Don’t sign-up for TrialPay…

Do not sign-up for TrialPay to get free software or subscription UNLESS you want to buy or try ANOTHER product or service or subscription from another vendor.

Please read more at http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/calendar54718

Update: See also what Steven Burn said on the above: http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2009/04/trial-pay-free-subscription-is-not-as.html

Published Fri, Apr 10 2009 21:13 by donna

Comments

Saturday, April 11, 2009 2:38 AM by gr277 (aka Basil)

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Thank you Donna...I noticed this "scam" yesterday when I was updating my SpywareBlaster.I must admit that it took me a while to realise what it was, although something did not "sound right" from the start. I am surprised that a product like SpywareBlaster lets itself be associated with such a devious scheme.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:19 AM by donna

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Hi Basil,

No, TrialPay is not bad company or website.  TrialPay is doing what exactly what they claim to do... to help sell the software or service by merchants/vendors.  There's nothing wrong with their service BUT we only need to notify users that if they hit "download" link in any website that offering "free" version of software, and they will see the trialpay advertisement, they must not enter their email address but click on "Continue to Download" to get the free software.

I don't think it's scam because the page is showing clearly How it works (get one offer at TrialPay to get the free autoupdate subscription of SpywareBlaster).  It's just that the "free" was misunderstood by users and everyone knows many can fall into it by thinking that free is free.  Little they know that they need to get another product to pay  before they can get the free "something" :)

BTW, Steven also said the same thing:

hphosts.blogspot.com/.../trial-pay-free-subscription-is-not-as.html

Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:23 AM by donna

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And BTW, I don't recommend to users to buy using TrialPay.  

If they want free, get the real free offers instead of "pay one, get one free" which needs another EULA here and there.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:26 AM by donna

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And another BTW, it's so scary to use such service especially nowadays that some software is rogue or bundled with spyware.  What if the user fall into buying via TrialPay and then, the offered paid product has spyware? Ugh... no to TrialPay.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 8:01 PM by BrianJ

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Perhaps it is time to put SpywareBlaster in the Installers Hall of Shame.

I almost signed up ('cuz I blew past Donna's comment about TrialPay).

Sunday, April 12, 2009 7:35 AM by glenn30

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My thoughts are to stay away from such sites that promote their products in such a devious and unclear way without full disclosure up front and clearly shown... not merely showing FREE... where the user later the user sees its not as advertised.  All my trust is lost... TrialPay is a shady operation as far as I am concerned.  JUST STAY AWAY!  

Monday, April 13, 2009 12:32 PM by Kathryn

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A clarification, guys: TrialPay is not a scam. It's just a way to get a product for free by buying (or trying) another product. So, essentially, it's a buy-one-get-one-free. If the second product interests you, it's actually a pretty good way to save some cash (never a bad thing, esp. these days). They're a young but legit company, and have been written up in several places, including the New York Times; check out their web site for that article and more info: www.trialpay.com.

Monday, April 13, 2009 12:55 PM by donna

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Kathryn,

The problem is users want to download the free program (not the subscription or trial version of the paid program) but they ended up entering their email address and full name thinking that it is required now by the vendor.

Just think about installer that is bundled with crap add-ons.  Some users are thinking that "the toolbar" is required that's why it's pre-checked so the users continue in clicking "Next" and they are surprised to see the unwanted toolbar.  

The above is an example where a user thought they need to enter their name and email to get the program the wanted to download. Not they wanted to buy.

Security vendors should promote or advertise their products in a manner that is clean, neat and not confusing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:51 AM by Chandra

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I used Trial Pay when it first came out--- I 'tried out' three different items, and chose to receive three different 'memberships' or 'subscriptions'.  I had absolutely NO PROBLEMS. It's a matter of reading before clicking all the buttons. Trial Pay has recvd commendations from industry magazines.

  NO SCAM!

Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:09 AM by tony

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TrialPay is not scam! those people who said Trialpay is scam, cause they dont real understand what is trialpay. Trialpay is good, if you wanna something or game or software you like, they pay with trialpay and get your stuff free. just by sign up a free trial offer by trialpay. when you get your stuff, then just cancle your free trial offer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 7:45 PM by Gotscammed

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Just used TrialPay to renew ZoneAlarm and the license key is NOT VALID!!! THIS IS A SCAM!!! Guess others may have received what they purchased, but I DID NOT! I will never use them again. ZoneAlarm doesn't know anything about TrialPay and TrialPay doesn't stand behind their software license renewals. They say take it up with ZoneAlarm that they are not responsible if the product has problems.

SO, my experience has been nothing but a HUGE HEADACHE and waste of money!!! Cause, no, it wasn't "FREE". I purchased flowers for my mom for her birthday, so, I guess I will see if she even gets those. If not, calling my bank to get money credited back cause then they will have STOLEN money from me!

Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:00 PM by Ian

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Can you buy a used car from a private vendor in Canada using TrialPay?  Should I have any worries about this service?  Is it like PayPal?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:03 AM by Visitor

# Go ahead and get the free stuff!!

I've used TrialPay a few times and it works fine. The key, IMO, is stick with instant offers that are for free things like trial memberships from reputable firms like Real.com or Stamps.com. Then remember to cancel. Though if you do not remember but call soon after the charge appears a reputable firm will remove it. Reputable firms care about their goodwill.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:10 PM by Roy

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Stay well away form TrialPay.