Signing up for that subscription service might initially seem simple, but if you don’t read the fine print or are unable to easily locate the method by which you can cancel the program, you might end up with unwanted subscription fees that are difficult to cancel down the road. This has been the subject of a number of different consumer complaints in recent years.
Unwanted Subscription Fees Easier to Identify With Apps
Getting a subscription to all kinds of products and services has become very popular with businesses, however, a service that can help you easily cut off and identify these subscriptions can be just as valuable. Most people don’t realize after signing up for a free trial that they’ve actually elected to enroll in unwanted subscription fees. The most commonly canceled unwanted subscription fees include credit monitoring services, gym memberships, and monthly internet fees for flights. A company like Trim or a number of new mobile applications can help you figure out what you’ve signed up for that could be generating fees you’re missing on your credit card statements or bank accounts.
Preventing unwanted subscription fees is a common goal for consumers these days because, after a free trial period, the paid service starts and the fees start to rack up on credit and debit card statements. When you can’t find the information or identify exactly where that charge came from, it is difficult to cancel the unused and often unwanted service. Offering a free trial period is the most common way through which you will identify unwanted subscription charges. The moment that the free trial period clicks over and you are no longer offered this service gratis, you will find yourself with a charge on your card.
Most Common Methods for Unwanted Subscription Fees
What seems like a great deal to opt into a free product or service might become a nightmare when you can’t find the information about how to cancel. Whether it’s a gym membership or a mobile app, sometimes the charges slip by without the customer noticing until a month or more into the subscription.
Free trials have varying lengths of time which is a common complaint from people arguing over unwanted subscription fees. This makes it extremely difficult to remember which free trial is up and to remember to cancel the service before that date comes. Many of these unwanted subscription fees begin by asking that you provide your credit card number before the free trial. This means that the company will charge your credit card as soon as the trial expires, but they are unlikely to send you a notification about the trial coming to an end. This is one of the ways that these companies get consumers to pay for this service for weeks or months without ever realizing it. Monitoring all of your subscriptions and promptly cancelling those that you aren’t using is important.
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