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Re: Why Does it Take So Long?

John R. Levine (
24 May 2005 11:12:59 -0400

> But I just ordered a major American magazine subscription, and a
> major American weekly book review journal subscription through
> amazon, and been told to be patient: it may take CLOSE TO THREE
> MONTHS before either of these start arriving.

For some reason, magazines print up their mailing labels way in
advance, and it sounds like they'll add you to the next list they
print. They probably also batch up their subscription updates, so
it might be a couple of weeks until they add your name to the list.

If the magazine is a monthly, you get up to one month of delay if you
happen to subscribe the day after the current issue comes out, then
another month for the label nonsense, and the third month for the
leisurely process of printing and mailing.

I'll be interested to hear if the weekly takes as long to start up,
since their cycle is presumably a week rather than a month. Remember
that Amazon say three months to everyone, for every magazine, so
that's the worst case number.



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