You may have heard of the Creative Home Arts Club. The membership club that advertises a plethora of wonderful benefits to all who join both online and off primarily solicits to, I would guess, women, moms and other people that stereotypically fit into the category of “person who enjoys craft projects and scrapbooking”. Or maybe you have instead heard of the Handyman Club of America, an affiliate membership club of Creative Home Arts Club that caters to Do It Yourselfers and people who enjoy partaking in home improvement projects. Both clubs are owned by North American Membership Group (NAMG). Both also should be avoided at all costs.
If you have yet to be taunted with amazing, chance of a lifetime offers by the infamous Creative Home Arts Club, consider yourself lucky but keep the name tucked in the back of your mind to access in case of a future confrontation with their promise packed promotional solicitations. You will know when this membership club scam is delivered to you through the postal mail. It will be the one so generously extending their exclusive membership offer to you for a very low price of just under $20 or so.
In exchange for the twenty bucks, Creative Home Arts Club advertises some of the following key benefits: A year subscription to the Creative Home Arts Club official magazine (filled with one of a kind easy yet high quality arts and crafts projects step by step guides), a couple free gifts of some sort, and the most enticing of all, an opportunity to become a product tester. That is, as a valuable member of their club, you will be able to receive tons of cutting edge products to try out and by providing a simple review of each one alone, you get to keep them (each of which is worthy of a very high price tag of course) for free. And this offer does indeed sound fabulous, does it not? You think it sounds good now, just wait until you set your eyes upon the photograph they slip in your introductory membership kit. This club is amazing!
Let me tell you about Creative Home Arts Club and all of the sister clubs associated with it. The membership only club as well as several other clubs of similar niche areas of the home economic-esque realm, owned by North American Membership Group (NAMG) is nothing but blatant scams disguised by a couple legitimate promises.
Whoever it is behind the NAMG and Creative Home Arts Club is admittedly really good at his or her scam artist job. The literature soliciting your financial contribution to your new favorite membership club is written very craftily and yes, it worked on me two years in a row, I’m embarrassed enough to say. See, the trick that these companies pull is to first, suck you into a yearly membership subscription by promising a grand slew of awesome rewards and exclusive opportunities. Now it’d already be slimy enough if the club were to simply take your money and run, without ever providing you with your arrangement of free gifts and magazine subscription. But Creative Home Arts Club goes above and beyond slimy. They have clearly planned out their official scam tactics with such extreme care that they have found a great way to duck out of any legal responsibility over trusting consumers’ giant mistakes.
Basically the glaring, too good to be true benefit of becoming a member of Creative Home Arts Club is the opportunity to test out new products and keep them for free in exchange for your opinion and personal review. Who would not want to do this, they figure and they are right. I have seen posts on forums all over the internet discussing this awesome offer they got in the mail from none other than Creative Home Arts Club to test new products. Also in the forums are plenty of responses that match my warning to stay far away.
Now, I do acknowledge that quite possibly there are some people out there who have really received free products other than the small introductory gift, which for me were actually a couple cute wine glass charms. This is not, however a benefit that the average member gets to take advantage of, like they promised. I believe they get away with this because of the fact that people assume that well, “since the magazines (as crappy as they are) are still arriving and I did get my introductory gift, perhaps I just have to give them time to send me my product to test”. Yeah right.
Finally, the whopper of a free gift promise or rather, trick, the Creative Home Arts Club pulls entails a very expensive looking photograph of a nice tote bag totally loaded with unending arts and crafts supplies. They make it sound like once you pay that original twenty dollars you are in the club. The truth, though, is that just gets you the magazine. If you actually want all the free gifts they exaggeratedly offer, you then have to- surprise- pay a couple hundred dollars or so to become a lifetime member. Then you supposedly receive the tote bag full of goodies, though somehow I’m doubtful about that one too.
Don’t be fooled by the $24 check either. It is only a rebate check to help pay the two hundred or so bucks for lifetime membership.
Creative Home Arts Club is a scam. It is not worth investing in or even wasting more than two seconds to look over when you receive their tempting solicitations in the mail. I recommend tossing anything from NAMG immediately upon receipt.
Unfortunately, I’ve fallen for this Creative Home Arts Club membership temptation two years in a row now and have yet to receive any benefit from it whatsoever. In fact the only thing I receive besides the expendable magazines are biweekly statements from Creative Home Arts Club informing me that my Lifetime Membership fees are past due. Ha. So now here I am trying to warn others before they get sucked in too and this fraudulent company flourishes even more on their scams. In addition, I spend a portion of my free time annoyingly preparing and sending demands every other week to the company for my money back. I have yet to hear a response but you know what “they” say about persistence. I will update you if this gets settled.