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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Did you change the name of the magazine?

Yes! Starting with the January/February 2019 issue, the magazine is named Beachcombing to better reflect the contents in the magazine. The magazine has always covered more than just sea and beach glassing, and we thought it was time to update the name to make it more inclusive. The name is the only thing that has changed, though. Your active Glassing subscription will continue with Beachcombing. You can expect to see more of the same great coverage of all aspects of beachcombing, including sea and beach glass, in Beachcombing.

2. How do I subscribe to the magazine?

The best way to order a subscription is to order online. If you purchased your subscription on the Glassing site and you want to subscribe on the Beachcombing site, you will need to create a new account. If you would prefer to have an invoice emailed to you, please send your name, billing and shipping address, phone number, and email address and request an invoice. You can also download and print an order form. Subscriptions are available worldwide.

3. How do I renew my subscription?

If you ordered online starting in September 2018, your subscription is set to automatically renew after one year. If not, please contact us so we can make sure your subscription doesn't lapse. If your subscription was automatically renewed and you want to cancel, please let us know you want to cancel and we'll take care of it.

4. When will my magazine subscription start?

Depending when you place your order, it might take up to 8 weeks before your first magazine is mailed out. If you subscribe or renew to the magazine within a few weeks of a new issue coming out, your subscription will start or renew with the following issue. This is because we send the mailing list for subscriptions to the printer up to a month before it is mailed. Following are some order and renewal cutoff dates:
  • Orders from 10/6 to 11/26/18 started with the January/February 2019 issue.
  • Orders from 11/27/18 to 1/27/19 started with the March/April 2019 issue.
  • Orders from 1/28/19 to 3/24/19 started with the May/June 2019 issue.
  • Orders from 3/25/19 to 5/24/19 start with the July/August 2019 issue. This issue will be mailed in mid-June.
  • Orders from 5/25/19 to 7/19/19 start with the September/October 2019 issue.

5. When will my magazine subscription end?

Your subscription includes 6 issues. A code at the top of your mailing label shows your order number, whether your subscription auto-renews or expires, and the last issue of the magazine you will receive before your current subscription ends.

If you have any corrections or questions about your subscription, please email us.


6. Can I purchase back issues of the magazine?

A limited number of extra copies of each issue are printed and are available for purchase on the Shop page, after all subscriptions are mailed. The only way to guarantee that you won't miss an issue is to subscribe online, because once an issue is sold out, it is no longer available. Please see the Retail Shops page for a list of Beachcombing retailers who carry the magazine as they may have copies of back issues available. Many of the Beachcombing articles from sold-out issues are available for reading online.

7. When will my back issue order arrive?

If you order a back issue of the magazine, your order will usually be shipped via the U.S. First Class Mail within a week. Delivery time depends on where you live, as we ship worldwide.

8. When will my subscription issue arrive?

Beachcombing is mailed from New Hampshire via U.S. Standard Mail. The US Postal Service does not guarantee the delivery of Standard Mail within a given number of days, and your magazine can take up to three weeks from the day it is mailed to arrive in the continental United States. Delivery time depends on the address, mail volume at central processing offices, and can even vary between different zip codes within the same city. If you live in the continental U.S. and your issue is late, we ask that you wait until the 15th of the month following shipment to request a replacement copy. View a map showing when to expect your magazine in the United States.

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For addresses outside the continental U.S., part of the delivery takes place via boat and can take up to six weeks. If you live outside the continental U.S., please wait until the last day of the month following shipment before requesting a replacement copy.

If you experience delivery delays in multiple months, please contact your local post office or let us know so that we can investigate and track down the source of the problem. Report a delivery issue ›

9. Can I view the magazine online?

Your print subscription comes with access to the digital edition of Beachcombing magazine, which you can view on computers, tablets, and phones. The digital edition is an interactive replica of the print magazine, with all the same photos and stories, and clickable links on many of the pages. When Beachcombing is mailed, we also email a link and password to current subscribers so that everyone around the world can view the magazine as soon as it is mailed. 

You can also view a selection of articles from past issues of on the Beachcombing blog ›

10. What if my magazine is damaged?

We are happy to send you a replacement issue if your magazine is damaged in transit. Please send us a photo of the damage within 10 days of receipt of your magazine and request a replacement copy or to ask us to extend your subscription. If your issue frequently arrives damaged and your mailbox is sufficiently sized, please check with your local post office to see if the magazine arrives to them in good condition. If it does not, then please contact us. If you would like to have your magazine mailed in an envelope, please order individual issues from the online shop.

11. How do I get my photos and stories printed in the magazine?

We are always looking for great beachcombing stories and photos of your beach finds! We love images of beach decor; your best sea glass, beach glass, shell, fossil, historical, and other finds; coastal craft ideas; and the art, jewelry, and crafts you create with your finds. Take a look at the guidelines for submissions ›

12. How do I change my address?

You can update your address on your account page on the website or the website, depending how you subscribed. Or, just send us your old and new addresses via email.

13. What are the rules for giveaways?

For contest and giveaway information, please see the Giveaway Rules page.

Did we miss anything?

If we didn't answer your question above, please email us or leave a voicemail with detailed information about your subscription, address, and questions at 1-833-224-5277. Emails are returned within 2 business days. Calls are returned within 5 business days.

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