Advantages find out pros/cons of various speciality book clubs to "sign-up" for each from ONE website.
Disadvantages All the clubs are related to BCA (Book Clubs Associates)
I was intrigued by this website's claim in their logo to be "your guide to the best books" and decided to check their claim out for myself. Accordingly, I visited the website one blustery March afternoon – yes, the 15th, should you be curious about my title – to see what there was on offer (via the mutualpoints.com/themutual.net portal website for maximum benefits to my visit should it prove productive…).I was, of course, well aware that one person’s view of “the BEST books” is as different to another’s as are the colours in the spectrum to each other, and wondered exactly what this BOOK CLUB had to offer.
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As such, the "purchase obligation" below is irrelevant and MISLEADING - as the different book clubs have different obligations. I will discuss these further in my summarising comments.☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
As I stared at the webpage, my attention was caught by a moving message at the bottom of the page:“Books Direct: Your guide to the best books!
Each phrase occurred in turn and then the series started again – it was almost mesmerizing. Up the Left hand side of the page were the logos from several of the available book clubs – many of which I had already been a member of at some time in the past – I was surprised to see some of them, as they had not previously been part of Book Club Associates.Not previously part of BCA: TSP - "The Softback Preview" - which has as their "enticement" - "BUY 3 BOOKS for £3 - and never have to buy another book (unless, of course you forget to cancel the editor's expensive choice each magazine which arrives - more frequently than monthly)" - and conveniently forgets that paying postage and packing adds to that basic price as well. Their speciality used to be "hardback sized softback (paperback) books at a fraction of the hardback price" often published simultaneously with the original hardback book.
My husband used to be a member of this club before it was absorbed into the BCA. He quit when he received too many books he believed he had cancelled - if your post is unreliable, these are a BAD idea - because it is quite expensive to return unwanted books.I had also joined this club several years ago because it offered a document case along with the initial “3 books for £3” - and was disgusted to receive a voucher worth £5 off a further purchase instead of the promised case - as nothing in the selection had a price under £7.99 - and none of the books under £10.
|Variety on offer|
|Purchase obligations||<5 products a year|
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