Step 1: Get Prepared
Step 2: Cut Open the Shipping Bag
Step 3: Remove the Magazine
Step 4: Flip and Shake
Use that shipping plastic, that you have converted into a bag, as your storage for the magosites. This allows for easy disposal or recycling as you see fit.
Step 5: Thumb Through Your Wired
Major offenders are:
Gummed in Booklets. These are sticky gummed in booklets that really get in the way of a good read.
Subscribe Cards: These are either mounted or just tossed in. These also come out in a first pass.
Thicker Pages: These ads want your attention. Cut them out!
Fold Out Pages: Hey look, a pre perforated tear out seam that looks like an ad fold. RIP!
Step 6: Remove Offensive Ads
Remove gummed in booklets, the gum, and then, if it makes you feel better, use the knife to cut out the gum tab. (See cutting in one of the following steps.)
You can also cut out the leftover parts of a perforation gone astray or just plain cut before the perforation tear for a smoother flip and a "I do what I want, not what you want, Magazine Man!" kind of feeling.
Step 7: Cut It Out!
I like to cut as close to the binding (can you call it that in a magazine?) as possible. To do this is cut on the side that is closest to either end. If you are on page five and want to remove a thick page, I lay the knife on page four and just barely score the page. If you really cut or press hard you may take out pages 5 - 10. Careful! If you put the knife on the least amount of pages you should be OK. That will allow you to get as close to the crease as possible. Once you have scored the page, gently try and rip it out. If it doesn't come, score again and keep trying until it easily comes out.
Step 8: Tidy Up Any Loose Ends!
Step 9: Read Wired!
This month I noticed my routine was less painful and I only got 4 magosites out of my magazine. I sent this letter to the editor:
Your magazine is great. I love it all... all but the invasive advertizing. My
monthy ritual of de-magositing my Wired, was utterly painless. The 4 "Subscribe
to Wired" cards all but fell out. No extra thick pages, gummed in advert books,
or "look at me I'm a 4 page spread in 2 pages" fold outs? Is this a fluke or a
new direction. I hope the later!
Willing to pay $40 for less advertizing (and less invasive advertizing)!
If you would like to send a aimilar email encouraging the good trend seen in this months Wired do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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