they're generally legit. I get stuff, maxim, and FHM. YEP, I'M A PIG!!! All free for the past 2 years now. What it is (I have a friend who works in advertising and he told me why they do it), the mags don't make money from the news stand or your paid subscription. OK, they make a little but not much. IT's all advertising. So, the more mags they need to print to get out to customers (paid or not) and into the stores, the more they can charge a company big money for advertising. Therefore, give us the mags and jack up the advertising costs because they're getting more mags out to the public.