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Has anyone ever received a magazine without subscribing to it?

Started 1314015749.49 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1314300204.47 by AnikaBrodie

Last week there was a "W" magazine in my mailbox. Massive thing it is and certainly I didn't subscribe. There is a label with my name/address as if I did. Has this ever happened to anyone? I'm going to have to find out how to cancel.

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beanie1314016725.1371472 PostsRegistered 2/14/2007

yes, currently I am receiving "Maxim".......never ordered it (of course)!! And I have absolutely no idea how to cancel it. There isn't any label, etc in the mag...hmmmm

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circles1314016840.60319174 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.

Probably will send you a bill making a great offer for you to subscribe....just sent you a teaser issue....

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claudia___­anne1314017304.1137486 PostsRegistered 7/5/2011Arizona

Yes and always followed by a bill.

I must have signed up for something that shared my information with another company.


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fthunt1314017878.0931777 PostsRegistered 12/24/2010

YES Martha Stewart mag - started receiving it last summer and the tag said it would expire in August - another issue came last week and now says August 2012. I looked for a tel number to call to cancel - found none. I recently read on the news many magazines are barely holding on. Martha, Oprah, etc.

Before Martha I was receiving Vanity and getting 'renew your subscribtion' or this will be your last issue. Don't I wish!

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gonnab1314018106.263337 PostsRegistered 8/10/2007Conn.

Yes - Prevention. Great mag but I didn't order it. Had a heck of a time cancelling it. And then they started sending me books! Which, again I didn't order! Those were even harder to cancel. I finally threatened legal action. It seems that once you get on their mailing list, they don't let go.

age 79, sensitive/combo skin, few fine lines, lack of firmness especially to cheeks, short natural (never colored) grey hair, brown eyes

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cinebee1314018433.1376578 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

Did you order something that had a magazine subscription as a bonus? I just got Elle and I vaguely remember that it was a freebie with some cosmetics I ordered.

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roxyrn1314019021.477677 PostsRegistered 7/7/2008

Delta airlines sends my husband several magazines that are completely free (mainly high end travel, business types).

I once subscribed to Real Simple and did not renew, but they kept sending them and eventually, several years later, got a bill. Not happy with that one.

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Naryn1314020110.083310 PostsRegistered 5/26/2010

E.L.F. (Eyes lips face cosmetics) usually gives a year free magazine subscription with an order over a certain amount. You will NOT receive a bill when it runs out, and they never get any credit card info....it comes completely prepaid from E.L.F. There may be other companies that do this also.

Come to think of it, I think Best Buy and Ulta give a couple trial offer magazines that you DO have to cancel if you sign up for them, otherwise they keep coming and you WILL get a bill.

Also, a couple years back I began to receive THREE magazines I had not ordered, I tracked down a phone number for their customer service/subscriptions and they said all three were prepaid by some marketing company that I don't remember the name of. I cancelled two I totally wasn't interested in and kept the third. I never received a bill when it ran out.

I have never been billed for any magazine I did not order.

I suggest contacting their subscription department and find out how you got on their list.

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txrosegirl1314020308.222305 PostsRegistered 3/22/2007frisco, texas

yes! all of the sudden i started getting Us Weekly around my bday in june. i never ordered it and never received a bill.

i assumed it was a bday present from someone lol.

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RedTop1314021124.0035459 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

This aggravation started for us within the last couple of years, with 3 magazines. None of the magazines were ones we would choose to subscribe to, so I cut out the name and address portion and sent it back to the publisher with a firm no thank you letter. This is the company's approach for finding new subscribers. If you don't want the magazine, it helps if you are specific as to why that particular magazine doesn't fit you and/or your family, and why it is of no benefit to you. Otherwise, it will likely keep coming, as will the bills for the magazine.

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depglass1314024378.49724999 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I have bought a few "deals" from HSN that had mag subscriptions included for free. Mainly Glamour and Allure, I'm about three years in the future on Allure. These magazines need subscriber numbers to present to their advertisers and they are desperate to get them.

