About Pimsleur Approach
The Pimsleur Approach (PimsleurApproach.com) is a foreign language course that promises to teach you the basics of your chosen language within 10 days using proven methods created by Dr. Paul Pimsleur and used by the FBI.
When you order the Quick & Simple program, you will receive 4 audio CDs with 8 lessons, each 30 minutes in length, and you are scheduled to listen to only one lesson per day.
The entire program is 100% audio based so it can be listened to in the car, the home, or downloaded and played on an MP3 player. The Quick & Simple program is currently priced at $10.00, with free Shipping & Handling.
What is “The Pimsleur Approach”?
The Pimsleur Approach to learning a foreign language is to teach adults a language the same way babies learn language – orally. According to them, learning language begins with learning sounds and pronunciations, not with grammar rules or vocab lessons.
The Pimsleur Approach works on the idea that you should absorb grammar rules through understanding how conversation works orally, just like you did when you were learning your first language.
The website says that while there are over 1 million words and phrase in the English language, there are only 2500 that we use consistently and that we need in order to communicate with the average American.
The Pimsleur Approach identifies these same language building blocks for foreign languages and only concentrates on teaching you those, so that you can quickly be conversational in your chosen language.
The Quick & Simple program does cost $10.00 and comes with a 30 day trial, where you can receive a refund if you return the program in excellent condition. However, you are automatically enrolled to get subsequent programs sent to you.
These subsequent programs, if not returned with 30 days, will cost you 4 payments of $64, or $256, and depending on the language you have chosen, you can receive up to 4 additional shipments.
With each additional shipment, you have 30 days to return those and cancel the charges. You can also call 1-877-802-5283 to cancel future shipments in advance at any time.
404 ‘Pimsleur Approach’ Reviews
It's not a scam - the system works well
This program is not a scam. The only bad reviews are on here because people don't know how to read anything. It says very simply that you will get more shipments and will be charged $XX.XX for them. I don't know how anyone could miss that!
The only reason I didn't rate the program with 5 stars is because I really just wanted to download the program for my iPad/iPod/Phone, and I still can't figure out how to do that. I guess I could just burn the CD's onto my computer and copy them onto my devise, but it seems they could update their system to include a more downloadable system.
I am just started the Spanish program, and I really feel like its already useful! I feel smarter every time I get out of my car! So far I recommend it, just read things before you give your credit card!
Great Program, wrong website!
First of all, the *TRUE* PImsleur is a "Method", not an "Approach". If you were to go to the *right* website (http://www.pimsleur.com/) you will find the actual Pimsleur Method instruction system. That has been aorund for 50 years and is in use by DoD, FBI, and DoS among others.
I have used this, and will say that as old fashioned as listening to language lessons on CDs might seem, I was able to quickly learn and be conversational in a foreign language, and have retained the ability for over 10 years. It was not this $10 introductory kit, but the real $50 program (you get what you pay for). If they had more advanced lessons in my language of choice, I would have gladly paid the $150 that most of their full Level 1 lessons costs.
The program works... just go to the right place!
But does it work?
Does it work? That's what I want to know, and the title of the site seemed to say there was an answer here; but there's not. Cost is only a part of the value. Does it work? That's the important issue. Everybody bitched about the price, but if it works then I might find it worth the cost.
You get un-asked for products
The tapes are fine. What is highly objectionable is that you automatically get more CDs that you did NOT order and they bill your debit/credit card.
Not a scam, just unethical marketing
As I viewed the marketing video for the Pimsleur Approach, I thought it might be a good idea to look at some reviews. That lead me here. I have read almost all of these reviews. Dozens of people claim that this is a scam. Well I couldn't say one way or the other, so I looked. I went through the process and all but submitted my payment information. Not just once, but four times it states that by doing nothing you submit to further courses and the accompanying charges. This company has a legal obligation to disclose that information. They are not required to seek out permission each time they charge you. They clearly disclose this information to you, effectively satisfying their legal obligations.
My conclusion: Most of you are lazy morons who are either compulsive buyers that cares not for finely printed details or you just simply didn't know any better. Either way, the joke is on you. Reporting them to the BBB is not going to get you anywhere. I wouldn't consider myself wealthy according our societal standards for that status, but I have been quite successful. I didn't reach success by overlooking details that seem insignificant. I would advise each of you to take a strong look at your business habits.
