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Old 03-07-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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They are under the impression that I renewed my subscription. I didn't, the one I had was a gift and I don't pay those prices for ANY magazine. So, I'm not paying attention how many I've received when they start telling me I need to pay them. I mailed the invoice back telling them I never renewed and they kept sending me magazines. idiots...
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #12
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My mother once "gifted" me a subscription to Reader's Digress. (Okay I'm making fun/pun of their name.) I thanked my mother and told her I don't read magazines. (It's not so much that I'm against killing trees--I just don't read magazines, for whatever reason. I read online.) So anyway the magazines kept coming even after I ignored the renewal notice and I discovered that it's some sort of "twofer" where the gifter renews their sub and the giftee gets renewed too, meanwhile the giftee is solicited to add more people to the list. My mother had renewed me.

It's mindless. It's robotic. You should tell the person who "gifted" you that you don't want a renewal. They are of course playing on the psychology that people who receive gifts don't want to tell the person who gave it to them that they don't want it, because that is impolite.

It's a scam playing on peoples' psychological belief that it's impolite to criticize gifts. Like they say, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:17 PM   #13
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No, it's Chris Kimble that I find annoying!
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:27 PM   #14
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Many magazines and newspapers have yet to understand that they have to change their business model to include the internet and wired customers or they will suffer the same fate as Kodak.

CI has introduced a paywall concept of accessing certain content. NY Times, WSJ and others do this as well. Not working out too well since competitors offer similar content for free. Also, much of the so called premium content can be accessed by reading search engine caches.

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:08 PM   #15
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Chris Kimble and his whole/total operation is a modern day version of the "Snake Oil" salesmen of the distant past... selling their Magical Cure All Potions..."Step right up ladies and gentlemen...for only 50 Cents a bottle this will cure..................."

A total and utterly waste of time and resources......
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:30 PM   #16
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No, it's Chris Kimble that I find annoying!
I really like him on America's Test Kitchen. I have no idea how he's like in RL.

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Many magazines and newspapers have yet to understand that they have to change their business model to include the internet and wired customers or they will suffer the same fate as Kodak.

CI has introduced a paywall concept of accessing certain content. NY Times, WSJ and others do this as well. Not working out too well since competitors offer similar content for free. Also, much of the so called premium content can be accessed by reading search engine caches
I don't have any problem with free content or paid content. I have a problem with paying for paid content and then finding another tier, like the OP says. (I don't know if they do this from my own personal experience.)
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:14 AM   #17
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Chris Kimble and his whole/total operation is a modern day version of the "Snake Oil" salesmen of the distant past... selling their Magical Cure All Potions..."Step right up ladies and gentlemen...for only 50 Cents a bottle this will cure..................."

A total and utterly waste of time and resources......
Kimble seems a bit full of himself. Saw him on PBS last night oohing and aahing over a pretty pathetic looking pizza.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:00 PM   #18
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At the beginning of each show, when he drags out a really pathetic example of whatever his minions will be cooking, it reminds me of those stupid infomercials where they outrageously exaggerate everything that goes wrong when making whatever they're going to improve upon with their product. Snake oil salesman indeed!

The recipes on both his tv shows, Cook's Country and America's Test kitchen, are long, drawn out and tedious, but I have to admit that they do work flawlessy.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:53 PM   #19
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If you look at these things as entertainment rather than for real cooking ideas, you'd probably be OK with it.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #20
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At the beginning of each show, when he drags out a really pathetic example of whatever his minions will be cooking, it reminds me of those stupid infomercials where they outrageously exaggerate everything that goes wrong when making whatever they're going to improve upon with their product. Snake oil salesman indeed!

The recipes on both his tv shows, Cook's Country and America's Test kitchen, are long, drawn out and tedious, but I have to admit that they do work flawlessy.
It must be a question of temperament here. I don't mind his flogging the old worn out measures to deal with the recipe. I've been always convinced that ATK's methods look flawless, and were flawless the ones I personally tried.

Maybe some people are just annoyed by Kimble. I'm not. I like his "on TV" persona. I have no idea what he's like in RL.
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