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What's with this crap? I'm sick of every time I open an account or buy something online companies naturally assume that it's their right to then spam the crap out of me!!!

Seriously... they believe that ANNOYING me is a good way to get me to buy sh*t from them? WTF?

Well, I got yet another email from Office Depot today, trying to pawn some garbage I don't need on me... so I clicked the "Opt Out" link and had some fun with the form. :)
 

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Isn't it interesting that in order to "opt out" with charge cards, you have to actually MAIL a form to a specific land address? Even though all other transactions can be handled online, you still have to hand write and mail your request to opt out! Total BS!
 

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Oh, something else that annoys me is companies that give you a hard time for cancelling their service!!! I heard AOL is the worst. I just cancelled my DISH Network satellite dish yesterday and they first put me on hold for 30 minutes to "wait for an account specialist" (more like "annoy the customer into hanging up"), then when the specialist got on the line, he kept asking what he could do to keep me as a customer....? :huh: "I want to cancel my service." "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, sir, may I ask why?" "No. I just want to cancel my service." "Are you unhappy with the service? If I give you a month free, will you stay?" "No. I just want to cancel my goddamn service!!!" :D

I've learned a lesson with this, though... every "monthly charge" service provider will provide you a discount if you call up and try to cancel your service (save the monopoly utility companies... "Oh, you say you don't want electricity anymore? Good luck, buddy!!! rotfl"). You could probably save 25% on your recurring monthly costs if you call up all your service providers and ask them to cancel your account! :)
 

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Oh, something else that annoys me is companies that give you a hard time for cancelling their service!!! I heard AOL is the worst. I just cancelled my DISH Network satellite dish yesterday and they first put me on hold for 30 minutes to "wait for an account specialist" (more like "annoy the customer into hanging up"), then when the specialist got on the line, he kept asking what he could do to keep me as a customer....? :huh: "I want to cancel my service." "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, sir, may I ask why?" "No. I just want to cancel my service." "Are you unhappy with the service? If I give you a month free, will you stay?" "No. I just want to cancel my goddamn service!!!" :D

I've learned a lesson with this, though... every "monthly charge" service provider will provide you a discount if you call up and try to cancel your service (save the monopoly utility companies... "Oh, you say you don't want electricity anymore? Good luck, buddy!!! rotfl"). You could probably save 25% on your recurring monthly costs if you call up all your service providers and ask them to cancel your account! :)
Several years ago, I had a free 3 mos trial of AOL. I called to cancel and they gave me grief until I agreed to keep AOL for free for 3 more months. Called again 3 months later and same story. Again. Again. I ended up with about 2.5 yrs of free AOL. Just marked the date to call and cancel on my calendar and spent about 5 mins on the phone per quarter.
 

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Several years ago, I had a free 3 mos trial of AOL. I called to cancel and they gave me grief until I agreed to keep AOL for free for 3 more months. Called again 3 months later and same story. Again. Again. I ended up with about 2.5 yrs of free AOL. Just marked the date to call and cancel on my calendar and spent about 5 mins on the phone per quarter.
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Several years ago, I had a free 3 mos trial of AOL. I called to cancel and they gave me grief until I agreed to keep AOL for free for 3 more months. Called again 3 months later and same story. Again. Again. I ended up with about 2.5 yrs of free AOL. Just marked the date to call and cancel on my calendar and spent about 5 mins on the phone per quarter.
Sometimes their is a catch. We had one "service" (I can't remember what it was, just the hassle of canceling) where you have to call on a specific day. You get the service for free (didn't want it in the first place), and can cancel after 30 days. If you don't cancel, you are billed automatically and the service is continued. The catch was that you couldn't cancel early - you had to call them on the 30th day - not the 29th, not the 31st... :crazyeyes

Oh yea, it did take an hour or so of waiting on hold to get it canceled too...:wallbang:

As a result, I NEVER take a free offer - there is always a catch...
 
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