Reading Associates of America Complaint - Fraud - Magazines

Review by rippedoff!!! on 2009-11-19
Do NOT purchase anything from this so called company! If you paid with a credit card cancel it! I felt bad for the two guys that showed up at my door. They told me they lived in my apartment complexm and gave me information to believe so. They first told me that this presentation was for their class to get used to public speaking. They then asked if they could use a table to write on so their writing would be legible. They asked me what interests I had and what I would sign up for and before I knew it they were writing up totals and gathering information. I said wait what? I thought this was just for a class and they made me feel like an idiot saying no ma'am we're doing fund raising. They guilt tripped me into buying a subscription and would not take no for an answer.

They made me feel bad by saying I could donate to the troops or children with autism. Luckily, I paid with a card and was able to cancel my subscription. I just wished I would have researched them before agreeing to anything. Lesson learned.
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-11-21
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-19:
Guilt tripped you? Hel1, I still would have said no!
Posted by D on 2009-11-19:
They just proved that"there's one born every minute"... sorry 'bout that!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-19:
Door-to-door sales should be illegal. Maybe allow Girl Scouts and other kids for their schools, but I'm not entirely sure about that, either. While you certainly had the ability to say NO to these people, they certainly ran a slick routine on you - designed to part you from your money.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-19:
Our city has an official "no soliciting" sticker you can sign up for on request. We have one. Doesn't stop people believe it or not! The surveyers think that because they aren't selling it's somehow ok. No it's not ok, I have dogs that get riled up when the doorbell is rung, I'd rather not have to deal with it at all for some crappy candy sale or political survey.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-20:
I plainly do NOT answer my door, unless I recognize who is ringing the doorbell. I've always put a 'No Soliciting' sign DIRECTLY above the doorbell. It's amazing the amount of people that pretend not to see it on the first ring.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-20:
Yt and MM: I think the people see the "No Soliciting" posting, yet they just don't understand what "soliciting" means. I want to post such a sign by my door, but I KNOW the fools who already knock would have no clue what it means.

I think they are zz's cousins.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-20:
I agree with you, MundoCani, about possibly not knowing what "soliciting" means.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-20:
"I just wished I would have researched them before agreeing to anything. Lesson learned."

You could have said no.
In this entire complaint, I still don't see how this was fraud or that you were ripped off in any way, shape, or form. What lesson did you learn? How are they bad?
I've had kids come door to door doing magazines for a fund raiser and I've either politely said no or I've gotten a magazine subscription. I usually get the cute guys, too. I just have to remember they're jail bait. :-)
So, a little eye candy plus a 3 year subscription to whatever it is that interests me (at a very cheap price)... it was a good deal.
Posted by Disaster Worker on 2009-11-20:
MissMarple: We have a "No Soliciting" sign (and one that says "No Jehovah Witnesses"). It's amazing that people that ring my door bell thinks the "No Soliciting" sign refers to everyone except them. Utility companies are the worst. When it's dark or the hubby isn't home, I don't answer the door either.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-21:
"Utility companies are the worst." They really aren't soliciting though, they're informing you of work going on outside usually.

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