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www.wmfd.com - Free trial offers are a great way to test out a product without fully committing, but they aren't always necessarily free as we find out in today's Consumer Watch. }}" />

   
 
 
Consumer Watch Says Trial Offers Not Necessarily Really Free

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/21/2013 Free trial offers are a great way to test out a product without fully committing. But if you've ever signed up for a freebie offer, you may have realized that "free" sometimes comes with strings. Shelby Lin has details in today's Consumer Watch. If it's free, why not try it out? Whether it's a new hair product or an online streaming video service, lots of businesses use free trial offers to try to hook you on their brand, and get your money. But while trial offers can be a convenient way to see io youlike a product, some businesses make it tough to cancel your subscription. The Federal Trade Commission has these tips to help you avoid paying more than you bargained for. 1. Research the company online, check out customer reviews. 2. Locate terms and conditions. If you can't find them, don't sign up. 3. Look for who's behind the offer. Is the pop-up from a different company? 4. Watch out for pre-checked boxes. The default might have you paying up even after your trial expires. 5. Mark you calendar with the time limit on the offer. The Federal Trade Commission recommends finding information about canceling future shipments. Make sure you don't have to pay extra to cancel. One final tip. Watch your credit and debt card statements. They're the best way to make sure you're not being charged without knowing it.
   
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