How To Watch Out For Magazine Sales Scams

Sep 10, 2014

None of us are strangers to the amount of different magazine subscription offers that make their way into our mailbox, offering different types of deals, gifts, and limited-time offers. But, what we don’t know is which one of them could in fact be a scam. That’s right, cases of a subscription offer that rip you off or vanish to never be heard from are increasingly surfacing. This calls for a little caution to be exercised.

There are quite a few ways through which you can exercise enough vigilance to never fall victim to any of these hoaxes. Following are a few:

  • Don’t rush into anything. If the magazine stresses that you need to jump right in, wait ‘til you at least have all the information you need. For instance, you need to know the length of the subscription period before you decide you need the magazine.
  • Steer clear of any promises of free gifts. Doesn’t happen. Period.
  • Make sure you are aware of the cancellation policy offered so that in case you have a change of mind, you are able to do so. You don’t want to get into a contract you can find your way out of.
  • Keep an eye out for imposters who claim to represent well-known companies, when they are in fact trying to sell you something that doesn’t exist

If you’re a magazine owner, the increasing number of scams that have been reported lately should be a source of concern for you as well. However, there is a much bigger issue to be tackled. The magazine industry has seen decline in growth for the past couple of years. Whether you want to attribute this decline to the digital age or something else, one thing is for sure – the age of the internet is here.

With traditional magazines finding themselves faced with lower and lower demand, it is time to go online. The success stories of businesses that carved niches and went online should be an example of the prospects that await you. But, with going online come payments made through debit and credit cards. Here, what you need is a magazine sales merchant account.

At eMerchantBroker, we offer you highly personalized magazine sales merchant accounts that help put wings to your newly introduced online magazine. As sales start to pour in and you move forward on the ladder to success, our magazine sales merchant account provides you the ease and convenience of accepting online payments. With our expertise and knowledge of the industry, we can assure you are in the right place.

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