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Old 08-27-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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When you run the largest chain of rent-to-own stores in the United States, you can afford to hire former NBA star Magic Johnson to be your trusted spokesman. Maybe you’ve seen the TV commercials.


ConsumerMan: Rent-a-Center ‘unfair’? - ConsumerMan- msnbc.com
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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I never forget how Rent-a-Center knocked on my door like they was the police... Looking for my NEIGHBOR.... I was so angry. They was rude to me like I had her stuff in my house.... Asking me all her personal info. I told her about it, and she says they called her job and almost had her fired and she was only 3 days late because she was on vacation. This company is sick!
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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I purchased a desktop computer from rent a center and when i did this i told them i had homeowners insurance that would cover the computer in case of fire or flood or accident. I have 2 payments left on my agreement and was looking at my receipts when i notice they were charging me a 15 dollar and up wavier fee a month. I called and asked what the wavier fee was for and was told it was for insurance if something happened to the computer because i had no homeowners. I informed them that i did tell the salesperson i had homeowners and that it would be covered and then the lady i was Talking to said the salesperson that worked up the agreement was no longer there so she didnt know about giving me the waiver fees back. Well sorry about your luck rent a center i want my money back for the wavier fees or i will contact the attorney general in wv for this practice. How many more people like me just did not look and see that they were charging this when you have your homeowners for this purpose.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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When colleagues or associates mention that they are considering going to RAC, I tell them to STAY AWAY and avoid them like the plauge. I understand that for many this can be a way to get items, especially if their credit is bad, but that is further from the truth.

Years ago I was in the same predicament and my girlfriend at the time and I wanted a few things for the house, such as a TV, stereo and computer. I had never been to RAC before and when I looked at the prices, I almost went throught the roof. They were 3, if not 4 times higher than Wal Mart and the items looked like they had been put through the ringer. Naturally, the snake oil salesman tried his pitch on me and it didn't work. We went to Wal Mart, put the items on layaway and had them in a couple of months. I estimate we probably saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in addition to the hassles and headaches had we dealt with RAC.

Not only are their items marked up to ridiculous and astronomical prices, but the merchadise has been used and oftentimes in poor condition. Additionally, this company continues to utlize deceptive business practices and abusive collection methods.

I try to convince friends to shop around, save and deal with a reputable merchant instead of these theives.

I also think it's sickening that Magic Johnson, whom I admired and respected has allowed himself to become a spokesperson for these crooks and use his good nature to lure people in to this trap. You should be ashamed of yourself, MJ .

I think it's a disgrace that this company is still allowed to be in business.

Here is more proof:

Consumer Complaints about Rent-A-Center

Consumer Complaints about Rent-A-Center
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I knew a guy who was an "enforcer" for Rent-a-Center.

He told me that the company attitude was that they were dealing with the dregs of society and they treated them in the way that they understood and were used to being treated.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: NE PA
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Why do people even go to Rent a Center? People who have little money and need furniture, appliances, etc, should be looking in the classifieds and auctions and buying used, rather than going to Rent A Center. But the problem is that these people want to have flat screen HD TVs and leather couches, even though they're on SSI or making minimum wage.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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A lot of people at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder do things to remain at the bottom. This is one of those things.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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Why do people even go to Rent a Center? People who have little money and need furniture, appliances, etc, should be looking in the classifieds and auctions and buying used, rather than going to Rent A Center. But the problem is that these people want to have flat screen HD TVs and leather couches, even though they're on SSI or making minimum wage.

And the thing is, if they put the same payments in a bank account every week, they could buy the items straight up cash in a couple of months, buy it new from a retail store for half of what these rip off artists are charging, and own it outright!
These people target the lack of patience and financial savvy of the poor ( I was one of 'em), and I also lost a little respect for Magic for endorsing these type of businesses. This goes for payday loans and buy here pay here car lots as well.

Delayed gratification is the way to go folks
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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I just got through reading some of the complaints, and all I could do was shake my head. One guy ended up making over $900 dollars in payments on a Nintendo Wii!

No one has the right to be disrespected or harrassed, but come on people! Don't you know when you're getting ripped off for items you don't even need?!?
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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Since he was having trouble making the payments, maybe he went down to the payday loan place and got some help....
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