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Handyman Club of America Complaints & Reviews - Scam and cheating!

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Handyman Club of America

Posted:    Jackie Simon

Scam and cheating!

Complaint Rating:  85 % with 26 votes
I have emailed and called this company and their collection agency several times and still receive notices that they are sending to a 13 yr old!!!

Beware people!
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 5th of Dec, 2007 by   Don Van Dine 0 Votes
I recently joined this "club" and received a couple of items and billed accordingly for a book et al. They also sent me a "rebate" check which I cashed and there wasn't anything to say differently about it, then they sent me another bill for some form of membership that I owed and I paid partial and was glad I was "Life Member". Today I received a Life Membership invoice-account past due bill for $359.00 and that I still am now owing a monthly amount of $49.82. I tried to call there Toll free # and I get this message that if you want to call them it'll cost you extra for this service. Anyone else get sortta treatment?? Of course I will send it back and see where it goes but what a scam, and it's probably run by some terrorists.
 11th of Jan, 2008 by   william russell 0 Votes
I feel like i got ripped off. i signed up for the handyman club and they haven't sent me nothing. They keep giving me nothing but flak. they send letters and promised to send power tools and more. Don't join the club it is the biggest scam ever!!! I am a paid member and i cant even contact them to straighten this bad situation out. Don't ever join this scam!!!
 12th of Jan, 2008 by   Kathy Cowan 0 Votes
This is a scam. They sent a teaser edition to my Dad. I read it, and threw it away. The information was useless. Now he is getting threatening mail from RMCB collection agency. Please watch out for your elderly relatives. We are also having an issue with Dealer Warranty. I really wonder if these people don't have a data base connected to folks on dementia meds!
 14th of Feb, 2008 by   donald j taylor 0 Votes
Told me that for 1 dollar a month I would receive a free membership kit with some free tools five months later I receive a collection notice. Did not tell me i had to pay for two years in advanced .They tried to get me to join a couple of times. I didn"t receive my free tools that time either. I will contact the BBB truly your unsatifed customer don taylor.
 15th of Feb, 2008 by   Sean Ericson 0 Votes
To: memberservices@handymanclub.com
Subject:
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:19:53 +0000

