So… Was I Taken for a Ride?

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After reading my last two posts, you probably think I got scammed.

And I probably did fall into a minor scam.

However, in reading the “free” book I originally ordered two thoughts jumped out at me:

  1. The author mentions the importance of reading the “fine print” whenever you order anything.

Well duh. I thought I did. Thing is, his fine print is REALLY fine. So yeah, I checked. He mentions sending this 100 dollar item but the print is so tiny I didn’t notice it the first time. Hmmmmm.

  1. Then the author talks about the power of negotiation.

He says never to pay full price for anything. That’s fine and good, but I wonder how many people simply fork over their hundred bucks and pay their credit card bill without “negotiating” down the price.

Plus, if you’ll read my last post, you’ll notice I wasn’t negotiating. I was trying to return the package. I wish I were an ace negotiator, but in that instance I wasn’t even trying to bring down the price although I evidently succeeded.

Bottom line? In my mind his business model is a pretty crumby way to run a business. When people order from Filbert Publishing, they know how much the item will cost and we deliver what we promise. In fact, we often pop freebies in the package just for a nice surprise.

But we don’t sneak in extra charges.

That’s just stupid.

I may have paid 25 bucks for my 100 dollar item, but I doubt I’ll order from that company again. I don’t like surprises. I doubt you do either.

Unless they’re nice surprises that don’t cost a cent.

Talk later,


  • just shami

    Sure and aren’t you 100% right. I don’t like surprises either and I’d have been furious. When fine print is so fine as to be almost invisible it’s too fine for these eyes.

    If this person is, as he claims, selling these hand over fist I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before he’s paying the piper. IIRC there’s precedence for litigation and fine print with the elderly. It had to do with the credit cards, remember? They got into big trouble because they sent out “checks” that weren’t “checks” at all but rather on cashing an agreement to a credit card; a lot of elders “cashed” their “checks” and found themselves suddenly in debt .. with interest.

    And people wonder why so many consumers are bone-tired of marketing “promises?” After being scammed and spammed so much it’s really hard to believe anything you read which is why I’m going to need to feel the writer is being honest, sincere, and understands where I’m coming from before I plunk down my cash for something I really don’t *need* but would love to have.

  • Beth Ann Erickson

    Great comments! I totally agree. It’s getting to the point that it’s pretty rare that I purchase anything unless I know the marketer.