Reader’s Digest – Mercy Please!

I’ve been an avid reader of the magazine in my college days. I still remember some of us challenging ourselves with the ‘Word Power’ in the classroom. I didn’t have a subscription but I had an uncle (super kool house owner) who did. He was retired as a doctor by then and read Reader’s Digest (RD) monthly along with few other medical journals. His daily newspaper was The Times Of India.

After I started my career and moved to a different place in the city, collecting those “previous month’s” RD from the Doctor Uncle became a tough task; I wanted to subscribe a copy for myself.

I tried a few ways but for some reason RD never honored my request.

  • I filled up the Subscription Form that is included in the magazine and posted it to them; subscription not successful.
  • I tried the post card that is included in some editions requesting to paste a sticker ‘YES’ and drop it in post box – without stamp if in India; never heard back.
  • I visited the website and subscribed online; never received a copy.
  • I followed up the ‘Sweepstakes’ initiatives a couple of times, once even offline through snail-mail; ย neither did I win the money, nor I received the magazine.

The complete Sweepstakes campaign obviously is to sign on more subscribers. When I’m trying in every which way possible to get a subscription, I wonder why RD hesitates so much.

Today, I saw another such email from RD. I thought, just for fun, I’ll document it. Needless to spell out, this is another attempt to get on the subscribers list. All but the last screen appears to be in place, where it raises questions.

Here are the screenshots.

Reader’s Digest email in my Inbox.

Reader's Digest email in my Inbox.

The email that explains how lucky I am. Not just the subscription (not mentioned by the way) but the amount of money I can win! ๐Ÿ™‚

The email that explains how lucky I am. Not just the subscription (not mentioned by the way) but the amount of money I can win! :)

Getting Started with the sweepstakes journey. Confirming the name and email address.

Getting Started with the sweepstakes journey. Confirming the name and email address.

A quick gamble to win money.

A quick gamble to win money.

 

That’s how much I can win!

That's how much I can win!

A certificate, wow!

A certificate, wow!

Once in a while, I receive this warning, the chance to join this guy (previous winner)

Once in a while, I receive this warning, the chance to join this guy (previous winner)

Not just cash but also a car for me yaay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Not just cash but also a car for me yaay! :)

I clicked on the first key and see what I could get? JETTA!!

I clicked on the first key and see what I could get? JETTA!!

Now, finally somebody is talking about the magazine. Nobody has ever looked forward to a sale so much!

Now, finally somebody is talking about the magazine. Nobody has ever looked forward to a sale so much!

Read it? It’s a guarantee! ๐Ÿ™‚

Read it? It's a guarantee! :)

Address confirmation. It’s a matter of a crore rupees, after all.

Address confirmation. It's a matter of a crore rupees, after all.

I have a web reference number to follow up with! Not the first time, though.

I have a web reference number to follow up with! Not the first time, though.

The last and the final stage. This confuses me a bit. Why take me to a subscription page again??

The last and the final stage. This confuses me a bit. Why take me to a subscription page again??

Dear RD,

If you’re reading this, please digest the fact that I’m interested to receive a copy of your magazine every month.

If you can send me the money and the JETTA, am not going to say no.

Thank you,
Viv.

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