We recently received a letter from Condé Nast Traveler, a lifestyle and travel magazine, urging us to subscribe to their publication. According to Condé Nast, also known as CN Traveler, the annual cover price for 11 issues is $54.89. Our “trade discount” is $44.89, bringing the out-of-pocket cost to…$8?
Do the math: $54.89 – $44.89 = $10. So why does CN Traveler say that our total price will be two dollars cheaper? The answer to this math mixup lies in the fine print.
Towards the bottom of the letter, all is revealed. A one year subscription is $8, but shipping and handling is an extra $2, bringing the total to (drum roll, please) $10.
In addition, a previously unadvertised state sales tax will be tacked on to the total price: a 4.75% gratuity is added in the state of North Carolina.
We reached out to Condé Nast Traveler to see what they had to say about this interesting fine print fiasco, but they have not yet responded to our inquiry.