Midwest Clearinghouse / Run away fast!
If there is someone at your door as we speak trying to sell you magazines from this company, thank them politely and close the door!!! You won't regret it! Then come back to your computer and finish reading this.
I answered my door one day this summer to a young man who recited a memorized sales pitch telling me how this company was going to make his life better. He said he would get points if I ordered magazines. Originally I thought, what's the harm in renewing a magazine I already received, Better Homes and Gardens. Apparently that magazine is wise to this despicable company and does not do business with them. Instead he offered me a subscription to House and Garden Magazine. I figured, "Fine, a yr subscription, no big deal." I had my checkbook out when he told me it cost $58.05. My jaw dropped-- he told me it was a 3 yr subscription and that was the smallest subscription they had for this particular magazine. Meanwhile, my husband was n the computer and did look up the company-- unfortunately for us, he did not find THIS website.
I will admit-- I AM APPARENTLY A DUMMY. I wrote the check and figured if I don't like the magazine, I'll just cancel the subscription. Well 5 months in, I don't like the magazine and I did try to cancel. I was redirected by House and garden to a phone # to call, that was the national portion of the company, from there I was given the midwest clearinghouse #-- I was told they'd cancel but no refund. When I asked for a manager, he explained to me that everyone has already been paid and there was nothing he could do about it and on my original receipt it said I had only 3 days to cancel.
I work for commission for a reputable company, when I get paid if there is later a problem-- it is rectified by my company with either new product or by refund. I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau online. I plan on calling House and Garden and let them know that their company's name is being connected to a company with deceptive practices and find out if that's what they really want. Hopefully that will go better than anything else so far.
If that sales person just left with your check-- stop payment on it right away. From what I've read from others, I wouldn't expect that this horrible company would honor a refund even in the first 3 days as their contract states-- It would be really easy for them to drag their feet longer than that.