We all get them. Those magazine solicitations where we can get a free issue, and then if we don't want to subscribe, all we have to do is write "cancel" on the bill. These things really bug me. Big. Time. Bug.
I look at them, thinking that eventually some of the publishers will figure it out and it really will be an offer for a free issue, but so far that's only happened once, and that was years ago now. Have you noticed how the issue is only "free" if you DON'T subscribe?? If you don't want their stupid 'zine, then you write cancel on the bill and keep the issue they sent. However, if you DO want to continue receiving the magazine, then you pay the subscription price, and receive 11 (or 5, or whatever number plus one equals their yearly number of issues) for the regular subscription price.
So it's not free. It then becomes the first issue of your paid subscription. Those who subscribe get nothing, and those who say "phooey on you" get the highly sought after free issue. When I've actually taken the time to check regular subscription prices, my case is only substantiated, because the amount is the same as when you're a part of the "free issue" debaucle.
Just this week it happened again; this time with Interweave Knits, which is a magazine I would consider subscribing to. But, after all was said and done, the free issue was no longer free, and I would save 40% off the newsstand price. Well for cryin' out loud.... I can do that with a coupon at Michael's, plus there I can pass on an issue if it happens to be a dud.
Is it just me, or are there others of you who think this is just plain stupid? The last offer pushed me over the edge, and I had to get it off my chest. I feel better now. Do you think less of me?