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Your "Free Sample" from Silkies (not really)
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Sioul
Old 03-03-2005, 12:58 AM
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Angry Your "Free Sample" from Silkies (not really)

Requested for a pair of "Free Sample" Silkies trouser socks a couple of months ago. The "free sample" came through the post quickly but received a further 3 pairs of trouser socks today requsting to a payment of around 12.00 for them! Definately sending them back and refuse to pay for them!

This is extremely bad marketing stragtegy and demaging to the brand's reputation. If I feel the product is good one then I will go and find them in the shop when I next need some rather than being forced to buy them! Need to named and shamed company like this!

So be warn when you next see Silkies "free samples" advertised!
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Old 03-03-2005, 1:11 AM
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I had the same thing happen early last year. I just sent them back with NOT KNOWN AT THIS ADDRESS written on the package. Have not heard anything since.

Totaly agree with the bad marketing ploy !!! should be named and shamed !!!
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Old 03-03-2005, 9:14 AM
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KEEP AWAY FROM SILKIES!

Also know as HCI

It is all one big scam with the free pair, as mentioned in the previous thread they will not just send 1 free pair to you.
It will come with "YOUR PREVIOUS SHIPMENT" that you may have previous placed an order for.

If you accept this free pair with the others, you are looking at 18 months of receiving telephone calls and mail shots.


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Old 03-03-2005, 9:46 AM
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Welcome to MSE, Sioul. I've moved your post over to the warnings board, as it might help other users who are considering this offer.
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:09 AM
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Post this happened to me too

i just told them i had never received the package and never ordered it in the first place - i would never order from them and to leave me alone unless they had proof i had received it - i never heard off them again..............and i got the tights for free, but, they shouldnt have sent them - i think there is a guideline in the law against this type of selling so you are covered - but, not too sure - it worked for me though.............
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:30 AM
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when i received my free silkies it clearly stated that unless i cancelled i would receive further shipments. i reckon the person who posted it online didn't mention that this would happen (or didn't know) i cancelled in writing immediately and haven't heard a thing back. sounds obvious but read the info when you receive your freebies!!
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:46 AM
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I agree slinks. I saw this offer a while back and was tempted, but I'm sure I saw something at the time of application which said further shipments would be forthcoming unless I cancelled. I didn't think it was worth the hassle so I passed.

I have heard of others who have received tights which they never ordered though. Perhaps one to be avoided?
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:57 AM
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i for one won't be ordering from them again - but... u live 'n' learn!! oh the joy of freebie hunting lol
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:02 AM
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If you are sent 'unsolicited goods' then they are yours to keep unless the sender gives you the wherewithal to return them.
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Old 10-03-2005, 11:49 PM
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How can a free pair of tights be a scam??!!
Looks like user error and a lack of 'reading the paperwork'!

The reason why they send Silkies out ot you is because you can't buy that brand in the shops. They do actually tell you this!

If you want to 'name and shame' then start by looking in the mirror. I have taken up the free offer many times and one quick phonecall soon stops any further orders. Simple as that.
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Old 11-03-2005, 8:26 PM
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How can a free pair of tights be a scam??!!
Looks like user error and a lack of 'reading the paperwork'!

The reason why they send Silkies out ot you is because you can't buy that brand in the shops. They do actually tell you this!

If you want to 'name and shame' then start by looking in the mirror. I have taken up the free offer many times and one quick phonecall soon stops any further orders. Simple as that.
That's all very well, but heard of this while ago from a very elderly friend who had responded to the advert, and was quite shaken by the results of their demands for payment. Unfortunately haven't seen their advertising, but I suspect that the paperwork is in extremely small writing. Am having bother myself now reading that! Think all those little extras should be in same size of type as rest of offer, so there can be no mistakes on anyone's part. If there is nothing to hide, why should the type be set so small? Grrrrrr!!!
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Old 19-03-2005, 8:38 AM
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the wife received the free pair of tights a while back then the trouser socks popped up along with some flannel about our order etc. Sent them back with not known at this address on the envelope. And with regards freebie hunter, we never applied for these free tights, the wife can not use the computer and i certainly have no interest in tights so im afraid there could not possibly have been user error or lack of reading paperwork.
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Old 19-03-2005, 1:13 PM
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Ive never seen a 'freebie' yet that wasnt worth the hassle of junk mail, or even the risk of my address being sold on!

I detest junk mail. I shred or rip up anything with my address on it so nothing can be traced back to me, and with junk mail, thats another letter I need to take care of.
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Old 21-03-2005, 6:54 PM
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i agree with slinks used silkies several times and had no problem having the order cancelled. it can be a hassle though to remember to cancel, if you can manage a book club membership you can manage this.
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Old 21-03-2005, 7:59 PM
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i love junk mail .. bring it on .. the more junk mail the better that way i know my id not been stolen and redirected.... with a lot of large freebies they tend to try and send you more .. the free book from grolier comes to mind ..
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Old 19-09-2005, 12:04 AM
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They did near enought the same thing to me send a form back and sample a pair of trouser socks, so I did but I got three pairs of tights aswell which they want me to pay 11 quid for!! I've stuffed them in a draw i'll pay for them some day.....
the tights were supposed to be the lightest range but there more orange than any thing i look like a cocktail when im wearing them!!!
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Old 29-10-2005, 3:16 PM
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wrote an email to silkies got a nice email saying return to our free returns address. If you haven't recieved the origional pair of free tights then you may keep one of the three pairs!!!
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Old 29-10-2005, 5:37 PM
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I did that but as soon as I got my free tights I wrote to them and said I no longer required any of their merchandise. So in effect I got a pair of good quality tights for 30p.
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Old 29-10-2005, 5:44 PM
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I like the silkies tights. Long lasting and nice fit. I especially like the free ones they kept sending me. When they sent and invoice demand I just returned it with no goods order written across it. Never heard again until about a year later when another 3 pairs arrived. I rang them and said I hadn't ordered and could they please collect. They said return them to our freemail address. I refused and said I was treating as unsolicited goods, if they didn't collect within 2 weeks I would consider them mine. I also advised them I was recording the telephone conversation as proof of my call. Never heard again but they haven't sent me any tights for a while now :rolleyes:
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"That's all very well, but heard of this while ago from a very elderly friend who had responded to the advert, and was quite shaken by the results of their demands for payment. Unfortunately haven't seen their advertising, but I suspect that the paperwork is in extremely small writing. Am having bother myself now reading that! Think all those little extras should be in same size of type as rest of offer, so there can be no mistakes on anyone's part. If there is nothing to hide, why should the type be set so small? Grrrrrr!!!"

Small print is put there to cover the company - if you choose not to read it then it's not their fault. Maybe they use it to exploit the people who don't bother to read it - again, not the companys fault.
Besides, it's what I call 'medium print', not big bot not small enough to miss either.
I've used them a couple of times and never had a problem.

It annoys me when people don't read everything, get caught out and start moaning.
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