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Be Very Careful When Entering Hearst Magazine Sweepstakes

By November 9, 2009

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Recently, I've heard several warnings that people have entered Hearst Magazine sweepstakes through a non-subscription link and ended up being subscribed for a magazine without their consent.

For example, Sweepstakes Forum member LuckyDog reported being unwillingly subscribed when he entered a Good Housekeeping Magazine sweepstakes. I myself was unwillingly subscribed to Harper's Bazaar after signing up for a sweepstakes, and I am 100% sure that I used the link to enter without a subscription.

This is especially disappointing because I was contacted by an Executive Director in Hearst Magazine's marketing department who promised to "get to the bottom of the issues you experienced quickly and report back" back when I first reported a Warning about Good Housekeeping Sweepstakes back in 2007, but the problem continues.

What to Do If You Receive an Unwanted Magazine Subscription

If you receive notice that you've received an unwanted magazine subscription, visit the website for the magazine and look for the Customer Service link. There, you should be able to unsubscribe, although you may receive a really annoying message that you need to wait for a while before unsubscribing. You can see the full list of Hearst Magazine websites, including links to each customer service page, where you can unsubscribe.

If you receive a magazine you don't want, there should be contact information in the magazine itself that you can use to unsubscribe.

It's important that you don't simply ignore these magazines. Although the magazine company presumably doesn't have your credit card information to charge you, it's possible that they could send your bill to a collection agency, which could harm your credit rating.

Note that I've seen most complaints about Hearst Magazine sweepstakes, but you should be very careful that you are opting out of subscriptions when you enter any magazine sweepstakes. Another forum member, OhioKit, recently reported a similar problem with Martha Stewart Magazine.

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November 9, 2009 at 10:53 am
(1) Jeff says:

Thanks for the contact list. I’ve had lots of problems like this over the years – Woman’s Day, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, etc. & lots of problems getting unsubscribed. Several times I’ve flat out notified them that invoices will NOT be paid before I’ve been removed. I’ve had occasional problems with other publishers but no where near the amount as with Hearst.

November 9, 2009 at 11:10 am
(2) midlfig says:

I’ve had nothing but problems with the Hearst company. I am very careful to select the non-subscription entry form but have been “thanked” for my subscription multiple times.

One of the mishaps was with a magazine I legitimately subscribed to and had a 2 year credit. When I talked to their customer service rep, rather than cancel just the mistaken new portion, he cancelled the whole thing with no refund. It took a lot of wrangling to fix things.

Hearst promised that they would look into problem after multiple calls from me. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be true.

November 9, 2009 at 11:50 am
(3) MR JACKSON says:

I just don’t pay,I run a business and also get a lot of unsolicited magazines and bills as well as unordered office supplies.Too much time to undo something not done.I check my credit report annually just in case.
A class action lawsuit is what needs to happen.

November 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(4) TBSfan says:

This happened to me yesterday with US weekly magazine they are claiming I owe $50 now when I never chose the link to subscribe.

November 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm
(5) Lynne K. says:

This has happened to me numerous times. Simply contact them through the link and unsubscribe. They always tell you to enjoy any magazines you may still receive. This is their problem, not yours, if you follow the proper instructions. Someday they will get it right. Why should I have to stop entering their sweepstakes, which they want me to enter. I have even won a few lesser prizes.

November 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(6) Lisa S says:

I have had 3 subscriptions sent to me and cancelled two of them, but couldnt cancel the Veranda one.
They sent my info to a collection agency!

I will not enter their sweeps ever again. Such a scam!

November 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm
(7) LasVegasRocks says:

Like the others, I’ve had sent two subscriptions, but I cancelled as soon as I received the first bill. Hearst will not allow you to cancel without billing info – that is sent snail mail.

I’m extremely careful with Hearst contests. I double check the yes – no boxes to make sure they will not send another magazine.

November 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(8) jim says:

The same thing happened to me with a Redbook contest I entered to win my wife a prize last week…..a freaking unwanted subscription for 12 issues at $8.00. They too are a Hearst publication it turns out.

November 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(9) Toby says:

I also just got an unwanted surprise subscription from Good Housekeeping, after having unchecked the offer on the entry form. They sent an email “confirming” my subscription, which had a customer service link that allowed me to cancel, assuming it actually works and isn’t just another trick.

