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Old 12-06-2014, 06:09 PM
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Just Renewed SiriusXM for 6 Months...$33.68

Got a call from what turned out to be a third party selling a "promotional" 6 month SiriusXM renewal...Music & Traffic only ("Select" package)...with taxes & fees...$33.68 total. I also opted for the "Invoice Option" for payment, which means they would send me a bill and I would pay with a check...no credit card number given. The only pain is I have to remember to cancel before the 6 months is over or it automatically renews at a much higher price, but I'm sure by that time a new "special" will be available.

I should have asked how much extra "Travel Link" would be, but I forgot. No biggie, don't use it much anyway.

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Re: Just Renewed SiriusXM for 6 Months...$33.68

Interesting. I was just thinking that $33 for 12 months is about what I would pay for SXM.

BTW, I suggest that everyone obtain at least one credit card account that has a Controlled Payment Number system. That allows you to set your own spending limit and expiration date for a virtual credit card number you generate on demand, and then the merchant can never overcharge you. I use ShopSafe with my Bank of America Visa, but there are others out there.

So, in your case you could create a credit card number valid for 2 months that has a spending limit of $33.68. Let them try to charge it again after that six-month SXM trial period is up... it won't work.

I would much rather do that than have a company obtain my bank account and routing numbers where they could ACH from my checking account at will. Merchants can grant themselves that right via an "e-check conversion notice" and verbiage in the boilerplate terms.
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Re: Just Renewed SiriusXM for 6 Months...$33.68

"Merchants can grant themselves that right via an "e-check conversion notice" and verbiage in the boilerplate terms. "


And that is exactly what SiriusXM will do if you pay them with a check and forget to call and cancel before renewal time. I make them invoice me and I pay them with a Postal money order.
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And that is exactly what SiriusXM will do if you pay them with a check and forget to call and cancel before renewal time. I make them invoice me and I pay them with a Postal money order.
Wow, that's pretty horrible; I wasn't aware that SXM was actually doing that. It's much harder to get your money back from an ACH debit like that. You're basically at the mercy of the merchant.

As I said, ShopSafe is good protection and also offers the ability to do chargebacks if you get jilted by the merchant on the initial purchase. However, sometimes credit won't do for a transaction and I, like you, have resorted to money orders for protection against merchant malfeasance.
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I make them invoice me and I pay them with a Postal money order.
That sounds like an excellent suggestion, thank you.

My wife also renewed her account on her BMW along with me (on the same phone call) for the same price & terms...I'll ensure she sends a Postal Money Order as well.

Just one other thing everybody...

This "Third Party" also bought up that if my wife and I were to combine our SiriusXM accounts, we would be given a 33% discount. Once my free 1 yr service has expired (on 3/15...my wife's free service ends 12/14), along with our 6 month extensions, I'll enquirer about this as well come renewal time.

But if we are not offered similar extension prices, we will most likely just let SiriusXM expire permanently on our vehicles.
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FWIW, some previous occupant of my domicile that the mail carrier insists on continuing to deliver mail for despite
my repeated requests for more than a year for her to stop doing that, apparently let his SXM expire.

Anyway, a few months ago he got a offer in the mail for $25 for 6 months with the $15 activation fee waived, though perhaps that was a different package. People might be able to hammer them down to that level, though you may have to let SXM expire to show you mean business.

ETA: There is a 100+ page, multi-year thread on FatWallet about how to obtain SXM renewal deals.
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Re: Just Renewed SiriusXM for 6 Months...$33.68

It was on the news friday 12/06/14.

Sirius has a class action suit against them for unfair billing!!!
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It was on the news friday 12/06/14.

Sirius has a class action suit against them for unfair billing!!!

