Since Dave Ramsey receives hundreds of emails a day from listeners, I thought I would post my email to daveonair in case he doesn't use it in his radio show.
I just found myself as a victim of the VistaPrint scam and I want to make your listeners aware of.
A friend of mine gave me his business card and let me know that they had a promotional offer for 250 free business cards - you just pay the shipping. Since I am starting up an internet business, I thought it would be something to check into so I went to their site and, sure enough, a promotional offer for 250 free business cars - you just pay the shipping.
I read over the fine print to make sure that I wasn't signing up for any monthly services that I don't need and to make sure there was not a "catch," as I wanted to make sure this was an above-board operation.
Seeing no subscriptions or anything out of the ordinary, I placed the order. A week later I received my 250 business cards and let me tell you - they looked sharp. The $5.45 was deduted from my account and I got what I paid for.
While looking at my bank statement today, I noticed the following: 64059 DDA PURCH AP9*VISTAPRINTRWRD 888-243-6185 CT US 905527000093 with a deduction in the amount of $14.95.
I called the number and cancelled, but then did an internet search to see that others have the same problem.
VistaPrint might be a reputable company for their printing, but the fact that they allowed 3rd parties to harvest bank accounts and have numerous class action lawsuits (including one that I am probably going to join) tells me now to STAY AWAY.
Here is the response that I emailed them: "My account was debited the $5.45 for the order I placed in January. On 25 Feb 2009, I received a $14.95 charge for Vista Reweards which I did not authorize. Please credit my account the $14.95 or I will lodge formal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau and my Attorney General. Furthermore, if there is one more deduction from my account I will contact my attorney."
I will probably not see the $14.95 back and will contact the bank tomorrow to make sure they don't authorize any more debits.
Dave, I just paid a stupid tax for not checking them out further. While the amount is miniscule, VistaPrint is not acting on principle and I encourage your listeners to stay away."