November 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm
(10) Johannah B says:

I have just “recently” been getting confirmations when I know I am entering without subscribing. I knew it couldn’t just be me. However, I usually either try the unsubscribe online — or put “cancel” and mail the bill back in their envelope. I haven’t had any issues doing that. But I think they just need “numbers” so they can charge the outrageous advertising fees they charge. Without subscription base, the ads are not worth as much.

November 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(11) not very happy says:

I was just billed from GOOD to my debit card $20 for what i can only guess is subscription we never signed up for. a few years back we DONATED money to their cause, and apparently they are thanking us by charging our card a second time. This is completely fraudulent and definitely changes my opinion of the company entirely.

November 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm
(12) SkippyDoodle says:

Yesterday, I entered several contests and was, as always very careful to make sure I didn’t commit to a subscription. THREE times yesterday I received entry confirmation pages which also confirmed my subscription to their magazines (twice for Cosmo and once for Redbook). There was no place on the confirmation page to cancel or even to contact customer service. The customer service link on the site requires login (which it wouldn’t let me do) and the account number listed on the back of my magazine. Of course I do not have a magazine.

I clicked on the link in the confirmation e-mail (at least they are decent enough to send an e-mail) and tried to log in to cancel.

Throughout the day I tried to cancel the subscription for each of the three magazines. My e-mail wasn’t recognized to log in but when I went to register an new account to log in it said my e-mail address was already registered. So I clicked on the “forgot password” link and each time I received a new password which DIDN’T WORK! I tried this several times.

Finally, I clicked on a different link in the e-mail which was where to go to update my delivery address. Gee, I didn’t even have to log in. It took my right to my account, but finding the link to unsubscribe was like going on a scavenger hunt and it only showed one subscription to Cosmo and no subscriptions to Redbook.

All told, it took me more than an hour to get that far and I assume I will be getting magazines and bills in the mail. I will immediately write “CANCEL” on the bill and send it back. I hope I don’t have to spend hours on the phone after that doesn’t work. Sheesh!

This is all set up to make people think they will be obligated and many will pay, but they will lose the money spent on sending out thousands of unwanted magazines and pissing off a lot of readers. I don’t want a subscription, but I often buy a copy of Cosmo individually at the cover price. I will never do that again because I am so frustrated with them. It just tarnishes their image and isn’t image THE most important in the magazine business?

November 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(13) How to win $15 million says:

wish they’d stop killing trees for magazines I don’t want. there should be an automatic cancel. I never read any magazine so cancel all *.*

December 11, 2009 at 2:43 am
(14) such a scam says:

I also ended up signed up for three magazines I don’t want after entering some sweepstakes. I specifically clicked to not receive their “Free” trials, but ended up getting them and the following bills anyways.

I assumed the bills were junk mail and Hearst was some scam company. But now they’ve sent my “debt” to a debt collector: Sunrise Credit Services. I emailed them telling them the debt is a fraud. We’ll see what happens…. but either way I’m not paying for this junk

February 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(15) diane duff says:

ive been going through the same crap with them.
Being billed for a subscription i didnt order.
After alot of research i got the phone number so if you guys are having the same problem here’s the info…
please call our subscription services at 1-800-888-7788 and they will be able to help you. You may also e-mail them at ghkcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com.

March 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(16) Dean Shields says:

Thanks so much for the heads up on this. I’ve received bills from Readers Digest and Cosmopolitan but did not order either one of the mags when I entered the sweeps. I’ve notified them several times, even talked to Readers Digest on the phone, (like talking to a robot) but still getting bills in emails. I won’t pay of course and I sure hope they don’t send the magazines.

March 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(17) MaggieSoups says:

Really fed up with Hearst magazines. I have had problems with Marie Claire, Redbook, Veranda, House Beautiful and Country Living. I check all the right boxes to ensure I don’t subscribe bit the emails keep coming anyway. There is then the hassle of unsubscribing on line. It’s a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME ENTERING THESE SWEEPS!

March 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(18) BITSZY says:

I AGREE 100%. I NOW HAVE 5 SUBSCRIPTIONS I HAVE TO CANCEL!!!

