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Re: [Groop]CD Clubs

HI All,
First off, WOO~HOO post 01 of 2001

I joinded the BMG thing and got the 12 cd's for the price of one. The only problem is you have to pay shipping and handling for each cd. So you are really paying $4-$5 for every cd. And then once a month they mail me a cd (the cd of the month) and you either have to pay for it (plus shipping and haddling) or send it back to them. SO if you are as unorginaized as I am you end up misplasing the cd and then having them send you bills for it. Also part of the contract is that after you get your 12 cd's you have to buy 1 at normal price within the next year. well that aint to bad, but the cd at normal price are around $14-$17 + shipping and haddling. So you are getting screwed on that deal there. Also I found it hard to pick 12 cd's out of thier selection that I really wanted. But it really hasnt been to bad of an ordeal and I never really felt ripped off. But I have heard that the cd that are sold through these clubs are considered promotional and the artist doest get any royalties for thier sales. I dont know if this is true or not, but being an x-musician. I think it totaly stinks if it is true. But enough of my rambling!



P.S. I, who never posts, have more posts than Gary! MWAHAHA!!!

From: "D. Bron" <DBron@flashmail.com>
To: Groop@groo.com
Subject: [Groop]CD Clubs
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 11:18:30 -0500


The link you supplied doesn't work (it was posted from a form - it's not a static website), but as you say, these services have been around in the US for a while, so I can tell you what I know about them:

They're notorious for being scams. In essence they are CD clubs, which means they charge your credit card every month whether you select new CDs or not. This is legal because the club's sign-up contract (which you agree to when you get those first 12 CDs) specifically states that they are *opt-out*, which means you have to send in a form in order to cancel your membership (which they process slowly, so they can charge you for another month's CDs). Usually these clubs have very enticing enrollment packages (like your 12 CDs for the price of 1*) in order to get you to sign-up without reading the small print. However, the next month and every subsequent month) is full price, which you've already agreed to pay for. This whole thing is very similar to the earlier book-club scams which I was suckered by once.

Now, I don't know if the specific company you chose is legitimate or not, but I wouldn't count on it. Read ALL the small print before you buy.


* Here in America we have even BETTER deals - 12 CDs for 1¢. So if the offer's legit you're getting ripped-off ;)

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