Is there a catch?
Have you ever seen an offer that’s too good to be true? Sometimes you are proved right other times you are not.
Recently I was sent an offer to get what seemed like a really interesting report. According to the email this report was worth $97.
I was given a code and told to use that for claiming my report. Pretty easy right?
When I clicked on it I was taken to a page where I was asked for my credit card information and yes there was a spot to put in the discount code I was given.
Right then and there I decided the report wasn’t worth it. If you are giving me something for free why do I have to give you my credit card information?
I may like what you have to say and give you my email but my credit card information? I don’t think so!
I’ll never forget my marketing teacher when he said caveat emptor which means let the buyer beware.
Here’s something else I decided. To unsubscribe. Why? As soon as I feel a trust issue that makes me uncomfortable that’s the end for me.
It takes time to build a repor with your potential clients. They have to know like and trust you. That takes time. When you say it’s free and then want credit card information that’s a red flag to me.
I wouldn’t ask you to give me your email and then offer something free that requires a credit card. That doesn’t make sense.
I think this is a good lesson for anyone wanting to offer his or her products or services. Don’t do this.
Unfortunately there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there and you have to protect your credit card information.
The only time I give my credit card information is when I know I want to purchase a product. I might add it’s not under the pretext of being free either.
This reminded me a TV show I was watching last week. The women (who was the undercover producer) went in to purchase a vehicle. She new the car was a flood vehicle and wanted to see how the salesperson handled the situation. Would he tell her it was a flood vehicle? He didn’t. What he did say however was that she needed to sign a paper that it was a damaged or flood vehicle. He explained that it was just a formality. It was a required part of the used car process. He assured her it was not a flood vehicle.
In the end the crew went there and confronted the salesperson. According to him he told her it WAS a flood vehicle and that she signed the paper. He didn’t know they had recorded the conversation with the producer where he said it was NOT a flood vehicle and signing was just a formality.
I thought of this show when that screen popped open for my credit card information. They could say they weren’t going to charge my card but would they?
Now it’s your turn. What do you think about doing business this way?
Would you offer something free only to ask for credit card information? Why would you ask for the credit card information?
Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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Toni Nelson – Helping clients make money by being seen and heard.