Have you thought about subscribing to a comping magazine? Compers News is the only UK magazine dedicated to competition listings. The question is – with the sheer volume of information available for free on the internet via sites like SuperLucky, Money Saving Expert, PrizeFinder, Loquax, Competition Database and all sorts of Facebook groups – is it really worth the money to subscribe to a printed magazine?
Compers News costs £29.70 for a 6 month subscription or £59.40 for 12 months by Direct Debit – you get your first issue free so you can always try it out and cancel before your first month is up if it’s not your cup of tea. You’ll also get a welcome pack including free postcards and envelopes!
Let’s look at what you get for your money…
Compers News is 40 pages and usually arrives around the 24th of the month – subscribers get access to an online version at www.compersnews.com around a week before it arrives in the post. This digital edition is a searchable, clickable (but not printable) PDF which you can save in Google Drive, Evernote or Kindle apps. The magazine contains hundreds of current prize promotions, ranging from postal entry to purchase necessary, text comps and creative comps. In addition to the competition ‘listings file’, there are plenty of reader-only puzzles, prize draws and competitions, as well as comping tips and advice.
In addition to the magazine, subscribers can use their membership number to register for the private Chatterbox message board, which offers:
- More competition listings – added by the CN editorial team and forum members
- Details of on-pack promotions as soon as (or sometimes before) they hit the shelves
- User to User competitions – low entry fun comps hosted by forum members
- Comping chat
…and much more!
So what about the Editor? Well, if you think I live and breathe competitions, you should meet Steve Middleton! Steve has been comping enthusiastically since the 1970s and works tirelessly to find prize promotions with low entry numbers – his expertise is in tracking down purchase-necessary and instant win promotions as soon as they hit the shelves, and these are shared on Chatterbox and in the magazine.
Why do we still need a printed magazine? Even in a world of Kindles, tablets and mobile devices, people still love reading paper books and magazines. When I published SuperLucky Secrets as an eBook version, over a hundred people contacted me asking for a paperback version! It seems compers still enjoy highlighting, bookmarking and ticking things off lists. And that’s why Compers News is still so popular – even if people access the digital version, the paper edition is so easy to slip into a handbag to flick through on the bus!
At almost £5 a month, a subscription to Compers News is expensive. If you’re a frugal comper, and trying to keep the hobby free – then by all means stick with free listings sites, and enter comps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Of course, you can also visit my blog, subscribe to my newsletter and join my Lucky Learners Facebook group for free too.
However, if you are dedicated to comping, have time to log onto Chatterbox regularly, and are happy to spend money on promotional products, stamps and text messages then I think you’ll enjoy Compers News very much, and Yes, it is worth the money!
Please note that this is my SuperLucky affiliate link – it’s the same price as you’ll find elsewhere on the internet, but I get a percentage of the subscription cost as a referral bonus.
Do you subscribe to Compers News? What do you think of it? Leave a comment to let me know!