Snuggie Is Finally Paying Customers Back for Keeping Fees Under Wraps
A wise man once said, “Teach me how to Snuggie.”
I think — I’m not sure anymore.
Those of us who know the joy of Snuggie-ing have been looked down on, memed and made the butt of jokes for almost two decades.
Today my fellow Snuggiers are going to get the warm justice they deserve.
Allstar Marketing Group, the same company that gave us such treasures as the Snuggie and other as-seen-on-TV products, duped hundreds of thousands of consumers into paying jacked up hidden fees for their products.
This week, the company reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission to the tune of $7.2 million that will be distributed back to the pockets of snug consumers.
The FTC is sending out 218,254 checks averaging about $33 each — enough to buy two more Snuggies!
This Snuggie settlement goes far beyond free-range-arm blankets. Buyers of the Perfect Bacon Bowl, Magic Mesh Door, Perfect Brownie Pan, Cat’s Meow and Roto Punch are getting refunds, too.
The FTC complaint says chilly channel surfers were charged $19.95 for a BOGO Snuggie and had to pay $7.95 shipping and handling charges for each one. During the promotion, you weren’t able to order just one, so a $20 Snuggie quickly became over $35.
In addition to failing to be transparent about fees, Allstar also allegedly used deceptive automated answering systems that confused callers into giving their billing information whether they intended to buy something or not.
Eligible consumers should receive their checks by the end of March, and the check must be cashed within 60 days or it becomes void. If you have questions about the refund you can call the FTC at 1-877-982-1294.
Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives tips for saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk. She legitimately owns a Snuggie with her name embroidered on it.