Four former Columbia House employees reminisce about the best worst deal in music buying history.
I must have joined this club and similar clubs many times growing up. It was a deal, but it was also a pain to remember to send in the coupons to say I wasn't interested in the tape and CD selection of the month.
After a quick search, interestingly, they still operated until an email said they would "cease operations on June 30, 2009". That's a long run! (read this article on Rolling Stone, too: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/12-for-one-cd-deals-no-more-bmg-music-service-ends-in-june-20090310, which reminisces that:
…we pretended on the subscription forms that our suburban home was an apartment complex, created a ton of aliases and signed up for the service over 25 times, raking in 250 CDs in the process. It ate up a lot of stamps responding "Not Interested" to each month's spotlight release mailers, but in the long run it was worth it."
Then in the 1990's there was a new crop, huH magazine and a few others, that were actually less "sell you automatically" but instead wonderful music compilations of the time coupled with a massive magazine with amazing layouts, artist interviews, photography, and much more. It was those that I appreciated much more than the 'clubs'.