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Old 02-10-2019, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Scott Publications goes out of business

So I was putting some crafting magazines away (yes, I'm a hoarder but that's a story for another time) and I realized I hadn't received a Just Cards, which I subscribe to, in a while, so I did a Google search. This is what I found:

https://www.woodtv.com/news/target-8...ing/1696711586

So sad all around.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:44 AM   #2
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It's sad they closed, I enjoyed their magazines. It is very sad for the subscribers who lost money. I guess I will go to B&N today and buy a magazine just to support the few that are still on the racks.
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So the problem wasn't lack of subscribers; it was lack of advertisers. I wonder by how much a magazine subscription would increase as advertising in its pages lessens? I would be willing to pay more for a subscription to much-loved magazines to make up for the lost advertising revenue. I like reading the ads in magazines, though. I learn about and purchase many new products that way.
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I quit buying stamp magazines years ago when they:

1) got smaller and smaller
2) had fewer and fewer issues
3) and became almost all advertising with very little content except pictures


I still to this day miss sitting down for an afternoon to peruse a new magazine, taking in every bit of its yumminess. A magazine that only take a few minutes and done is hardly worth my time, let alone my $$ though.
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I have a subscription to a magazine that is $12.00 per year.......it started out being published 6 times per year and then went to monthly. On the first renewal date I called and they renewed it at the same rate........they can't be making money from the subscribers at that rate but from advertisers.
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I remember Stampington & Co. magazine subscriptions being more expensive than the norm, but they had no advertising other than for their own products. The magazines were also beautiful and very high-quality. I was so sad when they discontinued Memories, their scrapbooking magazine.
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For most magazines, a main benefit of subscribers is quantity - the higher the number, the more advertisers will advertise - or will put in larger ads, for example.

That's why some companies - unrelated to crafting - give away subscriptions at no charge.

Years ago Wayfair had a deal with a publisher that all Wayfair customers would get a free magazine subscription. That publishing company could then tell advertisers they had X thousands of subscribers.

There were a lot of complaints, apparently, and they stopped. I complained because the magazines contained perfume samples which mess up my sinuses/breathing, plus we try to reduce recycling (trees)! The publisher informed me that Wayfair was providing the "gift."

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It's too bad to see another crafting magazine cease publication. I fondly remember the days I subscribed to The Rubber Stamper, Stamper's Anonymous and Take Ten. It was also fun to occasionally have a card published in the latter two : )
There were other card making mags I subscribed to, as well, but I've forgotten their names. It was always such a treat to see those magazines in the mailbox and anticipate a leisurely couple of hours absorbing all the prettiness!
Times have changed so quickly. Looking at a tablet or phone is really not quite the same. That said, I love, love browsing the gallery here, and really, the most talented card makers are right here on our beloved Splitcoast!
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Yep. SCS is my go-to "magazine". And I don't have to store any back issues!
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For most magazines, a main benefit of subscribers is quantity - the higher the number, the more advertisers will advertise - or will put in larger ads, for example.

That's why some companies - unrelated to crafting - give away subscriptions at no charge.

Years ago Wayfair had a deal with a publisher that all Wayfair customers would get a free magazine subscription. That publishing company could then tell advertisers they had X thousands of subscribers.

There were a lot of complaints, apparently, and they stopped. I complained because the magazines contained perfume samples which mess up my sinuses/breathing, plus we try to reduce recycling (trees)! The publisher informed me that Wayfair was providing the "gift."
Well, that's interesting! Recently we started to get 3 unrequested magazines - 2 are junk (entertainment & sports) and one I'll keep (recipes). I wondered what was going on because magazines are supposedly expensive to make/send. We pay $60 for one we actually want. Too bad they don't ask us which ones we actually want. Also, the name/address on some are wrong - 2 of the same magazine are delivered to our address but 2 different names. No idea who sells our info and it isn't even correct. No one to contact about it all. We write "REFUSED" on the ones we don't want. So weird.
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Well, that's interesting! Recently we started to get 3 unrequested magazines - 2 are junk (entertainment & sports) and one I'll keep (recipes). I wondered what was going on because magazines are supposedly expensive to make/send. We pay $60 for one we actually want. Too bad they don't ask us which ones we actually want. Also, the name/address on some are wrong - 2 of the same magazine are delivered to our address but 2 different names. No idea who sells our info and it isn't even correct. No one to contact about it all. We write "REFUSED" on the ones we don't want. So weird.

The magazine publisher can stop the subscriptions if you call/email them. Visiting their website may work better than looking for contact info in the magazine. Sometimes you have to do an on-line search. They don’t necessarily want to make it easy.

They may even tell you who gave you the “gift,” and you can contact that company and tell them to stop selling your name - like Wayfair did.
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Oh I hadn't seen this! How sad! I got quite few cards published in their magazines over the years.
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The magazine publisher can stop the subscriptions if you call/email them. Visiting their website may work better than looking for contact info in the magazine. Sometimes you have to do an on-line search. They don’t necessarily want to make it easy.

They may even tell you who gave you the “gift,” and you can contact that company and tell them to stop selling your name - like Wayfair did.
Thanks, but that is too much like work. It is a full-time job being a consumer these days - researching products to make sure they function, writing companies/people about problems, etc. I cannot keep up as it is. Right now I have a huge job trying to get my own medical info about my surgery.
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Thanks, but that is too much like work. It is a full-time job being a consumer these days - researching products to make sure they function, writing companies/people about problems, etc. I cannot keep up as it is. Right now I have a huge job trying to get my own medical info about my surgery.
Ugh, no fair - obtaining your medical info should be easy - but little is these days. I’m mucking through insurance claims for my husband. One had been rejected once because the insurance company’s scanner didn’t scan it well, so they didn’t have an original signature, and originals are shredded after being scanned. And they didn’t want a copy because it wasn’t an original. Excuse me? You ruined the original and didn’t scan it well but I have to start over? (I won that fight. )

Calling the publisher usually takes about five minutes, and to get rid of stinking perfume is worth it for me. But I get why many people won’t want to go through it.

And most of all, I hope you’re okay post op!
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Ugh, no fair - obtaining your medical info should be easy - but little is these days. I’m mucking through insurance claims for my husband. One had been rejected once because the insurance company’s scanner didn’t scan it well, so they didn’t have an original signature, and originals are shredded after being scanned. And they didn’t want a copy because it wasn’t an original. Excuse me? You ruined the original and didn’t scan it well but I have to start over? (I won that fight. )

Calling the publisher usually takes about five minutes, and to get rid of stinking perfume is worth it for me. But I get why many people won’t want to go through it.

And most of all, I hope you’re okay post op!
UGH! I feel your pain over the insurance mess - looks like you are doing a good job for your husband.

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