Subscriptions and recurring charges are used by some business engaged in e-commerce. This typically occurs where the business is offering a product or service on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Newspapers and magazines are a common product offered through a subscription. Other products include food, supplements, cosmetics, weight loss products, shaving products, clothing, books, soap and many others. Services can be offered this way too. For example, pest control and lawn fertilizer companies offer periodic service calls to your home. Cable, cell phone and satellite television services are offered this way too. A federal law called the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Regulation E impose certain requirements on subscriptions and recurring charges. In my experience in the Attorney General's Office, I saw many online companies falling short of these requirements.

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