I joined Curves in April 2009. They were runnning a "special" to join... "bring in a sack of groceries and we will waive the $157.00 fee to join". I was delighted. I took in my bag of groceries and started my first day. The staff was friendly, helpful, and explained the different machines. I was hooked. I thought that a bag of groceries was really more than fair so a week later I took in another bag of food. I was so delighted with the experiences that I signed my daughter up (she was out of town and had asked me to do it for her) with yet another bag of groceries. THEN I was told that it required a $60 starting fee, in addition to the fee to join. The lovely gal behind the desk could see that I was not happy so she said that if I joined the Avon/Curves study it would only cost $30. I said okay. She said the study would last 30 days. At the end of the 30 days another saleslady said the study was through and that it would now cost me $30 to join. I explained that I had joined the Avon/Curves study and had paid already. She explained that as it was a DIFFERENT study, that I had to pay the $30 to start my membership. What could I do but fork over another $30?
Also, I had paid $30 for my daughter to join, in addition to the bag of groceries. This was her "starting" fee. When she came home, she was told that she had to pay $30. I explained that I had already paid for her. We were told that the $30 I had paid was for her "first month", not the starting fee. BUT if she would buy their magazine for $15 that would take care of the fee. I paid. So far I have spent more than I feel I should have. I think I got "took". Oh yes, the $30 turns into $36.13 with tax each month. And what was the $68 I paid to them in May for???? I would love to complain to headquarters but I cannot find an address to write to. It probably won't do any good anyway!