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I’m seeing red.

Few things get under my skin like companies making mistakes and treating you like an anonymous non-entity even as they screw you.

Some time ago I decided I wanted 2010 to be my year of Health and Wellness. Prevention Magazine has great articles and tips on eating well, and good exercises. So in the spring of 2009, someone bought me a subscription as a birthday present. I have loved it (hat tip, editorial staff).

The same individual offered to renew it for me this past spring. Naturally, instead of opening those Imperative RENEW NOW!!! SAVE 30%!!! letters, thinking it was being taken care of, I just chucked the envelopes unopened.

Until today. I don’t know what prompted me, other than it was weird to be receiving them still, to open it. I did. And discovered a nasty note saying I was overdue in payment and “my account” would be sent to collections.


Dear Rodale Press: if you aren’t organized enough to track who is receiving gift subscriptions and handle your accounts accordingly, why the hell are you attempting to offer gift subscriptions?

a. You have my name and with a bit of checking into my blog, you can find out where I live. That is enough information for you to fix this. Please do.

b. While I’m on a rant: some time back I ordered an excellent book from you. But in the order I *very clearly specified* that I did not want to receive further promotional material from you. I HATE JUNK MAIL. Nevertheless, you send me your junk mail. I don’t get it. I am was a potential future customer. All you had to do is back off and let me choose. Why did you diss me in this matter?
Your brand is so done for me now.

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Marlea Clark

    Hi Nancy–

    I’m an editor at Prevention magazine and so sorry you had such a negative experience. If you’d like, please contact me at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to help.


    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    Thank you. Will do. And tx for reaching out to me via twitter and my blog.


    Sep 01, 2010

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