I recently cancelled my subscription to Cook's Illustrated. Today, I cancelled my subscription to Popular Mechanics.
Both for the same reason. They have adopted the tactic of billing me for a renewal because "you agreed to the automatic renewal" option, or words to that effect. "Your renewal fee is now due"
I have subscribed to both of these publications for years (on a year to year basis) and probably would continue, but this obnoxious and dishonest marketing ploy pisses me off.
Have any of you experienced this?