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Frequently Asked Questions

Before contacting us, see if the answer to your question is below. If there are any problems with your order or subscription, please contact us. We want to make sure you are 100% happy with your purchase or subscription. For questions about your particular order, website problems, or subscription changes, please email us.

Please note that changes at the USPS and labor shortages at printing and shipping companies around the world mean that delivery times are much longer. It can take up to 4 weeks to receive magazines mailed in the continental U.S. and up to 8 weeks elsewhere. We appreciate your patience as your magazine makes its way to your mailbox.

Where’s my magazine?

Volume 34, the January/February 2023 issue, was mailed in December 2022. If you subscribed before 11/21/22, Volume 34 was the first issue of your subscription. If you subscribed between 11/21/22 and 1/21/23, Volume 35 will be the first on your subscription. This issue will be mailed in February 2023. If you subscribe between 1/22/23 and 3/21/23, Volume 36 will be the first on your subscription. This issue will be mailed in April 2023. You can purchase past issues in the online shop, while supplies last. 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. 

1. How do I subscribe to the magazine?

The safest way to order a subscription is to order online. You can also download and print an order form. Subscriptions are available worldwide.

If you are having trouble ordering or using the website, please try switching to a different device, like a different computer, phone, or tablet.

Sorry, we can't take your credit card number over the phone, however you can pay for your subscription safely through the website using your credit card, PayPal, Google Pay, ShopPay, or other options, depending where you live. If you can't subscribe online, you can send a check for $39.99 plus applicable local sales tax to our address at  Beachcombing Magazine / Etched by the Sea Inc, PO Box 1910, Capitola CA 95010.

Gift subscriptions

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Basically, order a subscription and put YOUR name, email address, and mailing address as the billing address and the RECIPIENT'S name and address as the shipping address. If you want to manage renewals, addresses, and your payment method in the future, please create a website account using YOUR email address.

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 Beachcombing subscription is a continuous subscription, which means it will automatically renew at the end of your current subscription for your convenience. We do this because most of our readers don't want to miss an issue.

Prior to each annual renewal, you will be sent a reminder email letting you know that your subscription is about to renew. If you do nothing, your payment method will be charged for another year's subscription. Or, you can click on the link in the email to cancel your subscription, update your payment method, or update your address. On your renewal date, you'll receive another email indicating if your payment went through or if the charge was declined.

Please make sure you are receiving our emails (see number 3 below) so you get these notifications.

If you do not want your subscription to renew automatically every year, you have complete control over your subscription and can change or cancel this feature at any time. Please let us know before your renewal date and we'll tturn off automatic renewal. If your subscription was automatically renewed and you want to cancel, please cancel it on your Account page or let us know and we'll cancel and refund your order.

If you have already subscribed and you order another subscription to renew instead of letting the magazine automatically renew, you will be signed up for an additional subscription and you will receive multiple copies of the magazine. You will not extend your existing subscription. Before you make a duplicate subscription, please check on your subscription status on your Account page. Log in with your email and password, or create an account using your subscription email address if you don't have an account yet. (You are not required to create an account when you purchase a subscription so it is possible that you don't have an account even though you have a subscription.) Creating an account allows you to check on and modify your subscription, address, and payment information.

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

You can update your address, change your credit card information, and cancel your subscription 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.

Full instructions are on the Update your credit card page.

Be sure you are changing the correct addresses. There is an address for your account, a billing address, and a shipping address. Please make sure you are changing all the correct addresses. Please contact us if you have trouble making your changes and we'll be happy to help.

Once you have completed all the steps, please email us or contact us so we can process your purchase.

You can cancel your subscription on your account page. If you cancel your subscription before your first issue is mailed, we are happy to issue a full refund. After that, we offer partial refunds, minus a processing fee, on a case-by-case basis. For the quickest refunds, please cancel through your account page or email us with your cancellation request. If you dispute the charge through your credit card, it can take up to 2 months to get a refund from your credit card company.

We don't require you to create an account when you subscribe, so if you didn't create an account, you can do so by clicking on the Create one link. If you created an account but you can't remember your password, click the "Forgot password?" link.

If you are having trouble ordering or using the website, please try switching to a different device, like a different computer, phone, or tablet.

No password?

You can now log into your account without a password. On the Account  page, under Need help accessing your subscriptions?, click Click here. Enter the email address associated with your subscription. Click Send login code. You will receive a 4-digit authentication code by email and/or text message. Enter the 4-digit code into the passwordless login screen.

We have detailed steps on how to update your credit card ›

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You can also send us your old and new addresses via email. Address changes can take up to 8 weeks to take effect (see #4 below) so please be sure to notify us as soon as possible of your new address.


You have two different passwords. One password is for your account, so you can log in and check on your subscription. You set up this password when you made an account on the website. If you didn't make an account when you subscribed, please create an account using the email you used on your subscription.

The second password is for subscribers to access the online version of the magazine. This digital edition password code is printed on your mailing label and emailed you with every new issue and changes every year. Please let us know if you have lost this password and which issue you are trying to access.

