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I signed for a 7 day free trial and had to give payment details

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I signed for a 7 day free trial and had to give payment details after a few hour it was not for me so I cancelled payment s to them ,
In the 7 day no one contacted me to see if I was happy with the site .
And now I have a soliters letter asking me for the full year of £247.00
I ask why and was to
I have to cancel with the site and not just pay pal
Will I have to pay this
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

In order to give you an answer tailored to your circumstances, I will just need to ask you some preliminary questions so that I can consider your position from all angles.

Did you have a cooling off period?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No there was none

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Where was this deal done please? By distance or in a store?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

On the Internet

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Did you cancel within 7 days or just not pay ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I stop payment with in 2 hours on Internet with paypal

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
So did you cancel?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Not with the web site ,as I was on a free trail

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Doesn't the terms of the free trial require you to cancel ? Usually you have you to opt out rather than opt in?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Its just said you cancel at any time

but at the very bottom it does say with them and quoit your reg number which I did not see (very very small print )

after calling them they told me were to look







but why did they wait for 2 mouths with no payment and the send a

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Thats a problem I'm afraid.

I suspect the contract required you to cancel actively and you did not. Unfortunately that will mean that the free trial has rolled over into full membership and you didn't pay.

On the fact of it, there is no way around that.

That said, its very unlikely they are going to sue for a sum of under £300. Its not worth the manpower hours. What they will do is instruct debt collectors to pester you. If you are prepared to withstand that it is unlikely to turn into legal action.

If you wan to avoid that then you could always offer a lesser sum in full and final settlement. They will accept a vastly reduced sum if they think they are otherwise going to get nothing.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

How would be the the best way of writing offing a lower sume ,also can I say that I have have legal advice

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
You just write to them making a lower offer in full and final settlement.

Usually the starting point is about 30% and then you can negotiate up.

On the point of legal advice, this is a question and answer site for general info rather than specific advice so it wouldn't be fair to describe this as legal advice.

In any event , you don't have a legal challenge as you did not cancel.