Good ol' ...
Free sample copies of the magazine are included with orders from
Woodcraft Supply, no strings attached. It is a free gift, with no
obligation whatsoever. There is a sticker on the cover of the free
sample that says, simply, "Free trial issue, subscribe today, return
card inside." That's it. If someone wants to get the magazine, they
return the card. If they don't want the magazine, they don't return
the card. There's no obligation. You don't even have to read the free
issue if you don't want to; give it away if you'd like, or just toss it
out with the rest of the packing material.
We have also sent sample issues out to names from the Woodcraft Supply
customer lists as part of a one-time mass mailing. Again, these are
free samples sent to entice folks to subscribe. Every magazine does
this. There is no obligation, and no invoice is sent unless the
recipient has returned the card or ordered the magazine
You DID NOT receive an invoice for the free issue, or for a
subscription as a result of us sending you a free issue, either with an
order or as part of the mass mailing.
No invoices are sent for the free issue of the magazine that is
included with Woodcraft Supply orders. We don't even have invoices
printed to use as follow-ups to the free issue. No process exists for
billing people for the free issue, nor do we have any plans to
institute such. Further, we here at the magazine have no idea who is
ordering from Woodcraft Supply (we're different companies, in different
buildings, located in different zipcodes), so it's not even possible to
know where to send an invoice.
We simply DO NOT send invoices to people who have not requested the
magazine; we only send invoices to people who have either requested the
magazine or who have returned the subscription card.
The free issue is not a sleaze. Not a scam. It's just a free issue.
A.J. Hamler, editor
PS... Someone else in this thread mentioned the "Woodworker's Journal
scam." It was no such thing. Their free book DID NOT come with a
request for payment if you want to keep the book. Their hope, of
course, was that you'd want to sign up for the book club, but it came
with crystal-clear instructions that whether you chose to join the club
or not, that the book was a gift --- it was yours to keep, free, or you
could send it back prepaid, without obligation.