402 ‘Pimsleur Approach’ Reviews
Sorry to those who were scammed. After watching the video, I thought it may be a good supplement to the other foreign language course I'm doing (the one in the yellow box...Rosetta Stone). I was just about to order the CD for $9.95 when I decided to check out the reviews. Thank you a 1000x! BTW I love love love Rosetta Stone.
I was on AOL and the ad came up about this pimsleur crap, so I watched the video and I thought to myself... ok $10.0 really? NO way then I cont'd to watch the video and, I ALMSOT convinced myself that ok its just $10.00 so how much can it hurt?! So my better judgement finally came in the play and I then decided to read the reviews before I put my information out there. ALL I WANT TO SAY IS, SO GLAD THAT I READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE I PURCHASED. Everybody is saying the same things so it must be true. I know that if I was to purchase it was $10.00 and then they decided to add $64.00 3mths later, I would've been pissed. So thank you everybody for the reviews, they do help, they did help and it was a most needed for me. So people beware!
I took Pimsleur up on their Learn French in 10 days promo for $10. The CDs weren't very good, but I figured what could I expect for $10. Today I received a 16 disc French CD course in the mail which I did not order and do not want which costs $64. Someone needs to stop this scam put these fraudulent predators out of business.
I was extremely excited to receive my Japanese Third Edition learning program, and I was happy to pay only $10... That was until about a month later when I received the "gold" edition. Before purchasing the language learner, I read all over their website. Looking for fine print, I decided that it was a good deal. They did not list, nor inform their customers of the "gold" products that would be sent to them month after month where they'd have to pay 4 "easy" payments of $64. That's a boat load of money! Frustrated, I called and had to use my money to pay for "returning" it. I didn't want it in the first place! If they were to list the option of getting the gold, that'd be one thing. But when I didn't want it in the first place, uhmmm no thank you.
Don't trust them. You will start getting lessons you haven't committed to and once they start charging your credit card for these lessons they won't stop charging it even once you notify them of your cancellation!
Ordered the $ 10 version on 10/17. I cancelled further shipments on 11/14. They mailed the Gold version on 11/15. When I cancelled, I was told to accept the order and I would have to the end of the year to return. I informed them that I would be out of town for the next 6 weeks and it made no sense for them to send the order. They shipped it the day after I cancelled and have been sending me invoices ever since and will not accept my explanations. Only threatening with "Collection".
I agreed that if they can can prove that I agreed to accept the order (they claimed that they a recording of the call) I would send a 25% restocking fee. That 25% fee is hidden in the fine print if the 30 day cancellation dead line is missed. They wouldn't but this.
What saved me from further billing on my credit card, was that my card was compromised and cancelled and reissued by the credit card company.
Well The Title of this review just about sums up this paragraph of hate towards this company but what happened with me was I watched that AMAZING presentation video about just how easy and "Cheap" it could be to learn a new language , so ANY Productive individual would immediately act upon this presentation (actually only a naive person like me probably) anyways the point is ... I'm 18 years old naive and innocent saving up for my first car , little did I know a "$9.95" payment led to a series of $64.00 payments , as they started to ship me more and more things that I NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER Asked for ... I was confused, so I NEVER opened them ... until JUST the other day I got a letter in the mail that said "you've missed a payment" I didn't even know but apparently they took out 4 payments of $64.00 already from me, I than went and called the company and talked to a man who told me my canceling fee would be $400.00 .... I was absolutely PISSED especially because I work a minimum wage job of $7.40 an hour and worked 2 weeks full time to get that money for my car , anyways I asked to speak to a supervisor in which he couldn't even get on the phone with me , instead his supervisors told him to tell me that he'd settle with a cancellation fee of $299.99 (they also JUST took another $64.00 out of my account today) sooo that basically means instead of paying the complete $400.00 to cancel this BS companies proposal I'd need to spend $363.00 to cancel right now ... sooo this company is completely twisted and full of crap as are many other companies out there , I just beg of you to NOT make the same mistake I did , and if I can save even 1 naive person like myself than this blabbering review is completely worth typing lol. Sooo PLEASE DONT DONT DONT Join this STUPID Pimsleur!
Thank you have an amazing Pimsleur Free day !
So, I ordered the basic course at $9.95. Seemed OK, so I kept the courses going at the advertised $64 thinking that each shipment was $64. No, look very carefully at the site. Dig down 15 levels of links and you finally find - 4 payments of $64 for each "course" meaning level 1, level 2, level 3 etc. I only caught it because there were so many charges racking up on my account. Had to write two letters to get any response, then got a voicemail asking me to call, called multiple times, no-one on the extension I was given, and no-one else seemed to be able to help.
Finally managed to cancel it and sent back for a refund.
The advertising is in my view deliberately misleading. Their "clear statement" as the rep called it is akin to posting a note in a basement room, which broken stairs down to it and a sign on the door that says "Beware of the leopard" (apologies to Douglas Adams).
Simply avoid them, I'l submitted a complaint to the Attorney General's office an I will be posting this same message anywhere I can find to warn people off.
