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November 27th, 2006 by Jessica

So I get this postcard in the mail. It says:

Your recent concert ticket purchase included a 1 year (57 issues) subscription to Entertainment Weekly Magazine (a $15 value). You will not be billed for this subscription. If you wish to opt-out of this incredible deal, simply go to to cancel your subscription.

If you do not wish to receive the subscription to Entertainment Weekly, you can obtain a $15.00 refund by attaching proof of payment for your concert ticket purchase to a 3″ x 5″ card marked with the word “REBATE”, your name, street address, city, state and zip code and mailing in an envelop to: Live Nation Rebate, Entertainment Weekly, P.O. Box 60001, Tampa, FL 33660-0001. Rebate requests must be postmarked within 90 days of your concert ticket purchase in order to be processed. Your rebate will be processed within 8 weeks of receipt of your request. Rebate available only through Entertainment Weekly magazine.

First of all, SCREW YOU LIVENATION for signing me up for your damn magazine affiliate without any notification. Best Buy did this to me a few months ago, to the same damn magazine. I’m sick and tired of being automatically subscribed to shit all the time, and having to spend countless hours trying to unsubscribe from it all. YOUR BUSINESSES ARE RUN BY ASSHOLES.

Secondly, even if I DID want this magazine, I have no way of knowing which “ concert ticket purchase” this came from. I’ve bought 6 sets of tickets from them in the last month or so. How on earth could I even figure that out if I wanted to? None of these had any extra check-boxes, pulldowns, “click here” links or anything during check-out. I am very careful about that shit because I see it all the time now. Unless there was something hidden way down in an off-link somewhere that described what implications might possibly come from buying whatever damn ticket that was, I sure as hell didn’t see it.

Thirdly, get a load of this tiny section of’s privacy policy:

Providing Merchants with Contact Information. In addition to selling event tickets on the Site, Ticketmaster may sell other goods or services, allow you to make reservations, or allow you to participate in (or register for) contests, sweepstakes or other offers or programs (such as discount or rewards programs, magazine subscriptions, hotel bookings or cruises) on the Site. Typically, these goods, services, contests, sweepstakes or other offers or programs (“Special Offers”) for which you make purchases, orders or reservations, or for which you participate in or register, are provided by third parties (“Merchants”). Consequently, if you elect to engage in a Merchant’s Special Offer, Ticketmaster may provide that Merchant with your contact information – in fact, when you elect to engage in a Merchant’s Special Offer you consent for us to provide your email address and other information to that Merchant. Because Merchants are not part of Ticketmaster, Merchants are not subject to this privacy policy and may use your contact information to communicate with you by sending emails or through other means, and may share your contact information with others. If you want to learn about a particular Merchant’s privacy policies, or you do not want to receive communications from a particular Merchant, or you have other questions, instructions or concerns to which you would like a Merchant to respond, then you must contact that Merchant directly.

Here, let me just BEND OVER for you jerks! I can’t even buy a damn concert ticket without having my privacy ripped off and megaphoned to the entire world!

One other thing I’ll mention… Sadly, I’ve started receiving upwards of 70 spam emails to my personal account every day. My personal account is not used by ANYONE except my family and friends. Sometimes, those of my family and friends who just don’t f’ing GET IT decide to put my email address into services like JCPenney, MySpace, Hallmark and more. Then it gets proliferated throughout the f’ing universe, and then it gets sold and sold again, until I can’t even deal with it anymore. I’d shut down my email accounts but apparently…


Oh yeah, by the way, in order to unsubscribe from the magazine, a valid email address is required.

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