March 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(19) DonnaDean says:

I agree with Mr. Jackson, unlike him, I lost my job, I don’t order something I cannot pay for……..I have given up on these contests. I know in this economy that most are hurting, especially magazines but they have more resources than I do. Just another scam……makes me wonder about other contests also.

June 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(20) brooklynbelle says:

I get email alerts from avelle.com, formerly bagborroworsteal.com, and I received one promoting a sweepstakes for a free purse. These were designer purses that they were giving away so I thought, why not? After I entered my info for the sweepstakes, I had the option of subscribing to Cosmo Magazine, but I know I clicked on the “No thank you” link and then submitted my entry. Shortly after, I received an email from Cosmo thanking me for my subscription and that I would receive my first issue is 12 weeks! I quickly went to Cosmo’s website and tried to unsubscribe but they said I had to wait 24 hours till my info was in their system and then I could unsubscribe. They even have a link under their FAQ section just for the people who unwittingly get subscribed to their magazine through sweepstakes! I finally was able to cancel my subscription and even received an email confirming the cancellation. Well today I en my mailbox and lo and behold, the July 2010 issue of Cosmo! I will be returning the magazine because I don’t want to get a bill because I kept it. I’ve been told you can rip off the address and write “refused” on the cover and send it back which is exactly what I will be doing. Beware of these scams!

June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(21) Misty says:

The same thing happened to me and they took money from my checking account without my consent. Wish I’d read these post earlier.

June 26, 2010 at 9:02 am
(22) carol says:

Wow I thought I was the only one. It makes me feel bad, I love the magazines but don’t have time to read them regularly. I am always careful to click enter without subscribing but still every now and then I get a magazine and a bill.

June 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(23) wickedatheist says:

I haven’t been subscribed through any non-subscription entry forms, but I did accidentally fill out a subscription entry for Good Housekeeping, and had to cancel.

Those are sneaky because they give you a choice between receiving a free copy of the magazine or option out, which doesn’t make sense if you’re subscribing to the magazine.

Good Housekeeping also sends out junk mail that is disguised as a bill. It looks all over like they’re saying you owe them X amount and must pay it immediately, but if you scour the fine print there is a hint that you would be starting a subscription by sending in your payment.

I wonder how many people have been tricked into subscribing, thinking they were being billed for a subscription they accidentally started by entering a sweepstakes.

I’ve stopped entering Good Housekeeping, and a lot of other magazine sweeps and “creative presentation” sweeps, except for a very few that are still fun and hassle-free. Life is too short.

July 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(24) Joan Juner says:

Has happened with Good Housekeeping, Esquire, and just now Seventeen. I just tell them not to send, because I won’t pay and the more they send, the more they will lose. I always check everywhere for notification that I am subscribing. So if none, you are not obiligated to pay

July 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(25) Joan Juner says:

Has happened with Good Housekeeping, Esquire, and just now Seventeen. I just tell them not to send, because I won’t pay and the more they send, the more they will lose. I always check everywhere for notification that I am subscribing. So if none, you are not obiligated to pay

July 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(26) Linda McGrath says:

Hearst has done the same thing to me MANY times over the years and now Meredith is starting to do the same thing.
But I understand that each and every time you have to cancel the proper way or it could affect your credit rating.
The rules clearly state no purchase necessary and I am very careful to un-check the boxes

September 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(27) Greta says:

This is just a trick to get you to subscribe to their magazine. I think most all magazines now are under a lot of pressure to survive. Especially newspapers. From time to time I will receive an unexpected magazine which I either accidentally ordered through one of their tricky websites or they just sent a copy hoping I will keep it and pay the bill. What I do is just sent the bill back with “PLEASE CANCEL. I DID NOT ORDER THIS MAGAZINE”. And it has always been cancelled. Never send them a check.

January 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm
(28) jil says:

I am having a terrible time with Hearst magazine. I am getting billed for magazines of contest I never even entered. Even if I don’t enter a contest somehow they are billing me for unsolicited magazines. I mean like ten magazines that I never requested or wanted. How disreputable is this company and what can I do to get them to stop subscribing me?

January 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(29) Blah Blah Black Sheep says:

Just happened to me while entering a Popular Mechanics contest. No indication I was also signing up for a subscription. No opt-out boxes. Just asked for my info, clicked the button, and the “Thank You” box said “Thanks for signing up for a year-long subscription. We’re sending a bill to you for $12.” That caught my attention. Got back on their site, couldn’t login, even though I used the same credentials. Sent emails to the Editor and their general questions thing after failing login several times. This can’t be legal.

