I renewed my subscription to Reason Magazine today. I had a hard-copy notice in the mail, but I renewed the subscription online because it just seemed like it would be easier.
It was not.
The online renewal form wanted my subscription ID, but it only showed me that information as it would appear on the magazine shipping label. Privacy nut that I am, the first thing I do with magazines is tear off the mailing label and shred it. (I know.) I managed to figure out, through trial and error, which series of numbers from the hard-copy renewal request would bring up my subscription.
I renewed the subscription for three years...as Nick Gillespie's (I type that as if I know him in person, although I do not believe I have ever met the man) cheery letter with the renewal form in the mail told me, it's like getting 7 issues FREE!
Except, not really, because the confirmation e-mail I received after renewing the subscription told me that, by paying online, I paid $2.44 more that what Mr. Gillespie's (so to speak) letter quoted. Not a big deal, of course, as I am quite capable of eating that $2.44, but it irks me just the same.