Ok, so for those of you who have long followed this blog for Burda news and pattern releases, this will probably be an important post. I just found out via @ysg2007 on Instagram (You sew, girl! on the blog-o-sphere) that GLP News, US distributor of BurdaStyle Magazine, had closed down. Any attempt to link to their site gives the following message:
Essentially, it says that there is a new US distributor, but gives no indication of who it is or how those who still have valid subscriptions should proceed. Even if it meant placing a new subscription, there is no indication of where to do so. When this happened to Canada a few months ago there was much discussion and frustration, though based off of comments from my awesome blog readers it does seem that there is a reliable Canadian source of BurdaStyle Magazine now. I expect this might also be the case for the US in the near future, though there are several questions I find myself wondering…
- Will BurdaStyle sell English subscriptions through its US site, BurdaStyle.com? It still seems a bit nuts that all other BurdaStyle sites promote the magazine releases, and sell magazine subscriptions as well as the digital patterns, while the US site is about 1-2 months behind in just having the digital patterns.
- Will there be distribution through the SimplyMcButtVogue group? BurdaStyle and Simplicity seem to be having a bit of a partnership going on, but now that Simplicity is owned by the Big4/1, maybe there is some distribution negotiations going on there? Though Vogue’s own magazine’s recent demise doesn’t seem to bode well in that direction.
- Will US subscribers be forced to turn to international sources for their BurdaStyle Magazines?
- Or will there be a new independent US distributor, much in the same way that the Canadian distributor was replaced?
I suppose time will tell with these questions. In the meantime, what is a Burda-obsessed former GLP subscriber to do? Well, depending on what stage of grief you are at, here are some options…
(1) Deny it. This is probably not the best option as it will leave you Burda-less within the month as the June issue should be shipped in a few weeks. You should probably get through this stage of grief as quickly as you can.
(2) Throw things. Probably also not the most productive means of dealing with grief, especially if you throw things at your sewing machine, but it might give you some temporary relief. Using the bleep mouth emoji liberally over the next few days might also help you express your current state of insatiable rage.
(3) Plead. I’m not sure who you’d plead with, as it seems that GLP hasn’t been answering phones or emails in quite some time, but I suppose this might be an option. That or else you might plead with your bank account for forgiveness because you are now going to have to pay for a second subscription since you won’t be getting the one you already paid for.
(4) Cry. Yes, I think this is a legitimate response, especially if you had a rather lengthy subscription time remaining. Personally I had just renewed my Burda Easy subscription last week (I literally just got the renewal card in the mail on Saturday. Saturday!!!), and because I had been one of the last people to have a year long subscription to Burda before they reduced it to 6 month subscriptions only, I had about 5 months of regular issues that I’d already paid for as well. That’s 7 magazines I’m not getting, and that’s worth crying over. Even if it is spilt milk.
(5) Find a new place to buy Burda, at least temporarily. Look. I know we are all unhappy about the GLP News news. But that doesn’t mean Burda isn’t still going to be publishing magazines, and that we still aren’t going to want them, or wish we had them at some point in the future. So that means figuring out how to acquire Burda in the meantime. It’s been a bit of a hunt, but I think I’ve found some options for us…
- UK Newsstand: This is a UK site that sells single issues or subscriptions to the English edition (they also offer the German edition) of the magazine. Not gonna lie; I already bough the June issue from them because I’ve looked at the line drawings (I expect the full magazine preview to drop tomorrow, at which point I’ll do my typical write-up) and I know I want it. I wasn’t willing to hope that I’d hear anything about a new US distributor in the meantime, so I jumped on it.
- Amazon: Apparently you can subscribe to BurdaStyle on Amazon??? It says it is distributed by Verlag Aenne Burda as well, and not GLP News, so I’m hoping this means a direct from publisher distribution. I was a bit skeptical, but there are 45 reviews, so it seems legit. Plus, if there are issues I can talk to Amazon customer service. And Amazon doesn’t seem in danger of folding anytime soon. So, I’m going to try it. It says it will take 6-10 weeks for the first issue to arrive, so I might not be getting anything from this until the August issue, if it works. I will report back later with updates. EDIT: Comment from LindaC has warned us away from this option as Magazine Express has terrible reviews elsewhere online. KSSews also said her subscription through Amazon was delivered via GLP. And as a general warning Amazon will NOT let you cancel magazine orders as soon as 12 hours after placing them, so I’d warn against this option. At this point I’m going to point people towards the UK Newsstand option because commenters have had a much better experience with them.
