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Posted by kacey66 on Monday, August 07, 2017 4:08 PM

Quite a price increase on the new issue.........

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, August 07, 2017 4:21 PM

I subscribe, so I hadn't noticed.  It's a hard way to build a reader base, though.

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Monday, August 07, 2017 4:42 PM

Yeah, I noticed the price increase as well. MRR did that before, but in previous single issue price hikes, they published fatter special editions. Sixteen extra pages or so for only $2.00 more.

Wonder if that newsstand price will stick.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, August 07, 2017 6:35 PM

Along with Model Railroader and Fine Scale Modeler, I also subscribe to two Wargaming magazines and the Tamiya Modeler magazine.

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Kalmbach publications are easily the lowest priced, and highest quality magazines out there. I would expect with the drop in advertisement pages, they will begin to look more like the other magazines I subscribe to, and have higher prices to match. Most of these have a $10.00 per issue cover price and a $100.00 per year subscription rate.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Monday, August 07, 2017 6:49 PM

Interestingly, the small print on the page with the staff listing still say $5.99.

If you click on the magaine on the bar above and then go to buy it off the web site, the price is $5.99.

I wonder if someone goofed on the cover.

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Posted by Jumijo on Monday, August 07, 2017 8:14 PM

Well, what is the price on the cover?

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Posted by kacey66 on Monday, August 07, 2017 8:15 PM

$7.99

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:00 AM

Not my coverCool  Seriously, I pulled the label off then realized it was July's, found August's and pulled the label off:  Both $5.99

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Posted by mobilman44 on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:17 AM

OK, got to add for comparison......... my first MR was December, 1959 and I recall it being $0.50.   Other trains magazines were $0.35.   But MR was the premiere model  railroading mag and well worth the money.  In perspective, minimum wage then was $0.85 / hour and is $10-$15 (I believe) now. 

If you find yourself buying MR at the newstand each month or say 9 times a year, you would be well advised to get a subscription.

 

 

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Posted by BRAKIE on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:42 AM

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:56 AM

Well I'm still a month behind then.

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Posted by Steven Otte on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:11 AM

The September issue is $7.99 on newsstands because it comes poly-bagged with a special supplement reprinting articles from previous issues. Since subscriers (supposedly) already got the articles in the supplement when they were first printed, they don't get the supplement, and get the issue for the regular subscription rate (which, depending on the offer when they signed up, is likely considerably less than $5.99).

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Posted by Deane Johnson on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:12 AM
I decided to drop my subscription to MR Videos. After a year and never watching any, I think I can conclude it's money wasted. Trouble is, if there is a way to cancel on line, it's well hidden. I ended up just leaving an expired credit card posted so it will bounce at renewal time. Heck of a way to run a railroad. I think MR may go also at renewal time. The cost is out pacing the value.
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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:35 AM

Well... There we have it, mystery solved! That makes sense.

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Thanks Steve!

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Posted by dknelson on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:54 AM

How many of you were also subscribers in October 1967 when the price increased from 50 cents a copy to a whopping 60 cents -- the first price increase in over 15 years they said.  

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Posted by BRAKIE on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 11:12 AM

dknelson
How many of you were also subscribers in October 1967 when the price increased from 50 cents a copy to a whopping 60 cents

What I recall was the all the complaining about the price increase..As one club member put it that's more then two pounds of Baloney.

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:20 PM

Deane Johnson
I decided to drop my subscription to MR Videos. After a year and never watching any, I think I can conclude it's money wasted. Trouble is, if there is a way to cancel on line, it's well hidden. I ended up just leaving an expired credit card posted so it will bounce at renewal time. Heck of a way to run a railroad. I think MR may go also at renewal time. The cost is out pacing the value.
 

 To each his own, I supposed. I've watched them all. Always learning something, and I've been doing this for 48 years. Some of the extra content not produced by MR, like Tracks Ahead, has turned me on to a few things to visit not oo far from me, like the OC&T Railroad, and especially the Williams Grove Steam Association - a place to run a steam loco that's not on the opposite side of the country and doesn't cost hundreds of dollars! There's very few is any of the videos I haven't watched. And you can't even get a cup of coffee at one of those fancy places for what one month costs. But I guess if you don't even attempt to watch any of them, might as well save the $2.50.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:50 PM

Deane Johnson
After a year and never watching any, I think I can conclude it's money wasted

With that criteria, pay and never watch, I would have to agree with you. 

I check the website every day to check for new videos and have seen some of the old ones, but Randy surprised me with Willaims Grove and OC&T.  Wiliams Grove is reasonably close and has an upcoming steam show

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There is a competing product from a competing magazine.  I get their ads but I've never watched more than one of their previews.  Management probably doesn't want the discussion to trend in that direction and I am OK with that. 

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Posted by kacey66 on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 6:39 PM

I was just surprised when I paid for the mag. It had no plastic, etc.  I`ve sub. to at least one of the three mags since 1973. All in all it`s still a good read.

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Posted by oldline1 on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:10 PM

kacey66
I was just surprised when I paid for the mag. It had no plastic, etc.  I`ve sub. to at least one of the three mags since 1973. All in all it`s still a good read. Add Quote to your Post

Mine had no plastic or anything attached or inside either $7.99 at B&N.

A quick glance shows it to be one of the better issues in a while. No Pelle which always improves the mag.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 9:39 AM

Steven Otte
The September issue is $7.99 on newsstands because it comes poly-bagged with a special supplement reprinting articles from previous issues.

Good to know..I've been reading MR for sixty years and I would hate to start cherry picking the better issues.

And for what its worth I been reading Trains Magazine for sixty years.

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Posted by Steven Otte on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:18 PM

If you purchased September's issue on the newsstand and didn't receive the supplement, contact Customer Service and they'll send you one. 877-246-4879. (Yes, that's a new number.)

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Posted by joe323 on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:00 AM

But not to subscribers?

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:32 AM

 It's just a collection of past articles - if you've been a subscriber for any amount of time, you probably have everything that's in the supplement on your shelf. I've gotten a few over time from buying issues of GMR or MRP at the bookstore instead of ordering it direct, and yup, every article in the supplement is indeed something I already had.

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Posted by Steven Otte on Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:57 AM

joe323

But not to subscribers?

 

No. As Randy said, these booklets are all previously published articles. They're intended to show casual newsstand purchasers what they might be missing out on by not getting every issue. So subscribers aren't missing out on anything. Subscribers aren't paying any extra for the supplements they aren't getting, either.

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Posted by Drumguy on Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:13 PM

If you've never watched any, how can you draw a conclusion? It's a small sum, and for me the educational value is a bargain, and the entertainment value is a bonus.

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