Free magazine subscriptions for all.

By Paul Michael on 8 February 2007 13 comments


It’s not a joke. It’s not a trick. And it’s not a poor selection of magazine titles. Every month, my family receives, among others, Elle, Maxim, Wired, Blender, Radar, Spin, Stuff, Marie Claire, Vibe, Vixen, Good Housekeeping and Budget Living. And we have not paid one cent for any of them.

I came across the site several years ago, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since. What the site basically does is take your information and treat you like a member of the trade. As the site says, it’s free magazines for professionals. Here’s the complete write up…

This patented (#6,421,652) marketing platform - - revolutionizes how consumers acquire trade publications. Unlike consumer titles, which are available to anyone and are paid for by the reader, trade publications are available at no cost but only to those who qualify. The qualification process, which is managed by each title separately, relies upon a cumbersome, paper-based questionnaire to determine reader eligibility. With freebizmag, SynapseConnect collects readers' qualifications, determines the magazines for which they may qualify, and presents them with one universal survey. Synapse's multi-title approach, as is the case with its consumer magazine business, delivers far greater efficiency than the single-title, publisher-driven method. Rather than the publisher having to find qualified readers, qualified readers find the trade publications available to them. This creates far greater access for the consumer. Once qualified, the consumer will use the site to arrange for a subscription start to any of the qualified for magazines.

So, in a nutshell, they match you with magazines based on your profile and send you free subscriptions. It’s all paid for, they don’t take your credit card or bank details, and you get a whole bunch of great mags for nada. I suspect the idea for the publisher is to spread the word about the magazine you’re reading to other professionals, and thus increase readership. To be honest, I really don’t care why the publishers are doing it. I’m just happy I’m getting all the magazines I want for free.

When you join up, you may find the offers for free subscriptions come a little slow at first. But after time, you’ll be getting that email from freebizmag regularly. Sometimes it’s for a free title you know well (Elle, GQ) or it could be a brand new publication that is looking for new readership (Radar was one such mag…I was one of the first people to read it, thanks to freebizmag). Depending on your profile, you’ll receive different magazines than someone else using the same service. A stay-at-home mom will receive a different set of subscription offers than an accountant. But the magazines are all top quality, latest issue releases.

I’ve worked out that over the last three years, I’ve received several thousand dollars worth of magazines. When my family is done reading them, we take them to an appropriate place to be recycled. For some magazines, it’s our GPs office or our dentist. For others, it’s to the recycling bin. But regardless, we’ve enjoyed some great new magazines at no cost to us. So, gives a try, and put that extra cash you save on mags into a small jar on the kitchen counter. You’ll be surprised at just how much you save in a small amount of time. Read on!

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Guest's picture

thank you thank you thank you! i'm always looking for free or cheap magazine subs, but have never heard fo this site before. thanks for the lead!

Andrea Karim's picture

I was getting a little tired of being billed for my magazines. :)

Jessica Okon's picture

I'm down with the freebizmag as well. Rare is a day I don't get a magazine. In fact, I highly recommend that folks who have not, read my free-stuff post for some tips that will come in handy with that particular site.

I also have several other mag sites up my sleeve. I'll share when I am feeling more generous!

Guest's picture

Wow! This is a kind of magazine subscription that anybody shouldn't miss! Where else can we have magazine subscriptions for free?! This is definitely the right thing to switch on especially if we have so many bills to pay. Every magazine lover really needs a magazine but it doesn't have to be expensive :D

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Publishers do this to increase the value of their adverts.

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Wow! Thanks for the great tip, this looks too good to be true. However, I'm at a bit of a loss as to how I answer the prompts on the website, in order to receive the magazines I want. I don't recognize any of the magazines that have been coming up... I'm interested in Fashion and culture, but I don't want (or need) "Kitchen & Bath News". Do I just put in whatever seems relevant and hope that in time, they'll find me a good one?

Paul Michael's picture

Hi. I would definitely be very 'creative' with the profile you use. If you're interested in those kind of magazines, perhaps put something closer to that in your profession, such as fashion designer, fashion journalism, that kind of thing. That should get you nearer the mark. But to be honest, it's more a case of time. I got fairly irrelevant offers, and still do. Just pick the ones that interest you. You'll get fashion and culture mag offers, I do.

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Plaese send me radar magzine

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Hi am a engineer, working on radars, can you please send me a free subscription copy of radar magazine

Thank you

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Thank you for your attention in this matter.


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