January 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm
(30) Virginia Ackerknecht says:

Just had the same problem. was subscribed to 4 different magazines! I sent them all back with a NEVER ORDERED on them. Then i get a bill today from a collection agency for all four magazines!! I am so upset

February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm
(31) Alexander says:

We received unsolicited subscriptions for Country Living magazine. They billed us twice, me and my wife, they sent 2 bills on the same address for 2 different people. The customer service does not have a unsubscribe feature. Invoices do not have phone number.
The bill is strange. It contains claims, that we ordered the magazines and the we are the ones who requested to be billed as well. Letter signed by G.L. Valk Vice resident.

February 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(32) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve been having, Alexander. If you click the link above for the full list of Hearst Magazine websites, you will be able to see the customer service page for Country Living. There, you can unsubscribe using your name and address, or the account number on the magazine you received. Good luck!

March 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm
(33) Corey says:

I also had this issue with Country Living magazine after entering a sweepstakes I saw on slickdeals.net. I haven’t received any magazines yet but I received notice of due payment via email and in the mail today. Thanks for sharing the link to the customer service for the magazine which I think allowed me to unsubscribe despite not subscribing in the first place.

October 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm
(34) Heidi says:

Same thing happened to me. I tried to cancel via their customer service website only see that my “subscription” could not be cancelled. However, I did call their customer service office at 1-800-223-3081 and their rep let me cancel with no problems so far. My magazine accounts no longer say that payment is due, so I would definitely try callling if the website is giving you problems.

October 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(35) Cindy says:

There is always an option on these contests/sweepstakes of whether you would like to enter with subscribing or without subscribing. Just thought I’d put that out there. It may be small, but I would think if I were putting my personal info on a website such as my address I would read even the smallest of writing :)

December 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(36) Christina says:

I am so glad for this forum. Otherwise, I would’ve been sitting here with my 1st copy of Good Housekeeping magazine furious without any company to relate to. How is this a marketing tactic that helps Hearst and all the other magazines that send unwilling recipients ‘trial subscriptions??’ It gives them a bad name in my mind and I will cringe anytime I ever see a Good Housekeeping magazine again. Boo.

December 15, 2011 at 8:29 am
(37) Brian says:

I entered the Popular Mechanics 2011 Wish List Sweepstakes on 12/13/2011. There is nothing on their online entry form indicating anything about a subscription; absolutely nothing. But, a short time after completing the entry form, I get an Order Confirmation email. I figured it was just some mistake, until I did some quick research and find that Hearst has been playing this game years (apparently quite successfully, since they still do it).

The sad part is that Popular Mechanics has always been a favorite in our house. So while I’d like to cancel the bogus order, Hearst does not give me that out, providing only two options: Cancel my subscription (which I presume means in total), or pay the bill. Brilliant!!!

I started to go down the cancelation route, and Hearst immediately sweatened the deal by adding 2 more issues if I keep instead of cancel. That’s a good deal, and as I (and family) really do want to keep this magazine, I chose to go that route. I just wish someone would bring a class-action against these guys and get them to quit abusing people this way.

December 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(38) katharine rutherford says:

The Hearst Corporation is a criminal organization. I donít understand how Hearst continues to get away with operating unethically.

January 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(39) Lorna says:

I have the same problem. I know I used the correct link to enter without a subscription and yet I have been billed for 2 magazines. I went to the link and unsubscribed so we’ll see what happens.

February 3, 2012 at 4:08 am
(40) Marina says:

It happened to me several times. But I gained an experience unsubscribing from unwanted magazines right away, as soon as I see notification that they will start sending me their magazines. Just go to their site and try to find an unsubscribing link (I know, it’s not easy), or costumer service contact info (yes, it’s hard to find). But I never had a problem after that. In case you already receive their magazine with a bill included, just send the bill back to them in their envelope with “CANCEL” on it. What they do has to be taken to the court, it is complete fraud.

