First they call with a recorded message, one that doesn't even give you the option to speak to someone live. It basically acts as though they can't hear you and didn't get a response so they're leaving a message. When you dial the number back they give you some song and dance "Can you hear me ok? We've been having some phone issues." Yeah, ok. I didn't fall off a turnip truck.
Then they go through this whole rehearsed monologue about how they wanted to call you so you wouldn't be surprised when you start receiving magazine from their publisher and then they proceed to name a very long list of magazines. Of course, right at the end they tell you how much it's going to cost you and then they ask you to put that aside weekly and then they say in the cheeriest of voices "Is that ok with you?"
In a word, no. I pretty much told them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine and take me off their phone list.
After reviewing the BBB I see that they have an A+ rating however, they have a total of 168 complaints in the last 36 months:
BBB processed a total of 168 complaints about this company in the last 36 months and 68 were closed in the last year. Damn!
Of those 168, 36 were regarding Sales Practice Issues (BBB Definition:Sales Practice Issues - Claims of alleged sales presentations made in person or by telephone that contain misrepresentations of the product or service, high pressure sales practices, failure to disclose key conditions of the offer, and verbal representations not consistent with written contractual terms or agreements.) Big surprise there huh?
You can see the rest of their offenses here: Viking Magazine Complaint History
All this thanks to my new phone service with Comcast who decided to publish my number without asking me when I switched from AT&T. Now I get 15 phone calls a day from telemarketers and I'm pretty sure I haven't even been with Comcast for an entire month yet. Bastards!
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