A very friendly young man came to our door and sold me a magazine subscription. I paid partly in cash and the rest by check. The receipt said delivery should begin in 120 days. That was July of 08. By January of 09 I still hadn't received anything. I emailed customer service (because I couldn't get through on the phone). The next day I received a call from someone named Nikki (no last name) who said the publisher had my address incorrect. I told them I wanted to just cancel and get a refund. I was instructed to mail in my receipt and I have done so. We'll see how that goes.
The best way to subscribe to a magazine is through the magazine itself. Don't bother with these people. It is such a headache.