April 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm
(41) Ed says:

I am careful to enter without subscribing over the past 3 years and I have received emails saying thanks for your subscription. When I get one magazine I cancel online immediately.. You would think Hearst would be losing money with all the cancellations during the past years… When I get the invoice I use a magic marker and in bold letters write “CANCEL, DID NOT ORDER”. May cost me 44 cents for a stamp but its going to cost them manpower for having a screwed up sweepstakes site and I get the magazine for 44 cents so I’m ahead….

June 8, 2012 at 8:02 am
(42) Val says:

This just happened to me! I entered a Cosomopolitan sweepstakes and then receive an email saying that I will be receiving a bill and thanks for the subcription. I emailed them telling them how sneaky they are and that I DID NOT subscribe, so they want to keep the magazines because I will not be paying for them.

July 8, 2012 at 12:36 am
(43) Renee says:

this happened to me today and I know I unchecked the appropriate boxes. I received email thanking me for my order to cosmopolitan and one from Womans day. I contacted the customer svc link on both sites and asked to unsubscribe. Will see what happens.

July 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(44) J. Welling says:

My law firm has been investigating these complaints and I would be interested to gather more information from those of you who have experienced being unwillingly subscribed to Hearst publications.

October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am
(45) Julie says:

I have just started entering sweeps. I found it fun & have only won shampoo & conditioner set, which was nice. But In the past week or so, I have recieved 3 of these unwanted subscription comformations. I called both Womans day & Readers Digest to cancel the subscriptions. After the 3rd one yesterday (this one again from Hearst), I found this site &read all of your posts & it really annoys me, that this is happening over & over again & all the energy one has to put in to get it straightened out.
So this morning all I called both companies back. I asked for the persons name & ID # who I was talking to & requested I get an email comfirmation back from them. The girl, I spoke to today said the1st subscruption has been cancelled. I requested an email confirmation to this effect. She said she can’t email me one but she will snail mail me a confirmation letter of cancellation & I should receive it within 7-10 business days & that she will follow up with the 2Dd one, since it has not shown up yet. I did the same thing with Readers digest, they could not find the subscription number or me in the sysytem at all , which I take to mean that it was cancelled, but I still requested confimation & she said they would email me back with 24-48 hours.
I have a lot of success when I have asked for names & Id #’s in any sort of dispute or any potentional problem that could arise in situtations that could be a problem. I keep good notes, so when I have to call & speak to someone else higher up, I can tell them when I called, who I talked to & what was said. 98% of the time, I have had no future problems. I am not positive that this will be the end of it, but beleive me, if not they will be hearing from me again. Maybe this information/tactic will help someone else, that will be dealing with this as well. I hope so. This kind of thing really bothers me. Life is hard enough without this kind of crap to deal with. I wish everyone good luck with their sweeping :)

October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm
(46) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Thank you for the tips, Julie!

December 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(47) dream2long says:

December 2012 and it’s still happening. I have been dealing with this and it made me doubt myself until it happened for the third time. I always use the “click here” to enter without ordering link and are still unwillingly ordering doing so. They know this is happening and continue on. I wonder how many subscriptions they “steal” this way? The first subscription I let go through, the next two I called them toll free to cancel the subscription. I don’t need a confirmation to cancel, I refuse to pay if they send a bill, which they have not. I did pay on line for the first subscription as it was only $7.99. I used to subscribe, but it got where it was all full of advertisements to pull out. If this has been going on for years, why not just fix it instead of making people angry. How rude!! I won’t be entering their contests anymore, but I’m sure they don’t really care anyway.

January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(48) Christy says:

Deplorable! This just happened to me now and I am very upset!
Is there a lawyer on this thread for a class action lawsuit.

Everyone, Here’s where you can cancel:
https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/HR/OPR/OPR_nameAddrEntry_combo.jsp?cds_page_id=41205&cds_mag_code=OPR&id=1357099478676&lsid=30012158012014267&vid=4

I WILL NEVER order any hearst magazine again or enter any of their contests!

January 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(49) Cleen says:

January 2013.

In the past I had this problem with Country Living. I was a subscriber and had entered a contest. NOW it just happened again with O magazine for their online Christmas Favorite Things contest. I am again a subscriber. I guess I learned my lesson. No more contests. Not even for Oprah.

