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Frequently Asked Questions

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Beachcombing and Current Events

Like you, we are closely following health and safety issues around the world. Our lives are changing by the day, and we are thinking of all our readers and subscribers during these difficult times. We hope that Beachcombing magazine will be a bright spot in your life, allowing you to get away in your imagination and to enjoy the experiences and finds of fellow beachcombers. We will continue to bring you the best from the beach, share stories about beachcombers, highlight exceptional coastal artists, and try to include as wide a variety of voices as possible. We will strive to entertain you with memories of beach experiences and help you plan for future adventures when that is again possible.

We urge you to continue to do your part to stay healthy and protect others, and know that our beautiful beaches will still be there when we can again make beachcombing a regular part of all of our lives. 

Take care, be safe, and thanks for your continued support!

1. How do I subscribe to the magazine?

The best way to order a subscription is to order online. 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.

Gift subscriptions

Giving a gift subscription is easy! Just order a subscription and put your name and address as the billing address and your recipient's name and address as the shipping address. You can download a gift letter to send to your recipient to let them know you are sending a subscription. Or, purchase the latest issue of the magazine to wrap and give to your recipient. Either way, they will enjoy a full year of the beach, delivered right to their mailbox!

Subscriptions are set to automatically renew, but if you do not want your gift subscription to renew next year, just let us know and we will cancel the automatic renewal.

2. How do I renew my subscription?

Your mailing label indicates the last issue on your current subscription, and if we have your email on file, we will let you know when your subscription is about to end.

The best way to renew your subscription is to renew online. If you purchased your subscription on the Glassing Magazine site and you want to subscribe on this Beachcombing site, you will need to create a new account and password this site, as your old account credentials do not transfer to the new site. Your new order will extend your current subscription by a year, no matter which site you use.

If you ordered online, your subscription may be set to automatically renew. If your subscription was automatically renewed and you want to cancel, or you do not want your subscription to renew automatically every year, please let us know before your renewal date and we'll take care of it.

Because we have standardized the cutoff dates for subscriptions to occur every two months, there's a chance that you might have received the six issues on your subscription before your auto renewal occurred. If this happened, you might have missed an issue in between subscriptions. Please contact us with your name and address and we can let you know if you missed the issue because you didn't renew in time or if you missed an issue because it was lost in the mail. We order extra copies for the online shop so you can order recent issues you may have missed.

3. How do I update my address, credit card, or subscription?

You can update your address on your Account page. Log in with your email and password — or create an account if you don't have one — then click on "Manage Subscriptions" to edit your billing email or credit card information or click on "Edit addresses" to edit the magazine mailing address. You can also cancel your subscription on your account page. Please contact us if you have trouble making your changes and we'll be happy to help.

update your subscription information

If you didn't create an account when you subscribed, you can do so by clicking on the Create one link. You can also send us your old and new addresses via email. Address changes can take up to 6 weeks to take effect (see #4 below) so please be sure to notify us as soon as possible of your new address.

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 at least two weeks before it is mailed. Our goal is to have the continental U.S. magazines delivered by the beginning of the first month listed on the cover and have the worldwide magazines delivered by the beginning of the second month listed on the cover, however during the coronavirus pandemic, delivery times are a month or more longer. We order a limited number of extra copies of each issue so that you can purchase the current issue if you subscribe after the subscription cutoff date.

magazine timeline

Following are some order and renewal cutoff dates:
  • Orders from 1/23/21 to 3/26/21 start with the May/June 2021 issue. This issue will be mailed in early April.
  • Orders from 11/21/20 to 1/22/21 start with the March/April 2021 issue. This issue will be mailed in early February.
  • Orders from 9/26/20 to 11/20/20 started with the January/February 2021 issue. This issue was mailed in early December.

5. When will my subscription issue arrive?

Beachcombing is mailed directly from our printer in New Hampshire via U.S. Periodicals Mail. The US Postal Service does not guarantee the delivery of Periodical Mail within a given number of days. It normally takes up to 4 weeks to arrive in the U.S. and up to 8 weeks to arrive in other countries, including Canada. Mailing and shipping services are especially impacted at this time so delivery times can be even longer. Thank you for your patience. 

In the U.S., 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 last day of the month following shipment to contact us. View a map showing when to expect your magazine normally in the United States. During the pandemic, add 4 weeks to the time.

Magazine delivery map

For addresses outside the continental U.S., part of the delivery takes place via boat and can take up to 10 weeks. If you live outside the continental U.S., please wait until the last day of the second month following shipment to contact us.

You can check on the status of your subscription and update your address and payment info by logging into or creating an account ›

If you experience delivery delays in multiple months, please contact your local post office so they can investigate and track down the source of the problem. If you continue to have problems, please consider purchasing individual issues, which are send in an envelope via First Class Mail. Report a delivery issue ›

6. When will my magazine subscription end?

Your subscription includes 6 issues. A code at the top of your mailing label shows your order number and the last issue of the magazine on your current subscription.

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. What if my magazine is damaged?

We are happy to send you a replacement issue if your magazine is damaged in transit if we still have the magazine in stock. 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. We print a limited number of extra copies of each issue so be sure to request a replacement copy as soon as yours arrives damaged. If your issue frequently arrives damaged and your mailbox is sufficiently sized, please check with your local post office so they can investigate and track down the source of the problem

We do not ship subscription orders in plastic bags and doing so would create thousands of pieces of plastic trash, some of which could end up in our waterways. If you would like to have your magazine sent in an envelope vis First Class Mail, please order individual issues from the online shop.

10. Will my magazine be forwarded to me?

Once we send the magazine to the address on your order, the U.S. Postal Service is in charge of delivering your mail to that address. Periodicals are forwarded for only 60 days, and after that they are destroyed. The best way to ensure that your magazine arrives wherever you are is to let us know 8 weeks before mailing which address should be on your magazine, and let the old post office know where they should forward your mail. 

If you will be at a different address for more than 60 days, consider purchasing Premium Forwarding Service from the U.S. Postal Service. Premium Forwarding Service is a paid service for U.S. residents who have different addresses during the year. With this paid service, all of your mail (including periodicals) is forwarded to you once a week using Priority Mail service.   

11. 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. 

We use MailChimp to send subscribers the link and login information to view each digital edition of the magazine and to send news and special offers. If you aren’t receiving emails that you are expecting, make sure you have signed up and have given us permission to email you on our email sign up form. If you still aren’t receiving emails or they are going in your junk folder, add and to your address book and safe sender’s list in your email program. Learn about using safe sender lists in popular email clients.

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

12. 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 coastal décor; 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 ›

13. Is Beachcombing a new magazine?

The magazine was started in July 2017 as Glassing Magazine. In January 2019, we changed the name to Beachcombing to better reflect the contents in the magazine. The magazine has always covered more than just sea and beach glassing, the new name reflects that. Beachcombing has all of the same great coverage of all aspects of beachcombing, including sea and beach glass.

14. 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 mail us at Etched by the Sea Inc, PO Box 1910, Capitola CA 95010. Emails are returned within 2 business days. You can leave a message at 1-833-224-5277, but if you want a response email is best.

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