Great Magazines Review

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GreatMagazines is a magazine subscription site that offers substantial discounts of up to 70 percent on a wide range of popular magazines like Heat, FHM, Kerrang, Mother & Baby and Empire. Customers can chose to receive magazines in either print or digital versions or both (the best discounts are available for signing up to a print/digital package). Visit the official website or write your own review below.

Buyer Survey

Buyers really valued being able to obtain copies of magazines easily, especially for titles that were very popular or in short supply and therefore sometimes sold out in shops. In some cases magazines were even delivered before they appeared on the high street. Of course, the savings are also one of the big attractions and these were highlighted as a benefit to regular readers of particular magazines.

Some buyers criticised the company because a free gift, which was offered as part of a subscription, had not arrived. Additionally, there seemed to be some issues with getting timely responses to customer enquiries. Others found that they were unable to cancel subscriptions once they had started – there is an initial 14-day cooling off period and refunds are only offered during this time.

Sales & Promotions

Currently Great Magazines is running 10th anniversary magazine subscription offers through the site, such as £35 for a year’s print and digital subscription to Empire and 70 percent off a year’s print and digital subscription to Grazia. In addition, the site runs promotions for some titles where a reduced price is given for direct debit purchases. Existing buyers can also get a free digital trial on a tablet or mobile device and this will usually consist of 3 issues free for monthly publications or 6 issues for weekly magazines.

Coupon, Discount, and Voucher Codes

The best discounts on magazine subscriptions are probably available via Great Magazines themselves, who say they guarantee the best deals, but buyers can avail of some offers via sites like hotukdeals (5 issues of Golfer plus 12 Srixon Golf Balls for £5  with a RRP of £14.99). At halfdiscount there are also some voucher codes available offering deals like 10 percent off all orders over £40. Moneysupermarket sometimes additionally have deals like 55 percent discounts on magazine subscriptions via the site.

Delivery Policy

Delivery for the print version of magazines is free and the company says that it will do everything possible to deliver magazines on time. Where there are adverse weather conditions this may affect arrival times, although it advises that it will inform customers of potential delivery delays by email. For the digital version of magazines there are obviously no deliveries involved.

Refund & Returns Policy

Great Magazines will offer a refund on subscriptions providing these are cancelled during the first 14 days after purchase, also known as the cooling off period. After this time refunds are not allowed except under exceptional circumstances. Most subscription deals are for a 12-month period so buyers should be happy with their purchase before buying.

Address & Phone Number

Great Magazines
Bauer Media
Endeavour House
189 Shaftsbury Avenue

UK Telephone: 0844 543 8008

International Telephone:  00 44 (0) 1858 438866

Email by enquiry form:

Company Origin

GreatMagazines is part of Bauer Media, Europe’s largest privately owned publishing group. The company produces over 300 magazines in 15 countries and has a large TV, radio and online presence. It has a range of high profile magazines including Grazia, MATCH!, CAR, Take a Break and Bella. On the radio side it owns Kiss 100, Magic and for TV, The Box, part of a multi-channel TV venture with Channel 4.


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