January 11, 2013 at 2:23 am
(50) gigi says:

Is anyone having problems entering the Woman’s Day & the Hearst Mag.
Sweepstakes……as of Jan. 9th, 2013 the sites will not accept an
entry and the sweepstakes do NOT expire until Jan. 31, 2014.
Please respond, Thanks

January 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(51) Prin says:

Wow. This just happened to me. I didn’t check any subscription option but got an email order confirmation. This isn’t the right way to sell to anyone, this company is doing probably illegal. I phoned them and rep, Kathleen said she will cancel it. Waiting to see how it goes.

January 29, 2013 at 12:35 am
(52) Teresa Lehman says:

I’m having lots of trouble w/ hearst magazines being sent to me without ordering. I’m always areful to check the right boxes. In a week I got slammed w/ 5 mags. I KNOW i DID’NT ORDER. I finally got fed up w/ it and put them all in the mailbox and each had their little note attached”return to sender did not order”. I hate when they dont bother to answer my emails. Maybe the expense of getting them mailed back will keep them from trying to force subscriptions on me.

February 2, 2013 at 11:24 am
(53) Amy says:

Never been a problem for me. I call to unsubscribe. They apologize and say if I receive any bills to ignore them and accept any other magazines I may receive with their complements. A few minutes for a few free magazines.

February 6, 2013 at 3:29 am
(54) Catherine says:

Hey Amy, it would be cool if you left the phone number with tips, since you’ve been successful. Help us out, really. I received two notices from Hearst. I have NEVER ordered these magazines nor entered into a contest. I do not know how they got the address that they started sending to, it is a personal mailbox, and I wouldn’t give that information out. I was able to unsubscribe, but am worried about my “bill” as I did receive the magazine.

February 9, 2013 at 11:21 am
(55) Ned says:

Yes! this sort of thing is very frustrating. a publisher will make the argument that a link was provided to opt out, however those links are often design to be almost unnoticeable. the push of the ad is to enter for the sweepstakes but if you go too quickly you will miss the chance to opt out of an automatic order.

February 9, 2013 at 11:21 am
(56) Ned says:

Yes! this sort of thing is very frustrating. a publisher will make the argument that a link was provided to opt out, however those links are often design to be almost unnoticeable. the push of the ad is to enter for the sweepstakes but if you go too quickly you will miss the chance to opt out of an automatic order.

February 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(57) Ben says:

First of all, let me say: Great article and great comments everyone. it really helped me to get my forced subscription cancelled.
I have entered a sweepstakes, and i after sending my info,i have received a confirmation email that says: “we have received your subscription order Term: 11 Issues Amount: $5.99″

Excuse me?? I though this was a Free/no obligation sweepstakes. At first i chose the passive method,and i just decided to disregard that email and any bill coming in the mail.

then i started to worry about my credit or being send to collection.
America is not doing well, foreclosures, high unemployment rate, but i should go down for not paying a unwanted magazine subscription? this is ridiculous.

i then opted for the aggressive way
i called the hearst magazines customer service 1-800-888-2665 and i asked to cancel my so called subscription.

just like gyms, they will do anything to not let get away.
you can also log on at https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/HR/RBK/RBK_secondary_entry_combo.jsp?cds_page_id=41198&cds_mag_code=RBK&id=1360438213113&lsid=30401217428044493&vid=11

to access you account and cancel.
you will see pending payment $xx. DO NOT PAY ANYTHING.
if you read the fine prints paying will be your approval to be signed for year of subscription. instead CHAT with a customer service, or call customer service on the phone, or email customer service, but do not pay them.

who wants to start a class action lawsuit.
i’m kind of computer savy and always ready to fight, but what about my mom, or your mother or my my grandmother or you grand mother. what would they do? where would they start? they would just start to pay. this is a scam and highly illegal. i say that all of us on this forum start a class action lawsuit. this. ends. NOW!

February 10, 2013 at 10:12 am
(58) joe says:

Check this out:
” You may cancel your subscription online, or write “cancel” on your invoice. A refund will be issued for all the remaining copies that haven’t been mailed at the time of the cancellation. Please disregard any bills you may receive after canceling your subscription, and accept any issues already in the mail with our compliments.”

April 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm
(59) DannyV1 says:

This scam is still ongoing in March 2013!