- BurdaStyle: If you are willing to wait for patterns to be released, and you are ok with only buying the patterns you really want for more than half the cost of a single magazine, you can buy the digital patterns from the US BurdaStyle site after they release them. Personally I’d rather gauge my eyes out with spoons than tape PDF patterns (yes, yes, I know PDF Plotter is a thing, but still. And really, my main objection is I could be spending over $150 a month on sewing patterns if I really like a lot of patterns in an issue and that’s just not sustainable over the long term. Plus, I just really like having the magazine.)
- eBay: This is how I built up my amazing back catalog of BurdaStyle Magazines. Yes, I said it. My collection is amazing. eBay has always been my go-to when shit goes down and the postal service screws up, or I want some Burda Easy or Burda Plus edition that I haven’t subscribed to. Normally, I’d rely on eBay for the June issue this year, but with the entire country’s supply gone and the entire country’s demand having just gone way, way up, I’m thinking the odds are not in my favor. So while I’d normally point people here for single issues, I’m thinking we might not want to take that risk for the next couple of issue this year.
- EDIT/UPDATE: Some lovely commenters have suggested contacting the credit card companies, or Burda directly, with proof of subscriptions, as it seems both claims have been successful disputes in the past.
- EDIT/UPDATE #2: According to the comments, US residents cannot subscribe to the magazine through the UK Burda site, but the German office recommended the French distributor Abo Press Dipa. The online options seem to be in French, but contacting them might provide a way to get the English versions. They also seem to carry the Burda Craft and other magazines. Also, several people have mentioned that you can subscribe directly through the Burda France website. I will caution that shipping costs more than the actual magazine (at least for the Burda Easy subscription), and with currency conversion it is a pretty penny, but it is a way to get Burda Easy and Burda Plus, which the other sources have not been able to furnish.
- EDIT/UPDATE #3: Around the World bookstore in NYC was recommended by many, which seems to have single issues of Burda online, but perhaps could also be contacted about a subscription. I’ve also had several nice people offer to go there for me, but, happily I have a sister who works nearby so I’m making her go. You know, just to check it out. I realize forcing family to do things like this isn’t really an option for most people, but I’m not above taking advantage of my resources. 😉
- EDIT/UPDATE #4: According to Canadian comments, Rolltek is now in charge of the Canadian distribution of Burda, and can be contacted at this email: email@example.com or at P 416 252 1101 Toll Free 1 877 776 5835. Not sure if they would be able/willing to ship to the US, but it is another option to explore.
- EDIT/UPDATE #5: Unique Magazines might be another UK source for the English edition. It appears their checkout allows for international addresses, so it seems possible they will ship to the US.
- EDIT/UPDATE #6: Magazine Cafe seems to have lots of options in multiple languages, including Burda Easy and Burda Plus. No word on how reliable they are, but they do have lots of options (though at prices quite somewhat higher than what GLP used to offer).
Obviously, there is a lot of unhappy going on here. It’s sad that a 50 year old business closed down. It’s sad the way they have treated their customers, with no formal email or other notification, let alone any sort of an offer for a refund. It’s sad that it is going to cause inconvenience for those of us who still want to get ahold of the magazine. Hopefully there will be a clear solution and step forward for those of us who still want Burda Magazines. I expect a lot of people are going to be angry and possibly boycott the magazine for a while, but for me there is a distinct difference between Burda and GLP. Just because GLP has done me dirty doesn’t mean I want my BurdaStyle magazines any less. So I’m going to explore all of my options, and probably make a lot of orders to the UK over the next couple of months. If the Amazon subscription falls through (which is possible; might be they were getting their magazines from GLP as well), then I suppose I’ll cave and pay for the full subscription from the UK distributor. But hopefully we’ll all have some more definite news and a clear path forward before then. As always, I’ll post when I have more information. Until then, let’s all try to keep the throwing of things to a minimum. No promises about minimizing my liberal use of the bleep face emoji though.