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JusJoJan – To Subscribe or Not to Subscribe

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There was a time I subscribed to a number of magazines. Southern Living, Jewelry Artist, Good Housekeeping, and Southwest Art to name a few.  But over the years with the availability of so much information online, I only subscribe to one – and that was recent. Dealing with the publishing companies and keeping track of renewing got to be too much. It probably took several years for the renewal notices to stop.

Then magazine brokers I’ll call them appeared on the horizon and found the perfect prey to peddle magazines. Children and schools. Over the years they offer schools a portion of sales and want the children to be their sales staff. But we all know what really happens. Most of the parents do the work.

Through the years, I have seen school aged children selling everything from gift wrap to candy to magazines. The prices are a premium, too. Honestly, I would rather buy some consumable product like a candy bar or a roll of birthday paper than subscribe to magazines. I did that once. It was not a good experience.

You give some unknown company your credit card information. They funnel it on to the publisher to handle the subscription. Then, what happens if the magazine never shows up? Try talking to the publisher and explaining how you bought the subscription. And then renewal time rolls around and well, they have your credit card information. Honestly, I would much rather write a check to the school for $36. They can have all those dollars.

The worst part to me is the incentive they give the kids. Some very inexpensive item will be gifted to them if they meet some quota. Most do not reach the quota and then disappointment ensues. Some parents meet the quota by hawking these things at work. And you know if you support one co-worker’s child, you feel pressured to support them all.

I did recently subscribe to a quarterly publication of Appalachian Magazine. I love reading stories about the place I call home. We will see if their stories are worth renewing.

Right now, one subscription is more than enough for me.


This post was inspired by Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January. Today’s inspiration word was supplied by Willow. Please check out both their blogs.

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17 thoughts on “JusJoJan – To Subscribe or Not to Subscribe”

  1. Working in an office environment, I can vouch for this. You support one child, you have to support them all and it gets expensive. I dread the days when my little one will have put her best sales face on and tackle this mountain.

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  2. Did you ever see the movie “The Chocolate War,” where a kid saw the consequences of refusing to sell chocolate for his school? That’s what I think of with all of these incentives…

    Of course, with the magazines, there’s always Publisher’s Clearing House, who claim you can enter the contest even if you don’t buy anything…

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    1. I have not seen that movie, but I did some research on it today. Sounds like a terrible story but a good film.

      I used to enter PCH contests but never won. Hmphh. My mama always told me you get nothing for free in this world.

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  3. The best part of my then pending retirement was realizing that I wouldn’t be around when the holiday pies would be delivered, so I didn’t have to buy one. ?This brings back bad memories of the magazines and the Pencil Machine, Maggie – fun read, though.

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  4. I’m glad I never had kids trying to sell me magazine subscriptions!

    I’ve been trying to pare down my subscriptions, but between my gardening and cooking magazines and all the “magazines” produced by non-profits that we support. Aargh. They pile up in our held mail bins while we’re away, so I’m somewhat overwhelmed by their number when we return to Asheville.

    I dutifully try to read them before recycling or giving them to others. I managed to shed a bunch of gardening magazines (I’m down to one now) when a gardening friend visited recently. Yay! But I love the Gardens Illustrated magazine that I get and have a hard time even recycling them.

    Thanks for an excellent post.

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    1. I hate to throw magazines away, but no one even wants them for donation any more. The same with CD’s and DVD’s are fast becoming hard to get rid of. It is a balance.

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  5. Yeah, the internet has destroyed magazines for the most part but it’s fine. It’s the next technological step. And yeah, the publishers can be very sketchy about renewals. I’ve been prey to that myself. Not fun. Like you say, you’re better off just giving the money directly to the school. Very informative post!

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    1. I hate it for the kids. We had fundraisers in school, but if we were selling things it was either packets of seeds or Christmas cards. Times have changed. Thanks for the comment.

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  6. I had never heard of children selling stuff. I doubt that would be allowed in state schools here.
    I have subscribed to a TV Listings magazine here (A BBC magazine called Radio Times) for more than 25 years. It has only failed to appear on three occasions, and I have a contact number to let them know. They extended my subscription by the missing weeks immediately.
    I also get a good discount on the cover price (currently a hefty £3.30) by being a subscriber.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Here I just buy cookies from the Girl Scouts. I go out of my way to make sure to find them. Probably because my grandkids are home schooled I have avoided all this. As for print magazines–I love them. My daughter uses them all the time to have her clients make collages, so they aren’t wasted.

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