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Unsolicited Junk Mail. These envelopes from Progressive Business Publications started showing up at our office address about three months ago. I opened one and saw a simplistic newsletter of easy and free to find information that anyone who knows how to do the simplest internet search can find. We get lots of junk mail like this so, I just threw it away, and have continued to throw away additional mailings. Now PBP is hounding us for $300 for crap that we never asked for in the first place. They keep insisting that so and so worked at this address and has XX as a birth date, so we owe them money. They can go pound sand.
SCAM - Stay Away! I have been receiving calls from Amy for weeks. When she called, it always came up as her first and last name, never a business name, on caller ID. I unfortunately answered the phone and she gave me her pitch about 'Keep Up to Date on Payroll' reporting. She stated the 'company' which she was from, though I can't remember exactly what it was called. Thinking it was just another sales call, I asked her to send me her information via email and that I would review it. She continued talking about a trial period, and that she would send me a username and password to log into to review the reports. "If you find it would be valuable, let me know and we can get you a subscription for $299 annually." I, again, repeated to just send me an email. She verified my email address and the spelling of my name, the first red flag came up when she asked for my birthday for "verification purposes". I told her absolutely not.
I hung up, and minutes later received an email, which had no company name listed anywhere and multiple typos. I looked at the email handle, which was @progressivebusinesspublications and decided to Google to do some research. Sure enough, the "Keep Up to Date on Payroll" came up. I immediately emailed her back to say I would NOT open anything that she sent me, and that any subscription she signed me up for without my written permission / signed contract should be cancelled immediately. I've since checked spam and have 5 other emails from them.
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Basically I could just say ditto to the majority of the negative reviews. I didn't get (or see) any emails or invoices, or phone calls till I was sent to collections. The offer sounds like one I would say no to if it was explained. I'm in and out of the office, to guard like a hawk my mail to cancel a trial before I get billed $299 for junk. Does not address my industry. I hope people read this and avoid this scam.
I got a call asking me to review their safety product which is a total SCAM. It is supposed to be free and they want your opinion. I told them we were a school. Their so called sales person told me I would get one that dealt totally with schools (WRONG). All the information on the publication you can get from the internet for free and it has nothing I can find that is related to Schools at all. I am the director of buildings and grounds at a very small school in Indiana. I Have called several times after receiving the first issue (FREE). Told them we definitely did not want their publication and why I received a bill for 299.00. That it was free and I had a choice if I wanted it or not. On their phone you go to the cancellation dept and all you get is they will contact your email to let you know you have cancel the service you didn't ask for in the first place. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. Why is the Better Business Bureau letting them exist is beyond me!!! Definitely no stars for me.
I have been a customer for 13 years and have found this publication to be of good value and relevant to today's compliance issues. I have received another publication by them that was not solicited. I just marked the bill unsolicited and did not order and have not received another since. I do like the heads up on what's coming down the pike concerning the current environmental issues like Where other companies are stumbling over compliance, Sharpening Judgment, and how the sections are broken down by hazardous waste regs, Air regs, and water regs. I like the inspectors log that gives examples of issues with a fictitious company and how they occurred and were take care of.
It also has Air, Water, and Waste regs that affect your operations on the back. This section tells what to look for in the future concerning the federal, and state regulations that are currently being passed through legislation. This is well worth the $299.00 it costs to keep you current and out of trouble with state and federal regulators.
Don’t let this company convince you to send you a “no obligation” trial of their newsletters! It is a setup to get your personal information so they can send out horribly useless content and then disappear. SURE they’ll tell you that you can cancel at any time (with a process that is untraceable and unverifiable) but don’t be fooled. It’s a set-up to fleece your company later with angry collection notices.
I would not be surprised if the same business professionals (*ahem*) who run this are also the owners of the collection agency. Which, is guaranteed, that you will be contacted by them. Get ready to have your day be turned upside down and make numerous calls so that they can collect SOME kind of payment, just so that they’ll go away! Say YES and you’re in for a bumpy ride. Let me save you the time and share that similar quality, of their publication’s content, can be found on the very first page of any Google search you would perform, on the topic. Waste (HUGE) waste of money.
Online Resource is Amazing! After reading some of the reviews from prior years, I am not sure if there was a major change in how the salespeople represent themselves, but they do make it very clear that you are signing up for a subscription. Never once did they say the word "free." I have my conversation recorded, which all are at my place of employment... so maybe you all should pay more attention when on the phone. I have used this information and find it to be very valuable with saving time and money. I mean all you have to do is call and cancel, if you don't like it... put it on your calendar and a pop-up will remind you to call if you truly want the information for "free." My word take some accountability for yourself people!!!
This is the first year our company has used this newsletter. My team has been pleasantly surprised with the relevant content, the quizzes, the checklists and resources available with this product. The cost is affordable. The customer service is great. The articles are short and to the point, not wasting our time. I would highly recommend this product. Another bonus is if you are not sure this is right for you they do offer a free trial that you can try out and see if this is something you would benefit from. I will be reaching out to our management to ensure we are able to renew when subscription is up.
I received a phone call and I accepted a trial subscription to Selling Advantage newsletter from Progressive Business Publications. After a couple of months of receiving the first editions, I found out one of my other sales managers already had been getting it for years. I didn't want my company to pay twice for the same info, so I called the 1-800# that was in the publications and Denise in customer service quickly took care of me in a matter of minutes. It Couldn't have been any easier. No worries, No hassles. I appreciate that.
I received a call from the CEO of this company today who had already called ICR and spoke with them regarding our account, and removed our company from collections as well as spoke with them about the unprofessionalism of the representative who I spoke with. I am very grateful that they made this right, and I get to keep my job. I do believe this company means well.
I just received a call from a very unprofessional lady named Kathy at ICR as others have stated she was threatening to send account to collections if I did not pay by Friday. I have never heard of this business nor have we ever received any newsletters or other materials that they claim to have sent, but somehow we owe them money. After reading all the reviews I am curious as to how this business is still operating. Has anybody had any luck resolving this issue? I am now in fear of losing my job since we are a small business & I am not even authorized to order any materials, but they are saying I did order this & my office manager is upset thinking we are going to have an account in collections. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Progressive Business Publications Company Information
- Company Name:
- Progressive Business Publications
- Company Type:
- 370 Technology Dr
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- United States
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