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    • WhatARipOff
    • By WhatARipOff 12th May 17, 3:31 PM
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    Gardeners World magazine subscription
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    • 12th May 17, 3:31 PM
    Gardeners World magazine subscription 12th May 17 at 3:31 PM
    Loyal subscriber - ripoff prices

    I have subscribed to the BBC Gardeners World for over 10 years, yesterday I received a renewal notice from BBC Gardeners World Magazine, advising the new 2017 price for 12 issues 48.60 a saving of 15% allegedly - this went up from 37.92 in 2016 which is a wopping 28% increase.

    The publishers have advised that it has increased in price due to the price of paper, which has increased by 10% (not sure then why the price increased by an additional 18% on top

    Yesterday I did a quick search and the same company BuySubscriptions.com had offers for a 12 issue subscription via Vouchercloud for 29.99 for new purchases sadly on clicking the link it showed 34.99 but still this was a substancial saving - especially as Quidco / Topcashback offer 5 cashback which has tracked on my new order!

    I know previously Martin has warned to check insurance products and do price comparrions - but never in a month of sundays thought this would be true for my magazine subscriptions!

    I have now contacted the company and cancelled the old over inflated subscription and bought a new subscription at a substancial discount of 13.61 with the chance of an additonal 5 cashback too
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th May 17, 6:11 PM
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    I can't understand why anyone wants to pay subscriptions to magazines of this kind, longer term.

    When we bought a smallholding in 2009, we took out subscriptions to the relevant mags, but by 2011, we realised that much the same old stuff was being trotted-out as in our first year's issues, so we ditched them.

    By then, our knowledge had gone beyond the basics, so we bought a couple of good reference books and used these + the internet to tackle problems and do research for different things.

    I think falling subs is probably behind the increase in prices just as much as rising paper costs.
    Working subliminally.
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 12th May 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 12th May 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 12th May 17, 8:20 PM
    >much the same old stuff was being trotted-out<

    I get Gardens Illustrated but digital issues on Zinio so it's about 2/month and you don't create a collection of paper
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th May 17, 9:14 PM
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    • 12th May 17, 9:14 PM
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    • 12th May 17, 9:14 PM
    I get Gardens Illustrated but digital issues on Zinio so it's about 2/month and you don't create a collection of paper
    Originally posted by I have spoken
    Ah, I like those. I especially like the ones an elderly lady gives me when she's done with them.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th May 17, 5:45 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 5:45 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 5:45 PM
    You will probably find you can read them free of charge in your local library if they have a subscription to it........that,s is if your local library hasn,t closed due to austerity cuts.
    • Kyrae
    • By Kyrae 13th May 17, 10:20 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 10:20 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 10:20 PM
    I just use the 5 issues for 5 offer, unsubscribe for a couple months, then do the offer again, and repeat! Much cheaper! These days I read online through the library though
    • EmmyLou30
    • By EmmyLou30 17th May 17, 1:57 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 1:57 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 1:57 PM
    Look for magazine subscriptions with Tesco Clubcard as well. I get GW mag each year for less than 15 (just looked and it's currently 15.50), which is a massive saving and a good use of your clubcard points.

    I notice they also have tickets to GW Live at the NEC for 7 in tokens which is a fair saving too (think thickets are 20ish).
    • Niv
    • By Niv 18th May 17, 8:21 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 8:21 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 8:21 AM
    These days I don't really want much for Christmas / birthdays and tell people not to buy me anything that can be used up (e.g smellies / vodka, dairy milk), but recently moved house so asked for a subscription as a gift.


    Very MSE - costs me nothing and my family are happier that they can buy me something I want.
    YNWA

    Mortgage free by 58.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 18th May 17, 10:54 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 10:54 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 10:54 AM
    agree with Dave, I recently stopped my sub to gardeners world for this same reason. It’s a nice thing to flick through, but there is only so many articles/subjects and with an unlimited amount of material available to everyone online I’m sure that is reducing circulation and therefore increasing costs.
    • malebolge
    • By malebolge 18th May 17, 2:52 PM
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    If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you can now get a variety of magazines (& books) free sent to your kindle. Gardeners' World is one of them.
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