I completely agree with your complaint and believe it's justified for us to step up and take legal action against them. I recently entered in a Good Housekeeping sweepstakes, completely unaware of the fact that by doing so, I would subject myself to an automatic subscription to their magazine as well. Upon checking my e-mail a couple minutes later, I realized that I had unwittingly subscribed - they never asked for my credit card information (now that I look back on it, that might have been too suspicious seeing as how it's a sweepstakes entry page), so I'm predicting they'll start sending me letters if I sit back and take their abusive scamming ways. I tried to cancel online, but when I tried to cancel my subscription through Heart Magazine, the site directed me to a blank page that had 'error' in its url. Frustrated, I turned to Good Housekeeping to try to resolve my problem.. but I couldn't even log in! When I pressed 'forgot my password', they only refreshed the current sign up information, with no way to access my account, much less cancel the issues before the billing is initiated. Simply sickening tactics which I have never before witnessed from ANY other magazine.
Bottom line - I would HIGHLY recommend staying away from Hearst AND Good Housekeeping magazines, as they are only seeking another subscriber at any cost. Even if that means risking their reputation and degrading their honest values in order to achieve that.. pathetic, I know.