While I agree with the general conclusion here that this company is not suggestible, do not mistake it, unethical and illegal do not go hand in hand. They satisfy their legal obligation and feed off of consumers who either are in such a hurry to obtain the product that they overlook details or they are simply lazy and incoherent.
Let the bashing of my post begin.
Ive taken years of spanish and have learned more with this product then I have in a class room. Yes they are a bit sneaky with there prices, but now you know that up front. So if you want to learn a language this is a good choice. Just make the payments and be glad you did. I play my CDs when i am driving in my car. So i basically learned spanish as I drove to and from work, i didnt have to set aside time to do it. it was perfect! We a ll have to drive places so I just utilized my time wisely.
I ordered a language learning CD set from The Pimsleur approach for 10 dollars. I received it and all was well until I started to receive more CD sets in the mail. I assumed it was just a part of the one I signed up for initially since the invoice attached to it said "order total $0.00" I never actually got around to using the disks but didn't think anything of it. Yesterday April 29th, I received a letter dated April 1st saying that my account has been sent to collection for a past due amount of $448.00. I called the number and waited for 40 minutes... no one answered the phone. the next day I called again and spoke to someone who told me that I had to pay since my trial period was up. I told him that I wasn't award I was even being charged he informed me that the payment information was inside with the disks. At which point I told him I haven't even used the disks yet but I did look at the INVOICE that was not hidden inside with the disks and that said I didn't owe anything. Needless to say he did not have an answer as to why the billing costs were not in the place where it should be instead he told me that I can either keep the disks and pay or have my account stay in collection because they will not take them back. I knew it couldn't just be me that this had happened to so I researched only to find pages upon pages of online complaints about the same issue. Some people actually figure it out before the 30 day deadline and was still scammed. Many reported that the company claimed that they were sending out return labels for the products but not one of these customers actually received a return label. After a month or two passed, these same customers were then told that they still had to pay for the product because now it was too late and that the company is not responsible for the return label not arriving.
Stroll- Pimsleur Approach needs to be stopped from scamming poor unsuspecting customers. At this point I would rather pay money to have a lawyer provide me with legal advice on how to handle them than to pay for a product that they are attempting to trick me into paying for.
I have begun a petition at change.org
feel free to sign it the link is below
I think this company needs a class action suit
STR Language SCAM
Let me me add to the others who have been ripped off by their bait and switch tactics. They use very deceptive marketing techniques making you think that you are getting and fair value but then slamming you with un-ordered product at a high price. Good luck trying to return it. Best advise is to stay far away from these thieves.
BUYER BEWARE! The Pimsleur Approach is a SCAM!!
They draw you in by promising that you will learn how to speak another language in 10 days for only $9.99
But what they don't tell you is a few weeks later they will send you an unauthorized shipment of more disc. If you fail to return these disc in 30 days they will charge your card 5 payments of $64.00!
Now I, unlike most people victims returned my package back within the 30 allotted days, and they claimed they never received it, so they charged me anyway. It's been months later and I'm still fighting these charges. My advice for anyone is to request that your credit card # be changed and if that doesn't work, close your account and report Pimsleur to the Better Business Bureau.
Unbelievable scam. Can this really be legal?
If I could give this company no stars , I would. I wasn't able to try the program before discovering that the sales pitch was deceptive and a scam to keep as much of your money as they could get away with. Luckily the credit card I used for the innocent $10 "trial" introduction was lost and I had to replace it--otherwise I would be out more money than I am (I was charged an additional $128.) They are still harassing me for the balance, even though I returned the CDs unused, which they said I couldn't do even though I called within the 30 day period to say I didn't want them. What happened next is that they told me they would send shipping labels that they never sent and so on and so on until the 30 day period was passed and then billed me for $512. Steer clear! They are not an honest company! If their product was so great, they wouldn't have to use the "Pimsler Approach" to get money out of people.
SCAM. Worst company I have ever dealt with.
