Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Not overly impressed.

Know what I hate? Columbia House.

They sucked me in when I was a teenager. I bought all their stupid CD's (only to have them all stolen on a cross-Canada bus trip). They hounded me for YEARS after I finished my obligations. I became a "Gold Member" (insert joke here). But, somehow, I broke free....

THEY'RE BACK....

Armondo recently signed up for their DVD club. Yippee! Being the nice guy that he his, he got the "three Dvds for real cheap " deal and let me choose one for myself and one for Cherry, while he chose one for himself. So, Scarface, The Wizard of Oz, and Happy Gilmore later, Armondo is now a full fledged member of Columbia House.

Why am *I* worried about this? What does this have to do with ME?!? Well, Armondo is away right now, and will be going away over and over, so it has now become MY responsibility to answer those stupid cards with those stupid monthly selections. The good thing is that you can do it online now. The bad thing? I think there might be a copy of Cheaper By the Dozen Two headed our way, because I think that they only leave the option to cancel it online for a few days, and I think Armondo missed it, 'cause when I went to go cancel it, it said that there wasn't any selection to cancel.

Oh, and yeah, those CHEAP Dvds he ordered? Well my silly* husband didn't pay for them. Leaving me to not only pay for them, but to also pay the LATE CHARGE. They originally cost $10.65 for three, and now cost $13.15. Now, I'm not a math genius by any means, but DUDE, that's over a 25% penalty!

Grr.. Columbia House Bastards!

F*#&ers make you pay for the postage too to send the payment, and don't allow you to pay online!

Armondo is SO not allowed to see the "Science Fiction Book Club" offer that came for him in the mail last week!


*"silly" is code word for "stupid" in our house. It's not nice to call someone stupid.

13 comments:

Melora said...

Yikes! That is why I do my best to get to the mail Before Ed sees it. His downfall is requests for money from political groups.
Cordially,
Melora

andrea said...

Is this a male thing -- like eBay is for women? My husband has been sucked in TWICE but they've finally given up on us this time. Either that or they're just gathering the troops for a fresh assault!

Erin said...

I like the idea of a code word for stupid. I use stupid/thoughtless/etc. entirely too much when describing my husband's actions, and I'm sure it'd make us both feel better if I found a nicer way to word it. I've tried, but now I'll try harder.

Mr. Fabulous said...

I agree that "stupid" isn't nice. We always use "fucked in the head".

CeCe said...

Melora~I think if Armondo was sending money to political groups, I'd be a whole lot MORE pissed!

Andrea~HA!I should tell you what he bought on ebay!!

Erin~Good luck with that!

Mr.Fab~I think that FITH is MUCH less rude than Stupid...

your hostess said...

Oh those companies are just pure evil...plain and simple!

your hostess said...

Hey by the way cece - this is debambam here, didn't realise I was still logged in under my other name for my other blog!!!
Cheers, Kelly

K. said...

My Sweetie has been a member three different times. Cuz every time he cancels they wait a bit and then send him a re-offer he can't refuse! Grr...

BTW, your Cherry is so adorable!

Tricia said...

I have never been a Columbia house member, but I did a similar book-club thing. I thought I was outsmarting them and I would quit as soon as I got everything I wanted really cheap. I ended up with a couple good books, several stupid ones, and about $40 poorer. Oh well.

What a scam.

CeCe said...

Dehostess~They ARE pure evil, and I thought it was you, you wrote a comment under this name awhile ago, and I was the FIRST to check out your profile. (I'm so special!)

K.~Thanks for stopping by! I think this might be the 4th or 5th time Armondo's been a member. The other times he didn't pay for anything though. He was a rotten teenager! And thanks, I think she's cute too!

Tricia~Sounds like you came out ok though.. did they hound you for years later? 'Cause THAT'S the worst part of Columbia house!

Tricia said...

No hounding by the book club. I think I move too much.
I get hounded by charities though, after I donated to one they sold my name! I'll just move again. I wonder how many of my old addresses are still getting my junk mail?

Carlotti said...

I finally found an approach that works, other than the "moving to another address and letting the next folks deal with it" approach. I either write "deceased" or "moved out of the country" on the Columbia notices, and throw them back in the mailbox. This approach also works well with phone solicitors.

CeCe said...

Tricia~Ahh... well then you haven't experienced the "true pain" that is of Columbia House.

Carlotti~Hello. I like that idea. Very clever!