Sunday, January 30, 2005

Another Irritant

Well, this is not so much irritating as baffling: On magazine subscription postcards -- such as the one that I am currently holding from the most recent issue of The Atlantic -- you have to check one of two boxes: "Payment enclosed," or "Bill me."

How exactly does anyone "enclose" payment in a postcard? Does The Atlantic expect to find a 20-dollar bill duct-taped to the postcard? Or do they expect me to create a little pouch by using a supersharp razor blade to slice the postcard edgewise? Isn't the whole purpose of a subscription postcard to give people the option of subscribing while having the magazine "bill" them later?

Stuart Buck


Blogger Al Nye said...

Err ... just a thought ... but I suppose you could place the subscription postcard in an envelope along with your payment and mail it in.

Al Nye

10:04 AM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Well, as I say, that would defeat the purpose of having a pre-addressed and postage-paid postcard in the first place.

11:00 AM  

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