THEY WILL ROB YOU BLIND. After you make a little $10, they will automatically deduct money from your account. I wasn't even aware that i was enrolling in a course that i would be charged hundreds of dollars for. It is extremely difficult to contact them. They are still trying to charge me $512 for something that I was led to believe would only cost $10. Thankfully, my bank is reversing all their insidious attempts to steal my hard-earned money. If you used a debit card to buy from them, then god help you. No mediocre product is worth dealing with such an evil company.
total scam - stay far away
Avoid this like a disease! Never mind that the product is 90% gimmick, if you try to return the "demo", plan for a lot of being on hold and dealing with a downright high-pressure-until-your-eyes-bleed salesperson. Their "company policy" is to only accept returns that have been pre-approved for return. Good luck with that.
If you are not successful returning the demo and canceling your order, be prepared to pay $128 a month as they will bill you $64 twice a day once a month.
You are MUCH better off buying an older version of Rosetta Stone than this garbage.
Don't Order This
Stay away from this company. Once I made the first order, I sent an e-mail to have them cancel my order, AND, I called my credit card company to block them from charging me, just in case they try to send me more courses. Also talked to their customer service and cancelled the order. Phone connection was terrible. Sounded like she was on a cordless phone with a weak battery. But I hope that took care of it.
150 dollars for 30 cds
ad says 150 dollars for 30 cds, so whats up with the above reviews.
Feeling Foolish and Worried
I saw the ad tonight on Face Book and thought I would check it out. The video was well constructed and seemed legit. I thought for 10 bucks what did I have to lose, then I received my order information email. It says I have been automatically enrolled in the Rapid Fluency Program which provides me with access to Pimsleur's elite Gold courses. I remember going through some upcharge pages after I entered my CC info but I entered "No Thanks" to all of those pages. I don't remember seeing any fine print that gave them permission to enter into this program?
I immediately called them, but they are not there on Saturday. So I sent them an email explaining that I did not sign up for this Rapid Fluency Program and that I wanted to cancel any future shipments. I made it clear that I only wanted to receive this $9.95 Quick and Simple CDs, and that if they could not send me just those CDs without also entering me in the other program...then I wanted it all cancelled.
Now I find your website and I am terrified by what I am reading. Am I really going to have a problem with this company if I call them Monday and ask them not to enroll me in the Rapid fluency Program? Should I call me CC company on Monday and have them issue me a new card? Has anybody had any success cancelling their original $9.95 order? All these complaints are freaking me out!
Let me just close and say this, I never thought this would make me fluent in 10 days, even the video said it wouldn't do that. I just thought it might give me an idea of the program, how it works and give me a starting point to build from. Anyway, I have read through several pages of comments, any advice or encouragement would be most helpful!
It is a scam
Online website must hide the terms that say they are going to ship and charge and charge multiple times for each shipment......I never saw it nor did any of that show on the online receipt.
You will pay through the nose. Receipts in the box don't tell you you're being charged ....they say $0 owed !!!
The lessons themselves are not bad for an audio only type of language course. Advertisement promises of learning in 10 days are of course totally overblown.
Understood the scam
Unfortunately, I was drawn in due to the video I saw, the website it linked to seemed like a legitimate corporation. However, after I purchased the "$10 special" I was met with several pages afterward, of which I bypassed and continued to my receipt. It was only after I ordered that I felt something was wrong; my gut feeling led me here. I have reviewers to thank, since now I can try to cancel before shipment or cancel any future shipments as well as block them from my transaction list.
This is a really clever scam, very misleading, but legal in very few aspects. However, there is no excuse for dishonesty, such is the case with Pimsleur Approach.
It is a marketing scam
No matter what the vale of the product, the methods used to sell get in the way of ANY product value. And these Pimsleur people are the worst! The $10 offer is slickly written to turn on an "Internet order for continuing packages at $256 or so per pop!
These people are trash and should be stopped by the FTC, but that unlikely because we live in a "Buyer Beware" land!
I like it
I bought my Lanuage CD's from the real website http://www.pimsleur.com/
I had no problem with payment and no extra billing.
my suggestion is make sure you are buying from the real honest to goodnest webiste.
As for the launage learning, it's really neat. I've been though about 20 lessons and I really have learned a lot. It's slow, but it's fun and I can now watch some things in portuguese and understand a few basic things. when I feel I've mastered Phase 1 I will be buying Phase 2.
just make sure to go to the real website people, it's not that hard.
Less than zero!
Crooked liars, Disruptable practices, and theives!