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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Columbia House Record Club:

Back then, if you sent in a penny and filled out the form, they would send you a few albums of your choice (record or 8-track), as long as you agree to buy several more albums within a year. I joined when I was 9, because they were giving away a free radio as well. So I got the 7 albums, then I didn't buy anything else. I also remember that if you weren't buying, they'd send you a crappy record and charge you for it anyway....
Eventually I started getting nasty letters from Columbia, and then from a collection agency. Mom stepped in and informed them that I was only 9, and since I wasn't an adult they were basically screwed. Well, serves them right, the radio was a total piece of crap..

7 comments:

Kim said...

The Wire is pretty good, even though there was no Gene, Gene the Dancin' Machine involved.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree!

joe said...

Haha. I guess so ;^)

CoolStuffForDads.com said...

I did this too. I think I was a little older and signed up for the cassette tapes. I actually then ultimately ordered and paid for the required number of follow up cassettes. As I remember, you had to watch it because if you did not send in a reply saying you were not interested in the monthly selection, they would send it to you and want payment for it.

I still think it worked out to be worth it and it was sort of fun at the time. Other than that I wasn't getting too much else in the mail.

joe said...

So did you get a crappy radio, too?? As crappy as the one they pawned off on me???

CoolStuffForDads.com said...

No radio, just 11 tapes for a penny ... I am not sure how they made money.

joe said...

Well if they did ever make any money out of it, they certainly didn't do it through me..

Redsoxfan said...

I did it too but got no radio, the first album I got was billy joel, glass houses, a classic on my first try but have none of them anymore. aw well.

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