What is a Magazine Newsstand?

B. Miller
B. Miller
Despite its name, a magazine newsstand usually also sells newspapers in addition to magazines.
Despite its name, a magazine newsstand usually also sells newspapers in addition to magazines.

A magazine newsstand is a place to quickly buy newspapers and magazines. They are often found outside, but may also be located inside larger stores such as bookstores, supermarkets, or even discount stores. These magazine newsstands are often found in larger cities where people do a lot of walking outside on the street, and are frequently set up as large kiosks. Commuters on the way to work or school often frequent magazine newsstands.

Most large bookstores have an extensive magazine newsstand.
Most large bookstores have an extensive magazine newsstand.

Magazine newsstands are often open very early in the morning to catch people on their way to work. Magazine newsstands might not be as popular as they once were, however, because many people now get their magazines and newspapers delivered in the mail, or online. The convenience of a magazine newsstand is its primary marketing tool, and they cater to people in a hurry, who might not have time to visit a larger store. These magazine newsstands generally do not offer a place to sit and read the newspaper or magazine. They are just a place to stop quickly.

Purchasing a magazine subscription can be much cheaper than buying every month issue individually.
Purchasing a magazine subscription can be much cheaper than buying every month issue individually.

All different types of magazines and newspapers can be found at a magazine newsstand, especially the most popular and highest selling publications. Sometimes, the products are offered at discount prices, but often they are sold for full price. Some might also offer other convenience items such as bottled beverages, cigarettes, and candy. Coffee and convenient food items are occasionally found at newsstands as well.

Newsstands usually have a variety of magazines for sale.
Newsstands usually have a variety of magazines for sale.

A magazine newsstand does not have to be a literal kiosk, or a rack inside a store. Some magazine newsstands are now offered online. These might occasionally feature sales of individual magazines rather than a subscription, along with information about each individual issue and included articles. Magazine subscriptions are frequently purchased at these online newsstands. Online magazine newsstands might also offer back issues for purchase, whereas a physical magazine newsstand would be unlikely to offer that option.

Some magazine newsstands may offer cigarettes, as well as other convenience items.
Some magazine newsstands may offer cigarettes, as well as other convenience items.

If you are trying to save money, purchasing your reading material at a magazine newsstand is probably not the best option. Purchasing a magazine subscription can save up to 90% off the cover purchase price of a magazine. To read a newspaper, many people purchase a subscription to the newspaper's website, which allows you to read all the current articles, along with many of the previously published articles.

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    • Despite its name, a magazine newsstand usually also sells newspapers in addition to magazines.
      By: Scanrail
      Despite its name, a magazine newsstand usually also sells newspapers in addition to magazines.
    • Most large bookstores have an extensive magazine newsstand.
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      Most large bookstores have an extensive magazine newsstand.
    • Purchasing a magazine subscription can be much cheaper than buying every month issue individually.
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      Purchasing a magazine subscription can be much cheaper than buying every month issue individually.
    • Newsstands usually have a variety of magazines for sale.
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      Newsstands usually have a variety of magazines for sale.
    • Some magazine newsstands may offer cigarettes, as well as other convenience items.
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      Some magazine newsstands may offer cigarettes, as well as other convenience items.