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Topic Title: Advertising with local council planning ?
Topic Summary: is it legit
Created On: 17 December 2012 08:31 PM
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 17 December 2012 08:31 PM
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aligarjon

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i was cold called and asked if i wanted to place an ad with the local council that would go out as a booklet or leaflet with all planning applications. Has anyone else had this sort of offer, they weren't doing it when i had some plans passed about 5 years ago. or is it some sort of scam ?

Gary

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 17 December 2012 08:50 PM
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I had this a while back, if I recall it was legit as I phoned the Local Authority to verify it. The publication was done by a 3rd party i.e. not the building control/planning department.

They sent an example like this http://viewer.zmags.co.uk/publ.../701b2322#/701b2322/10

If I recall you may find yourself one amongst many other electricians, and if I also remember the circulation was not as good as claimed. The local authority did not send it out as a matter course but it was available should anybody come into the council offices. It was pricy at £500 for a quarter page.

I contacted one of the advertisers and they said it was a complete waste of money.
 17 December 2012 08:57 PM
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aligarjon

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Thanks Mike. yes that looks like it. Cheers

Gary

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 17 December 2012 09:10 PM
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chunk522

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Dont bother mate I have had a few of these offers and one company even threatened to out us from our local authority contract if we didnt sign up I told him to **** off
 17 December 2012 11:36 PM
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peteTLM

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They are legit as in they have permission to sell the space on behalf of the council. BUT when they say they are from the council, THEY ARE NOT. They are a printing company that gives them the folders for free as a way of selling advertising space.

Ive paid for these some years ago. Lets put it this way, save your money and have a good night out instead of wasting your money on these things.

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 18 December 2012 06:56 AM
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normcall

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Round my way, when a planning application is made, I believe they send out a pile of information including an information booklet including advertising.
Mind you, the same council (Conservative) also produce a quarterly magazine including adverts although our (Conservative) Parish Council think it's beneath them to have advertising in their infrequently issued quarterly magazine.

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 18 December 2012 09:13 AM
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Cremeegg

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Quite legit - just another bunch of parasites trying to make money out of your business not for your business.

From what I know they are expensive and from what I've heard by ringing up those that have advertised with them they've never produced much if any work for the advertisers.
 18 December 2012 07:09 PM
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aligarjon

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I might have dropped one as i agreed to advertise with them by email a few weeks ago. What got me thinking was when they left a message yesterday offering me a 10% discount if i paid my bill early. i agreed to pay in January but they have so far sent me 2 invoices,1 in November and now december after i ignored the first one.(about £475.00 incl vat)

I e-mailed them yesterday wanting them to confirm in writing that it got sent out as a matter of course with all planning applicationbs as they told me when they rang. As yet i have heard nothing.

Does anyone know if a contract is binding if sent by e-mail as i haven't signed anything by hand.

Gary

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 18 December 2012 07:17 PM
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londonlec

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Damn, I have been suckered in!

Think I paid £540 for half a page, after a discount.
 18 December 2012 07:22 PM
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aligarjon

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Originally posted by: londonlec

Damn, I have been suckered in!



Think I paid £540 for half a page, after a discount.




Mine is only a quarter page, you got a bargain.

you live and learn.

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 18 December 2012 07:34 PM
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Originally posted by: aligarjon

I might have dropped one as i agreed to advertise with them by email a few weeks ago. What got me thinking was when they left a message yesterday offering me a 10% discount if i paid my bill early. i agreed to pay in January but they have so far sent me 2 invoices,1 in November and now december after i ignored the first one.(about £475.00 incl vat)

I e-mailed them yesterday wanting them to confirm in writing that it got sent out as a matter of course with all planning applicationbs as they told me when they rang. As yet i have heard nothing.

Does anyone know if a contract is binding if sent by e-mail as i haven't signed anything by hand.

Gary



Dealing over the internet is a tricky one and phone (verbal) and email (written) contracts are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act, under the law your recorded call or email becomes a 'legal instrument' and is seen as a 'business to business' contract with no cooling off period.

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 18 December 2012 07:44 PM
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aligarjon

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Cheers RnR. i'll just have to go with it this year and see what comes. I guess if it picks up 1 job it pays for itself ( which was my initial thinking anyway) I might as well ring up tomorrow and get my £50.00 off. lol

Gary

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 18 December 2012 11:19 PM
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baldelectrician

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You could say that you were not authorised to make this business contract, and you are subject to disciplinary procedures

I had these calls before, but I don't get them now (before a call connects a voice says that calls may be recorded). These sales calls now don't seem to get through

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