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Thread: Magazine subscription alert from Fons and Porter

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    Have you ever "renewed" or "extended" a magazine subscription and then wondered if you really received this??

    Fons and Porter site has a warning of what to watch for:

    http://www.fonsandporter.com/aspx/fo...spx?pageid=190

    They have a picture of one of these "bogus" renewal "bills" on that page.

    I have received these, and now I wonder how many I sent in for renewal!!! They are from "billing companies" or clearing houses instead of from the actual magazine company, and charge more for the magazine than the real company does. (Of course they keep a large portion of the subscription price, and IF you do get the magazine it costs you more, so it is bad for you and bad for the Magazine Company.)

    So from now on I guess I will double check who sends these renewal notices and deal only with the Magazine itself!!!

    (This problem exists with ALL magazines, not just quilting magazines.)

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    Thanks for the heads up!! You know that's just plain WRONG!!! I just get so aggravated with individuals that take advantage of others. Hope they get caught and put out of business.

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    I've gotten so many of those before. I always toss them.

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    Thank you for the warning :D:D:D

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    I don't have any magazine subscriptions, but my husband gets golf magazine, and he renewed in June for two years. He was getting "renew now or your subscription will run out" letters from these companies before the first of the year. He still has until June 2011 before it runs out. You can find that info on the address label!

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    My father in law just found this out to be true with Readers Digest as well. He renewed and when he checked on it, Readers Digest had no record of his renewal! It was "Readers Service" that roped him in! Fortunately, he had time to cancel it on his card before it could be charged.

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    I just got a "renew now and get a free year" from Frans & Porters, direct on my new magazine. It doesn't renew until December. I'm not even the one that has paid the subscription since I get it for Christmas from PIL. Look at the address label to find out when your subscription expires. One year I didn't check well on one of my son's car magazines and ended up extending his subscription for 4 years. Now days, we really need to watch what we are doing.
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    i got my mag and there was one attached to it on the outside but not like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    i got my mag and there was one attached to it on the outside but not like that.
    The ones that come with the magazine are OK. It's the ones that come from another Company name and address that are suspect. I will just make sure that my renewals go to the magazine companies directly, not thru a third party.

    Just thought I'd share this info with everyone. Some of you were already wise enough to know this, but I wasn't until I read it. :D :D

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    I agree that the third party ones are the worst. What made me mad about the one I just got was that my subscription doesn't renew until Dec. They are already trying to get me to renew 10 months ahead of time. If you are not careful to pay attention, a person could renew now and they would still send you a renewal in Oct. Then it's possible to renew AGAIN. That's what I did with my son's. I was so annoyed at myself.
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    I recently got 2 of these on the same day, for American Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt. I threw them away, because I know I renewed these only a few months ago. You're right...they do look legitimate, but since they looked identical to each other, I took a hard look and found they came from a billing company. They hit the trashcan.

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    thank you for letting us know.

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    wow, I get them all the time. Thanks for this.

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    Thanks for posting this. Good info to know...I'll keep out a better eye!

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    I have gotten this on Quilters Newsletter...didn't renew and couldn't believe anyone would pay so much...gee whiz

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkistmi
    I just got a "renew now and get a free year" from Frans & Porters, direct on my new magazine. It doesn't renew until December. I'm not even the one that has paid the subscription since I get it for Christmas from PIL. Look at the address label to find out when your subscription expires. One year I didn't check well on one of my son's car magazines and ended up extending his subscription for 4 years. Now days, we really need to watch what we are doing.
    Wendy B
    Is this the one that says 2 for 1 Mothers Day renewal? My subscription doesn't expire until Nov/Dec 2010. My first subscription was a gift from DD and should have expired in 2009. She said she didn't renew it and I know I didn't so I don't know why I'm still receiving it. I've never received a bill either so I don't know what's going on

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    i never renew by mail. i only renew by phone. i wait for one of the subscription cards with a code number. if i get one just before my current subscription runs out, i call it in right to the mag phone number, inside the front cover usually, and give them the special offer code number and my credit card number. if you want them to bill you, they will. but you know who you dealt with. i always call mine in a little early, with a code, and they simply attach it to the current subscription. they use the same credit card number and they update the expiration date. i always do it for three years at a time because the savings are a little better.

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    Yes, cjaye44, it is that one. Mine was a Christmas gift from in-laws but I forget which ones I get myself. Guess that means I need to cut down. It's just annoying to have so much time left on subscription and be hit with "renew", even if it is a great deal.
    Wendy B

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    I got several of those "phony" renewals, and after looking at them carefully, ran them through the shredder. The real renewals come with the magazine, or I use the 800 number.

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    I am so glad I saw your post today. I just received one of those and I was really confused. I'm glad I didn't sent them any money.

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