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Whether or not we want to admit it, many of us are fascinated by clever infomercials or promotions for the latest gadget or invention. The land of the free is also the home of clever inventors and marketers who work hard to sell products that – they hope – make our life easier. 

To help you decide whether to get a new product, many marketers will let you try it “for free,” or “risk-free,” or “at no obligation.” Trouble is, some sellers lure you into these so-called “free” trials… and then keep billing you after the trial is over. Some even sign you up for other products or services you don’t want.

Here’s a quick video on how to protect yourself from the perils of so-called free trials. Because, sometimes, “free” can turn out to be quite expensive.


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Free trials You always burn me Really I don't believe I can trust you

I had ordered a "FREE" Jar of Face Cream.I canceled it 2 days before the trial period was over and was told that I was to late to cancel and my new shipment was already on its way and also a charge of $ 78.00 Thank god I have a Discover Card and the charge was canceled. I never received the next Jar of Face cream and never heard from that Company again.

i need help avoid it. thank you for your loving kindness.

Good consumer education ideas. Thank you.


So true. Thank you for the post.

Its been 2 plus years since they tried to blow me up in my car I just need to talk to someone and retrieve an identity

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Saved as a favorite, I love your site!

Why our government allows these crooks to go on this way is beyond me! This is obviously organized crime, and they're raking in the millions every month. Set up a sting, guys, is that so hard? They have phones with toll free numbers; you should be able to track that. Get real and prosecute these scams.

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