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Subject: We get "Book Shipment Notices"....
Date Posted: 9/21/2015 9:12 PM ET
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from a company, where they send a double post card, letting you know that they are going to ship you a new book, and if you don't want the book you have to send the post card back by a certain date or they'll ship it. In addition, you have to put a stamp on the post card.

What happens if I don't send the post card back? Can I refuse the book when it comes? Should I send them a letter telling them not to send any more "Book Shipment Notices?"    Thanks for any help. Pat

Date Posted: 9/22/2015 1:48 AM ET
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You probably need to contact them and request termination of your membership (or something similar).

Date Posted: 9/22/2015 6:27 AM ET
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How did you get into the club?

Date Posted: 9/22/2015 8:00 AM ET
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You can refuse the book when it comes as long as you don't open the pkg.  (If you open it, you would need to pay return postage.)

I'm assuming that you joined a book club?  If so, then you may need to review your original agreement to see what was required and if you still need to fulfill the requirement.  (For example, years ago I joined a book club that had something to the effect that if you joined and got 4 free books with the stipulation that you would need to order and pay for 2 in the next 2 years.) 

Do they send any updates as to how many you've purchased and how many you need to still order? If not, then you may need to ask them.

If you've previously met all the purchase requirements, then you can send them a notice, by mail, or perhaps even by email, requesting a cancellation of your membership.

-- Jill



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Date Posted: 9/22/2015 1:04 PM ET
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No, none of the above.  DH ordered (long ago) some gardening stuff from a company.  They have a catalog, and in the catalog, along with the gardening stuff are books.  Don't know if he ordered a book at one time or not, but now about once a month we get notification that they're going to ship us a book (nothing that we'd ordered) unless we send this post card back.  It's a hassle to remember to do it, and although I know it's not illegal, it's like we're held captive to making sure we get the post card back in time, etc.  Think I'll just write them and ask them to stop sending the postcard, and if the books come, I'll just refuse them.  Thanks. Pat

Date Posted: 9/22/2015 4:03 PM ET
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I think nearly all book clubs operate like that. They send something unless you tell them not to. Book of the Month club works that way. I used to be in the Columbia Record club and it worked that way. Time Inc worked that way when they distributed those old Time Reading Program books that you see all over the place. Those books started life as a selection that went to somebody's mail box.

Date Posted: 9/22/2015 9:05 PM ET
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If you want to refuse a book by sending it back unopened, remember that you cannot open the envelope attached to the front of the package either.  If you do open it, that is considered "accepting" the package and you would have to pay to return the book to them.

Date Posted: 9/28/2015 5:56 PM ET
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It sounds like you ordered something that was part of an ongoing transaction and you agreed to accept books every month if you didn't send the notice back. You just need to contact the company and cancel whatever you originally signed up for.