Would you buy the work of a creator you love, if it funds an abuser’s fight to grab his rights – to financially crush him into submission, steal his creative time, make him lose sleep, punish people he loves, and delay aid and solutions?
How would you feel if your goodwill was misused that way without your knowledge- because the seller hid the creator’s objections?
This is happening with sales of Peter Beagle’s work at Conlan Press. It enriches owner Connor Cochran while he battles Peter in court, and Peter is living as “close to the bone” as possible.
Here’s a good way to get books without guilt, and help him eat and live. “All proceeds go directly to Peter. There is no middleman.” Please share:
Consumer rights abuse is only part of the problem with Conlan Press. There’s something very wrong with the misuse of goodwill. Well-intentioned fans are paying without being informed about Peter’s lawsuit against Cochran for Elder Abuse and Fraud. Their money funds Cochran’s vexatious attack back at Peter.
Ugh. Just got an email from Conlan press, acting as if NOTHING is wrong, trying to sell everything Beagle related. #badform
— J. B. Whelan (@jbwhelan) January 9, 2016
Cochran’s appeals for money won’t mention any lawsuit – in his “Raven” newsletter, his web store, his ebooks at Amazon.com, and his exploitation of the Last Unicorn movie rights and licensing. DON’T BUY ANY OF IT! He’s doing “sleazy money and intellectual property grabs using Peter as bait without Peter’s permission or benefit.”
He’s milking Peter’s name like there’s no tomorrow – because there isn’t one for his business while Peter’s lawsuit moves forward.
Cochran wormed his way into Peter’s life by selling snake-oil about a better deal. He pushed out previous exploiters to take their place. But this fundraiser isn’t like his “crisis for poor Peter!” tearjerkers he did to exploit goodwill. It’s not promoting another false savior. It’s simply dealing with the results of Cochran’s scamming, that hit so many others who need relief too.
@ConlanPress I have sent multiple emails asking about my book order with no replies. Can someone please help?
— talesanura (@talesanura) February 17, 2016
Didn’t get your book, just excuses?
So, you’re one of countless deceived fans who paid Conlan Press without knowing about Peter’s lawsuit or Cochran’s 11 years of withholding goods. Please notice his new strategy to delay timely delivery, put off complaints, and sweep scamming under the rug. (And to hide violation of the FTC’s 30-day rule.) He recently enlisted a Crisis Manager to make the excuses look good.
DON’T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT. Silence makes more harm.
If your money was taken deceptively, or if you got nothing – demand refunds now. Take NO excuses. Keep pressure going. Don’t hold hope after years of lies. Don’t let your money fund attacks at Peter instead of what you paid for.
No refund? File a Credit Charge Dispute.
(Non-lawyer tips to use at your own judgement. Read more at Credit.com.)
Never pay cash to a shady seller. A card brings important protection.
If ONE refund request to the company isn’t honored, find the transaction in your statement and ask the bank for a charge dispute. It can be done online in a minute, or call them. They’re rarely fought. Watch time limits (often 120 days.) The bank takes the money back and credits your account, then reviews if the decision is final.
If you got no item, the refund is yours. If something did arrive, you may mail it back (ideally, postage due) and keep the tracking number. If the bank follows up to ask for proof, share the tracking number and the refund is yours.
If the company delivered something different than you paid for, delivered more than 30 days late, didn’t answer your request, refused to accept a return, or there was any problem with return address, tell them and the refund is yours.
Banks make money from providing this service – they’re strongly on the side of consumers. Also, they review accounts that receive many disputes. Too many and the account may be cancelled.
We’ve seen cheated victims of Conlan Press go empty-handed without knowing about this protection. Knowledge is Power – use it today.