Ways to purchase a single back issue of a magazine include contacting the magazine directly, visiting specialty stores online or offline, and consulting online auction sites such as eBay. The cost of purchasing an issue may vary due to its subject matter, availability and popularity among collectors.
If the magazine is currently active, contact them directly to inquire about purchasing back issues. For example, National Geographic provides an email address, physical address and phone number that allows customers to consult a single copy sales office and order the specific issues they desire.
If the magazine is no longer active or does not provide such a service, consult a stores specializing in books and magazines. If no such physical store is easily accessible, many websites exist solely to provide back issues to customers. The benefit of online sites is that customers can browse magazine availability from the comfort of their homes. If the customer is more interested in reading the magazine than possessing a physical copy, such websites may also sell official digital versions of the back issue the customer is seeking.
Searching auction sites such as eBay is a good way to find rare issues and competitive prices. Such sites typically provide very detailed information about the condition and quality of the magazine in question, which can be useful to customers with specific tastes,