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    Is this false advertising?

    My new truck came with 6 months free satellite radio. My 6 months is about to run out and over the last few months I have had various offers to extend the service.
    The latest offer came with a Big $4.99/month for 12 months.
    I thought that I could live with that a I do not use the service every time I drive the truck.

    Starting to go trough the sign up process I get Specially for you Only $99.00 per year. So what happened to the $4.99/month? Maybe they do not expect you to multiply $4.99 by 12 and come up with $59.88 not $99.00.
    The addition of all sorts of sports packages did not sweeten the deal.

    I will not be signing up for the service.
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    "I will not be signing up for the service.
    David"

    Good idea. Once you're roped into a "service", it'll take major efforts to get back out. Amazing how much we sign up for "at a discount", which we don't really need anyway. Cable TV is another example; if there's a "discount" for the first X months, you'll never find out what the non-discount charge is until you get the big surprise at the end of the discount period.

    Ever notice the "free" online services, which require your credit card info to sign up?

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Last year we also got the $4.99/month special. I called and offered to send a check for $60.
    They refused and said I had to give them my credit card number so they could charge me every month.
    I refused because after the trial they had my credit card to begin billing me at the higher rate. Consequently we don’t have the service in my wife’s car.
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Bait and switch.
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    If it's the one named after the dog star, call them and ask for their cancellation number. Tell them you want to quit because it's too expensive They'll always offer a lower price. Do a search on the internet first, there are always sites that will tell you the cheapest price they offer. If they won't give that price to you, tell them the one you saw that was lower. If still no go, hang up and call again, another rep will likely give it to you. NEVER give them your credit card number. After you've agreed on a price, they will ask for the CC. Tell them, no thanks, please send me a bill. Been doing this for more than 10 years. Here's a good site: https://wallethacks.com/save-75-siri...subscriptions/
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Or ... probably simpler not to subscribe in the first place.

    Just sayin'
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Or ... probably simpler not to subscribe in the first place.

    Just sayin'
    I do the annual subscription for just my SUV. Lots of shows I really enjoy.
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    A friend bought a used BMW (through Craigslist) and, get this, the car came with a life-time membership to said Dog Star! He's been using it now for at least 5 years (free).
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Speedway Motors. Needed a couple of carb kits. First time customers get $10 off.

    Ordered, got all the way through, nothing, rechecked "new customer" box checked.....decided to just order....THEN the notice that as a new customer you get a $10 off certificate for your next order.

    No. Not gonna be another time.

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Had one of those cable services try to sign me up for a first 3 months discounted rate. I noticed that the install processing was listed as requiring up to 90 days to complete andthat was included in the discount as service time. So basically you got to pay a lower rate to probably not have anything until after the discount period ended. I'm still over the air for TV.

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    In my earlier Subaru, I was connived into giving my credit card number and of course was renewed at the maximum rate. On this car, I signed up for one year for cash. Now, the year is up and I got a bill for $230.00. I refused; the service was shut off and I got a final bill of $35.00 which I paid. Now, I'm waiting for the low price offer, but so far - no dice. I told them I only listened to 8 channels and didn't think it was worth it. I do listen a lot to 1940s and 1960's music, Opera and classical, plus Chris Russo's Mad Dog sports talk - football and tennis only. I'm still waiting for the low, comeback price....

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Just got an offer for the radio that I shut off in 2015. Tat offer was just the same as the new truck offer.

    I also only listen to a few channels so the announcement that I have over 140 channels available plus NFL etc. is not that interesting.

    I think I will stick to AM. and FM.

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    The TR has NO radio. I just drive.

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Just got an e mail from Sirius offering an additional 3 months of free service. They only need my credit card number for the processing fee. Do you think they would take a check.

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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidApp View Post
    Just got an e mail from Sirius offering an additional 3 months of free service. They only need my credit card number for the processing fee. Do you think they would take a check.

    David
    A couple of years ago I got a similar offer from them for my wife’s car. I called and offered to send them a check but they wanted my credit card number which I refused to give them.
    I guess you can try, but I doubt it.
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    Might be no harm IF you stay on top of it and quickly cancel at the end of that period (and use one of your lesser credit cards in case of dispute).
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    Re: Is this false advertising?

    I just renewed for the 3rd time at a much lower rate the the published one. I have a reminder to call a week or so before to tell them I am going to cancel if I can't get a good deal. This year the sales rep said I can give you a better deal than you have now. Not by much but fine by me and very painless.The renewal email said I would automatically be renewed at $20+ a month at the end of the period. Reminder in calendar is already been updated.
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