Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Want to know what I hate?? Companies that start sending you their free magazine, completely unsolicited, and then send you threatening letters saying that if you don't fill out the enclosed survey, YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED YOUR LAST ISSUE!!!
Isn't this like the newscaster who said "the gunman has barricaded himself off from police, is said to be suicidal, and is heavily armed". You know, a problem with a solution. I feel like Dirty Harry, "Go ahead, don't send me anymore magazines, Make my Day".
If you promptly pitch said survey(s) in the burn barrel, you will be rewarded by being sent two (2) of their magazines every month instead of one. And a telephone survey that goes like this.
"Hi I'm Julie with 'Worthless Magazine' company, you haven't returned your survey and so we'd like to ask you a few questions to enable us to send 'Worthless Magazine' to you, free of charge." "You wouldn't want to miss an issue would you"?
I say, "Yes,,, and by the way, I'm getting two of your magazines every month".
"Oh, I'm sorry sir, which one is the duplicate"
Silence on my end, I just don't know how to answer that.
"Sir, which one should we cancel"?
"Both of them, I don't want your magazine, they don't burn well".
....Now I get three.
This is like trying to teach yourself to juggle using the only dozen eggs in the house. After the first three hit the floor, you think 'uh, I think I'll just leave it alone.
What I really need is a paper shredder capable of doing magazines.


Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

I can relate bigtime! Grrr

Cliff Morrow said...

Green Eyed Lady is alive. Good to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

My mom (the umpire's wife) taught me an interesting trick to get rid of unwanted credit card applications or other junk mail with a "postage paid" return envelope. First, write void in all the places where you are supposed to sign and then fill up the envelope and send it back. You can now use those extra magazines to fill that envelope and make the credit card company pay for the postage!!!

Rhodent said...


Anonymous said...

What I hate even more is when you do subscribe to a magazine, two issues after you subscribe you start getting letters - "Don't miss a single issue - resubscribe now."

Idgie @ the "Dew" said...

Did you read my post a month or two ago where a magazine I never subscribed to sent me TWO YEARS Free but they want me to resubscribe every month?

Or the one that wants me to resubscribe now for a magazine that ends in 14 months. But I notice it's going up $1 every month so I may have to buckle soon.