Fact Finders exposes an empty promise that unfortunately comes with a price tag. Magazine subscriptions paid for last summer.
A young woman selling magazine subscriptions came to Mark Rayno's door in south central Omaha with a story that he wishes now he wouldn't have bought. Rayno says, "She took my 84 dollars, went and cashed it and she probably got her trip on my expense but I never got any magazines."
Mark has a receipt but the number on it for Midstate Subscriptions rings and rings but no answer. Rayno says, "Definitely feel duped."
Here's the book on Midstate Subscriptions from the Better Business Bureau. A revoked membership and an "F" rating. If you look down on the report you'll see 73 complaints, 41 delivery issues.
The company website promises sellers the opportunity to see America but they need to start at Omaha city hall. Midstate Subscriptions didn't have a required peddlers permit on file. Rayno says, "She fed me a line of bull for sure."
Mark Rayno says if he had asked the door to door salesperson to show a permit he might have read between the lines and not handed over a check for magazines still undelivered.
Here are tips to remember when door to door magazine sales crop up in the spring.
Ask to see a peddler's permit. Omaha and most surrounding communities require them.
Ask to see a photo ID.
And before you write a check --take a few minutes to Google the company name for a better business bureau report.
The owner of Midstate Subscriptions in Harlan, Iowa emailed Fact Finders to say he's out of business. But promises he'll will try to resubmit the order.