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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 06:39 am:   

JJA sent me this link, which I thought was worth posting here:

http://gawker.com/news/mcsweeneys/dave-eggers-desperate-to-welsh-on-bad-bet-2440 79.php

I've been told that in the '70s, GALAXY sent out a letter that said (in essence or literally, I'm not sure which), "Dear Sir or Madam, Your lifetime subscription is expiring soon."
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 08:16 am:   

I'm ideologically opposed to lifetime subscriptions.

Assuming that this is being done for financial reasons then why not?

If not then it's surely bad faith...
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GSH
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 09:20 am:   

Probably recipients were much relieved to note that the return address was that of Galaxy Science Fiction, rather than the Grim Reaper...
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Scott Edelman
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 09:52 am:   

My wife purchased a lifetime subscription for me to The Paris Review back in 1976 for $100. (The very next issue I noticed that they'd raised the price to $1,000.) So far I've gotten 31 years of issues out of that deal, and the magazine now has a cover price of $12 per issue.

They sent me a letter several years ago asking whether I felt embarrassed about getting all those years of magazines for so little money.

I didn't.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 08:02 am:   

It probably makes more sense for magazines to offer "angel" subs to people who provide early support for the magazine (a la "angels" who support Broadway plays).

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