Published periodically, magazines have been issued as serial publications since 1731, when The Gentleman's Magazine was first published in London. They are often financed by newsstand purchase, subscriptions, and advertising. The distribution costs for magazines are similar to those of newspapers and are normally paid for by the retail price of the magazine. The bulk of the operating costs and profits from magazines are met by advertising revenues.

Many shoppers' magazines are distributed free of charge. Shoppers' magazines can include periodicals devoted to real estate sales and automotive sales. Some are targeted to people seeking tourist information. The goal is to reach consumers who seek the goods or services offered in the advertising information. This can be thought of as a green activity because it provides ...

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