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Dick, & Barb Cain

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08-16-2011 04:52 PM

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I keep getting these fabulous offers to re-subscribe from various magazines.

I just got one yesterday with my latest issue. I checked the expiration date for it, & its good until June, 2014.”LOL”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 05:10 PM

This is one of my pet peeves. I have to keep looking up when a subscription is really up. So now I am just letting them lapse, then resubscribing. The worst one of all is my excellent mailorder Continuing Medical Education program, which I have been doing for 25 years. This is not a magazine, it is audio, written, tests, etc. I don’t want to miss any issues, but resubscribing for a year is nearly $500. So I don’t have any interest in paying up for 3 years in advance, for instance.

I think they try anything to confuse you….....and they do, so I refuse to be sucked in, and wait until the messages have an element of panic in them….......(-:

Now, another one is National Geographic Magazine. 3 to 4 months after they have sent me my new membership card, they are still reminding me to resubscribe. Gees.

Have a good one, hope you get all the winter damage fixed….....before the winter!!!...........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 05:14 PM

It’s the reason why I dropped my subscriptions to ShopNotes and Woodsmith. Why should they have my money more than 6 months before it’s put to use? I complained several years in a row and never even received the courtesy of a reply.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 06:18 PM

I guess it’s safe to mention the latest, “WOOD Magazine”.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 06:30 PM

Fine Woodworking also continuously sends reminders

-- Joe

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 06:31 PM

Wood is the biggest offender, of the few I take. In the future, I’ll let it lapse, and use one of those loose reduced-price offer cards that flood the magazines.

I e-mailed them about it, once, too, basically referring to it as “sleazy.”

Of course, no response.

We vote with our wallets. Never forget :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 06:41 PM

Speaking of Wood, I just got the new magazine in the mail yesterday with a leter “Open immediately, Urgent Attention Required” stamped on the front. Whenever I see that on a letter from anywhere(especially banks) I know they are wanting money. Sure enough, it was saying my magazine is almost out and to resubscribe. I just started the subscription 2 months ago lol.

The worst I have ever come across though and was extremely shady and I emailed them about it was Woodworkers Guild of America. 3 months ago I got a letter stating to send money or return the dvd that I requested and received (which I did not request or receive). Then 2 months ago I got a more stern letter stating the same thing and that they still haven’t received the money for the dvd that I supposedly asked for. Last month I got another one that sounded almost like a threat so I emailed them. I got a reply in a few minutes saying saying this….

“Thank you for your email. Our records are updated to reflect that you did not receive the item and your name has been removed from our promotional mailing list. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience and disregard any other notices you might receive. We have put together this offer for you to preview at no risk. You are under no obligation to participate in the program. Your comments, both complimentary and otherwise, are extremely important to us and help with the development of new programs. We will continue to work hard for your complete satisfaction. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.”

WHAT? “You are under no obligation to particiapte in the program”???? Then why are they sending me emails demanding money for a dvd I never requested or received. Very shady!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 09:03 PM

I commented on this very thing a few months ago. I too am letting all my subs expire. You send them emails etc and no one even has the decency to respond. I did not appreciate getting envelopes with “Please respond second notice” or crap like that when the sub was paid up for 2 years. I pay my bills on time and it just infuriates me.
Their loss, I’ll buy at Barnes and Noble and that way I can peruse the mag and see if I really want it. It’s got so a lot of the articles are ho-hum. You can only read so many….build a super shop,build a great bookcase,build this blanket chest etc.

-- Life is good.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 09:51 PM

I’ve learned over the years, that letting a magazine expire, it isn’t long afterward that

they give it to me at much better price. So what if you miss maybe one issue.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 08-17-2011 12:54 AM

I looked at my wood magazine label and it was not going to expire for 6 years.

I guess I got a bill and I paid. For many years in advance.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 08-17-2011 01:24 AM

I found that my wife was intercepting those statements in the plastic sleeve around the magazines and paying the “bills”. Well I was into some of those for 5 or 6 more years. I have read about those and most of the time they are put in by a third party company that gets a cut if they can get you to subscribe early. Of course they are holding my money for that period of time too. I did have a conflict with that magazine. I emailed them a heated email and got a response and finally a phone call from them. I had stated that I wasn’t sure they would be here in 5 years and they said they took those comments very seriously. What could they do. I said I have had it with another issue on how to store “stuff in the garage”. I have read those things for 10 years. He said sir the average person will drop us in 4 tro 6 years. No wonder you think our magazine is the same. You are correct that we do repeat because it is difficult to keep things fresh for you guys. Help us with that. I made some comments and they actually have changed some things. They will listen if we will get to the right person. I do keep better track of the subscriptions and my wife does ask now. That was a start.

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#11 posted 08-17-2011 12:02 PM

I just threw away the “renew now” envelope that came in my new Wood mag. I am paid through 2014, but, because I gave a friend o mine a “free” subscription, they wanted me to renew mine so he could get another free one….. geeesh….. but I’m done renewing for quite some time

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 08-17-2011 12:55 PM

My magazine experience mirrors all the above comments, and I, too, let them expire before renewing. I did notice some subscription offers now come with a self-renewing clause in the deal…I got one off Amazon that had this and had to fight to get it stopped. But the priactice seems to go to other publications as well. The Wall Street Journal has been really bad about the renewal process, last year they renewed my $200/year subscription for $110/quarter automatically using the credit card I had provided for the first year. It was a real fight to get that reversed. Then about 2 months I got an offer to subscribe for $200/year (again). But the latest scam is the letter I just got yesterday from Woodworker’s Journal: the envelope was marked “Welcome to the Woodworker’s Journal”. Only thing is I didn’t subscribe, turned out to be another “bargain” offer.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#13 posted 08-18-2011 12:50 AM

I struggled with wood mag on their buy 1 & get 2 extra years free offer. When I tried to take up the offer you could’nt do it on the web for overseas subscribers. After several emails I got the offer but it took a lot of effort.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 08-18-2011 01:07 AM


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 08-18-2011 04:41 AM

Barb just checked the expiration date on her TIME magazine, it’s good until 2017. They snuck up on her with this one somehow.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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