Our friend Marni sends us this interesting case, with a bit of advice attached: >>>
McAfee is getting desperate. I just found a pair of $90 speakers for $20 on Tiger Direct. The only catch? They came with a McAfee anti-virus subscription. Turns out the $70 discount is a mail-in rebate, and you’re only eligible for it if you actually install McAfee on your system and sign up your credit card with their renewal system.
Don’t fall for these kinds of scams folks. There is a reason “removal tool” is Google’s top suggestion when you type “McAfee” into your search bar folks.
What do you think of this as a marketing strategy? No one is exactly being tricked here. But surely McAfee knows (better than most consumers know) that agreeing to auto-renew a subscription means that consumers will end up spending more than they intend to.