(NC) Free trials can be a great way to check out a service to see if it’s right for you. But before you submit your order, make sure to look out for some red flags and avoid a subscription trap.
A subscription trap is a scheme that works by enticing a consumer into an automatic payment subscription.
It often starts with an offer for a free trial or purchase of a product where all you have to do is pay the shipping and handling fee with your credit card. After you agree, you’re unknowingly charged the full price of the product, and are signed up for recurring fees.
It’s often extremely difficult to put a stop to these charges, and monthly losses could be $150 per product. Companies that are behind subscription traps sell various items, but health and beauty products are the most common products sold using deceptive free trial offers. Examples include weight loss, muscle enhancement or cognitive enhancement pills, as well as beauty products such as anti-wrinkle serums.
Before you agree to a free trial or product, make sure to review the fine print online for details on returns and cancellations – especially time limits.
Find more information about subscription traps and report deceptive marketing at competitionbureau.gc.ca. (Source: News Canada)