I'm extremely surprised to read everyone's review on the Pimsleur program thing. Around Christmas time back in 2011, I had bought two languages, Spanish for my bf and Italian for my dad. I did, however, get upset when I was given the wrong language when I ordered the italian disc; they had sent me spanish. My dad already speaks spanish and so i didn't want them and on the receipt of the CD it said Italian. Of course I called and complained, and they sent me what I wanted. But after that little mishap, I was never charged this $64 monthly fee that everyone is talking about? I was actually just about to buy two more languages from them (portuguese and russian) because my dad and my bf were really amazed at how quick they really did pick the languages. But my fear now is WILL I GET CHARGED THIS $64 FEE THIS TIME AROUND?! After reading all the reviews, and seeing that they're so recent, I don't want to take my chances at getting scammed. Thank you all for your feedback. And I'm sorry you all had to go through that.
There are three titles for each disk.
The printed one on each disk.
The title in the track visible when loaded into the pc.
The title announced in the lesson.
They often do not match!
Clearly this is a scam.
So here i am watching their video. A well made. Very informative video.. seriously they should get a Tony just for the presentation!
Anyway. So i literally clicked the language i wanted and started filling out the form. But before clicking the purchase button my better judgment thought 'maybe i should just look up reviews just in case' And this is what i find... wow. So glad i didn't purchase! Thanks everyone! Even though you got scammed... you kept me from ending up like that!
Free trial , no way!! I told Pinsleur I did not want the tapes within the 30 day time frame. Then, 7 months later they have charged me 64 dollars twice a month on my charge card. Now, since my charge card is crediting me because they saw the fraud, pimsleur is sending me to collection for $650.00. I am going straight to the attorney General's Office!!! I will bring all your letters along with me!! Thank you for your input!!
Isn't there a lawyer out there who wants to take on these scamming guys? There have been too many of us falling for this to go unnoticed! I, like many other people, did not realize what I was signing into, the information presented on the website is very shady. The initial CD for $9.95 is the TRAP, the program is CRAP, the invoices are MISLEADING ($0 total), and the Costumer Care Team (?) is the most USELESS. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!!!!!!!!
Please beware, this product is a total scam. They will make unauthorized charges to your card. I don't see how they don't get sued. This IS fraud. Please don't fall for the seemingly good initial deal - they're just trying to get your credit card number. I'm headed to the BBB site next...
Today is February 11, 2013. Like many others, I am embarrassed to admit that I fell for the PIMSULER APPROACH SCAM. Disgraceful. I was excited about the prospect of the course, and I failed to read the fine print regarding returning within 30 days, $64 per month charge, etc. And after i realized the PIMSULER SCAM DEPARTMENT had gotten 2 months of $64, I was able to contact a SUPERVISOR who said they would not charge the "$64 payment" two months away, in April, so the wonderful news was I would only be charged one more "$64 payment" in March.
I wonder if there is an attorney out there who would love to put together a class action suit against these scampsters??
Very simple. I'm looking for the sets of discs for Pimsleur's Spanish 2 and Spanish 4. We were charged for these two sets and were not sent the course materials by the company. If any of you have those and would like to recoup some of the money you were charged, please contact me and we'll see if we can work something out.
I'm embarrassed to admit I got scammed. I ordered the $9.95 "learn a language in 10 days" CD. When the disc came, there was a letter along with it that said I was automatically enrolled in the Gold Program. With the Gold Program I would get a bunch of new discs, all for 4 easy payments of $64! Well, I immediately called Pimsleur and cancelled this special offer. Much to my surprise, about a month later the Gold discs came. So, I called Pimsleur back and asked why they came and how I can return them. They said they have a record of my canceling the program, but they sent the discs anyway. They gave me a return number and said they would send me a return shipping label within 2 days. 2 days come and go, and of course no return shipping label! I can just foresee this going on and on. Fortunately, since they actually have a record of me canceling, and called my credit card to company to issue a complaint, I won't be responsible for the charges I never authorized. And, I check my banking activity frequently (usually daily) so as soon as the charges start coming in I will know immediately. For all of you out there, the best thing to do is lodge a complaint with your credit card company and fight it. Check your banking activity often (mint.com is a great tool for checking all of your accounts in one place) and stay on top of it!
The CDs themselves are good and easy to learn. But don't invest in this system unless your a millionaire. The first set of CDs is ten dollars, easy. But MAKE SURE to cancel any future shipments, and if you start getting them SEND IT BACK and cancel. I was told by a customer service rep that it was 64 dollars to keep the next level up that was sent to me which I did not return in time. I thought well thats a lot but thats my own fault, I'll deal with it. Little did I know I would be charged 3 more payments of 64 dollars making it 256 dollars. When I called again to see why this was happening the rep was not helpful and did not even pretend to sound concerned or apologetic for the misunderstanding, but simply told me it's "way past the return date" and "there's nothing I can do" and "it's all written on the website"....basically by the time you pay for the CDs to learn the language you wont be able to afford the trip you were gonna take to use the language. Absolutely ridiculous, its a scam.