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Are cross-sell offers ok on sign-up forms IF they default to UN-checked?

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Yes 78% 40 Votes
No 14% 7 Votes
Undecided 8% 4 Votes

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51 Votes Total

Aug 9, 2008

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MargulisAZ (84) Yeah, I actually like these at times because usually you can get a cheap trial to a site you couldn't get typically. As an example, when I joined Sapphic Erotica last they had offers for trials to Only cuties, in focus girls AND club seventeen. Not a bad deal if you have a lot of time on your hands.

Big point is that they need to not be checked initially, like the poll says.

08-09-08  12:09am

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Drooler (220) I'm with MarqulisAZ. Remember when having them "pre-checked" and at the bottom of the screen (so that the unwitting subscriber would not notice) was a more common practice.

I've occasionally accepted bonus offers on signups, but I'll fill the checkboxes, thank you.

08-09-08  01:20am

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indybt30 (6) I answered no because the obvious intent of the practice is to get you to sign up for something, forget you did it, then get charged a high price for a month.

It is a trick, plain and simple. No different than the $30 dollar charge I got on my cell phone bill once because my 12 year old simply replied to a text her got from a crooked company.

I know the question was would it be alright if it was unchecked, but I have seen sights that have another screen pop up about trial offers too and it is all to confuse you into taking something for free and forgetting to cancel it.

Just my opinion.

08-09-08  03:31am

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apoctom (145) Absolutely requires that the default option is unchecked. However, like indybt30 said, their hope is that you forget that you signed up for the extra site. Instead, I would prefer to see sites give a limited time trial which does not auto-renew. If someone likes the site, they are more likely to join after the trial has expired.
08-09-08  08:00am

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pat362 (373) I have no problem with the cross sell offer as long as they are unchecked. I've only seen once a cross-sell that appealled me. I don't know if it was this year or last year, but I remember DDF and Hands on Hardcore had a special offer where if you joined one site you had a one time full month access to the other website without rebill. Other than that all other cross-sell offers I've ever seen has been to websites that I didn't care for.
08-09-08  10:35am

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Denner (235) It's ok as long as it's unchecked. And only unchecked!
Once in a while there's a good deal you do not catch/see anywhere else.

08-09-08  01:18pm

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MargulisAZ (84) Interesting to see the other replies. I believe there's no question that it's a move to make money otherwise they wouldn't do it. That's got to be the basis for ALL trials I'm sure, because there are probably plenty of people who forget about canceling them. Still, if you're on the ball you can really take advantage of such things. At least that's what I think.
08-09-08  09:30pm

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exotics4me (463) I have no problems with these. Really the only problem that has came from them, I sometimes forget to check the box that says, "Are you 18 or over?" because I am trying to be careful not to check the cross sells.

I do vaguely remember some older sites using a very tricky method. They would check the box, it would say, "Check the box if you want to decline a trial to such and such site". If you didn't pay attention and uncheck it, they would get you ever time.

08-10-08  12:25am

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Davit (46) MargulisAZ said: "I believe there's no question that it's a move to make money".

You don't say!

08-10-08  11:18am

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MargulisAZ (84) REPLY TO #9 - Davit :

What's with this comment Davit? I was responding to indybt30 commenting on the idea of them trying to make money off the trials. Why don't you leave your sarcasm at the door and add something to the discussion instead?
08-10-08  11:30am

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NMC2008 (7) Sure, but as long as they are unchecked by default and no funny business goes down then fine.
08-10-08  01:08pm

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Sanger50 (11) Cross sell promotions, i think, is just a cash grab hoping to mislead customers into thinking they are getting a good deal for a trial membership when in fact they lead you to a very limited and non downloadable site. Yeah sure there are a few good cross-sell offers but they should have them all unchecked and left to the customers descision. Don't forget the customer is paying so he should have that option not the company offering the cross-sell.
08-10-08  06:59pm

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Davit (46) REPLY TO #10 - MargulisAZ :

OK, keep your hair on! I wasn't taking a serious shot at you. I knew exactly what your original comment meant, and was basically saying "Yes, obviously that's the case" - because, to be blunt, you were stating the obvious. Take a chill pill!
09-06-08  05:20am

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alexmedia (22) If cross-sells make good offer I would join, but I like then cross-sells unchecked.
09-24-09  06:54am

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