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02-24-2012 10:59 PM

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I’ve gotten several offers that say “Do us a favor and test FREE Handyman Products”, I see this one is from the Handyman Club of America. Says dues are $1 a month. Just wondered if anyone tried this and if they do give free tools – or is it just a scam…

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:27 PM

with the former blogs on this in mind
my advice is ….. run like hell from it … its a scam


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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:29 PM

“Handyman Club of America” is a real club. I had a membership, but let it expire. They did send me some free gifts for signing up, though I was not given anything to test. They do post results/testamonials from members that have recieved free test items. At least they say the testamonials are from members????

They are real, and do have some good info. I hope this helps.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 11:29 PM

I’ve received these on several occasions and would like to know as well. I beilieve that I saw a magazine from them a few years back and it looked OK.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 01:57 AM

Well I should have thought to search the site for other forum topics, violated my own advice there. I put Handymand Club in the search box and got to several threads where they said: no tools were sent to try, the magazine is worthless and it was difficult to get them to stop sending magazines. So I have my answer, I won’t be joining.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 02:06 AM

guys- listen- there ain’t no Santa Claus.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 02:25 AM

I also fell into that gimmick. Get a real magazine – you’ll be happier!

-- Turning A Round

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 03:22 PM

i disagree. Santa brought me a nice LN #62 for xmas.

As for “Handyman Club of America”. Wait for santa to deliver the membership.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 03:28 PM

I had a membership. I got some stuff to test at one point too. Nothing good though. Well, the little thing I got that you swipe over a fresh bead of caulk to spread it out was cool, and I still use it too. Other than that, I just got some stupid gimmick stuff. Don’t remember for sure what I got, as it was about 5 or 6 years ago.

I wouldn’t waste my time, a subscription to WOOD or another magazine will be much better received each month!

-- Kenny

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 12:49 AM

I agree with Dennis. Stay away. Scam, Scam and Scam. They will never let you have any peace.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 12:51 AM

Send me $12.00 and I’ll give you a screw gauge to test.
Oh! I forgot. Wanna buy some tsunami insurance while we’re at it?


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#11 posted 02-26-2012 01:10 AM

They sent me a drill bit gage card. I did not join thought the card was cool but lost it before i could try it out.

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#12 posted 02-26-2012 02:43 AM

I did that about 25 years ago. I figured a dollar a month or I could buy the magazine subscription for $12 and the membership was free. I got half a dozen plastic drill bit gauges. I got a tube of Lloyd’s Akempucky and finally a rust remover/penetrating aerosol by the name of Frogger. I actully like the Frogger and Akempucky. I have never found the Frogger product for sale anywhere. It was a good product. The magazine was below what I felt I needed. I Doubt you will enjoy the club so spend your money on another good subscription.

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#13 posted 02-26-2012 02:43 AM

I was once one of them “Handyman” dudes – - – RUN, RUN, RUN! You won’t believe the junk they will send you for “a small fee”, payable in 14 installments. I returned everything they sent me, and they claimed they did not receive anything I returned. Real class outfit!

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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