I wish I am technical to answer your question, Rhakios, but I'm not. Perhaps, those out there with enough knowledge could answer this. Anyone?
When I was on the yearly subscription, I look forward to the arrival of this mag on my doorstep, but now I head over to the nearby bookstore and read it there.
It was hard trying to explain to my wife why it was justifiable to pay $238 for a mag. of a yearly subscription when other magazines are only $30-50 price range.
I wish the management could come up with a better solution than to tell us that the second party vendors are the ones gouching us (which I may believe, but that still leave us in the dark). I wonder if the management has ever discussed this at their meeting and come up with some ideas to resolve this issue.
Part of the price premium is that the mags are being shipped out from a foreign country, etc, but clearly they are selling enough otherwise they wouldn't bother stocking it at all!
This may be true; however, retailers are making profit on only the fews-of-deep-pockets and they are satisfied with those profit. As for the most of the average joes on an average incomes, doughing out for an astronomically priced magazine would leave them with a feeling of discomforting and unjustifiable. Thus, the first-party-vendor would lose out on these majority audience of the big pie.
Until otherwise, we would see in the future that the US readers will switch to other subscriptions of local and economical.