For both of these passwords to reach you, you need to make sure you are able to receive emails from and be on our email list at See the next paragraph if you don't get an email when you create and account or reset your password, or if you haven't received any emails from us. Your computer may be set up to block emails from If you opted out of "marketing" emails when you subscribed, you will need to manually sign up at to get the digital edition passwords.

We do not sell your email address to anyone.

Not getting our emails?

We send you emails about your account, subscription, orders, credit card payments, and your password for the digital edition of the magazine through our website and an email service provider. You can sign up for these emails at If you aren’t receiving emails or they are going in your junk folder, please add the email addresses and to your email address book and to the safe sender’s list in your email program.

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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 print and digital subscriptions 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.

Printing is now taking almost twice as long due to labor shortages and the paper supply chain. The USPS has recently slowed the target delivery time for periodicals. Our goal has always been 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. 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.

where is my magazine

Following are some order and renewal cutoff dates:

  • Orders from 7/22/22 to 9/21/22 started with Volume 33. This issue was mailed in October 2022.
  • Orders from 9/22/22 to 11/21/22 started with Volume 34. This issue was mailed in December 2022.
  • Orders from 11/22/22 to 1/21/23 start with Volume 35. This issue will be mailed in February 2023.
  • Orders from 1/22/23 to 3/21/23 start with Volume 36. This issue will be mailed in April 2023.

5. When will my subscription issue arrive?

Beachcombing is mailed directly from our printer in New Hampshire via U.S. Periodicals Mail. Once it leaves the printer, USPS and your country's mail service are in charge of delivering your magazine to the address we have on file on the subscription cutoff date. The U.S. Postal Service does not guarantee the delivery of Periodicals Mail within a given number of days. It takes up to 4 weeks to arrive in the U.S. and 8 weeks to arrive in other countries, including Canada. Mailing and shipping services are currently delayed 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 typical delivery times for periodicals 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 8 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 sent in an envelope via First Class Mail. Report a delivery issue ›

To see a map of the current status of USPS service, including weather delays and other closures, view the USPS National Map.

6. When will my magazine subscription end?

Your subscription includes 6 issues. A code at the top of your mailing label shows your digital edition password 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 order arrive?

If you order a back issue of the magazine, stickers, or other beachcombing gifts, your order will usually be shipped via U.S. First Class Mail within a week. If you order 2 or more back issues, they are shipped via U.S. Media Mail. Delivery time depends on where you live, as we ship worldwide.

We typically mail orders on two days each week. Please follow up with an email if it's important that your Priority Mail order go out immediately and we will try to make it happen. Because we have no control over the delivery times of the postal service in the U.S. and internationally, we can't guarantee delivery dates.

9. What if my magazine is damaged or never arrives?

We are happy to send U.S. subscribers a replacement issue if your magazine is damaged in transit or never arrives and we still have the magazine in stock. We can't always provide a replacement copy for your magazine as we only order a limited number of extra copies of each issue. 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 by one issue. 

Due to the high cost of international postage, we cannot offer replacement copies for missing or damaged magazines outside of the U.S. but we will issue a partial refund on your subscription. Thanks for your understanding.

If your issue frequently arrives damaged and your mailbox is sufficiently sized and protected from the weather, or if you frequently miss issues, please check with your local post office so they can investigate and track down the source of the problem. If you continue to have problems, please consider switching from a subscription to purchasing individual issues, which are sent in an envelope via First Class Mail. Report a delivery issue ›

We do not ship subscription orders in plastic bags as doing so would create thousands of pieces of plastic trash, some of which could end up in our waterways. Our international shipping service sometimes adds plastic bags to protect them on their long trip overseas. If you would like to have your magazine sent in an envelope via 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 or your local postal service is in charge of delivering your mail to that address. If you notify your old post office of your new 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. 

Password for the digital edition: 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 articles from sold-out 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. 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. We try to return emails within 3 business days. You can leave a message at 1-833-224-5277 or on our Facebook and Instagram pages, but if you need a response, please email us. Sorry, we can't take your credit card number over the phone or via email, however you can pay for your subscription securely through the website using your credit card, PayPal, Google Pay, ShopPay, or other options, depending where you live. If you can't subscribe online, you can send a check for $39.99 plus applicable local sales tax to our address at  Beachcombing Magazine / Etched by the Sea Inc, PO Box 1910, Capitola CA 95010.

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About Us

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As a member of the International Sea Glass Association, we are committed to educating collectors, consumers, and retailers as to the properties and benefits of genuine, pure, unaltered sea and beach glass. We do not accept articles or advertisements from those who use or sell fake sea glass. As a member of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club we promote the study of mollusks and the shells they create. We have a no-live-shelling policy and do not accept articles or advertisements from those who use or sell shells harvested from live animals, including live sand dollars, sea stars, and sea urchins.

We share the awards that Beachcombing has won with our contributors, including our writers, photographers, artists, and beachcombers — plus the subscribers and advertisers who make it all possible!

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We recommend books and products because we truly love them! We sometimes provide links on the Beachcombing website to make it easy to purchase products online from many different sites. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases made when you click on our links and make purchases on Amazon, but please purchase items wherever it works best for you. Thanks!

All policies, prices, terms, and conditions are subject to change at any time without prior notice.