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Forum topic by mski posted 10-06-2010 04:23 PM 2296 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2010 04:23 PM

I just got a pkg in the mail from the handyman club of america with 5 carbide flush trim router bits nicley packaged in plastic boxes.
They say pay $24.99 for them and bi monthly they will send another collection.
OR check no and SEND THEM BACK with the prepaid postage enclosed.
I would like to take a survey
What would you do?
By the way they said select wood magazine subscribers were picked for this , I remember a DVD came a couple of years ago with the same DEAL !!,


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#1 posted 10-06-2010 04:59 PM

Return them before you get stuck with stuff you don’t need or want

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 05:01 PM

Send them back. Our you could become a member of the router bit of the month club. In my opinion HCA is like publishers clearing house without the checks

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 05:02 PM

I received them also.Wood mag gave them our info for promotion with a free wood plan.I sent mine back Monday.I was a little ticked that Wood gave them my info.Just a hassle to send them back .I didn’t read that you could buy send them back or just keep them .I might have kept them but probably would have been hassled for payment.Sounds like a good deal but how many flush trim bits do you need

-- Bill in Mich

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 05:09 PM

Haven’t had the pleasure of this kind of promotion, but at $5.00 per bit, it wouldn’t feel like I was being ripped off.

Are they good quality?

Do you have to pay to ship them back?

I would pay with a money order and not give them a credit card number if you are considering keeping them.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 10-06-2010 05:18 PM

Yea, I got some the other day. The letter says “you could even consider them a free gift”. I just got off the phone with member services, 1-800-243-7679 option 8, and had to wrangle with them some but they finally let me keep the bits for free. They also said I created an account in the month of Sept. and I know I did not. I had to cancel that. I think I’ll send mine back just to make sure I don’t get charged…in the biggest box I can find! May go back postage due :)


-- Rick

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#6 posted 10-06-2010 05:19 PM

I would keep the bits, I wouldn’t send them any money and I would call them and tell them to take a hike.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#7 posted 10-06-2010 05:24 PM

Post office says if someone sends you something you didn’t ask for, you can keep it without payment. They can’t send you something and hold you to buying it.

Of course dealing with the collection calls and mail may be more trouble than it is worth.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 05:26 PM

Send them back I just cancelled my subscription to that Magazine becasue they would constantly be sending renewal forms and productis I did not want or order. When I first got into the Handy man club I was under the imression that you got products to test for free and kept the product when you sent in the review. This did not work that way so I now only get WoodSmith and Shop Notes. Both have good advice and plans with out the bother of ads.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#9 posted 10-06-2010 05:36 PM

Not sure on whether you can keep them for free, but I promise you that those bits are junk and that magazine is a sham.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 05:38 PM

I cancelled too and they never send me anyting to test like they had told me they would.

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 05:46 PM

I was thinking of replacing my old dull bits in the box and sending that back to the borderline scammers, I agree Walt I am keeping my shop notes and woodsmith, best magazines of any kind I have ever seen !
I do like Wood mag but they are really going overboard with this stuff, and reminding me to renew 7 months before my sub expires, don’t they know they are killing alot of trees for that.
rickf15 thanks I didn’t read the letter, usually don’t , I see the free gift remark now.


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#12 posted 10-06-2010 05:59 PM

I hope they send me some. I’ll keep them.

I have a way to deal with junk mail. I take junk mail and stick it in some other junk mail return envelope. Let the post office make a little money off of it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 07:10 PM

I would keep them and not pay.

It is not my intention to “get over” on anyone, but this is a very shady marketing ploy in my opinion. Swirt is right…. it is not legal to send something unsolicited and then demand payment or the return of the merchandise. That is why they cover themselves by including a statement somewhere that you can keep them as a free gift. The thing is, they count on the basic honesty of most people who would feel guilty about keeping something they didn’t pay for. So a lot of folks figure it’s not much money, and sending a check or giving them a credit carder number is easier than sending something back.

It’s dirty pool, and the only way to discourage it is to refuse to play into their hands.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 08:50 PM

I’m not going to go into a rant about HCA, but I will tell you they are essentially just another book club, and trying to get rid of them is about as hard as getting relatives to go home. The stuff they send you is junk.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 10-07-2010 04:35 AM

If you didn’t ask for it your not responsible for their product. They have to prove that they sent them to you and that you received them.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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