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Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Hi gang, maybe I just never noticed, but I got July's edition today and there are so many full page ads that it is genuinely hampering my enjoyment of it. I was wondering if any of you out there subscribe, and if you feel the same way?

I plan to dig out a year old edition and do an actual comparison. Like I said, maybe I am imagining things, so I really hope some of you will chime in and if they are over-doing things with the ads then maybe we can get them to pay attention...



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    Magazines are money-making enterprises, ads make moneyimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Magazines are money-making enterprises, ads make moneyimage

    What she said! 

    Why would we expect the magazine not to make as much money as it can?  After all, I presume it subsidises this website for a start ...

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Amy KellyAmy Kelly Posts: 23

    I am happy for them to make a profit, after all, I pay money each month to read the magazine. I just feel taken advantage of because SO many of the pages this month are full page ads. I feel like they must have lost real content to make space for ads.

    Dovefromabove makes a good point about who pays for the website, but I think there is maybe BBC money and subscription money, and revenue from the online ads you see all over the website, and I don't mind SOME ads in the magazine, in fact the plant offers can sometimes be very informative, but there are just too many this month... They are being greedy and taking advantage. Profit I am happy with, gouging I am not.

    There is literally a full page of ads on the following pages in July:

    2,13,16,18,20,23,25,29,30,31,39,40,45,48,51,52,53,59,64,67,73,74,78,82,83,84,86,90,94,100,103,109,115,116,117,118,120,130,135,137-153,155, plus all of the inserts. And we pay to buy it as well!

    Seriously, how much profit do they need to make? Look at the page numbers above fellow readers. We deserve better than this, don't we?

  • Amy KellyAmy Kelly Posts: 23

    Just re-posting the page numbers that are 100% ads because in my browser half of them on my post above are hidden in the margin (by a Laithwaites ad, for the record image






    Plus several inserts.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,803

    Gardeners World magazine and this website are independent of the BBC and have to fund themselves.   It can't be that hard to turn the page and ignore the ads.  The alternative is a more expensive magazine.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    The magazine and the website are not part of the BBC  - they are owned by a separate company.

    It makes sense for there to be far more adverts in the magazine at this time of year, it's when the number of people actively gardening is at its highest, and when most gardeners will be buying plants, seeds and equipment.  Not so many people buying lawnmowers, compost, hosepipes, etc in December and January.

    We should be pleased that the companies find it worthwhile to advertise in GW magazine - fewer ads will mean no magazine image

    And if you don't want to see ads on the forum, use an adblocker - I don't see any ads on here image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155

    If you're not happy - don't buy it. Simple. But -  without advertising there won't be a magazine.image

     I'm not really sure why you would think the BBC funds the magazine though. I don't expect the Beeb to fund any other magazine I might buy relating to a TV show.

    No ads here either Dove image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974


    tbh with so much on line info I can't see why anyone would buy any magazine. Save the trees, use the internetimage


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Amy KellyAmy Kelly Posts: 23

    Well, that's me told ???


    I'll take a leaf from all of you and stop worrying about ads, but maybe cancel my subscription and read it in the library to save the paper waste.

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