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How to Cancel Magazine Subscription Services

Updated March 23, 2017

There could be several reasons to cancel magazine subscription services. You may be dissatisfied with the content, you may not be able to afford it, or your interest level may simply not be high enough to maintain your subscription. The procedure to cancel a magazine subscription service is often simple and can be handled in multiple ways.

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  1. Read through the magazine to look for the subscription terms and cancellation conditions. These are typically located either in the front or rear of the magazine. You'll have to look carefully as it will usually be in fine print. You may also find information on the subscription cards that are often littered throughout the magazine.

  2. Cancel your subscription online. This is likely the quickest and easiest way to cancel a magazine. Go to the magazine's website (which should be listed on any bills as well as multiple times throughout the magazine). Look for an option to unsubscribe. If you can't find one, you can usually access the option through "My account" (or profile, if you've created one), or through the site's frequently asked questions (FAQs). As a last resort, you can also e-mail customer service through the site. Look for the options "Help" or "Contact us."

  3. Call customer service. Again, you can find the number on the website or in the magazine itself. Clearly and politely give your information to the representative who answers and request that your subscription be cancelled. Just be aware that these representatives are often required to make several offers in order to keep your subscription active. Just politely decline and they will move forward with the cancellation of your subscription services.

  4. Send a request through regular mail. This is probably the longest method, but it still works. Simply forward a letter to the company's address (specifically the subscription department or customer service) requesting a cancellation. Be sure to include your name, the date, a return address, title of the magazine(s) and account number, if applicable. Make sure your request is clear and straightforward.

  5. Follow up with the company in a couple of weeks to ensure the cancellation has been processed. You want to make absolutely sure that you will no longer receive the magazine, and more importantly, won't be billed if you do.

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About the Author

Carl Carabelli has been writing in various capacities for more than 15 years. He has utilized his creative writing skills to enhance his other ventures such as financial analysis, copywriting and contributing various articles and opinion pieces. Carabelli earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Seton Hall and has worked in banking, notably commercial lending, since 2001.

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