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Cooper Slams Door on Magazine Sales

Posted May 3, 2007

— Charlotte-based Trinity Public Relations, which sells magazines door-to-door, can no longer do business in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

The announcement comes 2 years after Cooper’s office first started investigating the company.

“These door-to-door sellers agreed to change their ways. but we continued to hear from people who weren’t getting their magazines or their money back,” Cooper said. “Now, we’re shutting the door so they can’t do business here.”

According to Cooper, many of the company’s salespeople claimed to be ill, disabled or in financial need in their sales pitches.

In many cases, consumers believed the stories and ordered magazines, but the magazines never arrived.

“Beware of companies that use sob stories to get you to open your wallet,” Cooper cautioned consumers. “Check them out with my office before you hand over your hard-earned money.”

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division received 70 consumer complaints against Trinity since 2005. Another 111 consumers filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte.


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  • momof2 May 4, 2007

    I remember in 8th grade we were raising money for our class field trip. We went door to door selling.....light bulbs! How embarassing!

  • St Ives May 4, 2007

    Can he stop the people knocking on my door selling religion?

  • vbbc2002 May 4, 2007

    "I am sorry, I do not know anything about laundering any money..."

    What am I going to do with 40 copies of Vibe?

  • mrsgaskill May 4, 2007

    Can he do something about the Kirby Sweeper people too?

  • r-n-r May 4, 2007

    I bet he has as much integrity as jim hunt and spike sleaasly!!

  • Handle With Care May 4, 2007

    This man should be President!!!

  • ncstarinvestigator May 4, 2007

    Hey Roy! Can you get rid of these danged ILLEGAL ALIENS for us, too??? Since you are on a roll, there...

  • jynski May 4, 2007

    I agree with Pike_Mom, the schools should stop the door to door sales. One school my kids went to gave the option at the beginning of the year to make a donation and my kids were exempt from fund raisers. A good and safe idea. My first wife was caught up in one of these magazine selling schemes when she was young and told me horror stories about what happens.

  • BRB2 May 4, 2007

    I hate door to door sales, but feel sorry for the kids. I went to a recruitment meeting for one of these groups when I was in college and was stunned by the high pressure tactics used to con you into signing up. Reported it to the University and they were kicked off campus for several years.

  • pikemom1 May 4, 2007

    All door to door,should be a thing of thing of the past.Including school fund raisers.Find some other way to get your funding.I have had some mighty rough parents bringing the kids to my door,in the past.No Solicitor sign works pretty good !