I counted at least 10 people who have posted to either, Goodys, Peebles or Bealls Facebook page to complain, (as I have), about those magazine subscriptions the sales associates are sneaking into customer shopping bags at Stage, Goodys, Peebles, Palais Royal and Bealls stores throughout the United States.
My story began around January 2012 when I found charges on my checking account from several magazine subscription companies in New York and California. We were receiving magazines since around October of 2011, but no one knew where these were coming from and we didn’t receive any bill. There was nothing from Goodys to tell us where these magazines were coming from.
I saw on our online checking account statement, the name of the magazine subscription company. I called them and found out it was through Goodys that they got our debit card number. We did not agree in anyway to this transaction. One example is we were getting Forbes magazine and I have never read Forbes nor did I ever intend on reading it. This is proof that the sales associate signed us up for magazine subscriptions without our permission.
If I hadn’t spotted these transactions we would have suffered from magazine subscription costs, insufficient fund costs, and would have been penalized hundreds of dollars.
One single mother complained about this very problem on your Facebook page. She suffered a lost of funds because she didn’t know how to stop it.
Other people posted that sale associates were fired for not participating in this magazine subscription scheme. Other customers posted they were given no choice and told by the sales associate they had to choose some magazines.
I am in support of those customers who HATE the magazine subscription offers. What a stupid marketing ploy. Save the magazine subscriptions for the school fundraisers where they belong. I no longer go to Goody's to shop for merchandise. I happen to know that the associates are forced to ask everyone or they get disciplined. The associates are embarrassed to ask the same people, 2 or 3 times a week, but they have too. Too much pressure for underpaid, overworked, sales associates.
I hope I find a way to elevate this information to the proper authorities to get it stopped. You can’t be allow to deceive customers, giving out their personal financial information to magazine subscription companies, not knowing what they will do with it.