How long does it really take to get a magazine subscription?
I ordered a magazine from best deals 5 weeks ago...Here is their reply to my inquiry about the subscription
In response to your inquiry it can take up to 18 weeks for a first issue to
arrive. If this amount of time has already elapsed, please reply to this
message and we will investigate with the publisher.
The fulfillment process is as follows: we submit orders to our clearing
houses once a week, generally on Sunday. The clearing house takes about a
week to process the orders and submit them to the publisher's fulfillment
house where it can wait for a week before being processed. Then labels or a
magnetic tape has to be prepared to send to the printer or mailing house
which can take another week. This is sent to the printer or mailing house
which can take another week. Then the magazine has to be addressed and
mailed which can take another week. If the publisher "back serves" the
mailing is done at that time but if the publisher waits for the next issue
to be printed this can take up to another four weeks. Then the Post Office
has to deliver it which can take from one to three weeks.
damn is it really that complicated?