Trying a New Face Cream? Avoid Aggressive Marketing
Everyday, you unknowingly send out millions of bytes of data to the universe. Sometimes, through magazines or newspapers that you read, or websites that you like, an ad for a new, never before released anti- aging face cream or serum pops up on your screen, just like a virtual fairy godmother. All that you need to do is press the button, give your address, and supply a credit card to pay the very low shipping rate. Then you will get the hottest, newest scientifically reviewed and created product.
It may indeed be a good or even a great product, but here is the catch-without your permission, you start getting auto refills of the cream. You never signed up for that so you feel angry. So, after a fruitless call to the product’s customer service, which hardly ever works,you call your credit card company and raise a bit of hell.
I find this scenario annoying on many levels. So, Here is a better way to try that new face cream.
Give a post office box number for delivery. If, the company refuses to send merchandise to a PO box, then do not do business with them. If a product arrives that you did not order, just REFUSE it at the post office. The lovely competent staff will not scan it and back it goes to the company–no charge to you.
If a company refuses to send it to a PO box, sever ties with them immediately-capitalism is grand, but at times is too aggressive.
If a product lands at your door, your post office delivery person scans it and places it in your door or your condominium box. Either you pay to send it back, or, simply keep it and have your credit card company block all deliveries from the seller.
If, however, you use your post office box as the delivery address, you can merely get the package from behind the desk, and ask the employees not to scan it. Post office boxes are your barrier to aggressive sales practices. At about $90 for a year, a post office box pays for itself in peace of mind.