Cogorno Videos and Automatic Monthly Renewal
Curious what everyone's thoughts are on this. A few months ago when Cogorno was blasting YouTube with "fix your slice in 10 swings" ads, I went bought the series because I was so curious to see if there was anything new in there (there wasn't), even though my miss is a nasty hook, lol. Anyway, the content was fine, albeit familiar, and honestly i think he's one of the better online instructors, but as it turns out they pulled the old "your membership in Performance Golf Zone will automatically renew for $19.99/month if you don't cancel" card. I should have been more on the lookout, but just didn't see it coming.
I've bought videos from so many different sources, (including everything Monte has put out which is vasly superior to this btw), and none of them pull that cheesy tactic so I just wasn't on the alert for it. So yeah, it was probably my fault, made worse because I wasn't watching my statements closely enough to see it's been coming out for months, but I'm still pretty ticked and feel like that whole program is kinda tacky and bush league. From the click bait promises to the "but wait there's more," and now this opt-in scheme, it just feels very late-night-infomercially. When i brought it to their attention and asked to cancel and ideally refund the money I've been spending, they showed me the language I'd missed when I bought the video, then doubled down with "we'll offer you the first 30 days free, a monthly membership of nnly $7.99 instead of $19.99, and wait, there's even bonus content!" It's comedy to me, just so, so cheesy.
Anyway, I'm sure others will say shame on me for not noticing and they're no doubt right, but wanted to make others aware of it, and also to get your thoughts - aren't we past the era of sneaky monthly fees? I bought a video series, not a membership, I shouldn't have had to be on the guard for the latter in this day and age of permission marketing, at least in my opinion. Grr.
-Dr. Julian Sands, Golf in the Kingdom