Solicitation Hides Pricing in Fine Print
Glass shops across the United States continue to be hit with possible
scams, the latest coming from a company claiming to be compiling
information for a free EU Company Directorybut it's not free.
A listing form is sent via e-mail, with the subject line "Registration
of EU Companies 2008/2009." The e-mail urges the recipient
to fill out an attached PDF document and return it to the company's
headquarters in the Netherlands.
The attached form indicates that the intent of the EU Company Directory
is to be able "to inform other EU companies about your activities."
It directs the recipient to fill out the form in order to list the
recipient's company in both the online and printed directories.
A notion that "updating is free of charge" is in bold
print. However, the fine print indicates by signing the form, the
signer has agreed to insert an advertisement for three years at
EUR 995 ($1500 USD) per year.
The fine print at the bottom of the form also states that the signing
of the document is legally binding and will be construed as an order
of insertion for the ad. Moreover, the contract will be automatically
"extended every year for another year unless specific written
notice is received by the service provider." Lastly, any disputes
that arise from the contract will be subject to the jurisdiction
of the service provider's address (i.e., the Netherlands).
According to USGlass magazine publisher, Debra Levy, these
solicitations often target suppliers. "The companies that send
them out cull names from the internet and exhibiters at international
trade fairs. We've seen a few variations of these over the years.
The buyer needs to beware."
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