Is QVC Stealing from Our Elderly?

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My mother is spending way too much time ordering junk from this pathetic vendor. I have called them and asked if they realize that they are exploiting our older citizens. Their response is that they are not the only tv vendor out there. I have tried to block this vendor from her VISA card (they wont do it) and I have tried to have the cable company block the channel (they refused). I don't that I am alone in this problem. Has anyone found a way to cut QVC off without offending the old person with the bad habit of blowing thier social security check on a heap of crap?

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and the casinos run senior bus specials. Unless you have a legal document allowing you to, you can't interfere with her business. What you COULD do is have a talk with her. You're at FW. Show her how to get what she wants for half of what she's spending.

Give her internet then point her to offshore gambling sites. She'd too broke to spend $ on QVC.

Seriously, have you tried to talk to her?

YOU take responsibility of your mother and don't pawn off the blame on someone else.

Hook her up with some internet geriatric porn.

QVC has a pretty good return policy, why not work with your mother and use it?

StarPilot said: Hook her up with some internet geriatric porn.

Damn topic alerts!

FREE THE VIBRATORS!

TM1 said: FREE THE VIBRATORS!

DON'T EVEN farken tell me that QVC has deals on vibes.

/goes to mod alert to MVP to complain/

Does she have digital cable? If so, you can block certain channels. It might be worth investing in if it will save you (your mom) $$$ in the long run.

shopliftinginva said: TM1 said: FREE THE VIBRATORS!

DON'T EVEN farken tell me that QVC has deals on vibes.

/goes to mod alert to MVP to complain/


Quality Vibrating C**ks.

summerst said: My mother is spending way too much time ordering junk from this pathetic vendor. I have called them and asked if they realize that they are exploiting our older citizens. Their response is that they are not the only tv vendor out there. I have tried to block this vendor from her VISA card (they wont do it) and I have tried to have the cable company block the channel (they refused). I don't that I am alone in this problem. Has anyone found a way to cut QVC off without offending the old person with the bad habit of blowing thier social security check on a heap of crap?

Scared YOUR inheritance will be reduced?


MechanicalMan said: Dish
Direct TV
Comcast
I don't think parental control would do much good for OP, they are all rated G and the shopping channel shows up even with my $14 BASIC cable service.

OP's mom is bored, like a lot of older folks. Unless that problem is solved, nothing would help. As far as blocking a channel, most late model TV can "delete/add" a channel manually. You can also get "filter" like they one cable co use to block channel for us BASIC subscribers. Or you can get a pricy version here:

http://www.familysafemedia.com/channel_blocker.html

lostdude said: MechanicalMan said: Dish
Direct TV
Comcast
I don't think parental control would do much good for OP, they are all rated G and the shopping channel shows up even with my $14 BASIC cable service.

OP's mom is bored, like a lot of older folks. Unless that problem is solved, nothing would help. As far as blocking a channel, most late model TV can "delete/add" a channel manually. You can also get "filter" like they one cable co use to block channel for us BASIC subscribers. Or you can get a pricy version here:

http://www.familysafemedia.com/channel_blocker.html
you can block specific channels on directv

Most modern televisions will allow you to delete a channel.
It is in the menu, the section that controls the tuner.

OP- your mom is bored and buys stuff to fill that boredom hole. Start doing more with her and she will stop buying the junk.

OP your mom is getting human interaction thru the shopping channel and they come off so friendly and convincing that she buys their crap. Have you ever watched and listened to their callers, they almost always sound like older people who are thrilled to be talking to someone.
Get her to a senior center where she can interact with people her own age and have some fun positive interactions. Some of them even have vans for transportation if that's a problem.
Just realize her shopping isn't the problem, her need for interaction is.

Zuke76 said: OP- your mom is bored and buys stuff to fill that boredom hole. Start doing more with her and she will stop buying the junk.

Find her a new boyfriend to fill her boredom hole.

When my dad noticed how much crap that my mom was buying from QVC, he bought stock in QVC, and made some money. Seriously.

