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Lottie
21-05-2009, 02:00 PM
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2009/05/clubbed-for-99-by-travel-steps.html

cupcake
21-05-2009, 02:04 PM
OMG!! :11: How rude is this?!

And Michael Leeson of Coalville, Leics, was furious when his mother got a letter saying she'd become a Travel Steps member and would be charged £99.

When he complained he says he was told: "Maybe she forgot, you did say she was old."

Dazzler!
21-05-2009, 02:08 PM
Disgusting!

Lottie
21-05-2009, 02:09 PM
Totally agree cupcake.

I don't know if this was an IW employee or Travel Steps - either way, they are representing IW (that's what we were all told on the phone!) and so it demonstrates the complete lack of disrespect for the customer *insert angry smiley here*

Anna_Key
21-05-2009, 02:29 PM
I can well believe it....The lad I spoke to tried to make out I was deaf or stupid because I must have missed the terms and conditions on their phone call.
I told him in no uncertain terms what I thought he was :54:

grovesy
21-05-2009, 03:31 PM
Not bought from IW for a while but I have bought off ebay from the Pressplay company mentioned in the article. I have noticed that they have been seeling products sold on IW.

argeybargey
21-05-2009, 03:34 PM
Director - John Doe - well that's gotta be a p*** take for starters.

Argey xx

Lottie
21-05-2009, 03:35 PM
Not bought from IW for a while but I have bought off ebay from the Pressplay company mentioned in the article. I have noticed that they have been seeling products sold on IW.

What ID are they selling under on ebay?

Lottie
21-05-2009, 03:39 PM
Director - John Doe - well that's gotta be a p*** take for starters.

Argey xx

Gawd I hadn't noticed that!

and on doing a search for directors, I accidentally found the ebay seller! Pressplay Shopping...

http://tinyurl.com/pr9h64

petpixie
21-05-2009, 04:51 PM
and on doing a search for directors, I accidentally found the ebay seller! Pressplay Shopping...

http://tinyurl.com/pr9h64

And a right load of old tat it seems to be!

Lottie
21-05-2009, 07:11 PM
It certainly looks like IW tat!!

Wonder if it's ex display/demo stuff, or returns?
You're more likely to get your money back for no shows though if you buy off ebay and pay with paypal than you are if you order from IW.
Postage is better too ;)

Lottie
21-05-2009, 07:17 PM
Argey

Seems like there are lots of John Doe's registered as Directors!

http://tinyurl.com/p82lze

Lottie
21-05-2009, 07:18 PM
oops link doesn't show results, but if you type john and doe in the fields on the left for a director search then it works :D

dollydimple
21-05-2009, 07:51 PM
oops, my zone alarm won't let me access the link to tinyurl as it says it distributes spyware:11:

It comes up as a high risk warning.

grovesy
21-05-2009, 08:02 PM
they are called Pressplay on ebay.

Lottie
21-05-2009, 08:18 PM
oops, my zone alarm won't let me access the link to tinyurl as it says it distributes spyware:11:

It comes up as a high risk warning.

Sounds like you need to tell zonealarm that the site tinyurl is safe Dolly. It's not spyware.

which of my links did you want to access? I'll do you a longlink instead!!

Lottie
21-05-2009, 08:19 PM
they are called Pressplay on ebay.

Thanks grovesy, I've already found them :)

argeybargey
21-05-2009, 08:25 PM
Argey

Seems like there are lots of John Doe's registered as Directors!

http://tinyurl.com/p82lze

Well who'd have thought it. Even if that was your real name, I imagine you'd not want to use it as no-one would trust you! Might just as well be Joe Bloggs or Fred Smith or even A.N. Other. <a href="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.smileycentral.com%252F%253F partner%253DZSzeb008%255FZNxpt484YYGB%2526i%253D7% 252F7%255F2%255F126%2526feat%253Dprof/page.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/7/7_2_126.gif" alt="SmileyCentral.com" border="0"><img border="0" src="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fimgfarm%252Ecom%252Fimages%252F nocache%252Ftr%252Ffw%252Fsmiley%252Fsocial%252Egi f%253Fi%253D7%252F7_2_126%2526uiv%253D3.0/image.gif"></a>

Lottie
21-05-2009, 08:27 PM
I always thought it was a made up name too Argey!! :)

I think i've been watching too much Crime and Investigation channel :D

Did a bit of googling and sure enough he seems to check out as a real person.

As for Pressplay, there is no mention anywhere on their site of Ideal World or any affiliation to them.

On the Travel Steps site, they basically give a disclaimer in their Privacy that they won't pass on your details at all unless they absolutely have to in order to conduct your account - unless it's for marketing....which basically rules everything IN doesn't it!