April 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(60) Martha says:

**Sigh** Hearst is still being shady. They got tricked me while I completed an entry form for the Oprah sweepstakes…the entry form had no indication whatsoever that it was tied to a magazine subscription. I would have loved to subscribe to the magazine but not under these shady circumstances. Sent an email to cancel and will continue to try and cancel till it is done. Shame on you Hearst for dishonest practices and for the Oprah magazine for associating with them!!!!

May 27, 2013 at 2:40 am
(61) wesley says:

I also have noticed on certain browsers that the pages d not ever fully load so that you can “click here” not to subscribe. Chrome is the most bizarre, although fastest to load these pages. If they are incorrectly loaded, it my be a chrome security setting. You can order the magazine anyway, WAIT 3 DAYS, then use the email to CANCEL with in one week to never be charged. It’s ONE extra step. But keeping my Chrome settings open seems to be the best method.

June 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm
(62) wayne smith says:

I find you site very useful and educational for contesting since I started.

Ive cancelled a few times because of mistakes I may have made while entering contests.
Yes Hearst needs diligence to be successful in cancellling.
The larger an organization the more opening for mistakes.

A simple answer to the problem would be to issue confirmation numbers when a cancellation is made.
This would record time,date ,and all info needed to confirm it was made on time and correctly.
wayne smith

July 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(63) Sarah says:

Thanks. I’ve had this problem with W and Allure – both Conde Nast publications.

July 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm
(64) Shanae says:

It’s 2013 and this is still going on!! I tried to enter a sweepstakes for some beauty products and somehow I got subscribed to Elle magazine unwillingly. Very disappointing

July 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm
(65) Katelyn Brown says:

This has happened to me at least twice. I honestly am not sure why they are continued to be allowed to do stuff like this, it is stright up shady! I just got another bill for ten dollars and somthing cents, saying that I suscribed to H’s Bazaar when all I meant to do was enter a sweepstakes. Ten bucks is not that much, but I’m not paying for a magazine that I’ll probably just throw away anyway. Geez, one day I’ll learn to quit filling out those stupid sweepstakes forms that give away too much personal information.

July 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(66) Theresa Moon says:

This just happened to me with Oprah Magazine! I’m so disgusted. I don’t like sneaky companies like that, and to think this is how Oprah likes her business run, well, that just disappoints me terribly. Her good character has dropped considerably given that it’s obvious that many economically disadvantaged people are unexpectedly hurt by this.What a joke.

October 8, 2013 at 8:34 am
(67) Lucky Winks says:

This is so true. However when I went to unsubscribe their system actually canceled my existing subscription which is the one I still wanted. When entering the sweepstakes I was inadvertently signed up for a second subscription which I did not want and I went to cancel what it thought would be that subscription. What a mess and GIMMICK the sweepstakes is that Hearst Magazines plays on unsuspecting customers. I tried emailing the company through the emails I was provided for this very purpose and all emails were kicked back as “not delivered” or “not found.” I’ll never enter a magazine sweep stakes again. They are simply tools for companies to use to gain information about you and for profit.

January 2, 2014 at 9:11 am
(68) Connie McGowan says:

You have to click on the area that gives you the option to NOT subscribe – I have forgotten to click it myself – but it’s an easy fix – not responding at all is just stupid – good way to ruin your credit rating if you ignore ANY bills.

February 9, 2014 at 1:28 am
(69) rodel r. says:

i too received an unwanted HGTV Magazine when i entered the HGTV Home giveaway contest. When i saw the subscription email in my junk box, i immediately went to the site and cancelled my so called subscription i never ordered.

February 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm
(70) ccinstlouis says:

This happened to me two weeks ago when I entered a contest on the O network on line. It immediately sent me to another link stating “thanks for your order”. I received a confirmation via email and sent it back stating that I did not order a magazine, but only entered a contest. Now I received a bill and will it get paid, NO!!!!

March 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(71) Andrew Nenstiel says:

I just accidentally subscribed to Womans Day subscription but found a solution but have to wait 24hrs later to do it. You sign in to your subscription link below then go to click “(Sweepstakes subscription orders)” on the left hand side on the list of options then follow the instructions. I have not done so yet as it has not been 24hrs yet but wondering if anyone tried this already and if it actually canceled their subscription?

(https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/HR/WDY/nameAddrEntry_combo.jsp?cds_page_id=106880&cds_mag_code=WDY&id=1395682963386&lsid=40831237346045965&vid=2)

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