Again today I received, snail mail, a “notice of renewal” from the above referenced company in White City, Oregon. It is in regard to Woodshop News, indicating I need to send $69.95 to renew my subscription (I don’t have one) for 12 months. (a print subscription, 1 year, on the WN website is $21.95.)
At a time when I was busy and not as analytical as I should have been, I sent money to these folks. That was a mistake. Perhaps you can learn by it.
I researched the company today and while they aren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau, that website indicated some problems the company has had in the past.
I found another reference, via Google, to Liberty Publishers Service, which is listed on the BBB site here.
From that page:
“Alternate Business Names
CBS, Publishers Billing Association, Publisher’s Payment Processing, Publishers Billing Exchange, M B S, Magazine Billing Services, Publishers Payment, Liberty Publishers Group Inc, Circulation Billing Services, Magazine Billing Network, Publishers Billing Emporium, Publishers Payment Services, Publishers Magazine Payment, Publishers Magazine Billing, Publishers Billing Services, American Consumer Publishers Association, Global Publishers Service, G P S, Allied Publishing Services, Associated Publishers Services, Billing Services of America, Bradford Publishing Service, Global Publishers Center, Lake Shore Publishers Service, Magazine Distribution Service, Magazine Payment Services, Magazine Subscriber Services, Magazine Subscriptions Center, National Magazine Services, Periodical Billing Services, Platinum Subscription Service, Publication Service Networks, Publishers Access Services, Publishers Consolidated Subscription Services, Publishers Distribution Center, Publishers Education Services, Publishers Marketplace Services, Publishers Network Exchange, Publishers Periodical Service, Publishers Processing Service, Publishers Services Exchange, Readers Billing Services, Readers Payment Service, Seascape Publishers Network, Slo Call Center, Subscription Billing Service, Subscription Payment Exchange, Subscription Payment Services, United Publishers Services, Publisher’s Services Network, L P S, C B S, Global Publication Service, CBC – See more at: http://www.bbb.org/oregon/business-reviews/magazine-sales/liberty-publishers-service-in-medford-or-22673497#sthash.RR6DHMcz.dpuf“
It is apparent that (a) this company, or these companies, engage in questionable business practices (894 complaints noted on this page) and (b) deal in “subscriptions” to many different genres of magazine, including woodworking.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"