Ever wonder why “As Seen on TV” products can be sold so cheap? Usually it’s because they are not only selling a product, for storing/selling the customer information as well. I recently received a check in the mail from Snuggie. Now, Snuggie has been all over the place. I actually bought one of these a while back… and even promoted the Snuggie affiliate program and made some sales. I get checks from different places all the time, so when I first saw a check from Snuggie, I figured it was from some affiliate sales or something… then I looked at it a bit closer.
As you can see, at first glance it looks like a regular check. Outside of being an affiliate marketer, and having promote the offer… I would have found it weird to just get a random check from Snuggie out of no where. However, with economic times the way they are, I’m sure a ton of these are getting deposited.
Now lets take a look at the back of the check, where you have to sign before cashing it in.
You know something is wrong when there is a big disclaimer/agreement on the back of a check… but then again, not all people are that bright. Not to mention how some people will cash the check, then say they will cancel within the 30 day trial… and never do. All for a lousy $8.25.
So once you sign the check, you are signed up to some crappy “Great Fun” credit card program that ends up costing you $149 annually! This is like taking weight loss / biz opp offers to a new level. I signed up to these “Great Fun” offers a while back when I got a free plasma TV for completing offers. In most cases… they suck to cancel, and it isn’t a fun process. The best part is at the end, ” I authorize Snuggie to securely transfer my credit card information to Great Fun for enrollment, billing and benefit processing“. This clearly tells you Snuggie is dealing you info and profiting from it. Nothing wrong with that… but a sleazy way to do business. Lots of seniors will probably get suckered into this scheme.
More than anything else… I thought this was pretty interesting and humorous. I’ve received fake “checks” like this from other places in the mail before, but this is the first that was affiliate offer related and made me want to write about it. With so many As Seen on TV offers being promoted, I wonder how many of these checks are being sent out, and for how many different products.
Did you buy a Snuggie and receive your check? What are your thoughts on this whole thing?