I remember watching Seven’s Today Tonight show about the heavy handedness used by the mob at Studio 2000. The way they suck people in is by having competitions where the prize is a free professional photo sitting. You can imagine how many prizes they actually hand out for this competition, but while photo shoot is free it’s when they get you back in to view the photos that they come in with all guns blazing.
Gone are the friendly photographers and in come the high pressure sales people who’s only consideration is to get a sale before you leave their premises. If they are having problems then they get the managers involved and they both jump in on the attack. If I remember correctly, after telling one young mother how beautiful her child looked in the photos and they were still having trouble getting the big bucks out of her, they come up with the line, “if for some reason your baby was to die, wouldn’t you want a nice funeral photo for him?” I can still remember the horrid look on her face as she was telling the story. She fortunately got out with only one photo.
Another lady wasn’t so lucky and it actually was going to put her in debt to the tune of several thousands of dollars. It seems that this unscrupulous mob love to prey on the weak. I did a bit of a search and found a transcript of the show. You can view it on the Today Tonight site.
Basically the thing to remember is that nothing is for free and when it is then there is a catch somewhere just waiting to get into your wallet. Oh, and one other thing, unless you were stupid enough to sign something, you don’t actually have to buy a damn thing.