In response to another person who has filed a rip off report on Hearst Magazines, I too am being harassed via mail by this company.
In early 2007, I signed up for a subscription to both Redbook and Good Housekeeping magazines. I paid for both those subscriptions immediately. My subscription to Redbook does not even run out until 2/09 and the subscription to Good Housekeeping ran out 2/08. A few months after the subscription began, I started being harassed via mail about a "Continuous Service Program" that I had supposedly signed up for, which I did NOT sign up for. The letters I received were asking for payment for my subscription renewal. A) I did not sign up for a renewal and B) my subscriptions were not even expired yet. The letters continued on getting more and more demanding and they also threatened my credit rating. I called Hearst at one point and was given an apology and the lady on the telephone told me they had received many complaints about this policy and said I would not receive anymore letters. Wrong!! I am still receiving them. The latest letter states:
We extended to you the privilege of paying later for your subscription. By entering into this agreement we anticipated that you would remit a payment when billed. The balance outstanding is now several months past due.
We have sent you numerous bills. We must not insist that you send us your payment immediately.
This will be your final opportunity to resume service on your subscription and restore your good standing.
Credit & Collections Manager"
Keep in mind this letter came from Redbook today, a magazine in which my subscription is paid for until 2/09!
I am beyond disgusted and angry about these threats and that is what they are. This company is threatening me like I'm someone who does not pay my bills. They have been paid! I'm thinking it's time to contact Oprah and let her know the company that publishes her magazine is conducting itself in this manner.