My mom spends one day a week at the senior citizens center. She also travels to the doctor and, on occasion, to the grocery store by herself. All these trips are done by taxi cab (fortunately she lives in a city). The ones to the center and doctor's are provided at a discount though senior services by the city. I am about 25 miles away and visit her at least once every two weeks. I am not worried about inheritance. I am just pi$$ed off that QVC is ripping off old folks like my mom. I have returned every item that I have found around the house. Keep in mind that you pay the shipping both ways to QVC which is their way of discouraging returns. Around Christmas, they sent her a wine bag which my mom said she did not order. When I called the QVC customer service people not only told me that she did order it but that they would not pay the shipping back. They finally agreed to pay the shipping but that was a lie as I ended up paying it because they never sent the return shipping label.
My family was in the retail business for 13 years and I can recognize crooks when I see them and QVC is chock full of them. One of their founding fathers sold out and started Home Shopping Network to screw other old folks out of their Social Security checks with the same junk. I am convinced that the cable companies are in on the revenue stream on these channels which is the reason they can't be blocked. Is there someone out there in the financial department of a cable company (like Comcast or Cox) that can confirm this?

it is not just the elderly. there are many people who are addicted to shopping. that may come as a surprise to you. anyway, when my grandfather died, we found lots of stuff from home shoppping sites in his house. "collectible" cars, dolls ...

We need a NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY forum. OP, get a grip, it is about choices. Where is her accountability? If she goes to Wa1Mart every day and buys shit she doesn't need, is Wa1Mart robbing her too? ;rollsevggiefaceeyes

TM1 said: We need a NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY forum. OP, get a grip, it is about choices. Where is her accountability? If she goes to Wa1Mart every day and buys shit she doesn't need, is Wa1Mart robbing her too? ;rollsevggiefaceeyes

I had to quote this because I am limited to 1 green for you saying that.

I completely agree.

You can easily block/delete the channel but again talk to your mom she is the one making the order. I went through the same thing with my mom. Trust me she ordered the wine she just forgot or is too embarrassed to tell you.

Its called being personalty responsible for your own action. Ideally its the way we all should act. OP is trying to hold a company responsible for choices you mom is making.

I understand that you believe your mother is being taken advantage of, and who of us would stand by and let that happen to our mother if we could help it; however, unless she's senile, you can't control what she does. She's still an adult and it's her problem, not yours.

If she's letting you return all the stuff she buys, is it because she really didn't want it and bought it on impulse, or is it because you're bullying her into returning them? Shouldn't she make the decision as to whether or not she wants those things?

If talking about this hasn't helped and there's nothing mentally wrong with her, consider helping her get more involved in outside activities and visit her more often so that she doesn't get bored.

If this doesn't work and you're really worried, consider asking her to move in with you. This is a drastic measure, but if you're really worried about your mother being taken advantage of, she should be living closer to you or with you. Over a year ago, after much disussion, we moved my 89 year old FIL in with us; and although it has taken a lot of adjustment, it was for the best. We can watch out for him and we make sure that he has things to do so that he doesn't get bored.

When old people get bored, they try to find someone or something to keep them company. Your mother may be using the TV. Help her or butt out.

ALL YOUR BLUE HAIRS ARE BELONG TO US

MajorDarkside said: ALL YOUR BLUE HAIRS ARE BELONG TO US

And they also have cream for all those wrinklies!

shopliftinginva said: and the casinos run senior bus specials.

That would explain a few things. Ever been to a casino outside of Vegas or Atlantic City? I swear the average age there is probably 65-70. At least that was my experience in Harrington, DE in the middle of the week last summer.

zzyzzx said: shopliftinginva said: and the casinos run senior bus specials.

That would explain a few things. Ever been to a casino outside of Vegas or Atlantic City? I swear the average age there is probably 65-70. At least that was my experience in Harrington, DE in the middle of the week last summer.
We go to Foxwoods in CT a few times a year. Yep, I agree about the age thing, especially during the day. I know my MIL used to take a bus from RI a few times a month. But, she still worked, paid her bills, and that was her enjoyment. It was her life, and I'm glad she found a way to have some fun.

I need to know where you mom lives. And start the OP Home shopping network.

get in on the hot old people market.