LOL... too bad it doesn't cover poor customer service and a product they can't deliver consistently.
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Re: Just Renewed SiriusXM for 6 Months...$33.68

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LOL... too bad it doesn't cover poor customer service and a product they can't deliver consistently.
I have had Sirius XM on my vehicles for several years, and have had no problem with customer service. When I sold a vehicle recently, I called and cancelled the subscription. The CSR was very friendly and credited my credit card with the refund due. Twice I've called to start subscriptions on used vehicles I purchased, both times I was offered a trial subscription before my paid subscription started (15 months total rather than 12).
I use the reduced cost "mostly music" option, but don't do the maneuvering to try to get a few bucks off.
I agree the quality of the sound is not real good compared to CD, but is good enough for a few bucks a month.
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Interesting. I was just thinking that $33 for 12 months is about what I would pay for SXM.

BTW, I suggest that everyone obtain at least one credit card account that has a Controlled Payment Number system. That allows you to set your own spending limit and expiration date for a virtual credit card number you generate on demand, and then the merchant can never overcharge you. I use ShopSafe with my Bank of America Visa, but there are others out there.

So, in your case you could create a credit card number valid for 2 months that has a spending limit of $33.68. Let them try to charge it again after that six-month SXM trial period is up... it won't work.

I would much rather do that than have a company obtain my bank account and routing numbers where they could ACH from my checking account at will. Merchants can grant themselves that right via an "e-check conversion notice" and verbiage in the boilerplate terms.
Why go to all of that bother? I get reward points for using my Jeep MasterCard in everyday life. I usually pay my Jeep MasterCard off monthly so it costs me nothing to use it. It has a very low interest rate even if I didn't. I trade those reward points for SiriusXM Gift cards. First, I get the gift cards for virtually free so it costs me nothing to renew my SiriusXM subscription (BTW, I had so many SiriusXM gift cards the last time I did this I had them turn all of the services on for two years and I still have a credit balance in my account for my next renewal.) and second there is no personal information on the gift cards for SiriusXM to obtain. No muss, no fuss.

Oh, and I did all of this online. I just had to type the gift card numbers in on the SiriusXM webpage. The gift cards were never in SiriusXM's possession. I did negotiate my 2 year SiriusXM everything price over the phone before I went on their website.
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Why go to all of that bother?
I will note that ShopSafe is a general solution that works for any credit card-accepting merchant you don't trust not to pull more money from your account than you want. Furthermore, it takes me less than two minutes to login to the website and create a virtual credit card number for a specific transaction, so from my perspective that is far more convenient than jumping through hoops to get gift cards for myself.
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I will note that ShopSafe is a general solution that works for any credit card-accepting merchant you don't trust not to pull more money from your account than you want. Furthermore, it takes me less than two minutes to login to the website and create a virtual credit card number for a specific transaction, so from my perspective that is far more convenient than jumping through hoops to get gift cards for myself.
If that works for you, fine, but it is far too complicated for me. It is not my intention to tell other people how to conduct their business transactions. I am just pointing out that your suggestion may not be as easy and safe as you think. I have my questions about ShopSafe too as that puts my information in one more set of hands. Look up what Michael Moore has to say about Bank of America. Don't forget Bank of America was one of the leading contributors to the mortgage/housing mess. Why should I trust them or ShopSafe anymore than anybody else? Using gift cards takes the transaction out of everybody's hands. There are no hoops in getting the gift cards. I just go online and redeem my points for what I want and they come in the mail in a couple of days. I am going to use the Jeep MasterCard anyway why not get an additional benefit from it? I also get gas and restaurant gift cards that same way. In any case I have to give kudos to MasterCard. My card has been comprised twice in about 45 years. Both times they stepped up and were the ones that discovered it before I even did. It was taken care of in a matter of a couple of days. I had a new card/account number in my hands overnight and was not held responsible for any of the fraudulent charges. I have operated entirely with plastic the last 15 years. I feel it is much safer to do that as I have four high crime areas near me, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Ann Arbor. I carry no paper or coin money on my person what so ever. This works best/fine for me but may not work well for others. You do need a high credit score and a good line of credit to operate entirely with plastic. As an example, and certainly not to brag, as I am sure there are others here with a much higher income than I have, I have a couple of credit cards with a credit line high enough that I could charge an entire new Jeep to if need be.

So to sum up and still keep it friendly, there is more than one way to do business with SiriusXM and keep your financial information safe. One size does not fit all.
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