Brian McLane

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FREE TRIAL? BEWARE.’s free trial for 30 days gets billed immediately.

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments · Technology

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I’ve been burned by so many “Free Trials” I rarely do them anymore.

The worst was (unfortunately) for one of my favorite sites LinkedIn. Yep – believe it or not. They offered me a free 30 day trial to upgrade to their premium services and I went for it only to find that my credit card that I had given them was immediately billed.

Now, anyone who has ever tried knows there are NO PHONE NUMBERS ANYWHERE for Linkedin. Go ahead and give it a try. If you can find a phone number that gets me to a live person on Linkedin I’ll write you a song and include it in the Center Of The Universe Movie.

Now Hoot Suite on the other hand (a social media platform for syndicating your posts to your profile sites) went about the process differently which is why they got my business. Even though I haven’t really had much success figuring out their platform, the people at reminded me, more than once that they were about to debit my card.

I thought that I appreciated this enough that I’d stay in. Experian? All of those Jokers? Never again.

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