Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The £1 Offer I Could - And Did! - Refuse

A puzzle magazine, seemingly from over here in the UK, followed me on Twitter last week. Shortly after, I noticed they had followed me, I received a tweet directed towards me from the account.

Hi David! Love #Puzzlemagazines and #competitions?! ______ has everything you could possibly want as your perfect puzzle pal & to win big #cashcompetitions in every issue! Why not try us today for only £1?

I've left off the name of the magazine for reasons you'll find out shortly.

I thought a pound to sample an issue of the magazine was intriguing, so clicked on the link that directed me to the magazine's website.

  • The site boasted that each issue contains: 48 pages of Wordsearches, Crosswords and Arrowords
  • Free-to-enter Competitions and Prize Draws
  • £62,5000 in tax-free cash prizes
  • Lotto Syndicate with 10 lines on each Wednesday and Saturday lotto draw
  • 500 chances to win in EVERY issue
  • Exclusive Cross the Ball competition
  • £500 Match and Win Lucky Number
  • £250 Charity Award Competition
  • 20% discount on our other digital puzzle titles
Then came the BIG question:

Our readers regularly scoop big prizes - will you be our next BIG winner?

This was followed by a green button asked me to 'Try Today For Just £1'. Below that was the small print that my £1 would 'renew at £9.95 every 15 days' but I could 'Cancel at any time'.

How about cancelling before I even paid the £1? Because that is exactly what I did. I checked out there and then and even told the Twitter account that they were 'having a laugh'.

In my opinion -  £9.95 for one issue of a puzzle magazine is daylight robbery. And don't even get me started on the renewal every fifteen days unless the subscriber cancels con. 

I looked into the magazine online and noticed that the Money Saving Expert forum had a thread in which its users were complaining about receiving cold calls from the magazine after they had entered a wordsearch competition. 

It appears as though a staff member from the magazine even started leaving comments in the thread, but was eventually banned from doing so.

Seems like it's far more trouble than it's worth....

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