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.