Friday, 16 July 2010
Not that I bought them regularly, but on the odd occasion I enjoyed magazines such as SHE and Homes and Gardens, and a few others.
A few years ago when I was living in Göreme, I decided to take out a subscription to a magazine on line. I searched for the UK magazines that I liked and was about to place an order when I discovered how much I would be charged for delivery to Turkey. I can't remember the figures off hand but in every case the delivery costs were at least, if not more, than the cost of a year's subscription.
So I decided it was just too extravagant. I happened to borrow a copy of O Magazine from a friend and I really enjoyed it. It had some good articles, as well as fashion, recipes, health issues, etc. In fact it was far better than I had imagined it would be. So I searched Oprah's website and found the subscription page, and was delighted to learn how inexpensive a year's subscription would be. The price was in dollars, but it amounted to a total of around 20 pounds...for a whole year, including delivery!
I went ahead and placed my order, and waited 4 weeks for the first issue. I was a little unsure about whether it would arrive, or even if subsequent issues might go astray, as the post here is very unpredictable. But each issue was delivered by courier...and not by post. After the first couple of months, we moved to Selçuk, and I notified the subscriptions department of my new address. There was no delay and the rest of the issues continued to be delivered on time every month.
I must have been busy with other things around the time of renewing my subscription, because it slipped my mind. I always meant to renew it but haven't got round to it until now.
Considering 4 or 5 years has elapsed since my last subscription I expected the price to have increased substantıally, but its now only the equivalent of 26 pounds...which I think is pretty good.
Before ordering the magazine again, I checked out some of the UK magazine subscriptions again...and they are still so expensive...way beyond my means.
It is a luxury as far as I am concerned...but I do love the excitement at receiving a new magazine every month...so I decided I would treat myself.
Can't wait for the first copy to arrive!