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Have you ever seen those ads for the Dr. Seuss & His Friends Book Club from Early Moments? Have you wondered if they were a scam? I did! But I finally bit the bullet and joined back in January as an offer through Inbox Dollars. I had been on a hunt for The Cat in the Hat so $1 for 4 books, plus being paid for it (meaning not only were the books free but I made money) was just way too tempting to pass up. So, I crossed my fingers and placed my order.
I was really happy with how quickly the books arrived. I hate ordering something, only to have to wait a couple of weeks or more for it to arrive (I know, first world problems). I also loved that the books arrived in my son’s name. I realize, at this point, he has no clue but it makes my heart happy every time I see his name in print.
The books were slightly smaller than I had expected. This really isn’t a big deal. It just makes my inner (way inner) perfectionist wince a little when I see them stacked next to my son’s other Dr. Seuss books. The books that came with this offer were: Go, Dog, Go!, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, The Cat in the Hat, and Ten Apples Up On Top. The books arrived in great condition. Two of the books had some sticky stuff but it wasn’t too hard to get off.
One of my favorite things about this book club is that managing my account is easy. Should you choose to cancel your membership, you won’t have to resort to a strong worded email to support. (Or am I the only who has had issues with canceling a subscription before?) If you want to keep your membership but don’t want it every month, you can (again, easily) postpone your next shipment. They show you online what the next shipment of books will be along with the price. I initially planned on canceling right away (I know, terrible) but when I saw that I could postpone shipment I decided on that instead. I really would love for my son to have a full Dr. Seuss library but it’s not exactly at the top of my list of things to buy every month. So, I decided to postpone our next shipment until just before his first birthday. (The regular price is $5.99 per book and they send you 3 books in a shipment.)
Though, I had a great experience with this offer I have seen many people on the internet complaining about unexpected charges. I suspect one of the reasons why is that the second shipment is unbelievably close to the first. I suppose you could say this is how they “get” you. In the company’s defense, they do tell you to expect the shipment in the next couple of weeks. This is why I logged into my account immediately. My initial charge of $1 was on 1/11 and the next shipment was scheduled for 1/29! Yes, that does seem a bit crazy but I was aware as the company did state that.
Another downside is that, unless you change it, all future shipments will be sent (and billed) that close together. But you can change it! Not only did I postpone my second shipment but I changed the shipment frequency to every 7 weeks.
I would take advantage of this offer again and I don’t have any plans to cancel our subscription in the foreseeable future. However, if you are not the kind of person that will immediately take care of the shipment frequency (or cancellation), I wouldn’t advise joining.
Have you ever joined a book club?