illustrates risk of losing money with 'auto-renew' subscriptions


It's time the Federal Trade Commission takes action other than holding workshops and issuing guidelines on automatic renewal, or "auto-renew," a wallet-gouging tactic that fits under the name of "negative-option marketing." Automatic renewal has long brought home bacon for magazine publishers, but these days a diverse range of companies, including eHarmony, and even security honchos Symantec and McAfee have had their hands caught in your wallet doing it. The FTC slapped diet pill marketers for it, but that was more than a year ago.