Soapbox

25 January 2009

Magazines

Filed under: Moans — Tags: , , — malwen @ 12:09 pm

Why do organisations think one wants yet another magazine?

It’s not that I find them uninteresting. I’m interested enough in the aims of the organisation to pay a membership fee after all, but I don’t have time to read magazines. They just sit about in a pile until I get round to recycling them. Once I found I had failed to see an important communication because it was in with the magazine which I hadn’t removed from it’s plastic wrapper. Wrapper and contents just add to the material that needs disposal.

Many offer email newsletters, but these often end up as in addition to the paper magazine.

I would rather pay less for the subscription and not get the magazine. I took this up with one major national organisation, and said I’d join if they would promise not to send me stuff. I didn’t ask for a reduced subscription, just freedom from excess paper, but they wouldn’t consider it. One organisation I belong to (Cats Protection) does offer a reduced subscription rate if one opts out of the magazine. If only more would do this!

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