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Dressage Today mag-Frustrating.-Update 10/31 Post #34

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  • Dressage Today mag-Frustrating.-Update 10/31 Post #34

    I'm a long time subscriber, and for years I've given gift subscriptions. Last year, as this year, they start nagging early for re-subscriptions, but never once mention the gift program.

    Where in previous years, I received a notice showing my previous gift subscriptions, and all I needed to do is check them off, add or subtract names and adresses, last year, nothing. It required phone calls, and time on the phone talking to someone who never heard of such a thing.

    Am I alone in this?
    Last edited by vicarious; Oct. 31, 2011, 04:59 PM.
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    http://dressage-today.com-sub.biz/?g...FcOs7QodDiEhAQ#
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      I quit subscribing a couple years ago. I hate it when I subscribe to a magazine....maybe because I picked up a couple of issues at the local tack shop and liked it...and then they start your subscription with three month old magazines I've already bought and read, and I end up with only nine fresh issues. If I subscribe in May, let's start with the June issue, not February, March and April.
      "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."
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        Equibrit- This helps me-how? Your link doesn't mention any gift subscriptions. It allows me to subscribe. They have already sent three or four offers for me (alone) to subscribe, when my subscription doesn't expire til next Jan.

        They waste a lot on postage.
        Taking it day by day!

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        • #5
          Click the box marked "Gift Subscriptions" for a NEW "Gift Subscription"
          Read the box marked "Renew my Subscription" to renew an existing subscription. You will notice that you can have different adresses for "Delivery" and "Billing".

          I'm not paying for you.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Unfforgettable View Post
            I quit subscribing a couple years ago. I hate it when I subscribe to a magazine....maybe because I picked up a couple of issues at the local tack shop and liked it...and then they start your subscription with three month old magazines I've already bought and read, and I end up with only nine fresh issues. If I subscribe in May, let's start with the June issue, not February, March and April.
            Even worse when they do this with your own renewal. I mean, *hello* they have no problem hounding you that your subscription expires in August, but when it comes to actually mailing the magazines on the renewal, they can't figure out that your renewal should start in September, not April? (not specifically DT)
            Last edited by monstrpony; Aug. 1, 2011, 12:11 PM.
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              I also stopped subscribing afew years ago. They kept using the SAME PEOPLE for the articles and some of them I felt weren't up to the task. Especially when it comes to young horse training. There is more than one person in this country with knowledge to share on this subject AND they are actually making and showing young horses - but they use the same person over and over again.
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                There is an art to writing an article for Dressage Today. You have to be able to BE SEEN, boost your ego, and make folks think that you have something to offer, without actually saying anything useful.
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                  Nice to know I am not the only one not enamored of DT.

                  I subscribe to Equus and Practical Horseman and will be keeping those but letting my DT lapse. They just seem to repeat the same articles over and over with nothing, to me, particularly helpful to the ammy riders.
                  You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something… S. Jobs

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                  • #10
                    I quit subscribing several years back because you get so many offers to subscribe in the mail. I didn't realize it, but I subscribed twice and of course only paid one bill. They kept saying I didn't pay. I could not get up with anyone or the right person, so I let it lapse. I think more than one company sends the notices. That was frustrating!

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                    • #11
                      The last time I subscribed, I only received issues for the first couple of months then they stopped sending them and had NO idea who I was when I called to ask about it regardless of the fact that they were somehow still able to send me junk mail??

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vicarious View Post
                        I'm a long time subscriber, and for years I've given gift subscriptions. Last year, as this year, they start nagging early for re-subscriptions, but never once mention the gift program.

                        Where in previous years, I received a notice showing my previous gift subscriptions, and all I needed to do is check them off, add or subtract names and adresses, last year, nothing. It required phone calls, and time on the phone talking to someone who never heard of such a thing.

                        Am I alone in this?
                        No, you are not alone. I gave up on the gift subscriptions last year. They all got Jilly Cooper books instead.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Where'sMyWhite View Post
                          Nice to know I am not the only one not enamored of DT.

                          I subscribe to Equus and Practical Horseman and will be keeping those but letting my DT lapse. They just seem to repeat the same articles over and over with nothing, to me, particularly helpful to the ammy riders.
                          I totally relate to this. I'm an ammy rider with a greenbean and a youngster, and I think in the past two years there was one article that a friend of mine liked and one article this past July that I liked.

                          I find I get a lot more from PH and Equus.
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                          • #14
                            My beef with all the mags from this publisher

                            Where are the ELECTRONIC options for subscribing? If COTH can do it, so can you, guys! I love having access to old issues ONLINE and not having my husband nag me about old issues lying around.

                            W/regard to Dressage Today -- as a magazine featuring top riders that people emulate, REQUIRE HELMETS (think this is turning around, but it's pretty belated).

                            That said, some of the articles are gems and worth the price of admission.
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                            • #15
                              Equibrit - BRAVO. You hit the nail right on the head. I sometimes feel DT has this list of their favorites, several of whom have NOTHING new to offer and reputations based on puffed up marketing. We need to have "HANDS ON" contributors who actually can provide valuable information. As I stated before with respect to Young Horse Training - I want people who actually DO train young horses and COMPETE them. Not the ones that tell us what we know and strut around in riding clothes talking the talk - but DON'T walk the walk . Wink Wink - I think we all know who I mean. Why should some individuals keep getting the FREE ADVERTISING for their businesses when they have nothing new to offer?
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                              • #16
                                I subscribed last September, didn't receive a mag until December, and haven't received July or August issues. Not sure what is going on. Initially I thought it was because we had the postal strike and Canada Post was just very behind in getting them to me. But last week I got a slip in the mail to renew my subscription. So I'm going to call this week and see what is going on. I don't think I'll be renewing my subscription this year.

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                                • #17
                                  My other half brought me a gift sub to Practical Horseman and Dressage Today about 3 yrs ago. It was to go on the end of a sub I had to DT that was due to end in a couple more months. Once my initial sub ended that was it. We never received a single copy. We fought for almost a year (we are in New Zealand) and still never received any copies. In the end we just gave up and had lost our money. We tried to apply to Visa for a refund but because we had spent so long trying to rectify the situation with the supplier it was too late for Visa to get a refund.

                                  Needless to say we have never bothered to subscribe again. Prior to this I had been a subscriber for years without any issues but the poor customer services did our heads in.

                                  I do miss Dressage Today but donot want to lose more money again so have never bothered trying to subscribe again.

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                                  • #18
                                    I have reordered it twice at its specially discounted price....and I get NO contact back....and think it HAS been LOST. Not going to bother much longer.
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                                    • #19
                                      Sometime last year I took them up on a free issue offer, then declined to subscribe to the magazine, and went round and round with their subscription service. In the end, I ended up paying for the subscription because it was easier than arguing with idiots. Now my subscription has lapsed. They have been deluging my with the usual renewal offers, and my magazine keeps coming. They are not getting another red cent out of me. If I want a particular issue, I will pick it up at the store.
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                                      • #20
                                        Got a PM from DT about this thread, so they are aware and are interested in righting the issues. Mine post wasn't specifically about DT, but it's good to know that they are following up.
                                        Last edited by monstrpony; Aug. 1, 2011, 03:06 PM. Reason: spelling error
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                                        Spay and neuter. Please.

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