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Posted: 10/1/2004 10:46:10 PM EST
So last summer I played an online game for about 2 weeks.. it sucked so I just forgot all about it, never played it again.

Between then and now I've been commuting 1.5 hours each way every day up until this week, so naturally I've been racking up alot of gas bills on my credit card. My online statement only shows like the last 10 or so charges so up until now I didn't notice that those bastards at EA.com have been billing me every month for the past 3 months!!!

rgghhh... I distinctly remember sigining up for 1 freaking month ONLY!
I guess I'm gonna have to go through a big fight to get them to credit the 40 bucks they owe me back to my Visa. I hate EA.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:47:35 PM EST
Two words: Credit Dispute.

Works every time.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:49:04 PM EST
Most places keep charging you unless you specifically cancel the membership. If you agreed to the licensing (most likely did), there's probably a provision for that in it somewhere.

It sucks, but you're probably SOL. Sorry.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:53:32 PM EST
well, the thing is it had different options on signup like for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year. I chose 1 month. And they billed my card for the 1 month price.

Then they decided to keep billing it once a month even though I hadn't logged into the game a single time since the first month...
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:54:56 PM EST
yeah, its called a subscription.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:55:22 PM EST
That's pretty standard. If you had a picked the six month option, for example, they would have billed you for a six month chunk and at the end of that period if you had not cancelled they would have billed another six months. The advantage to picking one of the longer terms is you get a lower price.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:56:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2004 10:57:24 PM EST by warp_asylum]

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
well, the thing is it had different options on signup like for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year. I chose 1 month. And they billed my card for the 1 month price.

Then they decided to keep billing it once a month even though I hadn't logged into the game a single time since the first month...



Yep, that's how they work. You're choosing the billing option, not the entirety of your subscription.

At least you caught it after 3 months, just think if you had chosen 1 year and then forgotten about it. Next year they would bill you for another whole year.

Try and fight it, anyway. You might get lucky. Most of the time they just tell you where to stick it, though. Punks.


edited for stupid spelling
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 10:59:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By olyarms:
yeah, its called a subscription.



Damn the inescapable logic!!!


o well. If EA won't cough it up I'll just dispute the charge with Visa...
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:00:27 PM EST
This is the one reason you shouldn't play subscription games.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:00:35 PM EST
Tell your credit card company you are being charged for services you have not requested or received.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:03:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By warp_asylum:
This is the one reason you shouldn't play subscription games.



At the end of the 2 weeks I think I slightly resembled Jabba the Hut.



Yeah, I can dispute the latest charge maybe... but not the others because I already unwittingly paid them. Damn me. I am my own worst enemy.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:04:08 PM EST
Exactly, just make sure you "tell the story straight" and dispute it with your credit card company.
You will never have to deal with EA and, two months later, the credit card company will send you a pre-approved application.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:08:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Tell your credit card company you are being charged for services you have not requested or received.



At which point EA provides a copy of the subscription agreement he clicked 'YES' on, and the CC company rightfully tells him to pound sand.

If you're not willing to read the rules, don't play.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:09:38 PM EST
Always cancel, my cousin did the same thing
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