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On 17 February 2010 I was very grateful to be asked to speak on the BBC 2 program Working Lunch.  The show had recently been contacted by many viewers who had complained of being contacted by these companies.

This is great news for us, because we now have the BBC aware of these companies again.  They have asked me to keep in touch which I will do, so please keep your reports coming in to me as I can bring these to the attention of the BBC and maybe we can get Watchdog involved at a later date.

There was some great advice from the show which I will be putting into a proper post later but to summarise:-

  1. Keep records of all your communications with the companies
  2. Ask the companies lots of questions about their company and publication
  3. If they say you agreed to advertise ask for proof
  4. If they threaten court action, Trading Standards have never seen ANY case go all the way to court

If you missed the show, you can see it here:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8520364.stm

3 thoughts on “Featured on BBC2 Working Lunch”

  1. Searching on the net I dont think that the are a known scammer’s but there are company’s in liverpool who are being questioned by trading standards just recently http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2010/03/26/liverpool-publishing-firm-at-centre-of-scam-advertising-probe-100252-26113037/

    If you have genuinely placed the order for the product mentioned and you are not satisfied with it, you should at the least let the supplier know of this fact first.

    Did they inform you of the areas that the publication was to be sent to?
    Distance selling regulations (unsolicited goods act) requires all companies to give the exact details of what you are paying for as well as terms and conditions, in writing along with notice of the seven day statutory cooling off period so that you can check out exactly what your getting into first.

  2. Martin,

    They contacted me on thursday. their “accounts debt” is contacting me monday (cant wait)!
    What was the outcome on your side. I have been stung before by BLUELINE PUBLICATIONS they tried to do me again but they recieved an earful off me. Laugh at them and hey maybe one day we can all go find them rougue traders style and do our own little documentry on them!

    tom

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