incrediBILL - 2:27 am on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
The majority of such ventures end up in refunds. (You just need to word your Paypal dispute wisely!)
While I don't disagree with you, trolling their services knowing you'll probably do a chargeback just isn't right IMO. It's not like people aren't having enough trouble making money these days thanks to Google shuffling things all the time without having someone deliberately waste their time. Also, chargebacks damage someone's merchant account credit profile and too many of them can result in funds (many thousands) being withheld which can wreck a business so hopefully you request a refund before just doing a chargeback.
Regardless of their ineptitude, who's to say they don't actually help some sites, just not yours as even a bad mechanic can probably fix a flat tire.
Not that I'm defending them, I think quite a few of the SEO businesses out there wouldn't even exist if they had to take a simple competency test just to be in business. Like a site I ran across the other day that had "revisit after" meta tags in their checklist of features, almost fell off my chair. However, the try it and chargeback approach is just not cool under any circumstances.
I would only use services that come with personal recommendations, highly rated by reputable sites, or those that actually offer a money-back guarantee because they think they can deliver and they're obviously prepared for the possibility of a chargeback.
Just consider your wisely worded Paypal could put little kids out on the street the next time you play that game is all I'm saying, not cool.