Yesterday I got two emails from two different annual-subscription websites. Both were about using the credit card number I'd given them to get my money.
The first, from gootodo.com, was a politely worded and pleasant reminder that tomorrow they're going to charge me another $18 for another six months. They included simple instructions for exporting my information in case I decide not to continue my paid account.
The second, from a Web registration and hosting company, notified me that they had — the day before — charged me $50 to auto renew a Web forwarding feature that I haven't been using and didn't want. (I know, my fault, I should have turned off the automatic renewal. On the other hand, when I turned off auto forwarding, nine months ago, I assumed that a service I'd canceled and stopped using wouldn't automatically renew itself. Bad assumption.)
I'd like to believe that the high-road strategy will work better on the long run.
On the other hand, I canceled my gootodo account today, and the other company has my money now for another year. That makes me wonder.