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Hoffman Media, LLC

Phone: (205) 995-8860Fax: (205) 995-8428View Additional Phone Numbers1900 International Park Dr STE 50, BirminghamAL 35243-4244 Send email to Hoffman Media, LLCView Additional Web Addresses

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A BBB Accredited Business since 06/18/2004

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Hoffman Media, LLC's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 3 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Delivery Issues1
Problems with Product / Service2
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 3

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Hoffman Media, LLC

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by Resolution

Complaint Resolution Log (3)BBB Closure Definitions
07/15/2014Delivery Issues | Read Complaint Details

Claim delivery was returned by post office
I call spoke with ****,(that what he told me was his name)asking why I had not received any issues of cooking with Paula Deen since the Jan/Feb 2014 he state to me that they got a return back from my Post Office that it was undelivered because of the address. I told him that did not sound right, and that I gets all my other mail and magazine, and he said well, that what we got back. I ask him so send me a copy so that I can address this with my post office. He stated that we don't keep that stuff, then I ask him, well why did't you all notify me since I have a paid up subscription for the next 2-years. Would'nt that be good customer service, he did not agree with me on that. I ask for him full name, and he refused, and stated that he can give me his extention, which he started rattling off. I should have took notice form when I had problems from the get, when I first subscrible for this magazine. But I was hoping that things would improve.

Desired Settlement
I just want what I have already pay for, and my issues that I had not received. Like I said the last one that I receive was the Jan/Feb 2014.
I paid for a 2-years subscription.

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: ***** ********, Bus. Dir.
Contact Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Contact Email: **************************
We are so sorry Ms. ****** has had problem with her subscription. We have notified our fulfillment house and they are checking on the problem. They are supposed to notify BBB directly with a solution to the problem. We want our customers to be totally satisfied with not only the product but the service they receive as well. We will stay on top of this to be sure it is resolved to Ms. ******'s and our satisfaction.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
I am happy to know that my subscription will resume. I did receive the May/June issue, but the way it was sent to me, in and plain envelope with no acknowledgement of mistakes or misunderstanding.

Final Consumer Response

10/24/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Placed order on 10-11-13. Have contacted them 4 times, still do not no where order is. Today talked to manager, still no answer.
I placed my order with hoffman media for back issues of magazines, spent $100.00. I placed the order on October 11th, 2013. Never received a shipping confirmation, even though it say that you will. I emailed them on October 16th. they responded with a canned response, "all times take 2 - 3 weeks to ship. So I called customer service, on Friday October 18th. She says the order has not shipped because I used a credit card, and that they are waiting for it to clear. This is false, I use a debit card, which was an immediate withdrawal. I sent another email, to which I received not response. Today, Octoberr 21st, I called customer service again. I asked to speak to a manger. He told me that he didn't know why my order has not shipped, he tried to guess saying they might be out of the produce, I told him when I ordered it, it was listed as in stock. He said he would try to find out what is wrong and asked ME to call him tomorrrow, October 22nd. I said no. I then asked him to call me, since this is my 4th time contacting them. He then told me that he is at a inbound call center, and that he can't call me. I stated that so far customer service was lacking at Hoffman Media. He then back tracked and said he would "try" to call me tomorrow.
I felt this was unacceptable.
I am now filing a complaint. I would like to know where my items are, and why no one can tell me what the problem is.

Desired Settlement
I would appreciate an answer to this, preferable sooner then later. I would also like to have my order discounted.
I have asked a simple request, but 5 people now cannot give me an answer.

Final Consumer Response
I have resolved the issue with Hoffman Media and wish to drop the BBB complain. thanks-you for your time,


10/31/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

I have had a subcription to ******** Magazine under my company name, ****** ***** It is paid in full (the check was cashed several weeks ago) A few months ago, I began receiving a duplicate bill for the same magazine (account #XXXXXXXXXX). This bill is to my same address, only they have misspelled Zenard Home and written ***** ***** It is for the exact same magazine, same amount etc. I have written them several times, both by mail and email and I'm still being billed for this second subscription. It is costing me time and money (in stamps)Product_Or_Service: ******** MagazineAccount_Number: XXXXXXXXXX

Desired Settlement
DesiredSettlementID: RefundI want written proof that this second duplicate subscription has been cancelled ( #XXXXXXXXXX) I also want a free year of this magazine for the trouble and time this has caused. I do not understand why this can not be handled. No one needs two copies of the exact magazine delivered to the same address. Their customer service reps need to respond to complaints and FIX THEM.

Business Response
Thank you for contacting us concerning the problem you are having with your subscription to ********. Your paid subscription will be serviced through the January/February 2015 issue.

The duplicate order that you were being billed for has now been cancelled. Please disregard any further invoices that may be received.

We have extended for the duplicate issues which is reflected in the above expiration date.

Our records show that a refund was requested on October 3, 2014 for the August 2014 payment of $19.98 that you paid for a gift subcription for ***** ********** Due to 1 issue being sent to her the refund was prorated to be $16.65. This refund should be received in 10 to 15 business days from the refund date of October 3rd.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Customer Service
****** *******

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
This case can be closed. It was not until I threatened legal action and cancelled my subscription that this issue was addressed. The lack of concern or attention from this company on
customer complaints is unbelievable.

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Additional Information

BBB file opened: 01/01/1998Business started: 01/01/1998
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Corporation

Business Management
Principal: Ms. Phyllis DePiano (President & CEO)Mr. Eric Hoffman (EVP & COO)Mr. Brian Hoffman (EVP & CCO)
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Ms. Lynn Terry (VP Administration)Mr Michael Adams (CFO)
Business Category

Publishers - Book

Products & Services

Based on information provided, this company offers special-interest publisher of magazines.

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Address for Hoffman Media, LLC

1900 International Park Dr STE 50

Birmingham, AL 35243-4244

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  • 1900 International Park Dr STE 50 

    Birmingham, AL 35243-4244(205) 995-8860
    (888) 411-8995

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