I enjoy the free Japanese Pod 101 podcasts that you can on iTunes, but I don't enjoy Japanese Pod 101's marketing.
The company offers a free week-long trial of their premium services, which is great. But, each day they send you a lengthy "better sign-up now" deal with a new special offer.
Some people may not object to this, but I would prefer a more straightforward deal.
For example, look at this e-mail from day four:
SUBJECT: Mr. NAME, I'm confused. Are you getting my e-mails? BODY: Hi Mr. NAME, There's something that has me confused. I noticed you haven't upgraded your JapanesePod101.com membership to Premium yet and that you only have 4 days left in your trial period. I'm sure there's a good reason you haven't signed up yet. I know that you may not have had the time yet to check out everything we have to offer, like.. * Beginner to Advanced Audio (Mp3) Lessons * Line-By-Line Audio Transcripts * Pronunciation Practice * A Portable iPod Audiobook * Word Dictionary * Kanji Dictionary * Interactive Content, Quizzes And Flashcards * Extra Help With Grammar * Practice"Japanese Language Proficiency Tests" (JLPT) * And more. You still have 4 days to check out the above here: http://www.japanesepod101.com/learning-center4 But I don't want you to forget to extend your membership before your trial is over... so I want to offer you an EXTREMELY special discount if you'll upgrade right now. Monthly Premium membership to JapanesePod101.com costs $25. That means there are hundreds paying us $300/year for a Premium membership. However, there's a loophole you can exploit... If you sign up for a year's Premium Membership, normally we'll give you a heavy discount to $180, but if you act through the special link below in the next 24 hours we'll let you in for 12 months at just $135. http://www.japanesepod101.com/special-yearly-rate That's a 55% savings just for upgrading your membership now. You’ll need your username and password to sign up, so here they are just in case you don't have them handy: Username: USERNAME Password: PASSWORD So if you're not doing anything this moment, I recommend clicking that link now before you forget and accidentally miss this special offer. If you're too busy at the moment, make sure to put this email in a safe place and try to act within 24 hours (while the offer is still valid). Thanks for reading, Peter Galante JapanesePod101.com Learn Japanese with FREE Daily Podcasts http://www.japanesepod101.com firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from our periodic e-mail messages, please click the following link:
Why don't they give this offer to potential subscribers up front? I don't like sales models where the customers who pay the first price they see are suckers, which is the way this site is set up.
I like to trust the price I pay won't suddenly decrease if I say no, so I can't recommend actually becoming a member of the site. At least all of their best content is free!