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Global Publication Service
355 Industrial Circle, White City, OR 97503-1096

We received a mailing from Global Publication Service regarding a subscription to Popular Science Magazine. Instead of including the usual cover letter and full-color brochure telling how great the magazine is and what a fantastic deal this is, it included only a payment envelope and a statement indicating the "total amount", the "installment" amount, and a "please return by" date. It also indicated that this was for a 36 issue 3 year subscription at a 47% savings off the cover price.

Their legal folks made sure that it doesn't say invoice, amount due or payment due by, as those would have resulted in a clear violation of postal regulations. Instead, they label the statement as a NOTICE OF RENEWAL/NEW ORDER.

On the back of the notice is the following information:

We are an independent magazine clearinghouse agent. We handle over 600 magazine titles and act as an independent subscription agent between the magazine publishers and clearinghouses in order to facilitate sales and service. As an agent we do not necessarily have a direct relationship with the publishers or publications that we offer. This is a magazine subscription offer not a bill or invoice. You are under no obligation to either buy a magazine or renew at this time. However, your business is greatly appreciated. For information on how we can "privacy protect" your name, please contact our customer service at the toll free number.

Renewals will start after your current subscription has expired. New subscribers please allow 6 to 12 weeks for delivery to commence. If a renewal, please refer to the magazine mailing label to find the subscription expiration date. All orders are fully cancelable by calling our toll free number within 48 hours from the time the order is placed. After that, in most cases, cancellations will not be accepted. If a cancellation is accepted, it will be subject to a $20.00 processing fee. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about other magazine quotes please call the number listed on the front side of this offer. Again, thank you.


The front of the notice alerts us that:

Your subscription to POPULAR SCIENCE will be automatic with receipt of your payment if you're checking to renew or order a new subscription. If renewing or ordering, detach right potion of this form and remit with payment in the envelope provided. You will be receiving one of the lowest available rates we can offer for your regular subscription.

Please hurry because magazine subscription prices may increase on a moments notice. We would like to lock you in at the current subscription rate. See reverse side for additional information.

Make check or money order payable to:
Global Publication Service

The subscription price that Global Publication Service is asking is $56.82 for 3 years (36 issues) while Popular Science customer service offers that same term at the regular price of $32.95 and lets you cancel any time during your subscription without a penalty.

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