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Language-learning Spam

Beware the "Pimsleur Approach". NOTE: This is not about the "Pimsleur Method," which I happen to endorse - it's about a very shady company that has been contracted as an affiliate marketer for that language acquisition system.

We're talking about rampant spamming, and deceptive marketing practices; I must get several of their spam mails each week, and the complaints board are full of unhappy people.

Look at their website:

Most people sign up for the $9.95 offer without reading the (†) box, which states:

† Pimsleur Rapid Fluency Purchase Program:
One month after you receive your Quick & Simple you'll begin receiving 30 day trial copies of advanced Pimsleur courses in the language you selected. Each course is yours to try for 30 days. You'll receive a new course once every 60 days. For each course you keep we'll bill you in four monthly payments of $64. Remember, there's never an immediate obligation to buy any course because of the 30-day trial period provided with each shipment. And you may cancel future shipments at any time by calling 1-877-802-5283. See Key Details.

The "Key Details" spell out in greater detail your obligation to receive and be charged $256.00 for each additional course they send you, the first 30 days after you place your initial order, and every 60 days thereafter.

Yes, it's all there on the website, but cleverly hidden in small, gray type which most people won't read. The complaints boards are rampant with people being charged recurring fees, difficulty obtaining refunds, rude customer support agents (a hallmark of shady operators who bully unhappy customers), and of course, the unbridled spamming.

Stay far away from this company. I'll be writing more about the actual Pimsleur Method later, but if you want to check it out, just head for your local library. It's a good bet they have several of the beginner courses there for you to check out for free and see if you like the method. If you can't find anything at your branch, go directly to Pimsleur's site - they offer a free lesson with each language so you can see how it works. If you decide you like the method, head over to Amazon where you can usually find the courses at a significant discount.

Just don't have anything to do with this sleazy "Pimsleur Approach" outfit.

This has been a public service announcement from The Old Wolf.

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