How long does it really take to get a magazine subscription?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by gar598, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. gar598

    gar598 Golden Member

    Mar 25, 2001
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    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?

  2. Scarpozzi

    Scarpozzi Lifer

    Jun 13, 2000
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    Be patient my friend....your playgirl issues will be there in no time. :D
  3. woodie1

    woodie1 Diamond Member

    Mar 7, 2000
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    Never used these people. When I decide to subscribe though I usually see the first copy in 6-8 weeks.
  4. acuraman

    acuraman Member

    Jul 9, 2001
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    Usually 5-8 weeks depending on when I subscribed.