Saturday, September 05, 2009

A Beautiful Saturday and Buyer Beware!

Here in the U.S. it is a holiday weekend (Labor Day) and so for most workers, it's a three day weekend. In Minnesota, we are enjoying some beautiful weather with temperatures in the high 70's. The sun is shining - it's a gorgeous day outside!

My DH went fishing, and my DS is off at a gathering for remote control car racers. My DD is home with me, but she has plans to get together with friends later. Needless to say, I am enjoying a quiet day at home (and I love it!) I'm working on laundry and some cleaning this morning but will settle into my stitching chair later this afternoon and enjoy several hours of stitching bliss.

BUYER BEWARE
I received something in the mail this week that has me a bit concerned - it was a renewal notice for my subscription to Just Cross Stitch Magazine. This renewal form didn't come from Just Cross Stitch, it came from National Magazine Services. The cost of the renewal immediately caught my attention - it only indicated that I could renew for two years at a rate of $65.95! Those of you who regularly subscribe to Just Cross Stitch know that a two-year subscription only runs about $40.

I've sent a note to Just Cross Stitch customer service asking them about this renewal form and will be sure to let you know what they say when they respond....BUT.... if like me, you do a quick google of "National Magazine Services" it would appear as though there are complaints filed by others who have received fake / unauthorized renewals for other magazines. So be careful about sending your money/renewal to this company.

No pictures to share today. I finished up two gifts last night and will post photos of them once they are received.

Have a great day and happy stitching!

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! I just sent in a renewal for JCS, but it didn't have such prices on it and I'm almost positive it was legit. That's scary!

Sounds like you're having a nice weekend! Hope so!

Mary said...

Thanks for the warning and I bet JCS is glad you let them know as well. Maybe they will post something on their website to warn people.

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Marilyn said...

Cathy,
I recived the same renewal and a flag went up because I knew my sub wasn't due yet. A second flag went up at the price! I compared it to the form in the mag, and was a lot higher in price. I called JCS and talked to a rep, and they told me it's not legit, to tear it up.
They must've gotten names off of some mailing list for mags.
Marilyn

Jan said...

Enjoy your day, Cathy and thanks for headsup! These magazine subscription places need to be shut down!

Colleen said...

My DH also went fishing today over in OH (We live in western PA) and it is just gorgeous today! Hope he comes home with lots of fishies :) I did laundry (towels) and baked bread and I'm stitching, too.

Thanks for the heads-up on this scam.

Ranae said...

I got my bill yesterday and looked at the same price as yours and thought "no way". I will be waiting to see now

Lelia said...

thx for the heads up!

Shouldn't the ornament magazine be out this month?

mainely stitching said...

Wonderful that you enjoyed a fine day. I hope people beware the magazine offer - yikes!

FayeRaye said...

I got the same notice and shredded it. I knew it was not time to renew anyway..Glad you posted this as this is surely a scam!!!

Ronel said...

Have a happy summers day and enjoy your stitching.Rgs Ronel

Kim B said...

Thanks for the heads up about the renewal! There are people trying to take advantage of others all too often...