Not so long ago, I was completely home-bound and the boredom was incredible. So, like many of us have done at one time or another while bored, I googled "free stuff and samples"...
I got more than a few results, most of them requiring you sign up for their newsletter and such. But I noticed that many of these sites were also advertising sweepstakes. I did a bit more research and ended up on a rather large website dedicated to teaching idiots like me the ins and outs of being a successful "sweeper". As a side note, yes, people do win. I've won some rather large prizes, including a new computer system (monitor and all), the lease of a brand new Lexus hybrid for a month, and more.
The first rule was RTFR (Read The Freakin' Rules!"). Rules can be complicated and it sucked trying to wade through and understanding them before entering. Was this sweepstakes an Unlimited Entry? Or just Daily? When did the sweepstake end? How many times a day or week (or even Month) could I enter? Long story short, if you didn't RTFR chances were good that you'd likely be automatically disqualified for not following the rules of that sweepstakes.
It was also important to watch carefully when accepting a newsletter subscription. Did I have to opt-in to be qualified? Could I opt-out before the sweeps ends without getting disqualified?
Most people just click through forms and EULA's (End User License Agreements) and all that legal mumble-jumble just to get to the end. And when they get auto-billed or a new toolbar suddenly appearing in their browser the following month they flip-out and cry "Foul Play!" - when if they had taken a few moments to RTFR, they would know exactly what they're getting into.
Last month a member here purchased a 1-month premium membership for me - just because I have helped her here. It wasn't necessary, it was just a very nice thing to do for me.
As the month was near end, I was aware of the auto-billing this site uses. I also knew that her credit card would be charged again if nothing was done. So I emailed Graham, explained the situation and he took care of switching things back to my card. Why? Because I had RTFR when I signed up.
Auto-billing is a way of life on the web. You can view it as a convenience or as just another way for them to make money off your laziness - you could have known when you signed up that they auto-bill.
I have found that 50plus is the best "Bang For The Buck" compared to the myriad of other dating sites that I have wasted my money on. Everything they do in regards to business has been fair, open and up-front. You seem to think that these sites are bilking you out of your money. I have never experienced ANY "bad business" on the behalf of 50plus. And if you are unhappy with your purchase, just say so - I am sure the admins will take care of it to your satisfaction.
So, if you're going to cry and whine and "Diss" this site because of it's business practices that were clearly outlined when you joined and accepted it's user agreement maybe you had better try going elsewhere and try to find better. Negativity is not the best way to meet new friends and form relationships. Just sayin'
As for me, I look forward to many more months of auto-billing, being a Premium member... and teasing Jessy.