You know, I’ve never called for a boycott in my entire life. I normally get two magazines. One is O, the Opr@ h one, and another is Redb00k. Both are parent corped by Hearst Mag@ zines. They are PISSING ME OFF. Seriously.
I got one in June and another July. Then why have I been getting ‘renewal’ requests since January? Hello? Anyone? I um JUST got the magazine six months ago. I am PAID UP through June on one and July on the other. It even says so on their fabulous little stickers on the front of the label that comes to my door. The renewal/requests for payment get nastier each month. Yes, I’ve been getting one each month for each magazine for almost half a year now for a magazine that is paid up until midsummer. Way back when, I remember getting one when I had about 2 months to go, and then one the month that it was due. I paid it when it was on the last month. Does their excessive waste of paper piss me off? Why yes it does. What’s wrong with going green people?
First of all, no one needs that many reminders to update their subscription. Either it comes in the mail or it doesnt, if it doesnt, gee you find out you didnt pay it and you resubscribe, or not. Second of all, have you noticed this little ‘caveat’ that they ‘sign’ you up for? It’s called ‘preferred renewal’ or some such garbage. Basically, without telling you, they sign you up for this program that will ‘continue’ your ‘service’ without the ‘hassle’ of resubscribing. Umm, bite me. I get bills all the time and I pay them on time. It’s not a hassle to me. On the nasty letter they send, it says ‘you SIGNED up for this service, so you’ve agreed to pay etc’ and I’m thinking what, 6 months in advance? You can UNSUBSCRIBE to the ‘preferred renewal’ or whatever it’s called, if you go online (nary a phone number to be found to call them on any notice I’ve ever received) and enter your code from your label and they take you out of the ‘service’ — does this stop the monthly and now twice a month bills? NO! As soon as you do that, they start sending you emails as well as the paper things, which they now call invoices.
Basically all these things are saying is your payment is now due, you’ve been getting your subscription and its time you paid for it. And I’m thinking, yeah you jerk wad, I did, 6 months ago. NO, I will NOT pay you a second time for the first year, nor will I pay you 6 months in advance for a magazine I’m not sure I want to continue getting. I really may boycott these magazines, heck I may boycott all magazines. It’s ridiculous, and of course they charge more to renew than your entry rate. Something which I dont tolerate. If I can get it online by going to your website and pay $10, would I pay $21 under your ‘preferred subscriber’ plan? Heck no!
Get a life, Hearst magazines, forget this ‘preferred subscriber’ plan of yours, it’s a bunch of bunk, you’re pissing honest people like me off, and you’re liable to start LOSING customers. Oh and your stupidity is polluting our environment.