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A Top Tip
Member Name: Vicki H
Date: 17/08/01, updated on 17/08/01 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Introductory offers, Delivered to the door.
Disadvantages: Having to reject a book each month., Postage and Packing charges.
I have read a number of opinions that have criticised World Books and I would like to share my positive experiences and a top tip.
I have been a World Book Club member several times (I will explain a little later) for about 6 years now. The book club offers fantastic introductory offers which have saved me around £100. In return for this offer you must agree to buy a given number of books (usually 4-6) within the first 12 months of membership.
Every month you are sent a catalogue with a pay advice slip. There is also a detachable section on this slip which must be sent back if you wish to reject the Editor's Choice. This is a book which has been selected by the club and will automatically be sent to you unless you request that you do not want it. Alternatively you can log on the web site to reject this book which is something that I now do as I am hopeless at posting things off. In all fairness I have never bought the Editor's Choice and do find it a real chore to reject it each month. If you forget to reject it, it turns up on your doorstep and you have to foot the bill to ship it back.
A glossy magazine shows you what is on offer. I have noticed that the club seems to have a lot of DIY books in at the moment and also spiritual type books. There is a small section of children's books. The book prices are cheaper than in the shops but by the time you add on your postage and packaging they are no longer bargain prices.
My books have always arrived in good condition and on time. They have always been well packaged too. I have only ever received the Editor's Choice if I had failed to reject it. You can also instruct the book club where to leave the parcel if you are not in. This is great for me as it saves me having to go round to my strange next door neighbour's house to pick it up!
Now for my top tip! I simply join and buy the books that I have to and then end my membership. Within
6 months I get begging letters from the company inviting me to go back to them. If you hold out for a couple of months they tend to increase their re-introduction offer so that you get exactly the same sort of deal that once attracted you in the first place. This is why I have been a member several times and have benefitted from a number of introductory offers. I can see no point staying loyal to the club once you have bought the number of books required as the prices are not that cheap.
Hope this has been of some help. Thanks for reading.