April 13, 2010

Oprah’s 10th Anniversary Issue – Major Fail

As a current subscriber to Oprah’s magazine, I was excited to see that the new issue that arrived in my mailbox was for her 10th anniversary (of the magazine). I like the show and the magazine (usually). However, this issue really pissed me off.

Overall, the majority of the issue was pretty good. It featured the “best” from certain topics over the past 10 years the magazine has been issued. I especially liked the articles written by people like Eckhart Tolle, Adam Glassman, Mehmet Oz, Nate Berkus, and Bob Greene. Personally, I’d like to see more that Oprah actually writes. But that is beside the point…

What has me angry is the fact that the special portion called “O’s Anniversary Gift to You!” featuring items under $10 (which normally cost more) were unavailable! I tried to purchase 2 necklaces, a ring and a purse (from 3 different websites) and none were available!

I really wanted these items, so I wrote to the companies. They said that since it was a “limited time offer” and they only had 100 of said item that they no longer could give this deal. 100 of the item featured in Oprah’s magazine which goes out to over 200k subscribers and who knows how many people buy elsewhere. Not acceptable! One of the websites (for the purse) even said next to the purse that they were sold out and not to even contact them about it because it was a “limited time offer.”

I’m willing to bet that these items were “sold out” with the special code way before this issue even hit stands. Workers of the magazine more than likely told family and friends about this amazing deal and snagged up all of these way before any of us regular subscribers could – what an anniversary gift to the people who actually buy your magazine Oprah!

I e-mailed the address listed on the Oprah magazine about this. It is unlikely I’ll hear back, but I can hope!

Has anything like this happened to you? What makes you angry about things like this?

14 comments:

Carina the Blogarina said...

Ahh.. THAT is super annoying and wrongful advertisement if you ask me!What do you think about all the revelations in the new Oprah biography? True or false?

Sweet-Britches said...

Yep, sounds like a total scam to me! Too bad you were too late to get all the goodies. :o(

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Saw your profile on another page. Glad I read your interesting and well-written blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers!

Brittney said...

that sucks! maybe she'll send you some free stuff to compensate?? lol

Andhari said...

It does sound like a scam.

Anyhoo, on what Carina said about the revelation of Oprah's biography and Oprah being a liar, I'm really speechless. What do you think? Do you think there's any truth to it at all?

Sheri said...

LoL It would be awesome if she did, though I doubt she will even read about this.

I also doubt that she knew said companies would only let 100 of those products go for that price. Something SHE should have looked into.

As far as the biography goes, I'm not sure. Some may be true, but much of it I bet is just being said to sell books - my own opinion though! :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

Are you kidding me! That is so wrong, and why wouldn't the company make more... hello more money. I thought we were in a recession. If it's featured in O everyone is going to want it. I haven't received my issue yet. I should just pitch it so i don`t get upset lol.

xo

tori said...

it sounds like false advertizing to me. I think it would be good to write a letter to the editor of the magazine and let them know how you feel.

Gracie said...

That does suck. It's such a shame that you weren't able to get the items before they were gone :(

Sheri said...

I did write a letter - still awaiting a response. I'll post about it on here if I do actually hear anything back.

Couture Carrie said...

What a bummer, darling!
I have had similar frustrations with Designer bridge lines at H&M and Target... you see the most amazing pieces in the mags and then they are sold out or unavailable in the store! So annoying!

xoxox,
CC

Nancy said...

I like Oprah and have been watching her show since the beginning. I hope she doesn't know what is going on with this, or I too lose all respect for this woman.

Caeti said...

The same thing happened to me. That's how I found your blog. I googled this situation, and you came up!

Christine said...

The same happened to me so I googled it and your blog popped up. I was soo sad and pissed off to discover I could not purchase the freshwater pearl ring, Hazel and Harlow gold-plated pendants, Purple Bisou Bisou skirt, and purple Fluxus scarf! I really really wanted those items and I tried to get them the day I received my issue in the mail :(