Roadrunner Sports - Automatic VIP Club renewal without permission

Roadrunner sports automatically renews your VIP membership for $24.99 the following year.I purchased shoes last year and joined to save the shipping.

I was surprised to see the renewal charge on my credit card bill this month. The info on the site currently says "The $1.99 price is a first year introductory special. Annually the Club renews at $24.99." It does not state that the renewal is AUTOMATIC.

I read through the link where it said I could 'read to my hearts content' about the program and can't find anything about automatic renewal.Check your credit card bills and bank accounts.

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Feb 28 California, United States

I just by chance noticed this same $24.99 change on my credit card. I haven't shopped at Roadrunner Sports in years! I can only assume unbeknownst to me, I've been charged this year after year. Obviously a great money making tactic for them but a horrible customer relationship practice! I know I'll never shop there again.

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Feb 11 California, United States

I unfortunately did not notice the renewal until the fourth year. I only buys shoes there every other year. When I signed up it was "free" on that day and they did not mention a renewal rate. I didn't think businesses could do this anymore.

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Jan 23 Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Wow, I just had the same thing happen to me! $24.99 unauthorized charge. Good thing I check my statements, but i recall going into the Costa Mesa, CA store to buy one (non-runner, non-athletic product) and telling the cashier that I would be moving to Hawaii. There isn't a single location on this island, much less the state!
I'm glad the guy on the phone was nice enough not to argue with me or try to sell me stuff online.
What a *** policy - they are making disgruntled customers for no reason.

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Jan 11 Newport Beach, California

In an attempt to extort $24.99 from my bank account, my family and I promise to never buy products from Roadrunner sports. There are easy alternatives to their simplistic retail stores. My business goes to those I trust. Roadrunner has violated that trust and will receive as much negative word of mouth that I can possibly spread on their behalf. Thier management board should look closely at the individuals responsible for this policy. At a time where consumer trust is cherished and nurtured, Roadrunner sports is short sighted and can not be trusted.

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Nov 01, 2014

The same thing happened to me. I just received my credit card statement and saw a charge for $29.99 from Roadrunner VIP. I had no idea there was an automatic annual charge for this. I called Roadrunner. They are crediting my credit card with the $29.99.

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Oct 11, 2014 Beverly Hills, California

I just now got a charge from Roadrunner. I bought a $25 gift card for someone else two years ago. I distinctly remember telling the clerk I don't run and don't plan on returning anytime soon. Two years later I get a charge on my debit card. Why would I sign up for a VIP membership for a lousy $25 gift card with a store I don't plan on going to any time soon?

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Sep 23, 2014

I had called Roadrunner VIP Club and requested that we not be set for auto-renewal as the one year anniversary date was coming up in about three weeks from then. The customer service person assured me it was taken care of. Sure enough the full auto renewal charge showed up on my credit card statement. I have now called them again to get the charge reversed. I am pissed off it took the extra effort to have them correct for this and I let them that I read about this exact situation on-line and hoped it wasn't going to happen to me. I suggested they work on their customer service so other customers don't have to go through this too.

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Sep 23, 2014

I'm so glad I surfed this topic to see that I am not the only one who has noticed this. I don't recall receiving any disclosure about auto-renewals. If I had, I definitely would NOT have agreed to be a member of the Roadrunner VIP Club. The woman a the call center showed no surprise at me wanting to cancel.... Crazy.

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Aug 07, 2014 Arcadia, California

I just found the same automatic charge on my credit card statement as well and filed a dispute over it. This is very deceptive; I will no longer be purchasing running shoes from Roadrunner.

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Jul 22, 2014 Falls Church, Virginia

Same thing happened to me. When I called to complain that my card had been charged w/o authorization, I got no argument at all -- just "I have reversed the charge, have a nice day." They are running a scam, making unauthorized charges, and the customer service people you will get on the phone know it. The customers who notice the unauthorized charge and call and complain get the charges reversed immediately with no questions asked, but huge money is being made on the people who don't notice.

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Aug 09, 2014

What number do we call to dispute the charge? I bought running shoes and used my brother's active VIP membership, but have now found the renewal charge on my card. I am not happy!

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Jul 21, 2014

Same thing happened to me. The card they had for me expired over a year ago, no idea how they charged to it? But I called and she canceled the auto-renewal feature and refunded my $25. Easy experience and no complaints with the customer service rep, but a pretty shady business practice nonetheless.

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Jun 02, 2014

It happens. I just called to confirm the renewal cancel and process a refund. The whole episode took six minutes and that included a three minute wait time on hold.

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Mar 24, 2014

I called, Nolton argued with me for a bit because I had signed up online and he said that it said there that the renewal was automatic. I told him that I had signed up online according to the information provided by a person in the store who had not mentioned automatic renewal. He asked if he could help me with anything else, I said no, just the cancellation and refund. I asked for his name again since the connection wasn't super clear the first time. He told me and then hung up on me. Not super professional, but as long as he does what I requested (which it seemed like they get all the time) it's fine with me!

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Mar 21, 2014

Just happened to us too! I discovered it this month only to find out it happened last year too! When I called them, they didn't even argue about reversing the charges (as I told them if they didn't I would fight through our credit card company to have charges reversed)! Unbelievable! Super shady and just wrong. They just lost our business forever. Such an unfortunate scam!

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Mar 05, 2014 Plainfield, Illinois

I have to admit, this is the third year that I have paid the automatic Road Runner VIP club without my permission OR knowledge. How do you get a refund?!

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Feb 21, 2014 San Diego, California

will be calling them in the morning...I definitely did not sign up for VIP they already charged me enough for the shoes FFS
Hey let's charge people a year later, make a little extra cash and have our employees deal with the angry customers that notice the charge and call a year later.

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Feb 21, 2014

***actually my credit card already refunded it within 30 minutes of filing a quick claim online...they must recognize roadrunner 24.99 returns? lol

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Feb 10, 2014

FYI, I ordered some shoes from them last year. Cancelled my VIP Subscription the day after ordering, and even got a confirmation email saying so.
Yet I still got a charge on my card a year later, this past November. called them up and they cancelled it.....but yes, this is clearly a shady practice. Too many other options to buy sneakers online to shop here again.

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