Basically......

I'm sounding like a QVC presenter....basically.....

dollydimple
21-05-2009, 09:01 PM
Sounds like you need to tell zonealarm that the site tinyurl is safe Dolly. It's not spyware.

which of my links did you want to access? I'll do you a longlink instead!!

Hi, it's the one in post number 9 @3.39, thanks

Lottie
21-05-2009, 09:03 PM
Hi, it's the one in post number 9 @3.39, thanks

https://secure.creditgate.com/index.aspx

and you fill in the name of the director or the company you want to search for on the left, and click the search button :)

Lottie
21-05-2009, 09:04 PM
erm.....

your post has changed!! It said 12 before.....

Just a mo and I'll do Post 9 as well.

Lottie
21-05-2009, 09:05 PM
You can see why I shortened this one lol:

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/pressplay_shopping_W0QQQ5ftrkparmsZ72Q253A1683Q257 C66Q253A2Q257C65Q253A12Q257C39Q253A1QQ_dmdZ3QQ_trk sidZp3911Q2ec0Q2em14QQ_vcZ1

Lottie
21-05-2009, 09:06 PM
oooooh that's clever, the forum shortens them :D

I won't use tinyurl anymore then!!

merryone
21-05-2009, 09:33 PM
I wonder if our "friend" from the last lot of postings about travel steps has "enjoyed" her "free" holiday in Spain yet?...Anyway, glad to see this scam is getting some more widespread publicity!

Mommabear
22-05-2009, 11:13 AM
£99 a year and £4.95 bliddy postage? :11:

That poor OH of the woman, Betty?, who won a trip to San Diego, can't get a word in edgeways :e016:

Lotts
22-05-2009, 11:27 AM
I rang up to complain and customer services told me they "no longer work with Travel Steps".........watch this space!:33:

gemcherub
22-05-2009, 11:57 AM
Gawd I hadn't noticed that!

and on doing a search for directors, I accidentally found the ebay seller! Pressplay Shopping...

http://tinyurl.com/pr9h64

Look at the feedback someone received make up 7 months out of date:eek:

Lottie
22-05-2009, 12:01 PM
I wonder if our "friend" from the last lot of postings about travel steps has "enjoyed" her "free" holiday in Spain yet?...Anyway, glad to see this scam is getting some more widespread publicity!

I was wondering that too Merry :54:

Lottie
22-05-2009, 12:02 PM
Look at the feedback someone received make up 7 months out of date:eek:

I did wonder if it was old stock stuff.....

Lottie
22-05-2009, 12:04 PM
Pressplay seller is located in Essex, the same place as John Doe, director of Pressplay.

Looks like the insidious relationship that exists between Travel Steps and IW includes the passing on of not only IW members' credit cards, but old stock for selling off too - even though the PressPlay website again makes no mention of it.

Mommabear
22-05-2009, 12:18 PM
£99 a year and £4.95 bliddy postage? :11:

That poor OH of the woman, Betty?, who won a trip to San Diego, can't get a word in edgeways :e016:

Oops this should be in the Win24 thread soz :25:

Mrs James
22-05-2009, 01:13 PM
Oops this should be in the Win24 thread soz :25:

:rolleyes:

Anna_Key
22-05-2009, 03:03 PM
That site must be Ideal World - Ju and Shelaghila are on it....I've never seen them anywhere else :33:

Anna_Key
22-05-2009, 03:08 PM
Oooo Look at these! I think I've found another fav :54:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/21st-Century-Corsetry-Pants-Lace-Slimming-Red-10-12_W0QQitemZ150346915837QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWomen_s _Clothing?hash=%257B%2522Page%2522%253A%2522%252Fm erchant%252Fpressplay_shopping%253F_trkparms%253D6 6%2525253A2%2525257C65%2525253A1%2525257C39%252525 3A3%2526_dmd%253D3%2526_trksid%253Dp4263.c0.m14%25 26_vc%253D1%2526_pgn%253D5%2522%257D&_trksid=p4263.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A3%7C240%3A1318%7C 301%3A0%7C293%3A5%7C294%3A49

http://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/73000278/Images/6/LACE%20PANTS.jpg

£1.99 + £1.99 p&p..bargain!

Graham
22-05-2009, 03:49 PM
Pressplay TV is on Channel 659 everyday with Mike Saint.

Didn't know Pressplay were behind travel steps.

Mommabear
22-05-2009, 03:55 PM
:rolleyes:

I had a lie in, makes me sluggish :23:

Mommabear
22-05-2009, 03:56 PM
Pressplay TV is on Channel 659 everyday with Mike Saint.

