At the same time, more and more subscription services are being added. A bike, meal delivery services, underpants, if you can think of it, you can subscribe to it. The numbers don’t lie: every month Dutch people pay an average of €50 towards unwanted or hidden subscriptions.
In this article we list a number of worrying statistics for you. Luckily, we also explain how to get a hold on your subscriptions.
Rampant increase in subscriptions
Subscriptions are nothing new. History is full of examples of services and memberships for which people paid on a recurring basis. Things like ‘gentlemen's clubs’ in the 19th century, or newspapers and magazines. What is relatively new is the ubiquity of subscription services and the ultimate ease with which you can take out a new subscription.
Within minutes you can have a new subscription: For that brand-new bike or underwear made from bamboo - delivered straight to your door each month. Often times you also get a nice welcome offer, such as a free trial period of 6 months for only a euro. Wow, bargain!
Things that sound too good to be true, often are. And that certainly applies to subscriptions. Subscription services aren’t crazy. With a (too) nice lure, they get you hooked, in hopes that you’ll stay a customer for a long time, because this means they’ll earn back their welcome offer and a lot more with that. With a little luck, you’ll forget about the subscription completely.
And so the money keeps rolling in. It’s no surprise that more and more products and services are being offered on a subscription basis, since this brings in a lot more money than a one-time transaction.
Less overview due to digitisation
An important development underlying the huge boom in the subscription-economy is digitisation. In addition to marketing and member acquisition benefits, digitisation offers companies infinite opportunities to keep track of their customer base, and payments can be made without any manual labour: Everything can be automated.
While we at Dyme mostly welcome technological innovations, there is also a clear downside in this case. Digitisation has made administration a lot less clear and visible for most people. Transactions are a lot less tangible (test yourself: do you spend more money with your debit card or while using cash on a night out?), cash flows take place in the background and bank statements offer far too little insight.
Be in charge of your subscriptions
While bank statements and apps seem to fail in providing financial overview, with the introduction of the PSD2 legislation, many new technologies will become available that can better support you in this.
Dyme is one of them. We make our advanced technologies available to you so you can regain full control over your subscriptions. We do this by, among other things:
- Automatically giving you 1 overview of all your subscriptions;
- Finding your (hidden) subscriptions and cancelling these, if you so wish to;
- Showing you which subscriptions you’re paying too much for and, if you wish, arranging a switch to a less expensive provider;
- Negotiating better prices for your current contracts on your behalf;
- Providing you with legal support if you have a complaint about a company;
- and much, much more.
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