written by reader Free newsletter? Just stop paying

By david617, April 21, 2017

I have always had six to eight subscriptions to newsletters. generally in the $50 to $80 range. I am particularly fond of the Agora publication set, but I have other subscriptions, too.

Over past 12 months or so, I have decided to end my subscriptions to Jim Rickard’s Strategic Intelligence and True Alpha (formerly Capital & Crisis by Chris Mayer). In each case, I find that they have continued to send me their new issues, though I do get reminders to renew and even, recently, they wanted me to sign up for lifetime subscriptions!

I would imagine that the marginal costs of sending out an issue is probably less than $1. I guess that the possibility of renewal and the payments which I assume that they receive for the envelope stuffers make it worthwhile to continue to send out new issues. I think I am in my second year of free copies of Strategic Intelligence.

The moral of the story: If you are on the fence regarding a particular subscription, then don’t pay up when they approach you (oftentimes WAY in advance of the end of the subscription). At a minimum, you will get a few free months with lots of renewal reminders; at best, you might get a long term subscription gratis!

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April 21, 2017 5:07 pm

I am still subscribed to the Strategic Intelligence (Got a new issue this morning in the email) – however, like you, I’ve been considering paring back on some of my subscriptions. Strat.Intel. in one of them. I don’t know exactly why; I’ve read Mr. Rickards recent books and get that he is very smart, sort of “in touch” with global happenings. I’m just not sure if their investment advice fits my investment style, if that makes sense.
I’ll certainly consider your advice about cancelling; not sure if I’d miss it if they actually did stop sending issues.

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