Advantages Saves going into town on the expensive Bristol buses
Disadvantages Not always cheapest and can make mistakes
This is OK and there are bargains to be had, but be careful.>Only join Books For Children if you are prepared to accept books delivered to your door at average prices most times, with the need to reject unwanted choices every month and the odd clerical error and annoying marketing ploys.
The basis of the above statement is that I am finally at the end of the "you must buy 6 books before the year is up or we will purSUE you for all the £60+ that you saved accepting our bargain introduction offer" period. I purposely spell the word pursue in the preceding fashion as will be explained further on!The fault that this book club, and others like it, have is that it FORCES you to buy at least 6 other books from their catalogue before a time limit, and if not, then it surcharges for the "savings" on the introductory package.
Another fault is the constant stream of recommended books that you have to REJECT each time or otherwise have to spend time and possibly money returning.I got the introductory package as an inducement to join this site because it included Thomas the Tank Engine Magic railroad at £5.99, and The Silver Tower CD by Enid Blyton (not that she programmed it of course being that she is pushing up the daisies). Also a couple of other free books including a huge A3 stereoscopic Dinosaur picture book (complete with red/green lenses).
My first irritation with them was the difficulty in logging into their website, as the programmer had not allowed for anyone with the CAPS LOCK on, as I frequently have. The error messages were so obscure that it took me quite a while to see what was going wrong.The website is useful to reject the Editors Choice, which is a MUST if you do not want their decision on what is best for your child. The problem with returning the paper based order slip with the rejection on, is that once out of your sight you can not prove what was on it if they make a mistake and send the book on to you, then charge you £2 for a return label to get a refund for a book that you would never have ACTIVELY chosen. This sort of passive action by default is a real annoyance, and karenuk has mentioned it in her moving account of DEBT a few weeks ago on Ciao.
Talking of which, even the category of child age is selected as 0-3 years by default so you could end up with both an unappreciated book AND the wrong age range for reading it anyway. The first time you order or pay with their billing slip, you are supposed to change the default age range of your preference to 3-5, 5-7 or 8-12 years old.My second irritation was more of an annoyance, as I had ordered 3 books, and confirmed with the gentleman taking my order and payment, that the postage was indeed FREE as stated on the order form. Well you guess it; I got charged £2.99 for postage as well as the books.
I logged onto the website and contacted the administrator via email from a link on their site and got a nice email by return the same day apologising and stating that they would adjust the bill.
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