Didn't know Pressplay were behind travel steps.

Mike Saint's keeping very quiet on this :rolleyes:

argeybargey
23-05-2009, 05:27 PM
Oooo Look at these! I think I've found another fav :54:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/21st-Century-Corsetry-Pants-Lace-Slimming-Red-10-12_W0QQitemZ150346915837QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWomen_s _Clothing?hash=%257B%2522Page%2522%253A%2522%252Fm erchant%252Fpressplay_shopping%253F_trkparms%253D6 6%2525253A2%2525257C65%2525253A1%2525257C39%252525 3A3%2526_dmd%253D3%2526_trksid%253Dp4263.c0.m14%25 26_vc%253D1%2526_pgn%253D5%2522%257D&_trksid=p4263.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A3%7C240%3A1318%7C 301%3A0%7C293%3A5%7C294%3A49

http://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/73000278/Images/6/LACE%20PANTS.jpg

£1.99 + £1.99 p&p..bargain!

'Ere - he's getting his stock off my washing line!

dollydimple
23-05-2009, 10:08 PM
erm.....

your post has changed!! It said 12 before.....

Just a mo and I'll do Post 9 as well.


ooh, sorry Lottie, I noticed I had posted the wrong one so changed it right away. Thanks for your help.

pressplay
11-06-2009, 01:55 PM
21st Century Corsetry is very popular!

Just to try and clear a few things up. Pressplay's founder and director is indeed John Doe - John Antony Doe to be precise. He is over 60, so when named the whole American 'John Doe' thing wasn't in existence. Of course, when he has been to the USA, they have a field day!

Pressplay Ltd provides call centre, warehousing and fulfilment services for a wide number of clients - some TV Shopping Channels, various mail order and some major names such as John Lewis, Next, Furniture Village, Boots and others.

We also have our own activities; on TV & Web we're PressplayShoppingTV, we are also on eBay as pressplay_shopping with 97.7% feedback score and on the brink of Titanium power seller status and also on Amazon. We’re doing our best to get the lowest prices on a wide range of products, and we’ve lots of customers who are happy with what we’re doing and the recession beating mentality.

Travels Steps is through a different company, Pressplay Home Shopping Ltd. They offer one week’s 4 star accommodation for up to four people as part of the £99 annual membership in various locations, such as Spain, Portugal and Tenerife. There have been loads of people who have taken up the holiday offer and been very pleased. (The holiday has been sold on its own for £199 – so Travel Steps membership represents value for money). Any member who doesn’t want to be in the club can cancel during their month’s free trial – if after being upgraded and having paid £99 membership they decide to cancel, then they can get a full refund.

Hope this info is helpful.

Lottie
09-12-2009, 08:42 PM
we are also on eBay as pressplay_shopping with 97.7% feedback score and on the brink of Titanium power seller status

How can you be a powerseller with your feedback less than 98%?

Lottie
09-12-2009, 08:48 PM
Travels Steps is through a different company, Pressplay Home Shopping Ltd. They offer one week’s 4 star accommodation for up to four people as part of the £99 annual membership in various locations, such as Spain, Portugal and Tenerife. There have been loads of people who have taken up the holiday offer and been very pleased. (The holiday has been sold on its own for £199 – so Travel Steps membership represents value for money). Any member who doesn’t want to be in the club can cancel during their month’s free trial – if after being upgraded and having paid £99 membership they decide to cancel, then they can get a full refund.

Hope this info is helpful.

I am not questioning your "achievements".
I think most complaints (mine included) is that this promotion is not once mentioned as being a promotion of a company called Pressplay. It is dishonest marketing (no doubt you will disagree).

When I was contacted, there was no mention of my credit card being charged UNLESS I cancelled. I was told it was an IDEAL WORLD promotion.
I was not told my credit card details would be passed to a 3rd party.

I also think you are breaking the law in passing credit card details from one company to another WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION.

Cancelling isn't as simple as you make out - I had to call on several occasions before the written confirmation i requested of my cancellation from Pressplay was received.
I also called Ideal World and told them I wanted my account cancelling as a result of this fiasco. I was assured it would be done and to this day, my account has not been cancelled.

Hazel
17-01-2010, 12:48 PM
Hi everyone. I am a new member on the forum but have been watching the forum for a long long time then I decided to register.

The travel steps thing got me on Ideal world last year and I had an awful job getting my money back. I had not sighned , answered phone calls or anything. I had made a purchase and my details were sold onto this company. Anyway I got my money back and got intouch with one of the top guys in Ideal world who assured me that all my details would be removed from their database. They have hopefully as I have never had another e.mail or anything from them.

Regards

Hazel