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What happened to magazines?

Started Jun-5 by HWPeeler (HPeeler); 63 views.
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From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Jun-5

Electronics is my hobby. There used to be a few magazines to choose from. "Electronics", "Popular Electronics", "Electronics Illustrated". Has electronics as a hobby gone away? Electronics catalogs, too. DigiKey, Mouser and many others don't print a catalog anymore.

Has printing become too expensive? Has the business dropped off?

I post a lot of electronics related topics on my Hobby Electronics forum. Quiet? Oh, yes.

Who still has magazines? Good Housekeeping, Quilting, still alive.

e-Readers, tablets, the internet, and cell systems happened, wi-fi is everywhere, often at no cost or more than a nod to registration.  The price of most magazines has become almost cost prohibitive with $6.99 an issue not all that high.  Even supermarket checkout magazines and TV Guide as examples are in the $2.99 and up range.

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From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Jun-7

All very true I guess. Some magazines have gone on-line. Price has not changed proportionally so profits must be higher. Some advertisers were lost. Slot Tech Magazine (a magazine for casino gaming technicians) seems to have fewer advertisers. So revenue must be down. No cost of printing, but more time in production maybe?

Certain improvements have come with the changes. Videos are possible. Software downloads. Back issues available. Lots of features not possible in printed media alone.

For me, it's a vision issue; the printing is too small to read; second, the subscription rates are nuts, my former favorite magazines have shrunk their pages and raised their rates

HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Jun-14

Ah! Welcome to the forum. I second both notions of shrinking printing and increasing prices being factors.

I used to write articles for a magazine called Slot Tech Magazine. A trade magazine for casino technicians. Over the years the magazine got thinner from fewer advertisers. Yet another factor.

I barely remember there used to be a forum for slot techs years ago....

HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Jun-14

I used to go there a lot. I am retired from that world now.

The forum still exists.

I wondered about that, thank you.  I had only heard of them throgh promos, haven't seen any in years....

HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Jun-14

The Slot Tech forum doesn't do much promo stuff. It attracts a bunch of civilians who just want to know how to beat the slot machines. relaxed

Everybody in the industry knows where to find them.

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