Don't renew that magazine subscription until you know when it expires

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

This may seem like a trivial matter, but it has had me fuming in the past and it happened again last weekend. Magazine companies will send you a renewal WAY before your subscription expires and if you aren't paying attention, you will be paying far in advance for future issues.

I have an 81 year old mother-in-law who lives 170 miles away. Every month we visit her to make sure she is really OK and to sort through her mail that she saves for us. This past weekend I found a bill for a magazine that was asking for payment for a one year renewal. What wasn't included on the renewal notice (by design) is the current expiration date of her subscription.

 

 

I asked my mother-in-law for the latest issue of her magazine and looked at the mailing label. The current expiration date for her subscription is FEB 2013, yet the company is telling her she owes money and it is due at the end of this month!!

Yes, I'm pissed mad as hell heck. I have already contacted the company asking why they are preying on senior citizens by demanding payment for a renewal that wouldn't start for almost two years.

It isn't just seniors that are being taken for a ride, look at your magazines and check for your current expiration dates on the mailing label, usually in the MMMYY format. (See one of my labels above with an expiration date of MAY 2013).

When you get a renewal notice for a magazine that doesn't expire for at LEAST 6 months ... toss it. You'll be getting another one soon after ... you can be sure of that.

 

 

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Cynthia Larsen is the owner and broker of record for Safe Haven Realty and has worked and lived in Sonoma County for over 25 years. For more information about Sonoma County, check out the commuinites of Bodega Bay - Cotati - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Windsor.

 

To view all available homes for sale in Sonoma County and individual communites, please visit Sonoma County Homes For Sale Online!

 

 

Cynthia Larsen
Broker/Owner - Safe Haven Realty

Sonoma County, California, USA
(707) 332-2560

www.cynthialarsen.com


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Rainmaker
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John Cannata
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Hmmm... thats a good tip. Haven't really though much about it. I know that Go Daddy likes to send out reminders about 4-5 months before my sites are up for renewal, but to ask for a payment over 1 year (almost 2 years) away is a bit over the top.

June 23, 2011 01:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
Safe Haven Realty

Tammy - Yes, we have too many laws already, but I really do think the expiration date should be required on renewal notices, our seniors are getting scammed.

BLiz - I only get one magazine, I don't even have time to read Realtor Magazine half the time.

Rodney - the magazines want us to front them money, and what happens if they go out of business?

John - adjusting the font size is a huge plus. Magazines will go out of business one of these days.

Maya - you are a smart cookie!

Karen - yes, I have a real hard time subscribing to any magazine. I just broke down and ordered Bon Appetit for some new recipes.

Cindy - yes it is scary ... my mother-in-law gets a lot of offers in the mail for pure junk. Just the other day a sales rep put door hangers on all of the doors in the senior complex for a cell phone promotion. Seniors are targets in more ways than one.

Malcolm - really now!!

Paul - I haven't seen that one before, I'll be on the lookout for it.

John - yes it is over the top. I'm still steaming about it.

 

June 23, 2011 01:16 PM
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Cynthia ~ I would be pissed mad as hell heck too! 

June 23, 2011 01:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
Safe Haven Realty

Melinda - LOL, you know exactly how I feel :)

June 23, 2011 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Ed Gillespie

I'm really glad you brought this practice to light because it benefits everyone.  suggest

My wife gets a few of these related to memberships at it makes her mad, too!

June 23, 2011 09:21 PM
Rainmaker
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