Magazines now ask you to renew constantly

Don't Waste Your Money

If you subscribe to any magazines, you may or may not have noticed a new trend in recent months:  It seems like your subscription is always about to end.

Which means there's a chance you will renew, and renew again.

But that's left one woman very frustrated, and saying enough is enough.

Constant Renewal Offers

Mary McCarthy subscribes to a half dozen magazines.

But in the past couple of years, she's noticed something strange: They seem to be constantly saying she needs to renew.

"Maybe 3 to 6 months into the subscriptions, I start getting bombarded with renewals," McCarthy said.

With letters screaming words like "urgent," she says she renewed a couple of them....only to realize she was oversubscribing.

"I had started noticing they were sending me renewal notices, and I thought it was too early, and when I checked it was,"she said.  "And I even over subscribed a couple of times because I got renewals a couple of weeks apart and inadvertently renewed them."

The New York Times says many well known magazines have hired aggressive third party firms to help with renewals.

They will bombard you with renewal notices, 6 months or more before you're really due.

"You could renew twice in the same year and be extending another 4 years, it's just never ending," McCarthy said.

And the Times says if you give them your credit card, they will auto-renew you forever, making it very hard to ever cancel.

What You Can Do

So how can you protect yourself?

    -Pay by check, not credit card.

    -Check your subscription end date before renewing.

That's what McCarthy does now. "It's not a good practice for them because it annoys me and I am sure it annoys other people."

My advice: Theres no need to renew a magazine until 2  months before it runs out.

And if you wait long enough, they will often lower the price, as they don't want to lose you as a subscriber.

And that way you don't waste your money.


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