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SemperFi B­eauty1314024466.087347 PostsRegistered 10/12/2008Wisconsin

I started getting Parenting Mag. after I had my son. I never signed up for it, it just started showing up one day and it was a year subscription.

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ctinaw1314024600.921557 PostsRegistered 3/7/2005

I am also receiving "W" but I think it is because I ordered something from the Folica.com website. It seemed like you got a free sub if your order was over a certain amount. You may have gotten this too without even realizing it.

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Jennifera1314024833.947876 PostsRegistered 7/1/2011

Yes I received "W" magazine the other day and I remembered seeing it on folica.com, so I called their customer service and told them when I ordered and they told me the "W" magazine is from them and it was a special promotion during current dates. I hope this helps hun, did you order from folica.com?

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icezeus1314024854.314960 PostsRegistered 10/30/2010Southern California

Yes, and somewhere within the first fewpages of that magazine will be a contact number to subscription services. I would call them and have them cancel immediately.

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CLEM1314025004.8112576 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA

Oh yes, I have been getting Architectural Digest for years. Every once in a while they are sending me a bill for "renewal of your subscription" which I don't do. Then, for a few months, I don't get the magazine. But then it starts up again for a Year.

Have been getting many others over the years.

You don't have to cancel. Just don't fall for the trick of paying for the renewal.

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Beebo1314025691.2836960 PostsRegistered 4/13/2010

Yes. I received Rolling Stone for a year and recently I started receiving the Martha Stewart magazine.

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ansleighh1314025797.4671180 PostsRegistered 8/19/2006

Oh yes! Right now, I am receiving LUCKY but I think this was free for ordering something, but I will be on look out for a bill.

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nekodaisy1314026448.18790 PostsRegistered 11/13/2007Georgia

Yes. A few months ago I started getting Rolling Stone. Here come to find out it was a free years subscription with concert tickets I had ordered.

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Nadine1314026992.7631581 PostsRegistered 6/17/2006

I'm really glad you posted about this. I got Shape last week and I know I didn't subscribe. When the bill comes I'll send it back with cancel written on it. It's also happened with magazines I don't want to renew. When the subscription runs out they start sending collection invoices. I sent the last one back with a firm letter to not invoice me again, I didn't resubscribe and I never would again. I really think these are marketing ploys. How many people go ahead and pay the invoice because they think they did subscribe but just forgot about it.

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wendydarli­ng1314027041.323676 PostsRegistered 1/15/2009

My 21-yr.-old son began receiving "Working Mother" out of the blue. It is still arriving.

My younger child suddenly began receiving "Sports Illustrated."

I think magazines are having a hard time of it & they are doing anything they can to increase subscribership.

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MopsyGirl1314027318.5372576 PostsRegistered 2/15/2008

Yep - I just started getting one, can't remember the name right now. There was no number to call, but a website. So I went online and checked my "account" and found it's prepaid for a year. I have no idea where it came from.

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chickenbutt1314027515.88327041 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Several years ago I started getting Better Homes & Gardens. I would definitely not have subscribed (I found it quite boring!). It had my name and address and an expire date of a year down the road. I tried and tried to figure out why I was getting that and never did. Toward the end of the 12 months I got a bill to renew. I didn't, of course. weird

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kitkom1314028143.0335646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Just log on to the magazines website with the mailing label in front of you and its easy to cancel an unwanted subscription. I don't pay for any subscriptions anymore! I get soooo many magazine subscribtions now I'd be stupid to pay for them! I find many, many free subscriptions (3 months up to 2 years)! My dh can't believe all I get in the mail and don't pay a penny! I LOVE the internet! {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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ivey1314028896.623398 PostsRegistered 6/25/2007

Have you ever purchased magazines from a kid selling the through school. I think that company gives your info to the publishers because I started getting Rosie's short-lived magazine years ago for free. Then when it tanked, I started getting Real Simple for several years for free. Now, I get a baby magazine for free, and my baby is 40.

I will say--magazine subscription prices are really the only bargain out there now.

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