Has Classmates.com suckered you into a Gold Membership so you can contact an old friend or organize a reunion? Did you go for that 3 month membership for $12? If so, you need to know that you may have unknowingly agreed to an automatic renewal plan that will deduct $15 from your account or charge it to your credit card every three months. They will not notify you of this charge. That adds up to $60 a year, about double what it would normally cost if you renewed annually. This is apparently noted on their website, according to their customer service people, however I didn’t see it when I signed up, and I doubt that it’s highly visible. It’s entirely possible that I was suffering from brain death the day I registered, but I think it’s more likely that Classmates took efforts to hide the fact that I was agreeing to an automatic renewal plan. They’re sneaky that way. Maybe someone who’s not a Gold Member could verify that for me.
I’m not a big fan of Classmates anyway. Money-hungry and non-user-friendly are adjectives that pop into my head straight off. I think Facebook is a much better tool for getting in touch with former classmates. It’s well-known, easy to use, and FREE.
If you’re a Gold Card member of Classmates, you might want to run off now and change your renewal to “manual”. If you’re not a Gold Card Member, you’re probably smarter than me.