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Has this happened to any other member? I extended my subscription in January of 2012 for 2 years at $36+ with one of the numerous promos send to my house. As usual I documented the subscription expiration so I would not pay before January 2014 as these companies hit you early for more money. My magazines stopped coming after the November 2012 issue. Today I received an email to reniew at $39+ for 2 years and I realized that I was shorted. I called both 800 telephone numbers listed in the publication and was told that my subscription was only for 1 year. I advised each of the two subscription specialist that this did not make any sense considering current 2 year subscription cost. I was told by one to jump on the promotion promptly as this is a deal that will not last and by other to fax him a copy of the little stub that came with the old promo for review and correction. Sooo unless I am willing to look through my 2012 IRS folders to take a chance that it is there I am out of luck. Wondering if I am the only one so lucky?
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Strange thing about practical sailor is that you sign up for subscription, then a few months later they send out subscription renewal letters (that does not indicate the date of your current subscription expiration). Then if you look into it you still have 6 months remaining on your subscription. There subscription service is definitely jacked up.

Sorry to say I recently did not renew my subscription. Two reasons: first the jacked up subscription service and second the articles started to go more towards the big boat day sailor than to my needs.
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They did the same thing to me, and in fact most magazines do the same thing. I now keep detailed records, so I don't get screwed.

Practical Sailor, while good information, was simply not worth the cash.
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re: Practical Sailor has deaf ears

I don't respond to any magazine subscription request that arrives via regular mail. At least five of the numerous magazines I subscribe to have notified subscribers of scam renewal requests being mailed by companies that have nothing at all to do with the magazines. They print letters and official looking return envelopes that contain the magazine logo and it is hard to tell the difference.
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I subscribed I the web site, never received a copy. Called and finally got an answer. Can access the website but still no copies.
Ultimately I gave up, not worth the aggravation.
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Hope PS is listening!
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re: Practical Sailor has deaf ears

This was the other thing that turned me off to Practical Sailor. They did several articles on chain plate materials. One article on the use of titanium and another on the use of stainless steel. The titanium arcticle was all pro on using titanium and the stainless arcticle was all pro on stainless is ok as long as you do inspections, but then other articles from Practical Sailor says stainless can fail without warning, even after a good visual inspection.

So which way is it boys? I look to Practical Sailor as the expert and they are giving conflicting advice. I even wrote a letter to the editor, but never got a response.

In the end I will be replacing all my chain plates with silicon bronze, I think it is better than either stainless or titanium, but a metal Practical Sailor never mentioned in their articles.
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gift subscription to a brother-in-law apparently never arrived at all.
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re: Practical Sailor has deaf ears

I really wanted to like PS, but let me subscription go. It was starting to seem like they were stretching for material.

I really like the idea that a group is doing independant product testing, but I've also followed there recommendation and was not happy with the product. That has never happened with consumer reports, in my experience.
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re: Practical Sailor has deaf ears

Do you mean "deaf" ears?
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