K. Pope
Treasurer

I have just received a MEMBERSHIP DUES INVOICE. I am not a member nor have i ever wanted to be a member of a tool/magazine subscription. I would like to be removed from any further mailings or information. I also would like conformation in writing stating this, or as a military member stationed overseas and protected under The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) I will be taking this to my legal counsel for fraud investigation. If I do not receive notice buy 1 March 2008 I will start my legal action.
 12th of Jun, 2008 by   BRIAN C 0 Votes
I AM GETTING MAIL SAYING THAT I AM GOING TO COLLECTIONS, I HAVE BEEN SCAMED, AND I WAS WONDERING IF ANY ONE OUT THERE HAS A NUMBER TO CONTACT THEM??? THERE IS NO CONTACT INFO ON ANY OF THERE MAIL... PLEASE HELP WOLFGREYRED@YAHOO.COM
 26th of Jun, 2008 by   R. Ashcroft 0 Votes
I am 76 years old and I got an advertisement from them in the mail to test tools and then fill out survey forms and send in and then be able to keep the tools for only one dollar a month. I thought it was one of those companies where you test products and give your opinion about the product and the dollar a month you sent in every month was a processing fee. Then I get a bill of $24 for a magazine subscription and I never subscribe to magazines as I am on a very low fixed income. This is a scam and I am going to ask them to stop sending me a bill or turn them over to Consumer Protection as most states have extra protection for seniors.
 24th of Aug, 2008 by   Thomas Carlton 0 Votes
I never got the free start up gifts. I even became a life time member and was told I would get free tools I never got them .So if any members would like to start a class action law suite on them let me kow . I am not sure but it may be mail fraud.
 15th of Oct, 2008 by   John 0 Votes
I can't tell you all you're wrong, but I am a Life Member, and I have no complaints. To anyone who cashed the rebate check, you need to read the paperwork, because cashing the rebate check enrolls you as a life member, and there is a total price you must pay, usually monthly. I get a monthly bill for my life membership dues, and I pay it. I have gotten all of the free gifts they claimed so far, and look forward to the rest that come upon half-payment of membership total, and completed payment of membership total. The magazine is free as far as I know, but the books are not free. So if anyone kept the books but didn't pay for them, that may explain some of the charges. If you don't want the books, you have to send them back in the box they come in, with the return slip which they provide. Again, if you read the paperwork, there's less confusion. So far I have been impressed with the books, so I have paid for them as well, but I think I will return the latest one, because its about building outdoor furniture, and I will never have the time or tools to accomplish that. One more thing: as far as " free gifts" are concerned, I know that there are some you get after paying a certain amount of your life membership dues (I think it is after two payments). There are also free product tests, where you receive some tool or accessory and then you use it and grade it on a survey sheet, and then mail in the survey result. You won't keep getting these product tests, unless you follow the procedure and send in the surveys and in some cases, mark that you would like to keep receiving them. Overall, I have had no problem with the HCOA, and have gotten several tools and books... "free" but I am paying my membership dues and paying for the books I want to keep. Nothing is really free in life anyway.
 21st of Mar, 2010 by   HARRY BURRIS 0 Votes
I JOINED THIS JACKASS CLUB AND THEN BECAME A LIFE MEMBER WHICH COST OVER $200. WITH THAT I WAS SUPPOSE TO GET A LIST OF TOOLS SUCH AS SOCKET SET, DRILL BIT SET AS WELL AS OTHER TOOLS.WELL THEY GOT MY MONEY BUT I NEVER GOT THE TOOLS.ADD TO THAT THEY NEVER SENT ANYTHING FOR ME TO TEST.THE ONLY THING THEY EVER SENT WAS THAT FIFTY CENT MAG.THEY PUT OUT. THEY COULD SEND THAT, WHY COULDN'T THEY SEND WHAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD? DON'T JOIN THESE PEOPLE ARE CROOKS.
 18th of Jan, 2011 by   joverstreet1 0 Votes
I recently joined the club & payed for the magazine subscription for one year & recieved 2 magazines that were the same thing inside with different covers !! & when i tried to acess the website site it said my membership was cancelled !! I've sent numerous e-mail requests for re-instatement of membership & get the same response each time (membership services will contact you within 24 to 48 hr.s) ?! & I haven't had any further response !!! I AM gonna going to post on facebook & Twitter that ALL should beware of the SCAM & FRAUD that is being hidden by the handyman club !! VERY DISAPOINTED & ANGRY !!!
 8th of Feb, 2011 by   he's got a hammer for a head 0 Votes
I'm sorry and I don't mean to dance on anyone's grave, but these complaints are hilarious. I own a drafting business and Handyman Club of America contacted me. They gave me the whole shpeel about the $1 joining fee and I told them no. The guy kept pressing and I hung up on him. About a week later I get the startup kit in the mail. It included a bunch of stuff and a Charter Member Handyman window decal. I threw everything away except for the decal. This was ten years ago. Well, today I just started a handyman service and I came across the decal. I was going to use it just for poops and giggles (and to appear legit), but after reading all of your complaints i'm throwing it out. Unless someone wants to buy it. Lol.
 8th of Feb, 2011 by   Zeddicus 0 Votes
You people are HIGH-LARIOUS. No.1 You get what you pay for. 12 dollars a year for a magazine. That's CHEAP. As for the tools. I've been a member for 3 years, & haven't recieved one yet. Am I a WHINE ASS? No. When I get something in the mail that I don't want. I PROMPTLY call the people & cancel what-ever it is. NEVER let the USPS do what You are apperently too LAZY to do. It'll bite you in the ass EVERY time. Now for the rest of you who think I must be some kind of RICH prick making hundreds of thounds every year. I'll let you know. I'm a deck hane on a Tug Boat, Who makes less than 35, 000 a year. So put that in your pipe, & smoke it. (I hate LAZY people)
 1st of Apr, 2011 by   AngieLee25 0 Votes
Wow, Zeddicus! I'm not lazy, just being scammed. Handyman Club of America is trying to get my husband to pay for a lifetime membership he NEVER signed up for to begin with. In 2008, I paid for a ONE YEAR subscription for him and only ever received 3 magazines. I wrote them, called them, emailed them and got nothing back. Figured I learned my lesson for $12.00 and let it go. Now over 3 years later, they are harassing me with threatening letters from a collection agency demading payment for a lifetime membership. Here this 'LAZY' person goes again with the months of letter writing, phone calling and emailing this crap company.
 21st of May, 2011 by   m. de la houssaye 0 Votes
Robert Masters, I am 69 years old and didn't request anything from you all, also years ago I recevied from handyman a life time membership. Funny thing about this is that I never did agree to any thing or answer anything they sent me. Now they claim I am past due on debt. First thing is I am not Houssaye member# 70623566 and if I do get any communication regarding this crap again I will sent it to my collection agency. This letter should go to and put in garabage. I want you to, in the future, HANYMAN NOT SEND ANY THING FROM TO 4904 Landry Rd, Duson La. 70529. u r a pita
 29th of Oct, 2011 by   shibuox 0 Votes
How many of them satisfied with handyman club ?I received 12 $ bill to pay for the membership.They calling it is a due.One thing handyman peoples, how long this can...
 6th of Feb, 2012 by   Will A, Meyer 0 Votes
I am being billed for Handyman of America magazine that I didn't order and did not receive. I am concerned that this will show up on my credit report as a negative. I have perfect credit at present. I see there are many complaints against this company. What can we do about it? I get enough junk mail as it is. Am reporting to Better Business Bureau.
 22nd of Oct, 2012 by   RVNVET1948 0 Votes
All I want is out and to be done with them. Initially I paid $24 for 2 years received a book with the simplest tools usage. Then they hit me with year membership, I do not want the books I sent it back. I do not want the lifetime membership I stated so and sent it in. I do not want to be a member and to keep the $24 dollars because they are way under my skill level and you have to be in advanced skill level to get any tools I might use. This is a waste of my time monitoring the mail for them. Robert Masters, Do not send, offer, bill, or ship a gift to me. I do not want your simplistic cheap and gamey tool hype. Thank you very much.
 2nd of Aug, 2014 by   bketch 0 Votes
I have been a life member for ten years and never had any problem. I have received many product test items and never received a bill for those items. Maybe I am just one of the lucky ones.

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