The Guitar is dead, at least in Airports

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  1. Killcrop

    Killcrop Supporting Member

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    I always look to kill time at the airport bookstores. I have noticed for a while now that guitar magazines of any kind are gone. I don't know if this is a result of one single supplier to all the airports or they just don't sell anymore. But they are gone.

    You sure can find lots of gun magazines though.
     
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    I think physical copies of magazines in all categories are disappearing from shelves everywhere.
     
  3. rwijaya

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    YouTube kills guitar magazine.
     
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    That’s really sad, it’s the end of an era...
     
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    Guitar is the new banjo.
     
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  6. Papanate

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    It's reasonable to think that Gun Mags are bought at a 300 to 1 ratio to Guitar Mags. I've been traveling all year for the last 25 years - and when stores had guitar magazines - guess what - people rarely would buy them - they would however puruse them, 20 minutes at a time, not buy a single thing in the store, and leaving to be replaced by another Looky Lou who repeated the same process. The Magazines got worn so eventually stores stopped carrying them as they were sending most back.
     
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  7. VHS analog

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    Most all magazines are going away. It's just hunting, decorating, sports, and weddings.
    The online guitar magazines are great BTW, and I find TGP more fun & informative than "Guitar Player" (which is $10 a year, not bad).
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    And it's so lonely on a limb.
     
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    Yeah, it’s just magazines in general. The local Wal-Mart had a section that shrunk from three bays to one bay, and even our Books-A-Million store is gradually shrinking the inventory. I’ve been a magazine reader and collector since a kid, but even I’ve started buying online subs recently for certain mags.
     
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    T92780 Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, noticed this as well. Either supplier as you noted or lack of sales.
     
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    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    They need to go away fully so that they can come back and be cool again

    Underground print kinda thing but ironic enough for hipsters to get on board
     
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    I don’t see premier guitar anymore at Barnes and Nobles but subscribe digitally. I don’t read it as much and will probably cancel as I subscribe to 25-30 YouTube guitar gear channels and get my fix from that.
    YouTube is like 90% of my tv time anyway outside of movies. Probably more like 99% lately.
     
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    I used to be a magazine and newspaper junkie - loved to browse a newsstand - those days are gone never to return.
     
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    I'm thankful that I grew up as a guitar player in the late '70s and early '80s. I think YouTube is a fabulous source of information. However, back in the early days of GP it was just as likely to feature Howard Roberts on the cover as Eddie Van Halen. The articles were in depth and the lessons varied. It's hard to get eposed to that in an Internet medium in which you invariably search for specific information.
     
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    I used to buy PG every now and then.
    Now they email it to me for free. I don't have to pay them to kill trees, and they still get the ad money.
     
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    Oh, 'peruse'.
    Didn't get it at first.
     
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    Stupid AutoCorrect! I had turned it off - but then had to reset my iPhone and it went back on!
     
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    Y'gotta hate that it's automatic.
    [Not the right word; I mean 'default'.
    Like the battery draining flash that always turned back on w/ my older digital camera.]
     
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    Sad indeed. My staple for an international flight has always been two guitar magazines, preferably both on acoustic guitars, but okay if one was on all guitars, depending on availability. In recent years I've found myself buying these magazines in newsagents in England before flying back to the US rather than trusting that there might even be even one guitar magazine, whether acoustic or anything, on the stands at the airport.
     
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    Some airports still carry Guitar World, but that's about all I've seen lately. I mostly see fashion and tech magazines at the airports nowadays.

    Off topic, but this thread reminds me of the travel I did in 2012. I went through the Salt Lake City airport at least 20 times that year. I used to get a kick out of how there were no Playboy or Penthouse magazines on the newsstands... but by golly, you could buy all three volumes of 50 Shades of Grey!
     

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