When if FREE not FREE….

The question is: when is “FREE” not “FREE”. Maybe your perception of FREE is what matters. I see the word “FREE” and think they are sending it to me for “FREE”, though I would accept a reasonable shipping charge.

I see ads that say they will send me something for “FREE”, all I have to do is buy their product. BUZZ BUZZ.

While I am not picking on Newsmax Magazine I will use the disclaimer from their web site to make a point.

I understand I can only order one hat perhousehold. At the end of my free trial, I’ll be sent a renewal notice. If I like Newsmax magazine I can do nothing and my subscription will automatically renew for an additional 12 issues at the low annual price of $39.95 by charging my credit/debit card or my checking account. There’s no risk — I’ll always receive advance notice of annual renewals, and I can cancel at any time for a full refund of the unused portion of my subscription. I understand that if I cancel the trial subscription before the notice of renewal, I will be charged the full retail price of $22.95 for the hat.

The intention here, of course, is to get you to get a subcription to their magazine.  OK.

It is a trial subscription, I know, and yes the subscription is “FREE”.  All you have to do is wait for the renewal notice, and then let them know you do not want to renew.

If you cancel the trial subscription before you get the renewal notice you have to pay $22.95 for the hat.

If they send you the renewal notice, and you just wanted the hat, can you call them up on the phone to decline the renewal?  What if you have to send it in and they do not get it in time, or if the post office loses it?

I have not dealt with newsmax in the past, and am not interested in the hat but, is it a “FREE” hat?  Or is it an “at not additional charge”  hat.

That is my question.


By Joseph Bowen

Ex SSgt in Air Force Security Police... I had 10 years of active duty and inactive reserve. I have a total of 20 years, includes Air Force SP, security experience. I also worked 8 years and 4 months in the Garden Center of the Sarasota Cattleman Walmart. I also took the CCNA class at Sarasota Vo-Tech, when it was still called that. I am now, since 2010 a caregiver for my Mother. While I am now a registered Republican I am more likely to vote for whichever person I believe will do a better job.. In the last presidential elections I voted Libertarian, as I the two main choices seemed to be between lying crook, or an uncouth babler who could not be trusted.


  1. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Thanks


  2. I’m really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A number of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any tips to help fix this issue?


    1. I can’t really take credit for the way my site looks, other than that I picked out the theme which is, I think” the Webazine” theme from WordPress. I have only had one complaint that one of the ads, he did not say which it was, re-sized his browser and he wanted me to put it on my blacklist… I usually use Firefox for the simple reason that IE seems to freeze up all the time, and that gets annoying..
      Thank you for your interest… and I hope you come back…


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