Personnel Concepts — Bait & Switch
I'm not even sure how to classify this one. It started off reasonably with an offer to sell our company an OSHA regulation sign like those you see in break rooms all over. It was only about $10 so it sounded like a good idea, and they stated that without one you were liable for a huge fine. Got that just fine and everything was normal for a couple of months. Then the mailers started...
They stated that the poster was now out of date, and we had to purchase a new one for $30. I ignored it. They continued to come, sometimes once a week. Then the phone calls started, again multiple times a week. The ones I answered the salespeople with broken English tried to get me to buy a new one, sometimes more than $30 and sometimes if I "acted now" they could reduce the price. I told them to stop calling, but the calls only increased for a while until I blocked their numbers. Sometimes they still get through.
I just got the latest mailer today, which I've scanned and sent in. Part of me fears that if I don't buy the latest product (which will be replaced in another 6 months I'm sure and will have to be replaced again) that they'll call someone and we'll get a "surprise inspection" from OSHA or someone. I feel like this is just another protection racket.