“Iwas at the Gilroy Best Buy the other day, and at the checkout, the clerk asked me if I would like a free eight-week subscription to either Sports Illustrated or Entertainment Weekly.
“A little suspicious, I specifically asked her if, after the eight weeks, they would charge my credit card and continue the subscription.
“She said, “No,” and that they would mail me a postcard asking if I’d like to continue. So I said, “Yes, go ahead.” Well, on the touch screen, a note came on asking for my signature authorization for the subscription, along with a sneaky line, “ . . . with automatic renewal.”
I told the clerk I didn’t like that statement and to cancel the order.
First, I don’t like being bombarded at checkout like that, but worse, I don’t like being misled by the clerk, either. It’s clear she had no idea what she was talking about, so she should have just said so rather than lie to me. If I had my way, they should stop fronting magazine subscriptions at checkout, or I’ll just shop somewhere else that doesn’t.