How many subscriptions do you have, that just keep taking $ each month, that you don’t actually use?
And how do we the people put a stop to this trend toward “forced” subscription to services…? (Ok - it’s nothing new, but seems to be growing…)
Just reading @avolve talking of Ancestry.com requiring c/card details for a free trial… No doubt if you forget to cancel you’ll automatically be charged each month for their full service, just as happens with things like XBox Game Pass, etc etc etc. (Well in that case - I just paid $1 for 3 months, and after that it will continue to charge at $16/month until I remember to cancel it.)
or… software such as MS Office now on subscription - I might only use Excel in my home life for a few hours a year, and yet they want people to go on subscription… (ok - I see I can still buy it as stand alone… but still!)
Gym memberships…! It was even a joke on Bobs Burgers - the gym owner said he was happy to have people join the gym and not attend, as he didn’t have enough space/equipment/staff to cover if everyone actually made use of their membership. How many gym memberships do people take out, and never use?
Or what really annoyed me recently… My wife got roped into a monthly nail subscription - those vinyl stickers to make your fingernails look pretty… with a % going to support a wildlife rescuer friend of hers. Bu when she ended up with more vinyl nail thingies than she could poke a stick at - to cancel her membership they wanted a pint of blood, so instead my wife reduced her cart to 1 strip, the minimum you could set it to (you couldn’t do $0), and for 6 months or so, each month they posted out that 1 pack of nails, til I had enough and sent them a nicely worded email stating that whilst they may be from the US, Australian Consumer Law didn’t allow complicated cancellations… How many people however get hooked in these “traps”?
This method of wealth creation really annoy me, as it’s so wasteful. Great for the people doing it! But not great for those who end up with a subscription to something that gets forgotten or just put in the too hard basket… Basically one of the worst sides of Capitalism… I wonder if China has an equivalent.