Magazine-Agent, the website review

Christina Aguilera at MaximI am not a big magazine lover. In fact I only subscribe to a couple of magazines and hardly have time to read any that I receive. For quite some time I totally switched to online sources for my news. Nevertheless I will get on a good deal once in a while each time hoping I will free up my schedule a little bit to allow for some pleasure reading.

I personally believe printed media, just like music on CD’s, is living out its last years and it will be hard to find any magazines 50 years from now… and this is exactly why right now is a very good time to be in the market of discounted magazines. The publishers keep slashing prices and you offer better and better deals each year, until nothing will be left to offer. ;-)

Magazine-Agent is one of such discounted magazine resellers who make their living by direct magazine sales and through an in-house affiliate program. I am not their affiliate and hence I will not review that part of the business, however judging by the left-side bar ad promising “up to 60%” pay out rates to Magazine-Agent partners, it probably is not too bad.

Here are some things I like

  • Convenient website navigation - Magazine-Agent has the best user interface I have seen in a magazine website. You can select magazines by price, popularity, or category. I also appreciate the ability to see all magazines offered by same publisher. I really have just one complain: “Computer & Internet” category shows 26 magazines however half of these are not available. I wouldn’t include unavailable magazines in the total count since it looks very deceiving.
  • Nice magazine previews - The cover page preview is just terrific. Sometimes you can see magazine cover pages several years in the past. This somewhat compensates for the lack of magazine reviews in Magazine-Agent database
  • 100% refund if not satisfied within 90 days - This could be convenient for some. The terms say:

    If you find that within the first three months of placing your order that you are not 100% satisfied - for any reason - let us know and we will gladly give you a full, prompt refund.

  • Online subscription management - I have no idea what magazines my family is reading, how much they are costing us, and when the subscriptions expire because they all come from different sources. In addition, unsubscribing from some can be quite a pain. Magazine-Agent is a publisher authorized reseller of all the titles they offer. Managing subscriptions from one place is certainly a convenience.

Things I don’t like

  • Prices are not the lowest out there - I have compared a few magazine subscription services and Magazine-Agent is certainly not the cheapest. You usually will be able to find much lower prices especially if you are willing to buy magazines in packages (several subscriptions at a time).
  • Free gift card - Huh? Shouldn’t the gift card be in the list of things I like? Well, it would be if I was able to find at least some details on what kind of gift card it is. Instead the promotion looks more like a teaser offering very little information on what exactly I sign up to. The image below is all I see when I click on it. Am I too picky?

What websites do you use when shopping for a magazine? Please share your recommendations in the comments.

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5 Responses to “Magazine-Agent, the website review”

  1. 1 mberco Sep 20th, 2007 at 10:25 am

    The free gift card is the free card that they mail out for you when you give a gift subscription. This lets the recipient know that something is on the way for them :) It also lets the recipient know who to call if they want a different magazine or need to change their address.

  2. 2 Yan Sep 20th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, I see… I imagined that I would be getting some sort of “magazine-agent” store credit with my subscription. Giving a subscription as a gift is not something I had in mind and hence the confusion.

  3. 3 Carl Nov 20th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    You must be careful about some of the cheaper magazine sites. The publishers determine the lowest price that the agent can sell their magazine for. If the agent sells a subscription for less than that, the publisher can not only cancel their agent status, but can also refuse any of their orders.

  4. 4 Carolyn Skaritza May 3rd, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Shady Dealer, Don’t use. I was told that my credit card company declined my purchase. That is not true, unless the credit card company has reasopn to belioeve that this company was not in good standing. I placed my order as a gift to someone one year ago. I thought that they had been receiving the magazine all this time. The person told me that they got the origihnal gift message sent by magazine agent via mail, but never received the magazine. Certainly magazine agent would have contacted me that the order was rejected before they sent out their correspondence. I don’t believe that they would not have wanted to make the sale and simply ignored contacting me. Something stinks here. I have never had my credit card company decline my purchases in the thirty years that I have been using it.

  5. 5 Grace Jul 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve used Magazine agent for all my magazines. I love them, I order all my magazines through them so they are in one place.
    I had my CC declined before but it was because I entered it wrong and they emailed me that same day and told me it was declined.

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