questionsare you getting free magazine subscriptions you…

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Did you sign up through some deal website, or through the company itself?

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I haven't had that happen recently, but when I started getting "Details" magazine out of the blue several years ago I simply called the publisher and asked them to stop sending it to me. They complied without any problems.

If you don't want the extra magazine just give them a call. If you do want it, enjoy it. They can't make you pay for it if you didn't order it.

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Also, some niche magazines go out of publication and honor your subscription costs by sending you another, similar magazine instead. US News & World Report, for instance, went out of business and is now sending me Money magazine for the remainder of my original subscription to US News.

When this happens, though, you usually get a notice about the change.

However, I'm more inclined to think you're getting a sort of "courtesy" subscription that will bill you eventually.

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I ordered a Muscle Car subscription for my husband's birthday about 5 years ago and only paid for one year but we still get it. My theory is the advertising costs are based on subscription rates, magazines survive on advertising, not subscriptions. So they keep sending free magazines and show the advertisers their falsely inflated subscriber count to get them to pay more for their ads.

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Wired Magazine. 4 years ago for some reason, we started getting three copies a month. Never received a bill nor a renewal notice. I took them to work every month and left them in the lobby for the patient families to read.

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@abramokids: I subscribed through one of the tanga deals I'd seen here on woot deals.

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@ohcheri: That's what I was thinking too. I was curious if I was just being cynical.

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@lavikinga: Yes! This is another thing that's been happening. I had a subscription to a "women's" magazine, and now I get 3 of them--the latter two I never subscribed to. The original one I'd paid for a one-year subscription and though they do keep asking me for renewals, I never respond but they continue to send them.

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@durkzilla: I tried to change my question from "do not want" to "did not request" but had hit that SUBMIT button too fast. I certainly don't mind receiving them, I'm just stunned at how frequently this is happening lately.

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@pamfenway: My only guess is that they signed you up for extra stuff. But what do I know shrugs

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What tees me off is to subscribe to a magazine and almost immediately begin to receive renewal notices. Better Homes & Gardens and Reader's Digest are particularly bad about it, with BHG nagging on a subscription that had 18 months remaining. Popular Science and Popular Mechanics wait until there's 3 months left in the subscription.

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@lavikinga: Yes! I get more renewal notices for some magazines than I get the magazines themselves! Last fall I'd tried one that only comes out once every 2 months. After having rec'd only ONE issue I got my first renewal notice. I was so annoyed I actually answered that one & told them where to stick it.

Another pet peeve, and one I cannot fathom whatsoever in this computer age, is the amount of time they take to send out your first issue. By the time you get that first issue, you forget you ever ordered it.

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Granted, I'm a cheap-o, but some used book stores will pay for recent subscriptions to magazines.
Save up a months worth and see what you can get. The one near me gives me store credit, so I always get new (to me) books.

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I started getting some home handymanwoodworker magazine about 2 months after I moved into a new house. Never subscribed, and never subscribed to any other magazine over the last few years.

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I received a gift sub for a computer (I'm in IT!) mag, and then bought a few other mags as gifts when it was time for renewal, and also a motorcycle rag for me.
I then received a free sub to a powerboat mag.
Which "qualified" me for a wooden boat mag sub. This one I liked!
These then qualified me for Cosmo, then BHG.
After some time my computer, both boat and the motorcycle mags expired, but I started getting some young female fashion rags I never heard of.
I ended with a couple years of a teen scene thing.
I knew they were all related to the first sub because of the wrong middle initial.
It was just odd getting happy happy joy joy little sappy girl paparazzi crap.
I did NOT know the Hanson Brothers drummer was a boy until then.

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@gidgaf: LOL I've now received 3 Muscle & Fitness mags (which, of course, I never subscribed to) and what a hoot. Apparently my sub to Fitness mag was supposed to be close enough in content that I'd be interested in lots of pics of very-scantily-clad women in leather and lace! Yah, right.

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I saw a 1 year free subscription when Maxim magazine first came out (prelaunch) so I got the original issue , I've NEVER paid for a single issue and have moved three times( each time I moved figured they'd see the mistake and cancel it) all these years later still getting it free , as well as wired , PS3 and Xbox 360 mags, car and driver /road and track popped up for a few years, a few motorcycle mags poped in for a few years as well

Best part is I saw the first issue of Maxim bringing huge dollars on Ebay listed it and got $200 for my "free" magazine

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@fire1427. Same here. I recieved Maxim for years (never signed up) and it always followed me with each move. Other magazines took a while to switch addresses, but Maxim was always the first to find me. I just wish I would have saved the first issue

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My husband had a magazine subscription 5 years ago and ended it years ago. But recently we got a call from a guy who works at that magazine company telling my husband that he has to pay like a thousand dollars for the already renewed magazine subscriptions. So my husband told him that he is not going to pay for that cuz he didn't want that and he also didnt know that ! And then that guy said they have been trying to call my husband ,but my husband didn't pick up the phone ,so they assumed the my husband would take the offer. But my husband was not in the country for two years time , how can he pick up the phone, that is ridiculous!
I was so pissed. They even asked him about his new address and credit card information to clarify my husband's identity, so as to end the subscription. I have no idea what we can do , they send us a bill and they still sending us magazines that we never heard about or want. Is there any source we can seek help for?