MajorDarkside said: ALL YOUR BLUE HAIRS ARE BELONG TO US

If you create one of those on "You're The Man, Dog" site, it would be great.

QVC knows that they are preying on the elderly. That is unethical. That is also why they have billions of dollars available to make purchases of their own. I recall that QVC has indicated an interest in buying Paramont Studios. What a wonderful world it is.

I appreciate all the comments and apologize for vetting on fatwallet. I thought that maybe someone knew of a help group on the internet of folks like me who have the same problem. It appears not which is great for QVC to continue its explotation.

summerst said: QVC knows that they are preying on the elderly. That is unethical. That is also why they have billions of dollars available to make purchases of their own. I recall that QVC has indicated an interest in buying Paramont Studios. What a wonderful world it is.

I appreciate all the comments and apologize for vetting on fatwallet. I thought that maybe someone knew of a help group on the internet of folks like me who have the same problem. It appears not which is great for QVC to continue its explotation.


The site for help is: www.leaveyourmomandQVCalone.com

chocula said: summerst said: QVC knows that they are preying on the elderly. That is unethical. That is also why they have billions of dollars available to make purchases of their own. I recall that QVC has indicated an interest in buying Paramont Studios. What a wonderful world it is.

I appreciate all the comments and apologize for vetting on fatwallet. I thought that maybe someone knew of a help group on the internet of folks like me who have the same problem. It appears not which is great for QVC to continue its explotation.


The site for help is: www.leaveyourmomandQVCalone.com


Linked for the Lazy.

Maybe I should take the QVC tour. Heck, its only $7.50. That is cheaper than the shipping on most of its items! Heres the link if anyone else wants to come along:

QVCTOURS

Who knows, perhaps I will become a believer and be able to positively answer the question, "DO YOU Q?"

summerst said: I am about 25 miles away and visit her at least once every two weeks.

25 miles away & you can only visit your frail lonely mom every two weeks?

25 miles is NOTHING, lots of us commute further than that every day for work.

If you really cared for your mom, you'd make her a higher priority in your life, not her spending habits, but her. Be happy that you still have a mom around to worry about, many folks don't & would give anything to have even an hour with their moms again.

discretion said: summerst said: I am about 25 miles away and visit her at least once every two weeks.

25 miles away & you can only visit your frail lonely mom every two weeks?

25 miles is NOTHING, lots of us commute further than that every day for work.

If you really cared for your mom, you'd make her a higher priority in your life, not her spending habits, but her. Be happy that you still have a mom around to worry about, many folks don't & would give anything to have even an hour with their moms again.


I drive farther than that every day AND only get 18.2 MPG, which is why I cannot afford to shop at QVC

I am about 25 miles away and visit her at least once every two weeks.

25 miles away & you can only visit your frail lonely mom every two weeks?

25 miles is NOTHING, lots of us commute further than that every day for work.

If you really cared for your mom, you'd make her a higher priority in your life, not her spending habits, but her. Be happy that you still have a mom around to worry about, many folks don't & would give anything to have even an hour with their moms again.

Both of my parents are still living. They have each other to keep themselves company. As for caring, I do their taxes, shop for groceries, do repairs around their house, and pay their bills. She doesn't want me to know how much she spends on QVC, so she has her maid pay her VISA bill. She doesn't keep a check register and hides her VISA statements.

summerst said: Both of my parents are still living. They have each other to keep themselves company. As for caring, I do their taxes, shop for groceries, do repairs around their house, and pay their bills. She doesn't want me to know how much she spends on QVC, so she has her maid pay her VISA bill. She doesn't keep a check register and hides her VISA statements.

If mom has a maid, mom isn't spending more than she can afford at QVC. Just because both parents are around doesn't mean they don't need more company. Remember, your dad is elderly too.

Like I said earlier, talk to her. Maybe choose one item that she has bought from QVC, and document what she spent on it. Now, help her find that item for 1/2 the price elsewhere. Show her how to be a better shopper, and QVC will no longer look good to her.

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I am hoping when they read the will that the maid gets it all.



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