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April 8, 2021

Economist gift subscription hack


A gift subscription to The Economist costs $225/year.

I've been a subscriber for decades, ever since I read somewhere that it's the only magazine that Bill Gates reads cover to cover.

$225/year is not chump change from where I sit: that's $4.33/issue.

It occurred to me yesterday that any subscriber โ€” not me, I'm too lazy โ€” could take each issue, put it in a 9 x 12 brown envelope, affix First Class postage (below) and Bob's your uncle.

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The current issue inside an envelope weighs 3.95 ounces, which comes to $1.15 in postage, or $59.80/year.

Cheap at twice the price.


Thanks to Chris and Rocketboy for their comments; I clarified things.

April 8, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


The real question is... are you offering?

Posted by: Rocketboy_X | Apr 10, 2021 12:15:47 AM

Better yet, get it via discountmags.com. My dad was an avid reader and when he moved into a senior apartment, his Economist made the rounds to other tenants, eventually landing in their library. I had a subscription for a couple of years via discountmags, I think around $60. It's not that cheap now, it goes on sale from time to time. It did not include online. I still listen to their podcasts, they have a lot of shows throughout the week.

Posted by: Greg Perkins | Apr 9, 2021 6:48:10 AM

I don't understand this post. What does the mail have to do with reducing the subscription cost from $225 to $59.80? Are you offering to send someone your already read issues for the cost of postage?

Posted by: Chris | Apr 8, 2021 2:15:20 PM

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