I recently signed up for an event through Active.com and got quite a bit more than I bargained for out of that $20 entry fee. As always, I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time tinkering with signing up for an event so I tend to horse through it… Well, sure enough, I got bit by Active.com – a complete scam. So much that I will be boycotting, from now on, any event that requires registry through Active.
See, when you sign up for the event, they sign you up for a “free” month membership with Active. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, at the end of that month they automatically bill your credit card for a full year membership (I’d bet there’s probably a way to opt out – my problem with them is they automatically opt you in) that costs $65 US.
So from this day forth, I’ll be publishing any local event that uses Active.com as a sign up so people can avoid them like the plague.
There it is… The Frankenmuth Fahrrad Tour is the one that nailed me.
In any event, should you bump into Active.com when you’re registering for an event, either skip the event or proceed with excessive caution, those bastards are sneaky.
UPDATE: A credible friend of mine, in the comments section, disagreed with my assertion that the Active.com deal is a scam. He actually likes and uses his membership, so I’m inclined to leave the issue alone, even delete the post to the ether black hole save two things:
1. All I wanted to do was sign up for a 100k ride.
2. If I wanted a membership to active, I would go to their website and sign up for the membership. To automatically sign someone up and force them to cancel at a later date to avoid a $65 charge is shady. Plain and simple.