Do people still buy Magazine subscriptions? If they do what ones?
Magazine subscriptions are cheaper and cheaper and the only reason I see for selling them for 78% off is to ensure they have some kind of income at all. So do people still buy magazines? What ones? Why?
Yes, I still buy magazine subscriptions - but only certain ones. I enjoy creating bizarre toys/stuffed critters, so I'm going to subscribe to a great magazine titled (appropriately) "Stuffed" and a couple of other relevant mags. Writing mags are usually relevant and helpful, so I buy subs when they're on special (half price or less). But I confess that for my collage and other art projects, I raid the magazine collections at Half Price Books. Despite the digital revolution, I enjoy the feel of paper books and magazines in hand. I also like knowing that, even in the event of a worldwide power failure, I could still read my books by candlelight.
There are a few magazines I would subscribe to if I had more money to burn and it didn't take up so much space in my apartment. There is a digital art one that comes to mind, though I can't recall the exact name. Something like Digital FX. I do think there is hope that magazines will persist on the e-reader. While I understand SamiSwan's preference for physical print, I like the idea that your newest magazine issue will be delivered to you wirelessly and will be waiting the next time you boot up your e-reader. It's kind of like a little present that shows up every time you're in a wireless hotspot.
I don't know anyone that still does. I use to but I stopped when I was probably about 15. I use to subscribe to seventeen I think it was, typical teenage magazine and I look back and don't know why I ever wanted it. I think a lot of people have stopped though just because everything in those magazines can probably be found online so subscribing would be a waste of money
Of course people still buy magazine subscriptions. An obvious indicator is all of the magazines out there today that still offer subscriptions. One thing you should note about the magazine industry is that they don't make their money on subscriptions, they make them on individual purchases and advertising revenue.
Ever wonder why magazines cost upwards of $7 each in the store yet you can get an annual subscription for just $10? It's because it's a promotion to jumpstart you into reading the magazine. More readers means inflated advertising revenues. Typically, the sale subscription price is only good for the first year. After that, they will raise it astoundingly to something like $80 a year or more for the same subscription. If you remain locked in a pay that inflated price then the company is beginning to make money on your subscription. However, if you nix your subscription after the first year the hope is that you will like the magazine enough to buy a few issues periodically from the store (at $7 a pop), which still nets the company some money. Not to mention you have become part of their audience.
If magazines were losing money, you wouldn't see them still for sale. Most magazine publications are owned by only a handful of media conglomerates (yes, the same holding companies that own your television stations and movie production companies and websites, etc.). These companies know better than to price slash just to "have some kind of income." It's all a marketing ploy.
My wife subscribes to a couple... Entertainment Weekly, Rachael Ray's Everyday and Redbook.
I was subscribed to some magazines yet, I never applied for them. ha
It was a scam, billed me for all the magazines too. If anything I would get, Cosmopolitan I love the information they share for relationships and a love life. Besides all of that, the newspaper/magazine business is going out of style. Everything is falling down on electronics and gadgets. Why? Maybe because they feel technology will take over too soon!
I just bought a 3 year subscription to the New Yorker.
I think those discounts are exaggerated to get people to buy, or perhaps its off the cover price.
I love magazines. Some people still buy subscriptions, but a lot of people just check out the internet now for info.
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