questionscan anyone explain to me why subscriptions should…

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They ship at a really slow bulk postage rate, so it takes a while to even get to you. By the time they get your subscription, the current month is already out, and by the time your information is in, it's too late for the label printing for the next month.

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@omnichad: Hmmm, that does explain some of it. But what about the weekly subscriptions, like TIME? I mean, they have to send them out every week, and as it's a newsmagazine it has to be timely, so why would it take over a month to start sending them out? I'm honestly curious about this, not trying to be a PITA!

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@pamfenway: I wonder if it's because their magazine is subsidized by ads, and they sold those ads well in advance based on a certain # of subscribers. If they're getting paid ads for 5,000 subscribers and get 50 more, they're losing more money because the subscription rate doesn't cover the cost of production, printing and mailing.

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The mailmen need to have enough time to read your magazines before you get them. In order to throw off suspicion, all mailmen everywhere have agreed that they will only read the first issue of a magazine that someone gets. That way they can all blame the delay on the magazine publisher instead of the post office. It's a conspiracy I tell you!

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@omnichad: That's a very interesting hypothesis!

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@90mcg112: ANOTHER conspiracy! Life's going to hell in a handbasket, eh?