This one's a bit convoluted, so bear with me.|
You know when you place an order with TheHut and the post-checkout confirmation page that gives you your order number comes up? You know that obvious spam banner underneath that says "£15 off your next order" or something but links to a third-party site and might as well just read "scam scam scam scam scam"? Well, I spent a voucher at TheHut a couple of months ago, and had some free time, so I thought I'd click on the scam link and see how it would scam me.
I read all of the small print, and clicked through for more information, and read all of the information, and found another click-through with even more terms & conditions, and there was the scam: when you sign up for the £15 offer, you're signing up for a monthly subscription that costs £10 per month after the first month. Also, the money is sent to you in the form of a cheque "4-6 weeks later".
So I thought... why not. Nothing in particular I wanted, but I'm always happy to be scammed. Ordered 2100 points. They arrived a week later. The £15 cheque arrived a couple of days after that. o_O
Then I went to cancel. But I saw that they were also offering a £10 cashback thingy for TheHut, one per month. The Darkness II happened to be £9.95, and £2.95 Operation Flashpoint: Red River bumped me up over £10. Placed the order on the 2nd of October. Cancelled my membership on the 4th (October 8th would have been my last possible day for cancelling). The cheque has arrived already.
Of course, I need to make sure that £10 doesn't disappear from my bank account, but their website (no spaces: shopper discounts and rewards .co.uk) confirms that my membership is cancelled. Also, I can't say that anyone else is going to get their cheques in under a fortnight.
But there you have it. A company which takes money from people who don't read small print, and gives it to those who do.