I got an invoice a few days from the National Home Garden Club. The annual membership was $12. I immediately got curious because
1) I didn't joing the NHGC
2) Reviews on-line were mostly negative with many people complaining about the company's scamming policies
3) It's mostly for Northern Gardeners which I am definitely NOT.
The website doesn't even have a "Contact Us" email or phone number, which got me even more curious. The rest of the website was more about marketing cheap Chinese-made products I didn't need since as a gardener I already have all the basic stuff.
Other sites I googled mentioned many displeased "accidental" members who got unsolicited books and cheap garden tools they were to review.
So I called their number 1-800-324-8454 which is actually not the "club's" number but its ad agency number. I told the man on the other end that I wanted to cancel my membership since I supposedly was on a "Free 30-day trial." (Oddly, the North American Fishing Club uses the same tactic to lure people into joining)
He wanted to know why I wanted to cancel. "Because I didn't ask to join this club!" I replied.
"You didn't, that is just the company's way of pulling new members into its club" he said.
HaHA! So there's a slick marketing scam. He asked me for my "Member Number" which was on the upper right of my "Benefits Summary" and gladly removed me from the NHGC's data base.
"You'll get another notice from them in a few days to remind you that your fees are past due, so just ignore them."
"Oh I will, or else I have another tactic planned!" I quickly answered.
So, how did I get on the NHGC's data base? The only outside garden club I joined was last year's free membership to Home Depot's alleged Garden Club, which up to now was nothing more than getting two coupons for $25 off garden stuff above a certain monetary amount.