I’m not a very happy camper right now. On Saturday, Feb. 14, I received the latest issue of Country Weekly Magazine. I look forward to receiving it right here in my mailbox at home – and am always anxious for the next issue to arrive.
I get e-mail updates, because I signed up for that – so I have that little extra burst of excitement when I see what the articles are going to be about, and who is on the cover. I was already on pins and needles waiting for this issue, because of the Randy Houser article, “I’ve Got My Boots On,” written by David Scarlett. I love Randy Houser! So I was really anxious for this issue to arrive.
But, can you imagine my disappointment when my issue arrived on Saturday, with a big white outside cover, addressed to me, that read: “Dear Country Weekly Subscriber: We regret to inform you that, due to marketplace conditions, Country Weekly will no longer offer subscription service after this issue.” They might have just as well said, “Hey Country, Happy Valentine’s Day – here’s your gift. From now on you aren’t getting your favorite magazine in the mail.”
I understand the current market conditions. I work for a newspaper. We mail newspapers to our subscribers, too. And yes, it is expensive. But we know people want our product, they enjoy their hometown paper, and we want them to have the convenience of having it delivered to their house. I said earlier I was disappointed about this – actually, I’m mad about this.
What makes me even madder is the fact that CW has offered to allow me to choose one of their other publications to finish out my subscription. That means they are willing to mail me Star, Shape, or National Enquirer – none of which I want – but they won’t mail me any more CW’s, which I do want. I think subscription prices were really reasonable, and if given a chance to vote, I would have voted to increase the subscription price, rather than do away with mailing the publication to readers who really want it.
Will I still buy it? Probably when I notice it in the rack at the checkout stand at the supermarket, and maybe if I sit back in my easy chair after a few months of no CW and think to myself, “I haven’t read one of those magazines for a while, wonder what’s going on with them.” Will I buy every issue? I doubt it. Not because I don’t still love the magazine, but because I’m pretty much a creature of habit. I’m used to getting it in the mail, and when that stops, I’m not likely to add CW to my every-other-week shopping list.
Any other subscribers a bit ticked off about this? Let me know your thoughts. Whether you agree or disagree with me, at least I got to vent a little bit. (Been doing a lot of venting lately, haven’t?).
Going to close this one with a Randy, cause Randy is totally awesome! Here’s a video of his song “Boots On,” which is being released on Feb.23.
Talk to you guys soon. Time to get ready for work.