Vibe magazine publisher feels reader backlash

July 21, 2009

At least one subscriber of defunct hip-hop culture magazine Vibe wants to know why he’s not getting a refund — and is willing to go to court to get it.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, Alabama resident Kenneth Rogers said he purchased a one year subscription three months before the shock announcement and wants all subscribers to get their money back. Rogers sued for breach of contract and unjust enrichment for a lost subscription and is seeking class action status to allow others to join in the fight.

“As the magazine was quietly closing up the shop, the Vibe website continued to contain links to advertisements enticing customers to purchase subscriptions to the magazine,” the lawsuit says, naming Vibe Media Group as a defendant along with unnamed people associated with the magazine. Vibe should have “publicly disclosed to subscribers that it was teetering on the brink of insolvency,” it says.

It said a one-year subscription cost between $9.95 and $14.95, and Vibe, the baby of acclaimed music producer Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Off the Wall” albums included), had more than 800,000 subscribers.


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i’m a subscriber to vibe and i signed up for a 2 year subscription on march 2009, its unfair to us readers because we do love the magazine but i payed close to 30 dollars and am hoping to get a refund as well…endless calls have gotten me no where. the magazine has pre recorded messages asking us subscribers to check the website week to week for more information on our subscriptions

Posted by shakyra | Report as abusive

I would like my money back as well with over 800,000 readers and at the least 9.95 that’s a lot of money that they need to reimburse.

Posted by Niki | Report as abusive

I would also like a refund. I have been looking for my magazine for months now, I thought it was because of my move I wasn’t getting it. How do I get a refund? I can’t even get the website to open as stated on the previous posts.

Posted by LaTosha Meeks | Report as abusive