There are a few magazines I subscribe to. I like the paper version much better than the e-reader version. I liked them better when they were more than 30 pages thick but I try to roll with the times.
Print ‘anything’ is dying out. Our library stopped taking book donations because they weren’t selling them. Not even for 50 cents or a dollar a book.
Checking my magazine, my expiration date is September of 2017. How could I be getting a “last notice” now?
I have learned that you have to be careful with subscriptions. Never pay on-line. Never. Ever.
Once they get your credit card number they will automatically renew each year whether you want it or not.
With the auto-renew, you can’t go to their website and cancel. You have to call someplace on a faraway planet; wait a fortnight in a queue; and try to discuss your problem in Klingon. (Sounds a lot like Sirius Radio if you ask me. Have you ever tried to cancel that service? You are transferred to progressively more aggressive salespeople who cannot understand why you would want to cancel.)
Good luck with that!
There is no Pay Pal option either.
So I write a check; put it in an envelope; and snail mail it — but not 15 months in advance. Even snail mail doesn’t take that long.
A magazine could go out of business in that time and I doubt if I would get a reimbursement. (I know I wouldn’t. A magazine died in the middle of my subscription a few years back. They said they would let me know about transferring to another magazine. I am waiting. Patiently.)
Sometimes subsequent “last notices” become cheaper. Or they tell you that you were selected for a very special deal. Very. Special.
I’ll wait for my next “last notice” and see if it gets cheaper. In the meantime, I’ll check out the recipes I’ll never make; drool over the clothes I’ll never buy; and read the articles that aren’t geared for my demographic.
Really I do enjoy reading a good magazine.
Does anyone besides me read magazines? Doctor’s offices don’t count!