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Old 09-14-2009, 07:42 PM   #21
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Yeah, I'd go to the library and look at the Consumers Report there, too...if the magazine was in stock. Seems as if that's one of the publications the public loves to...well, walk away with (to put it nicely).
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Another reason I love the library....
Do you really have laser beams shooting out your eyes?
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #23
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Through our public library I can read CR online, full text, up to one year ago. For the current year, the database gives extracts and helps you locate a copy. If your library's copies are walking away, talk to the library staff--can't hurt.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:17 AM   #24
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Great idea, Bestwifeever: I'll ask the library if I can read CR online. Never ever thought of that one. Thanks!!!
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I had the same thing happen with Sunset Magazine. A couple years ago I had a Chase credit card. When the card was used I built up "points" towards awards. After hounding me to use my "points" I took a subscription to Sunset. It ran the year, but then continued coming. I called Chase repeatedly and they claimed they would stop it. I also called Sunset repeatedly and they claimed the same thing. As it turns out, Sunset sells the right to bill me yearly to Chase, or another credit card company. So the magazine continued for over another year. So then I get a bit beligerent and find out that Chase had sold the billing rights to some other organization that I had never heard of and didn't seem to exist on the internet. They did give me the phone number however. I called the number and the lady was very cordial and cancelled the subscription. I got a credit back from Chase. Now we will see what happens next year when the yearly subscription would have run out. I felt inclined to cancel my Chase card but I always cut it up when it comes and have heard it can negatively affect your credit score to cancel. This whole credit reporting thing is upside down and more than a little crooked.
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Wow...that's some story.
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Don't be lulled in to thinking that this stategy is unique to "Consumer Reports," this is SOP for almost all mail order/internet subscription sign-ups. (well, I guess it is true of that junk found in your physical mailbox, too.)

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Oh, you mean: Caveat emptor.
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Oh, you mean: Caveat emptor.
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Through our public library I can read CR online, full text, up to one year ago.
This is an interesting thing. Anyone around the world could access these consumer reports magazines online, but only if he/she has a local library card for a participating library. For some libraries you can even read current issues. The same system is used by, for example, NetLibrary.com. I guess the library pays an annual fee for this service.
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One possible solution to the "auto-renew" tactic is to get a one-use cc# from your credit card company for purchases which might devolve into this. I do not know if all cc companies offer this.
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