A few days ago I received from reader Stuart Anderson* the following email about the Midwest Center for Stress & Anxiety:
Thanks for your blog. I just read it and had to add to the nonsense. My gullible wife ordered this program from a TV spot a week ago. She is now in the process of trying to obtain a return authorization from the company to send the stuff back to them. They are pulling out all sorts of tricks to avoid having to accept the return – past the trial period, etc., even though it is all bogus. My wife had to have her credit card company block all their charge attempts, even though they were not authorized to charge any more than the shipping charges. Sounds like a reputable company to me.As the sarcasm of Anderson's parting shot makes clear, some corporate leopards may give their web site a major overhaul, but they seldom change their (ad) spots. More evidence: The comments continue to trickle in on my long-ago posts from April 3, 2007 and July 29, 2008.
Indeed, the gamesmanship is as constant as the twisted smirk that seems forever pasted on founder Cindy Bassett's face.
* Once again here, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements made by Anderson. I publish his email because it seems contextually similar to many complaints that I have received, and read, with regard to the Center.