While it’s rare to pay full-price for a magazine subscription, sometimes I’ve found myself waiting around or searching around for a good deal on titles I read. Website MagazinePriceSearch.com aims to eliminate that headache by compiling and aggregating discount magazine subscriptions in one place.
The site does not sell magazines directly, rather, they claim to track the lowest price available at 24 web magazine stores on approximately 1700 titles across all subjects. When you select a title, it not only shows you the best current price (and any coupon codes needed), but also comparison pricing at other online stores for different subscription lengths, and similar magazines you may be interested in.
I selected three magazines at random to compare best prices listed on the site, and in my own web search. I searched for five minutes per magazine to see if I could find a better deal on Martha Stewart Living, Sports Illustrated, or Cooking Light. In all cases, MagazinePriceSearch had the best current price, and much of my time in my own searches was wasted finding links to deals that had expired. I did find that in some cases the “best deal” on a one-year subscription was equal to the cost of a magazine directly from the magazine’s own web site, but MagazinePriceSearch frequently found deals for longer subscriptions that reduced the per-issue price.
The site is text heavy, and not easy on the eyes, but figuring out what they do and searching for magazines was still easy via the search bar on the home page, or by category list on the left side. Overall it was very user-friendly. The site is also ad-free; they earn money by getting a small commission from the magazine stores once a user clicks through and makes a purchase (users do not purchase magazines directly from this site).
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How do you find magazine subscription deals?