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$2.00 Magazine Subscriptions w/expensive auto-renewal - Time, EW, People Stylewatch 40+ Titles

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Magazine Subscriptions for $2.00 for 1 year, with auto-renewal

Company: SynapseConnect, Inc / Magazineoutlet / magcustomerservice.com

Renewal: YES the auto-renewal price is quite expensive (price varies depending on the title).

Notification of Renewal: Postcards are mailed about a month prior to auto-renewal

Links:
https://www.mybonuscenter.com/100...tml?ref=xp
https://www.mybonuscenter.com/100...plash.html

This was posted on here a few years back but the company had not been doing these $2 subscriptions for the past year or so. These links come from filling out the Bizrate surveys that say you’ll get $100 in rewards at the end (the 4 magazines are the reward).

A lot of people seemed angry at the company in the previous thread but I personally haven’t had any issues – the only time I get charged is when I forget to cancel and then I always get most of it refunded when I do finally cancel.

Various tips:
• You can order more than once, each order is up to 4 magazine titles at $2 each.
• You WILL receive a postcard about a month before your subscription will renew. Use these to cancel online or through their automated system.
• The postcard will have a phone # to call, a subscription #, the name of the magazines and the date by which you must cancel. Website is magcustomerservice.com.
• Cancelling the auto-renewal seems to end that magazine subscription for that time period so personally I always wait until the last week or so before the deadline. It will NOT cancel your subscription entirely if you have more than 1 year on the magazine, just probably the remaining time for that year (maybe not even that, I don’t know for sure).
• You do not want to let it actually renew but if you do they WILL refund most of it after you call or use the website to cancel. The amount that doesn’t get refunded depends on how long it’s been since it renewed.
• For some magazines when you’re calling/online to cancel they will give the option to have your original $2 fee waived if you do not cancel. Take this option if it’s offered – you can then immediately cancel after that. Now the magazine was completely free (they will credit back to your debit/credit card that you used originally.
• Virtual credit cards will probably not get you out of the charge - I’ve never tried it but from the last thread that seems to be the case. Just cancel when you receive the postcard, it’s really not difficult.

IF YOU WANT TO ORDER MORE THAN ONE YEAR OF A MAGAZINE (a little extra work):
If you want more than 1 year of a magazine place 2 separate orders. When they order the 2nd year for you they will put your last name first, first name last. So on order would be under “John Smith”, one under “Smith John”. You can wait until you receive the first magazines and then go online to that magazines website to combine the order under the correct name. Or you could wait until the magazine has been charged to your account and check that magazine’s online website to see if your subscription info is there (name & address should be enough info to find out). At that point you should be able to combine the two as well and perhaps not have any duplicate issues.


Some titles are not always available, though Time, Entertainment Weekly and Sports Illustrated always have been in my experience.

Current Magazines Offered as of 10/07/11 (Alphabetically):
AutoWeek
Bloomberg Businessweek
Bowhunt America
Car & Driver
Cigar Aficionado
Cooking Light
Cosmopolitan
Cruise Travel
Elle
Entertainment Weekly
Entrepreneur
Esquire
Essence
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Food & Wine
Fortune
Glamour
Golf Digest
Good Housekeeping
Harper’s Bazaar
Health
Horse Illustrated
House Beautiful
Inc.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Lucky
Marie Claire
National Geographic Traveler
Outdoor Photographer
Parenting Early Years
People StyleWatch
Prevention
Reader’s Digest
Real Simple
Redbook
Road & Track
Rolling Stone
Seventeen
Sports Illustrated
Taste of Home
Time
Travel + Leisure
Wine Spectator



Fine Print:
Offer Details
Thank-You Value is based on selecting the 4 highest valued complimentary titles. Enjoy the number of issues shown of your magazine selection(s). For select titles, just $2 covers the rate and/or processing as indicated. For individual use only. Not for resale.
Automatic Renewal
Your selections will continue annually. Each year, you'll receive a reminder notice and you authorize your account to be charged the rate on the notice for the next year of issues until you tell us to stop. If a title becomes unavailable, it will be replaced by another with the same renewal features.
Delivery Details
Allow 4 to 10 weeks for delivery. U.S. orders only. Not all titles are available for delivery to APO/FPO addresses.
Order Processing
The account information you provide will be used by the vendor to process your selections as described. A valid credit/debit card is required for this offer.
Customer Service
For questions or to cancel, call 1-800-884-3350.
Vendor Information
Freebizmag.com and MagazineOutlet are divisions of SynapseConnect, Inc., 225 High Ridge Road, East Building, Stamford, CT 06905, the vendor for this offer. SynapseConnect and its partners reserve the right at any time and without notice to limit, refuse, cancel, modify, restrict or terminate orders. All magazine titles, logos, graphics, text, cover images and marks in this offer are the property of their respective owners "Third Party Marks." Users may not reproduce or use any part of this offer or any Third Party Marks for any purpose without the express written permission of SynapseConnect or appropriate Third Party, as applicable. You may not create hypertext links to or from the site without SynapseConnect, Inc.'s express or written consent and SynapseConnect, Inc. reserves the right to disable any unauthorized links or frames. Any dispute arising under this offer will be governed by New York law without reference to conflict of law principles and must be brought in the state or federal courts located in New York County, New York. Copyright 2011. SynapseConnect, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Last Edited by mrpickles September 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM
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Be sure to cancel before your 1yr is up at https://www.magcustomerservice.com or https://www.magazineoutlet.com, best to use a virtual credit card, prepaid etc. Make notes, take screen shots of your order & watch your credit card bill in case you need to dispute.

