Interestingly, I applied very early on but did not receive a free subscription. Furthermore, I did not receive a 'you were unlucky' e-mail, nor a 'VIP offer' e-mail. I did, however, receive a 'we sent you a VIP offer, here is a second chance to have the offer' mail. I always check my SPAM filter, so I know nothing went in there; therefore, I am left to deduce one of two things: (A) I was never sent the first e-mails or (B) the magazine publisher has an issue with their Email Marketing software.
As for this thread, I'm quite surprised to read the contents of it. However, perhaps it also explains why I have received a call, asking me if I'd like to speak with the publisher of the magazine. At first I questioned where the value in that conversation was but based on some of the opinions voiced in this thread, it now seems obvious. When I have time, I will take the call (or the meeting) and will let you know my findings - and attempt to clear up some of the confusion - until then, as per the culture of TM, I'd ask everyone to keep an open mind.