Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Mi dispiace non parlo Italiano
I thought it would be fun to learn some other languages. I got all excited thinking Matt and I could learn some other languages to broaden our intellect and be able to talk to each other in private if we wanted to around others .. I mean how pretentious right? What it really came down to was this.. I was obsessed over everything Italian, and I wanted to feel like I was bettering myself in some way other then owning someone in a battleground.
So I talked up my excitement to Matt, who then got excited about it as well. We then practiced with what I could find free on the internet but it just didn't cut it with the conversational aspect of the language. I didn't want to spend a great deal on tapes unsure of how far we would take this so I did a little digging.
I found a great website called www.livemocha.com where you can converse with others from around the world to practice your verbal skills in a new language. I also found a great deal through Pimsleur at least I thought it was a great deal, leave it to me not to read the fine print.
For $9.95 we could get a conversational tape to help teach us how to converse in Italian in only 10 days.. that is right folks you heard me right.. 10 days. The same tapes the FBI uses. I thought well how can you beat that price and if it sucks well.. I only spent $9.95 right.. WRONG.
Truly this is my fault for not reading closer. I am usually pretty good at reading the fine print and the faq's of products before buying anything, but I swear I just did not see the small little box that told me what I needed to know. So my gripe is not about what happened with this specifically, but in general how many companies do this to you. They offer up a great deal you can't say no to or sounds great at a small price, then when you read the small print you find out you just signed up for a lifetime commitment for $85.00 a month. If you try to cancel they charge you to ship it back, they take out a restocking fee, and your first born child, and that is only if it's the third eclipse of the year!
So I got another box of Italian speaking tapes in the mail and was shocked why did I get this I thought. I checked and sure enough they charged me $64.00. I went to the website and BAM there it was my marriage proposal acceptance where I said "I do". I called them I said look I am truly sorry I did not read the small print I don't want to be charged for any future payments. I will take the hit on this one but I just wanted it cancelled. Was it that easy I ask you? NO!
She told me if I wanted it cancelled I needed to return the tapes. I said I would keep what I have take the hit but I don't want any further charges. She informed me that how it works is unless I return them they will keep charging me. So now I have to go down wait in line at the post office, package this back up, pay for it to be shipped (oh and she suggested I get a signature confirmation - so another fee for that) all in the name of getting a divorce from Pimsleur.
I should have looked closer - I know better - and I didn't.
I am really tired of how many companies are going this route. Why can't I just purchase one thing anymore and that is it. If I want more then I will buy more. Why does everything have to be some life long commitment where I get locked in and charged every month for stuff I won't use? I know the answer. It's called greed. They want those extra bucks from those that don't check their statements that close, or those like me that they will get the first charge off of who don't read things close enough, and I just find it frustrating.
If I want to try out your shampoo, your make-up, your tapes, your jiggling weight machine, or anything else don't make me get married to your company. YES I want the milk for free I don't want to buy the whole damn cow. Please don't act like a virgin and make me put a ring on it before I get to see that the goods really suck.
Now I am off to the post office to get a quickie divorce! Vaya con dios amigos, Ciao, Auf wiedersehen, and Cheerio