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View Poll Results: Do you think Model Railroader is worth the money?
Yes, I get both Print and Digital editions 1 5.00%
Yes, but I only get Print editions 6 30.00%
Yes, but I only get Digital editions 1 5.00%
Maybe, but I am considering not renewing 2 10.00%
Not any more, there are plenty of other places to find similar content online 10 50.00%
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Do you think Model Railroader is worth the money?

Do you think Model Railroader is still worth the money?
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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When I realized I was doing better on less with little reference to their most recent issues, I realized I left my hobby back in 1975 where it belongs...imagination, creativity, innovation and open frame motors...wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:26 PM   #3
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Sometimes I can actually find an article tucked in between all the advertising.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:32 PM   #4
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I didn't renew because I've had it having to pay for advertising that is way too heavy versus content of interest.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:33 PM   #5
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I'm not renewing because most of their articles are more involved and technically intricate than I want to go. Since discovering the MTF, I find a lot more useful info here, thanks to all the members.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:00 AM   #6
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The responses seem to confirm my feelings on this as well.

They keep raising the prices, and the content is often lacking, and nothing that different from what can be found other places.

Also, I recently discovered MRH (Model Railroad Hobbyist), an online free magazine that is of a similar nature. It has online viewer, as well as PDF versions you can download, as well as back issues. There are a good number of ads, but because it is free, I have no problem with that.

I don't think I am going to keep my MR subscription much longer, I just don't think it is worth it any more.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:43 AM   #7
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I recently took out a subscription for MR but will not renew because Zinio won't allow me to download and keep unless I upgrade to Win10.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:39 AM   #8
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I just checked out MRH online and was impressed. Back issues are quickly readable with lots of great tips. Give it a shot. I'm confident you'll like it.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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Unfortunately it sounds like they're suffering the fate of all print media. The rise of the internet has sapped the strength of magazines, newspapers, etc.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:10 PM   #10
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I used to enjoy the magazine but not being a DCC operator I find that a lot of the articles aren't of any interest to me. So much of the magazine has been devoted to DCC. There is a lot of information available online for free.
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