Is there any one else out there who is 'Surviving in France' with the aid of a subscription to their fav Magazine?
The thing is I am feeling that the price we pay is a total rip off,
A) The Subscription price is cover price plus delivery,
B) There are never any supplements or the Free Gift.
C) The competitions are only open to UK residents.
D) They dont arrive until half way (if your lucky) through the month.
Now having friends and a partner in the retail trade I find that the Shop only pays half the cover price, the subscription is through the publisher why therefore do we put up with this rip off?
To start the ball rolling I sent The Following by E-mail to the editor of the state owned publisher BBC Magazines. Now I know how the Journo's out there love a story so how about a feature in a Francofile magazine exposing/justifyng these practices?
(Are they any different, do they offer cheap rates to France?........Do they Bug''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''y)
Homes and Antiques
Almost love the magazine, when it arrives, I am based in France and the delivery here is a bit hit or miss, this month it seems to be miss as I have yet to lay my hands on it!!! fifteen days after the publication date.Not the first time but this is a fresh year so I wont remind you that you supplied a free copy last year after failing to deliver within published targets.
Seriously we pay a premium to have the magazine delivered here, we don't receive any supplements, and your reader and subscriber offers are invariably only open to your UK readership and your delivery promise of 2 weeks from publication date is as good as an estate agents description.
As far as content is concerned I subscribed to the magazine "Homes & Antiques" as an avid fan of the Antiques Road show and even have a distant connection to one of the 'experts' but the magazine has seemed to slip into the Ideal Home/Homes and Gardens format, pages of advertorials from metro land vendeurs/euses of decorating tat and houses that look like a builders wet dream naturally owned by the aforesaid builder and decorated in similar style by his wife an aspiring designer..........yawn, any chance of the occasional article on antiques before I switch?
Oh yes and is my copy about to arrive?