I hate automatic renewals. I think they’re a gross, unethical, terrible way to do business. But it gets worse. In addition to doing this for Time Warner’s own magazines, Synapse Group is allegedly sending people notices to renew for publications that are not owned by Time Warner.
I know that it’s tough for people in corporate America to meet their profit goals. But there’s no reason for them to abuse customers with auto renewal clauses that bring nothing but harm. If you Google the Synapse phone number, wow, people are furious about getting ripped off on magazines!