I renew my commitment every year. I only had to commit for 12 months and
ultimately am paying less. I went from $24.95 for reg DSL to $29.95 for DSL
Pro last year. Today I got DSL Pro for $19.95 for 12 months. Had they been
smart they would have simply continued billing me for the $29.95.
No one called. They just sent a tacky letter indicating my service was
going to go up 33% with no reference of how to contact any one. I had to go
through their stupid automated service to get to a human and then they
offered the deal.
The most disillusioning renewal offer I got was from Consumers Reports...
had a subscription to their online service for awhile...
I clicked on "cancel my subscription" and got an offer of an even better
On the same note, I just got a renewal notice for ShopNotes.
2 years for $39.90.
The web site lists 2 years at $34.
To be honest, the notice included a bonus - Index for issues 1-84.
The web site includes a bonus of "The Complete Small Shop"
But this does tick me off. I've been a charter subscriber of ShopNotes,
and a subscriber of WoodSmith since volume 3.
Apparently being a charter member means they can charge you more.
Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail to this account incurs a fee of
$500 per message, and acknowledges the legality of this contract.
I have found that I'm better off ($$) just purchasing magazines from a near
by newsstand than I am subscribing. Reason being that more often than not a
specific magazine doesn't have anything of interest to me but maybe once or
twice out of a 12 month period. This way I can see what's in all the
publications, not just one or two. RM~
PS, I do have a well stocked home owned newsstand within 2 miles of the
house and probably don't buy more than two mags a month and I have several
hobbies that have magazines of interest from time to time.
Subscriber since Issue number ONE... (the 3 or 4 page 1st issue..lol)
I have also beend a shopnotes subscriber from the get go although I
really can't say too much for it.
Never thru out a singel issue BUT also never stored them in a way that
I could find a "specific" issue...without sopending a couple of days
As for the Price...I really have no idea of what I paid...all I can
say is when its cold and misserable outside and I want to relax just
picking up an old issue usually can get me " into a project" and
allows me to loose myself in the shop and forget about the weather,
the wife, the bills, etc...
Over the last 40 or so years Woodsmith has earned its place in my
shop. garage, and TV room... The wife keeps them out of the Bathroom
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