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A lot of magazine outlet services try to entice subscribers by offering trial subscriptions to their titles. The terms may vary from company to company, but basically, you’re invited to select a number of magazine titles, which you will receive for free for a set amount of time.

When your trial period elapses, you then have the option to cancel your magazine subscription with no further obligation.

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How to Unsubscribe from a Magazine Subscription

Unsubscribe from a Magazine

The difficulty that most folks seem to run into is the uninterrupted, continuous service offered by these magazine outlets.

For most people, this isn’t a problem as they wouldn’t have subscribed to the magazine titles if they hadn’t wanted to receive them. 

Those who intend to cancel, though, may eagerly subscribe… and then forget about it until they receive the catalogs by mail. The notice that the free trial is about to expire gets tossed out with the junk mail, and the magazines keep coming. 

Many folks don’t even realize they’ve let the trial period elapse until charges from the magazine subscription start showing up on their credit card statement.

If you’re one of those folks who let their free trial expire and are now receiving unwanted magazines, don’t worry. 

You can unsubscribe from a magazine, although some magazine outlet companies may make it easier than others.

How do I unsubscribe from magazine subscriptions?

The more information you can provide the magazine outlet service, the easier the process will be.

At a bare minimum, you should have your account number (which is located on the magazine’s mailing address label, above your name). If possible, try to have the credit card number you used to purchase the subscription, along with the mailing address and billing address.

Locate the contact information for the magazine outlet’s customer service department. 

You can usually find this information on the company website, or within the privacy policy of the magazine itself (usually located on the first few or last few pages). The contact information for some of the more popular magazine outlet services is provided at the end of this article.

Contact the magazine outlet through its customer service department. 

In most cases, this will involve calling a phone number. However, some magazine outlet services also provide online and email customer service as well.

Request that your subscription be cancelled. 

If you do this over the phone, write down the time you called and the name of your customer service representative.

Once your subscription account has been closed, you should receive a receipt or confirmation number. If you’re on the phone, make sure you write this down.

If you’re handling this online, watch your email for your confirmation.


If you are cancelling a magazine subscription that has already been renewed automatically, it may be too late for a full refund. However, the magazine outlet service will usually provide a prorated refund for any magazines you have not yet received.

Magazine Outlet Services – Customer Service Contact Information

Phone: (866) 216-1072
Email: [email protected]

Hearst Magazines

Phone: (800) 348-5711

Phone: (800) 586-2199

Magazine Rewards Center

Phone: (888) 293-4018
Email: [email protected]

Publisher’s Clearing House

Phone: (800) 645-9242
Email: [email protected]

TWX Magazines

Phone: (877) 893-3751