11.12.2008

On the Sly: Motherhood and Parenting Magazine Scam




And yet another triple P! (Parent Pet Peeve)

Did Parenting magazine magically appear in your mailbox? Did you pick it up thinking it must be complimentary? Think again.

Even though Motherhood Maternity isn't your first choice of shops, when you're pregnant and wandering around a mall...you get sucked in. Remember when they asked you for your email and home address. You thought about it and just when you are about to reject this once in a lifetime offer, the cashier flashes a smile. In the excitement and fuzziness of pregnancy brain, you recite your address. Hey, what harm will some freebies do?

Then the day after you come home from the hospital with your newborn, a free can of Similac is delivered. How sweet the big corporation remembered your due date. Then you get the Huggies coupon. Then the Parenting magazine appears a few weeks later which is decent reading material while nursing. You're thinking, "Wow, how nice of them to send a complimentary copy." Check your credit card statement immediately! You may just find a $20 charge for an unauthorized subscription. It’s happened to all of us. Somehow at Motherhood they fail to tell us that by agreeing to share an address is code for accepting a subscription. Crafty eh?

Funny how the world wants to make money off of babies and new mothers. For more on this rip off report, click here

Learn about the settlement case regarding these unauthorized charges.

1 comment:

DoodleJayne said...

This scam is still going on. However, now rather than charging your card when you sign up for the Motherhood Maternity "Perks" program you get the offer mailed out to you with the promise of a 3 year subscription and a stylish diaper tote for only $25. Though I did receive the cheaply made and rather unattractive bag, which could not be used for even a mini diaper bag, I have never received a magazine. The magazine company has not returned my emails.

Before I gave my information to join this "perks club" I asked how my information was going to be used. I was told it was not going to be sold or shared with other companies but that Motherhood Maternity would send me out coupons and discounts from mom and baby geared companies (Huggies, Pampers, Formula companies etc.)

$25 isn't a lot of money, but when one stops to consider how many people have sent them $25 - it adds up quickly.

This isn't what I had in mind when I signed up for this supposed "perks program".