both the RAA and its manipulative agent will not get anything.

Also, the guy selling door to door is actually in violation of a municipal order in which all solicitors who commit to such business are required to have a city permit (They know this, they're banking on you not knowing it.) Obviously these guys don't. As such, its a misdemeanor crime committed in your presence to which you can affect a citizens arrest and call the cops or just call the cops with their description and let them handle.
Comments:20 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-05-06
Posted by B. on 2009-03-18:
Sounds like you were pretty suspisious of this guy, so why did you cut him a check then? I don't buy anything from anyone(other than girl guide cookies)that comes to my door. It's just good sense.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
I have a No Soliciting sign up. Works most of the time.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
No Soliciting sign here, too. Right above the doorbell.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
It doesn't work in keeping religious folk away though.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Littleyaya, that's when I just don't answer the door.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Yeah, I hide inside when they come around with those pamplets.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Just invite them in and pour them a drink.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-03-18:
If you want to get rid of religious types ringing your doorbell, just draw a chalk outline of a body on the sidewalk leading up to the door and scatter some Watchtowers around it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Will a shot of whiskey work?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Lol Boki!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Probably would work best littleyaya. A few shots and those boys may have you screaming..... Oh God!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Lol C2O
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
The secret to good mental health is the ability to comfortably without guilt say "No, because I don't want to!". It surprising how many people have a difficult time saying, 'No'. 90% of good mental health is the ability to say 'No' without fear, guilt or shame.

Trust me on this I used to be pretty messed up in the head.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
I have a hard time saying no. That's how I got pregnant
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
That's a pretty arousing tidbit littleyaya.....
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Good review, thanks for posting Bedo. I got suckered into a similar 'fundraiser' a couple of years ago..don't remember the name of it but it was almost the same deal only they did take checks. I never got my magazine, called about it and got the runaround so I gave up. I did contact the school though and found out that I was one of many that had never received their magazine and that they were going to drop this particular company for future fundraisers.
Posted by Disaster Worker on 2009-03-18:
Laughing about all your Watchman comments! One Saturday morning my husband had just come out of the shower when two male Jehovah Witnesses came to the door. Anwering the door dripping wet with a towel wrapped around him has seemed to keep them away for a couple of months. A "no soliciting" sign sure hasn't helped.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18:
Disaster Worker, a Book Of Mormon scares them off too
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-03-18:
2nd c2o
Posted by Amber303 on 2009-05-06:
My experience with this company was completely different. I'm already receiving my magazine and when I called someone called me back right away... weird!!

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