I payed a magazine company for a blog post and photo shoot was done but now they want to send me 3.4k. I payed 160 for pics with mag and 300 to publish idk if its real or fake kinda hesitant

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    What are you asking though? Is there a question here?
    – littleadv
    Jan 16 at 1:48
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    It also isn't clear what you bought, or thought you were buying, with your $460. Were you buying a blog post (why?) or were they? Did they do a photo shoot or did you? What magazine was this, are they legitimate, and have you contacted them directly to find out if you're really doing business with the magazine as opposed to someone who claims to be them?
    – keshlam
    Jan 16 at 4:21
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    If they want to send you money, it is a scam. Jan 16 at 15:28

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Almost any time someone wants you to pay in order to be published, it's a scam, or at best a "vanity press". There are a few contests that have entry fees, and there are print-on-demand publishers that have set-up fees, but even these should be approached with caution since you are extremely unlikely to earn that money back unless you have something exceptional.

Any time someone wants you to pay them in order to receive money, or asks you to pass part of an overpayment along to someone else, or wants your login credentials, it's a scam.

In general, if you have any suspicion that it is a scam, you are probably correct.

  • Expanding upon your "almost any time," one notable exception is open access journals, which turn the publishing business model on its head. For example, Elsevier, a reputable publisher, charges authors or their institutions several hundred to several thousand dollars to cover the publication costs. Ditto SpringerOpen, the open-access arm of Springer.
    – shoover
    Jan 16 at 4:27
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    Yeah, but "blog post" and "photo shoot" suggest this isn't anything remotely that respectable.
    – keshlam
    Jan 16 at 4:29
  • True, but I was responding to "Almost any time someone wants you to pay in order to be published." Maybe "Outside of open-access journal-land, ..."?
    – shoover
    Jan 16 at 6:15
  • But per the OP, they (the magazine) are sending the OP the money? Unclear...
    – Jon Custer
    Jan 16 at 14:25
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    (Actually, it looks like I did say "Almost" in my original post. No correction needed.)
    – keshlam
    Jan 16 at 17:31

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