I've noticed something a little 'off' with an 'offer' for practical caravan magazine subscriptions. It seems the offer they are running at the moment gets you a free cleaning kit for your caravan. However, going without the free item actually makes the subscription cheaper!
So.... It's not really free, is it?
Am I missing something here? This seems very misleading.
I've just sent the following e-mail to the e-mail address listed in the back:
Am I being really thick here, or should I have a right to feel a little aggravated? It's clearly not a 'free' item at all, yet it is advertised as so.
I'm writing to ask about the offer listed on page 118 of Practical Caravan magazine, issue November 2010.
In the offer, it states that you'd get a 'free' cleaning kit if you subscribe. This sounded pretty good to me, as I buy the magazine fairly regularly anyway. So I went to the website (http://www.themagazi...actical-caravan) and on application of the code (M1110P), the offer seemed to work.
However, before the code is entered in, there are two other offers listed. One of them reads "Subscribe to Practical Caravan Magazine for £8.99 for 3 issues by Direct Debit", whilst the offer for the free cleaning stuff is "FREE Autoglym when you subscribe plus save 17% on the cover price." (Price 19.87 for 6 issues).
Doing the math here:
WITH the 'free' item:
6 issues for £19.87
WITHOUT the 'free' item:
6 issues for £17.98 (using the offer on the site twice, £8.99 x 2, or I presume it keeps running if you don't cancel)
So why exactly should it cost more to subscribe and get a 'free' item?
Maybe we are actually paying for the item? Is this really an offer at all, or just a way of slowly paying for an item. If so, advertising it as a free item is very misleading indeed.
I look forward to your response.
What do you guys think?