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WHile I like freebiz mag (and get free tites from them) I suggest not doing this auto renewal crap as you *might* find the postcard is lost in the mail, so isn't really worth the $1-5 per sub saved (especially as adding to that subscription via deals later, then needing to cancel the autorenewal COULD cause issues as is it possible to partially cancel a subscription?)

Not thumbing down, just warning people about the possibilities and why I wouldn't (and haven't) done this yet (I suppose that's thread crapping?)
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Do they use a credit card number?

I used to use magazines.com but I used a on-time use temporary credit card number so that they couldn't renew the magazine. That worked (the charge was denied) but they kept trying to put the charge through so my credit card company temporarily disabled the card because of what they believed to be fraudulent charges. It was a bit of a hassle but at least they weren't able to charge me.

Have you tried using that tactic?
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Use virtual CC number, so they can't renew automatically
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Use virtual CC number, so they can't renew automatically
Genius, just ordered/renewed my Time subscription!
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Use virtual CC number, so they can't renew automatically
or visa, mastercard, or american express gift card.....like meSmilie
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or visa, mastercard, or american express gift card.....like meSmilie
Great idea, thanks and repped. I used a gift card that I had about $3 left on.
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I have ordered before from synapseconnect, they are reputable, although I used a prepaid Visa card to purchase, I got Time magazine, when the subscription was about to auto renew I got a post card (looked like one of those little ones that you get when you submit a rebate) and it said the rate, and the number to call if I wanted to cancel, I ended up calling to cancel and they offered it for $2 for 26 weeks, I still decided to cancel and they offered a free clock that shows the weather, I still chose to cancel and it canceled... THEN DH TELLS ME HE REALLY WANTS TO GET TIME MAGAZINE!!!! Wish he'd told me sooner, I only bought it because it was a good deal, but now he's hooked, he LOVES it, I paid $17 through Sears because he didn't want to miss a single issue and I needed it quick.
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Quote from holysin View Post :
WHile I like freebiz mag (and get free tites from them) I suggest not doing this auto renewal crap as you *might* find the postcard is lost in the mail, so isn't really worth the $1-5 per sub saved (especially as adding to that subscription via deals later, then needing to cancel the autorenewal COULD cause issues as is it possible to partially cancel a subscription?)

Not thumbing down, just warning people about the possibilities and why I wouldn't (and haven't) done this yet (I suppose that's thread crapping?)
Cancelling the autorenewal should not cancel any extra years you have (as I stated in the OP). I have done this multiple times for multiple magazines and have yet to have an issue.

As for the postcard getting lost in the mail..sure, it's a possibility. I've lost a card myself by accidentally tossing it in the shred - I had to call and get a refund for the remaining portion when I saw the charge. Automated system was a little convoluted but it only took a couple of minutes.

For those talking about using virtual credit cards/gift cards - I mentioned before that people talked about it not working correctly in the old thread, that the company still came after them for the money owed. While it seems like a good safeguard I personally would still cancel them when you get the postcard.
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Quote from holysin View Post :
WHile I like freebiz mag (and get free tites from them) I suggest not doing this auto renewal crap as you *might* find the postcard is lost in the mail, so isn't really worth the $1-5 per sub saved (especially as adding to that subscription via deals later, then needing to cancel the autorenewal COULD cause issues as is it possible to partially cancel a subscription?)

Not thumbing down, just warning people about the possibilities and why I wouldn't (and haven't) done this yet (I suppose that's thread crapping?)

Too bad I never see my magazine in any of this offers! INTOUCH
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Too bad I never see my magazine in any of this offers! INTOUCH
I will admit that this happens more than I'd like.

I think the last 20 magazines I've ordered, about 14-15 have actually gone through. Still not bad for $2 and the magazines that don't show never get charged anyway. I find these deals are great for those $10-20 rebate cards.
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For those talking about using virtual credit cards/gift cards - I mentioned before that people talked about it not working correctly in the old thread, that the company still came after them for the money owed. While it seems like a good safeguard I personally would still cancel them when you get the postcard.
Good to know. Thanks.
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hate these deals, but i am super impressed by how the op really went the extra step to fully explain what you are dealing with
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Auto-renewal question.
Do they bill you If they cannot charge your card?
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