Magazine Billing Services – Update

Magazine Billing Services appears to have either moved from San Luis Obispo, California or set up a new shop in Reno, Nevada.

I recently received three (3) Notices of Renewal/New Order from them for magazines I either don’t subscribe to or have already paid up for several years in the future.

Their new address is: MBS, P.O. Box 61001, Reno, NV 89506.

Magazine Billing Services now has a website.

From whois:

Domain Name.......... magazinebillingservices.com
  Creation Date........ 2006-03-24
  Registration Date.... 2006-03-24
  Expiry Date.......... 2008-03-24
  Organisation Name.... Robert B Stevens
  Organisation Address. 10730 SW Willow St
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. Tualatin
  Organisation Address. 97062
  Organisation Address. OR
  Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name........... Robert B Stevens
  Admin Address........ 10730 SW Willow St
  Admin Address........
  Admin Address........ Tualatin
  Admin Address........ 97062
  Admin Address........ OR
  Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
  Admin Email.......... ******@digisolv.net
  Admin Phone.......... 5036129977
  Admin Fax............

Tech Name............ Tim Uzzanti
  Tech Address......... 6135 N. 7th St.
  Tech Address......... .
  Tech Address......... Phoenix
  Tech Address......... 85014-1812
  Tech Address......... Arizona
  Tech Address......... UNITED STATES
  Tech Email........... ************@crystaltech.com
  Tech Phone........... +1.6022630300
  Tech Fax............. +1.6022630600
  Name Server.......... ns3.webcontrolcenter.com
  Name Server.......... ns4.webcontrolcenter.com


Magazine Billing Services states on their website that
they are authorized by the publishers to sell magazine
subscriptions. 

But some magazine publishers, such as Harper's and
The Artist's Magazine and Quilters Magazine are going
out of their way to let their subscribers know that
MBS and their clones are not authorized to sell
their magazines.

I e-mailed Wired Magazine and was told by Sherry in
customer service that, "Magazine Billing Services is
not authorized to receive orders or payments for our
publications."

In Cali-fornia, send your information to: State of
California, Dept. of Justice,  P.O. Box 944255,
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550. With enough complaints,
perhaps they might actually do something about
these guys.

11-14-06 Update: I spoke with an investigator in
the Consumer Protection Section of the San Luis
Obispo County District Attorney's Office who reports
the good news that it appears Magazine Billing
Service is no longer mailing from San Luis Obispo. 

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