This isn’t to debate the merits of autoship, BUT to share a lesson I learned.
I *do* participate in an autoship in a company in which I am a distributor. The monthly purchase is quite small, and something we use. So, why not be able to earn a little money since I will be spending that money anyway….right? This isn’t a product that I actively market, but other people do make purchases from me, and that little trickle is nice.
Here’s the thing – with this company (like others) the autoship is a requirement to be able to draw commission. I had my autoship set a the very end of the month, not for any good reason, just that was the day of the month I originally signed up on and never changed it.
And then, one month, someone stole my credit card number. (Dagnabit). Luckily, our bank has always been really responsive and good and I was able to get the card cancelled right away.
Except DRAT it happened near the end of the month, and I forgot that I had that card set to be charged for the autoship. Yes, my company sent me an email right away, but, because I had it set for so late in the month, I was too late when I corrected the number.
Sure… we can fill in a million different “if’s” here – if I changed the number right away, if I thought of it, if I’d just used a different card, if I’d used a card for that I never use for anything else….
But I missed it… and since I didn’t catch it until after the first of the next month, I lost my commissions for that month.
Mind you, this is totally on me, not the company. They sent me a notification immediately. I just don’t read emails late in the day, and the next day was too late.
SO! What am I doing differently now? Based on my past experience, this whole needing-to-have-a-card-canceled thing will happen again. The simplest solution for me, right now, is to change my autoship date to the beginning of the month. That way, if I run into a payment problem for whatever reason, I’ll have plenty of time to correct it within the commission cycle.
Mind you – I know that what works for me won’t work for everyone. But, I thought I’d share in the hopes someone else will learn from my mistake.