Sunday, June 07, 2009

Any Lawyers in the House?, Part 97

I know I owe you all an update on my dating life, so here it is:

In other news, my subscription ran out. The lovely people there sent me a 25 percent off offer. (I think.) Here are the terms:
Subscribe and Make a Splash for Summer!

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My mortgage had fewer caveats. I think if I take them up on this offer, it means I have agreed to automatic renewals for the REST OF MY LIFE.

But I'm not a lawyer, so I can't say for sure.


cami said...

Hi Jeanne,
though I'm not a lawyer, it seems to me that-at the end of the promotional period- you'd be obligated to one other equal term at full subscription price. You'll have the option of canceling after that. However, you'll probably have to cancel at least 7-days prior to the expiration of your 1st term at full price in order to avoid being automatically billed for yet another term at full price. It sounds like a trap to me. Their 25% off offer is, in fact, only 12.5% off considering they'll make you pay for an equal term at full price. I'd much rather pay full price and have the flexibility of cancelling at any given time. Just my $.02

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Yeah, see the clause that says:

"You will be automatically renewed at the end of each subscription term thereafter until you submit your resignation."

You can cancel. But the more important question, did you meet good people and go on cool dates with this?

Petraruns said...

Wow and they say romance is dead.. Sheesh. That has me totally stumped. I don't know how tied in you are but you sound pretty tied in.. Also, an organisation that ties you in like that and is so desperate to keep you - how can they also, in any way, be incentivized to match you up? They would lose you? Hrmm. I think we need a fresh plan for you.

Kelly said...

I'll admit... I didn't even read all that lawyer babble. Just check and make sure it doesn't say you owe your first born child or your soul to the devil or anythiing like that!

LBTEPA said...

My eyes glazed over by about the sixth line so I can't help you. But did you meet any hot blokes?

eileen said...

Sounds like they don't expect you to meet anyone at their Summer Splash.

runnerinsight said...

We dont want to play anyone. Thus, just do your thing and let it go. You can do it! : )

Runner Susan said...

have you tried or

Don't sign your life away.

Oh and I never got any details of the dates you went on!

Susan said...

You're a hoot!

Juls said...

I glazed over shortly after the 4th line.

FMRC WS-100 Aid Station said...

I can tell you exactly what happens because I've taken this deal myself. You sign up - they bill you for whatever period you choose. You cancel before it is over, it extends to the original expiration date and you are done! Their billing system is as crappy as their contract language. We won't mention the quality of the men out there, will we?

21stCenturyMom said...

I'm not even going to fix that.