So, my brother-in-law Dallas (who evidently sucks at returning phone calls) told me a few months back about getting magazine subscriptions on eBay. Turns out that most magazine publishers make their millions off of advertising, and the greater the circulation of their publication, the more they can charge advertisers. Therefore they hire magazine "clearinghouses" or whatever you want to call them, to sell their magazines for them at a cut rate. Some magazines are so desperate to boost circulation that they might even give them to the clearinghouses for free to sell. These clearinghouses have begun selling on eBay and you can get great deals on some magazines for next to nothing.
For Christmas, Mickelle and I wanted to repay kindnesses shown us during Katrina and throughout our life, so we bought gift subscriptions for several people for Christmas. If you know us and have started getting a magazine that you didn't order, Merry Christmas! We didn't want to tell people because we thought it would be more fun to surprise them, and also because we (I) pranked a couple of people. One clearinghouse that I bought from actually gave away two free subscriptions when I bought one. The list of magazines was very limited and let's say esoteric. For about 4 people I selected subscriptions to magazines that they would NEVER have purchased for themselves.
The only person whose mentioned it to me thus far is Tim Boisvert, a Great American, who wondered why he has been receiving the monthly Black Enterprise magazine. I could barely breathe from laughing so hard when I told him it was me.
If you get an odd magazine, fui yo.