I've just done some renewing of magazines - Elle Decor and Food & Wine this month. As it turns out, a year's worth of F&W costs more than three times a year's worth of Elle Decor. When I first realized that, I thought, "Well, isn't that interesting? F&W thinks it's worth that much more?"
Then I realized that F&W is right. Both magazines are priced just about correctly. They're similar in terms of production quality - ED is a little bit slicker maybe, with a larger format and slightly heavier paper - and I save them both. But I consume them in totally different ways. When you buy F&W, you're buying a short cookbook. When you buy ED, you're buying a glorified catalog.
Just a few random thoughts on periodicals...the kind I have on icy mornings when I have a cold.